The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn (with a GIVEAWAY!)

 January 24 - February 18, 2022 Virtual Book Tour



The world's largest oil painting. A 400-year-old murder. A disembodied whisper: "Amore mio." My love.

Nick and Julia O'Connor's dream trip to Venice collapses when a haunting voice reaches out to Nick from Tintoretto's Paradise, a monumental depiction of Heaven. Convinced his delusions are the result of a concussion, Julia insists her husband see a doctor, though Nick is adamant the voice was real.

Blacking out in the museum, Nick flashes back to a life as a 16th century Venetian peasant swordsman. He recalls precisely who the voice belongs to: Isabella Scalfini, a married aristocrat he was tasked to seduce but with whom he instead found true love. A love stolen from them hundreds of years prior.

She implores Nick to liberate her from a powerful order of religious vigilantes who judge and sentence souls to the canvas for eternity. Releasing Isabella also means unleashing thousands of other imprisoned souls, all of which the order claims are evil.

As infatuation with a possible hallucination clouds his commitment to a present-day wife, Nick's past self takes over. Wracked with guilt, he can no longer allow Isabella to remain tormented, despite the consequences. He must right an age-old wrong - destroy the painting and free his soul mate. But the order will eradicate anyone who threatens their ethereal prison and their control over Venice.

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In addition to being a novelist, Rob Samborn is a screenwriter, entrepreneur and avid traveler. He’s been to forty countries, lived in five of them (including Italy) and studied nine languages. As a restless spirit who can’t remember the last time he was bored, Rob is on a quest to explore the intricacies of our world and try his hand at a multitude of crafts; he’s also an accomplished artist and musician, as well as a budding furniture maker. A native New Yorker who lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, he now makes his home in Denver with his wife, daughter and dog.


Oh my gosh! This book gave me chills in spots. Absolutely fantastic, what an amazing story.

Once this book gets going it does not stop. I know a little bit about art but I know nothing about Venice, this book is so descriptive it really feels like you’re right there. Sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes... it's not.

The storyline was very… hmm I don’t wanna say complex because that would sound negative. Can I say complex/involved in a positive way? It does make you think. You have to follow the spider web, even into the past. I love books like this.

“ We are not punished for our sins, but by them.” Hmm interesting!

I have to admit, sometimes I tend to skim through books or even read very quickly through parts. But this one I could not do that for fear that I would miss something (FOMO)! And once I was past the halfway mark I didn't want to stop reading.

This was so very interesting. I feel like I’ve gotten a history lesson, a tour of Venice, a great mystery, and loads of suspense all wrapped up in one book. Do you ever feel like a certain book was written just for you? I kind of felt that way with this book. It had all the elements I love - great characters, historical fiction, art!, time travel - Score!

The best line in the whole book - Continua... (YES!)

Give this one a try, you will not be sorry!

 I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!


This is a giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Rob Samborn. See the widget for entry terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.

Tour Participants: These are the stops on the tour as of January 12th and are subject to change. Please, let me know if you have any questions.


  1. Thank you for the amazing review, Wendy! I'm thrilled you enjoyed The Prisoner of Paradise!

    1. This was a great book and I am looking forward to the next one. :-)

  2. Very cool sounding I want to try this


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