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<b>Rocamora</b><br> <b><i>Man of Masks</i></b><br> <b>by Donald Michael Platt</b><br> <br><br>No man is closer to a woman than her confessor, <br>not her father, not her brother, not her husband. <br> -Spanish saying <br><br> Vicente de Rocamora, the epitome of a young renaissance man in 17th century Spain, questions the goals of the Inquisition and the brutal means used by King Philip IV and the Roman Church to achieve them. Spain vows to eliminate the heretical influences attributed to Jews, Moors, and others who would taint the limpieza de sangre, purity of Spanish blood. <br><br> At the insistence of his family, the handsome and charismatic Vicente enters the Dominican Order and is soon thrust into the scheming political hierarchy that rules Spain. <br><br> As confessor to the king's sister, the Infanta Doña María, and assistant to Philip's chief minister, Olivares, Vicente ascends through the ranks and before long finds himself poised to attain not only the ambitious dreams of the Rocamora family but also—if named Spain's Inquisitor General—to bring about an end to the atrocities committed in the name of the blood purity laws. <br><br> The resourceful young man must survive assassination attempts from a growing list of ruthless foes in both Church and court, solve a centuries-old riddle to quell rumors of his own impurity of blood, and above all, suppress his love for the seemingly unattainable Doña María. <br><br> <b>About the Author:</b> <br><br> In Hollywood, Donald Michael Platt sold his writing to the TV series, Mr. Novak, and worked for and with diverse producers. After moving to Jupiter, Florida, Donald co-wrote <i>Vitamin Enriched, </i> 1999, for Carl DeSantis, founder of Rexall Sundown Vitamins; and <i>The Couple's Disease</i>, 2002, for Lawrence S. Hakim, MD, FACS, Head of Sexual Dysfunction Unit at the Cleveland Clinic. <br><br> Born and raised in San Francisco and a graduate of Lowell High school and U.C. Berkeley, Donald also has taught History, English, and Creative Writing. An Adjunct Professor of Writing at Polk Community College, he currently resides in Winter Haven, Florida with his wife, Ellen, where he is working on the sequel to <i>Rocamora</i> and crafting another dark novel. His horror novel, <i>A Gathering Of Vultures,</i> was published by Darkhart Press in 2007. <br><br>
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ISBN: 0978731883
ISBN13: 978-0978731885
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Donald Michael Platt
Language: English
Publisher: Raven's Wing Books (November 30, 2008)
Pages: 408 pages
ePUB size: 1653 kb
FB2 size: 1105 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Uaha
In many respects Rocamora, Man of Masks is an exceptional historical novel. The story is set against the background of the first half of the seventeen-century Europe (in general) and Spain (in particular). This was the period of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) with all its savagery. The Spanish and Austro-Hungarian (formerly Holy Roman) Empires, ruled by Hapsburg cousins, were pitted against France, the Netherlands (then the United Provinces), Sweden and the Protestant principalities of Germany. In Spain, weak, vain, petty, bigoted and debauched Philip IV reigned while his favorite, the Count Duke Olivares ruled (for over twenty years before his abrupt and total fall in the book and in fact). Spain and the Hapsburgs were four generations removed from the glory days of Emperor Charles V who ruled both Empires. While still a great power, Spain was no longer the dominant world power. Under Philip IV, Spain was fading and failing inexorably and rapidly under the weight of religious fanaticism, prejudice, bigotry, venality and wholesale corruption of the organs of state and the aristocracy. Author Plat shows us all of this in vivid and arresting detail while telling one man's highly unusual and compelling story, a story of honor, love, intrigue, romance, combat and murder. Rocamora is more than an exciting story, which it certainly is. It is an exploration of fundamental human values tested by the extremes of stress. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Kirinaya
This grandly eloquent historical novel takes place in the years of the Spanish Inquisition. The story is intriguing, informative, and exciting to boot. The author's brilliant sleuthing research helps him re-create a setting over five centuries ago with vivid characterizations that jump from the pages and pull the reader into vicarious thrills and terrors of that time. The tale (certainly movie-worthy) zips along at a clip that kept me engrossed from one episode to the next. I can't wait for the followup story. Anyway, read this book; you'll love it!
Era
We both liked "Rocamora", but we liked "House of Rocamora" even better.
Moronydit
An in depth look at the period through the eyes of a unique character. Well worth the read.
Vudomuro
This book will be perfect for a movie or made-for-TV special! History is/was exciting... action-filled, larger-than-life characters, danger, suspense, and romance...I can hardly wait for Rocamora II which continues the adventures in Holland! Great entertaining read, well researched for factual authenticity, and a painless way to learn about this era in Spanish history. Enjoy!
Wooden Purple Romeo
Rocamora by Don­ald Michael Platt is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion book tak­ing place in 17th Cen­tury Spain. This book was the 2012 final­ist in the Inter­na­tional Book Awards for His­tor­i­cal Fiction.

Rocamora by Don­ald Michael Platt is based on the life of Vicente de Rocamora a poet, fighter and Domini­can priest who was thrust into the schem­ing court of King Philip IV. Rocamora became the con­fes­sor for the king's younger sis­ter, the beau­ti­ful Infanta Doña María and was con­sid­ered as a strong can­di­date for Inquisi­tor General.

I found this book to be a first-rate his­tor­i­cal novel; I learned a lot of his­tory from the book, about life in Spain and the Inqui­si­tion, as well as fol­low­ing the story in vivid detail. Mr. Platt weaves his story around the his­tory and doesn't change the facts to fit his story (at least I couldn't find any glar­ing cases of such).

The novel cer­tainly let's the reader feel the glory of Spain fad­ing dur­ing the reign of Philip IV, while Count Duke Oli­vares act­ing as prime min­is­ter (in today's terms). The author also weaves in the con­se­quences which Spain suf­fered under reli­gious fanat­ics, anti-Semitism and cor­rup­tion of the aristocracy.

This is a solid, well writ­ten his­tor­i­cal novel with plenty of his­tor­i­cal back­ground, the dia­logue is believ­able with Span­ish words and phrases pep­pered through­out (the author always man­ages to trans­late them or let you know what they mean based on fur­ther read­ing). The nar­ra­tive keeps the reader turn­ing the pages with. The author describes each out­fit, room, weapon and char­ac­ters to extreme detail, while it some­times weighed down the story I found them to be inter­est­ing as well as part of the charm and authen­tic­ity of the book.