Fabio’s “Viking” will pillage your heartBy HILLARY JONES
I’ve always heard that you should never judge a book by its cover. However, the cover of this book was just too captivating to pass up. The cover of “Viking” is adorned with the modern-day personification of Adonis, Fabio, who, I discovered, is also an extremely accomplished writer. He has penned, with very minimal help from coauthors, eight romance novels all together; “Viking” is his third book. It has gotten rave reviews from customers on Amazon.com. One called it “…a fanciful ride into another time and place,” and another stated that “it was really quite good for its genre…” I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree.
Fabio’s charm captured my heart right from the beginning with a dedication to “Women—the guardians and teachers of love to all humankind.” Swoon. Fabio obviously has enormous insight into women and how they want to be treated by a man. But, this is about the story.
The book begins by introducing us to Marcello, an Italian actor living and working in Hollywood, and his girlfriend Monica. They are currently finishing work on a Viking film in which Marcello plays Ivar the Invincible and Monica stars as his bride Gerda, in which they are battling with Danish rivals. We immediately get a glimpse into Monica and Marcello’s relationship. Marcello is ready to settle down with Monica and start a family; however, Monica still has career aspirations she wants to pursue before committing in such a way. I immediately felt bad for Marcello and a little animosity toward Monica. She seemed very selfish, not willing to give up a big movie role and her chances at a successful career to start a family with Marcello, the man she claimed to love.
On the last day of filming, something goes wrong with the stunt portraying the defeated Ivar being sent off to Valhalla in a burning ship and Marcello suddenly finds himself transported back in time with real, live Vikings in the middle of a battle. Needless to say, he is more than confused, as are the Vikings, since Marcello looks just like their leader, Viktor the Valiant, whom they had just sent off in the same way as Ivar in Marcello’s movie after dying in battle.
Even more shocking is when Marcello sees a Valkyrie woman fighting
with the rival clan that is the spitting image of his Monica. However, this woman seems determined to kill him. He later learns that this woman is named Reyna the Ravisher and she was long ago captured by the rival Wolfgard and is a feared warrior who hates all Vikings. Yet, somehow, Marcello, who begins to take on the identity of Viktor, feels a deep connection with Reyna and has a vision of them together with a child, bringing peace to the war-torn land.
Viktor quickly learns of the savage nature of the Viking people and is determined to make them a more peaceful people. He eventually decides to go confront his rival Wolfgard. They work out a bargain that Viktor will take Reyna as his bride and have a child, and Viktor hopes this will bring peace between the warring factions. Reyna is more than a little resistant at first, causing Viktor a multitude of problems. However, she eventually agrees to marry him in order to save her brother from being killed by Viktor’s warriors. Once again, I felt sorry for Viktor having to put up with such a resistant woman not willing to sacrifice to meet his desires. Viktor is in all ways the vision of patience. He gently tries to explain to Reyna that he knows what is best for their future together and that if she would only comply, she would be much happier for it. However, she continues to be stubborn. After being extremely kind and patient with her, Viktor finally wins the warrior woman’s heart. They become the closest of lovers.
Then, a vengeful Wolfgard decides to attack Viktor and his people because of Reyna’s betrayal by actually succumbing to Viktor’s charms. The action is powerful and I began to worry that they may not get to live happily ever after. However, the book ends on an uplifting note, leaving me believing in the awesome power of true love, even across the ages.
The prose can be described as almost lyrical. For those interested in romance, Marcello/Viktor is sure to melt your heart. He seems to understand Monica/Reyna so thoroughly and always knows what to say to put her at ease. But this story is so much more than love or lust. There are important and poignant messages of how violence and hatred are not the way to live in this world and that peace and cooperation are far more beneficial for all. Viktor works tirelessly to instill this philosophy in his people, completely altering the Vikings’ way of life. There is abundant action for thrill seekers. Also, for those interested in mythology, the connection of the Norse beliefs with the plot provides an extremely interesting layer to the story.
I was far from disappointed in this book. While it’s certainly no “Twilight,” it certainly shows great skill in weaving a rich account of two lovers and the triumph of their love over all odds. If “Viking” is any indication of the amazing talent for the written word Fabio was obviously blessed with, I certainly can’t wait to read more of his works.
“The Doctor in Spite of Himself” is an unmistakable successBy CALIESHA COMLEY
The Georgetown Maskrafters have pulled off yet another entertaining show! A feature in the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre for two running weekends, a one-act rendition of “The Doctor in Spite of Himself” drew quite a crowd over six performances and certainly did not disappoint. Closing night of the production, an excellent alternative to any Halloween celebration, was energetic and engaging.
“The Doctor in Spite of Himself,” written by French playwright Molière in 1666, centers around gambler and woodcutter Sganarelle, who is mistaken for a doctor as part of the revenge of his angry wife. Ironically, he is recruited to heal a patient only faking illness to avoid a marriage with a man she doesn’t love.
Though the play was full of characters pretending to be something they were not, the effort of the Georgetown actors to emulate the mood of the Middle Ages was unmistakable! Mirroring the impromptu set of medieval performances, the stage wagon was pulled to the center of the auditorium and guests were greeted by the dressing crew. The play itself was no less impressive, as Molière’s farce translated well for the audience to enjoy many laughs.
More amusing than even the slapstick comedy was the intensity with which the actors played their roles. The fiery and sputtering Geronte (Stu Perry, Senior) and the hilariously daft Lucas (Shay McCleavy, Freshman) especially grasped the audience by their funny bone. All actors demonstrated a commendable performance and welcomed a very positive response from the audience.
Continuing in the medieval spirit, the two intermissions of the play gave the audience a chance to interact with the characters as they intruded the seats to sell fortunes and indulgences, perform with a marionette and offer a touch of the hand of John the Baptist.
The set design, though simple, was effective and filled the intimate auditorium well. The mechanics of the production were also well executed and seamlessly flowed throughout to add to the play’s success.
Closing night also gave the company an opportunity to recognize the participating Maskrafter seniors. The talented JC Campbell, who starred as Sganarelle, and Stu Perry, Geronte, were honored by a peer who identified both actors as “friends and mentors.”
Terkeisha Tyler was credited for her faithfulness throughout the years to the theatre, especially that night for her noteworthy role as Sganarelle’s lamenting wife Martine. Also recognized was senior lighting designer, Elizabeth Cleary, for her hard work. Andrew Caudill, a senior performer in the first weekend’s showing, was also commended.
“The Doctor in Spite of Himself” was a testament to the talent of the theatre department at Georgetown and its distinguished director, Dr. George McGee.
Didn’t have the ducats to attend the showings? No problem! There will be other artsy events on campus this semester. For instance, “The Gondoliers” will debut this weekend in the Chapel. Tickets are three dollars and can be purchased ahead or at the door.