Requiem

A Neil Baggio Suspense

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
220 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2020
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Requiem: A Neil Baggio Suspense by Charles D'Amico is a fascinating thriller for readers who enjoy sleuth and mystery novels. When the narrative opens, Neil Baggio and Fr. Roberts are driving from Detroit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, hoping that Maria flies in to join them. The trip to Santa Fe is designed to give Neil and Maria a break from work and time to relax and recharge. But Maria gets herself deeply embroiled with the Gaines Chemical case. A dangerous drug is being released onto the market and Neil must hunt down the drug lords behind it. Maria’s involvement has made her a vulnerable target and Neil must fight to save her. Follow him as he races across the country and the world, chasing the bad guys. But a ruthless and skilled enemy is determined to disrupt his path and even take him out. Can he survive long enough to save Maria?

Requiem is a well-written thriller that bears Charles D'Amico’s unique writing signature, his exceptional storytelling skills, and his gift for character. I loved the way the author develops the relationship between Neil and Fr. Roberts, and Neil and Cappelano — tracing their links with Gaines from the first time they met in Milan. The backstory is skillfully written into the narrative in a way that doesn’t distract readers. Maria plays a powerful role in enhancing the conflict and the author handles this character in a deft manner. The descriptions are terrific and I loved the details of Neil’s experience of travel, the emotions and thoughts of the characters and their inner worlds. The tension is strong and it grows from page to page as the conflict escalates. Requiem: A Neil Baggio Suspense is an enthralling read with memorable characters, featuring strong writing and a confident narrative voice.

K.C. Finn

Requiem is a work of fiction in the mystery, thriller, crime, and intrigue sub-genres, and was penned by author Charles D'Amico. Another book in the series of Neil Baggio suspense tales, this fourth adventure sees the turn of the events take a much more personal twist than ever before. Neil is reluctant to take the new case, preferring instead to drink in the beautiful Santa Fe sun, but when Maria is pulled into the depths of danger and linked to an international drug ring, Neil knows he must act. What follows is a suspenseful and more dangerous adventure than ever before as Neil tries to solve the puzzle, even with his own demons getting in the way.

Author Charles D'Amico has a tall order to top each of the highly suspenseful and enjoyable novels in this series, yet he’s done it once again with the fast-paced and cinematically action-packed Requiem. One of the things which I really admire about this work is the fact that you always feel you are in the hands of a confident author, with watertight plot facts that always connect eventually to the wider web, so essential in mystery writing. The emotional components are deeper than before as we explore this new side of Neil, and these moments resonate perfectly across narration, subtle changes in dialogue, and the general atmosphere of each well-crafted scene. Overall, I would certainly recommend Requiem and the series in general to mystery fiction fans who also seek fully rounded and realistic storytelling.

Tammy Ruggles

Requiem: A Neil Baggio Suspense by Charles D'Amico is a suspenseful crime novel to make you a Baggio fan. This is the fourth installment of the Neil Baggio series, and it doesn't disappoint. It's hard to choose which one I like more, but this one may be it. I like how D'Amico jumps into the story from the first paragraph. No fooling around. And I like how the plot unfolds along with Baggio's internal and external struggles. Maria is a nice supporting character (along with Sheila and the others), and she has her own issues to deal with. Gaines Chemical rears its dark head again, and a road trip turns into an action-packed mission to stop a new drug named Requiem from being unleashed. Baggio is up for the challenge as usual, but not without adversity, which is what makes him shine.

After reading a few Baggio mysteries now, I have to admit the character grows on you. He's interesting enough at first, but then his personality develops even more with each book, and that's a good way to handle a series. So many writers try to give the reader everything up front, leaving no room for growth or surprises, but some readers like it to unfold bits at a time. Baggio is a true investigator with his own ghosts and flaws. Although Baggio has dealt with some personal issues before, this may be his toughest yet, and although one particular event is heartbreaking, it adds depth to the story and to Neil's character As I mentioned earlier, his character has grown, as most people do, where we now have a kinder, gentler Neil, and you can see the character arc taking place over the life of the series. The dialogue churns the story along, the plot is fresh, and of course, there are unexpected curves along the way. The ending isn't a letdown either, so your payoff will be well worth the time you invest in the story. If you like character-driven suspense novels with a lead investigator you can get behind, Requiem: A Neil Baggio Suspense by Charles D'Amico shouldn't be missed.

Christopher Anderson

In this amazing book, Requiem, author Charles D’Amico takes you on a very mysterious journey into a world of drugs that includes religious figures, the FBI, the CIA, and other investigative bureaus and agencies. The book is written from the standpoint of Neil Baggio who has a team of investigators that work alongside the FBI. Neil and his lifelong friend and now priest, Father Roberts, set off on a journey to a soup kitchen in Santa Fa to help Sister Irene build an extension to the soup kitchen as a way to relax and help others after a major drug case. Neil has arranged for his girlfriend Maria Garcia, an FBI agent, to meet him there, but Maria arrives with a problem. This gets Neil embroiled in a major drug ring case which is tied into the case he thought he had just finished. Follow Neil and Maria to see how Father Roberts and Sister Irene end up being involved in this twisting and turning story of Requiem.

Charles D’Amico's style of writing keeps your attention and focus as he takes you through this fast-paced, action-packed story. It keeps you, the reader, wanting to carry on reading to find out what happens next. The book keeps you guessing as to how the new characters that are introduced fit into the story and what involvement they have. Charles D’Amico writes in a way that gives you an insight into the close relationship that Neil has with his team and his friends, and takes you along with him through the highs and lows of the story, which gets you emotionally involved. A well-written book with well-defined characters and an excellent storyline that you must read to get the full meaning of the title Requiem, because it’s not the impression you get on first seeing the title. A very enjoyable book!