Saving the Music


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
398 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2020
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Author Biography

Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco has previously written Tempesta's Dream - A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera and A Song For Bellafortuna . Saving the Music is his 2nd book in his Bellafortuna Series. He is an estate planning attorney in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife and two children. Chip is a member of the Italian American Writers Association. For more information, visit him at vincentlococo.com .

    Book Review

Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

Just when you think you’ve read everything there is about the Holocaust, you find Saving the Music, a beautifully-written work of historical fiction by Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco. The year is 1942 and Hitler’s army is decimating countries standing in its wake and systematically annihilating the Jews in them. Thus far, the Vatican has seemingly remained neutral and it is the intention of Pope Pius to keep it that way – until a group of musicians and their families escape the clutches of the Nazis and seek the Vatican’s protection. Without its protection, these families will surely be caught and will die at the hands of the Nazis. The small Sicilian village of Bellafortuna, and its cluster of villagers, is tasked with sheltering the families and soon the ravages of war are replaced with lives far more idyllic until Italy folds under the all-powerful Nazi war machine. With the advancement of Hitler's army into Italy, Bellafortuna soon finds itself fighting for those whom they shelter and for its very existence…

Saving the Music is the second book in the Bellafortuna series and is as meticulously researched as its predecessor and just as captivating and bittersweet in its intensity. It will leave readers sickened by the cruelty of humanity and yet hopeful for humanity’s survival, bringing to light the struggle of the Catholic Church to remain neutral in the wake of Hitler’s annihilation of the Jews and more specifically, Pope Pius’ response to the Holocaust. Was the Pope really turning a blind eye to the horrors being played out in Europe at the hands of Hitler, making him equally culpable in those crimes against humanity? Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco uses his considerable writing skills to ramp up tension or to create moments of beauty and tranquility with the use of a few well-placed adjectives. From the horrors and indignities of the Holocaust, beautiful music is wrought by those who have escaped from the Nazis' clutches and the villagers of Bellafortuna who have sheltered them, despite the unspeakable risk to their own lives in doing so. Saving the Music is a book about courage, hope, and, most of all, resilience in the wake of evil, where the beauty of music and humanity's strength of character are sure to resonate.

Vincent B. LoCoco

Advance Reviews

"In Saving the Music, author Chip LoCoco writes of the efforts undertaken by common villagers, priests, and even a Pope to protect Jews from the Nazis. He vividly depicts the horrors faced by the Jews as they confront the Holocaust. Filled with real heroism and high drama, this book brings perspective and depth to its subject. It's an exciting read on an important topic, and I strongly recommend it."
-Ronald Rychlak, Author of Hitler, the War, and the Pope
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"This is a well composed novel that captures key moments of the Holocaust as it relates to the Italian people. I highly recommend it."
-Professor Vincent Lapomarda, S.J., Author of The Jesuits and the Third Reich
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"This is a well-researched novel and reflects the situation as it then existed, hopefully, never to return."
-Fr. Peter Gumpel, S.J., postulator of the cause of beautification for Pius XII
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"Chip LoCoco's novel, Saving the Music, is a realistic fact-based story of pain, fear and true heroism. The premise is solidly grounded on documented facts of the actions of the Catholic Church under the Pontificate of Pope Pius XII down to priests and individual Catholics. Saving the Music is an exciting and engrossing read, which joins the list of wonderful truth-based books of late that is shedding light on the truth ending the worst character assassination of the 20 th Century. Bravo."
-Gary L. Krupp, Author of Pope Pius XII and World War II- The Documented Truth
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"Chip LoCoco's latest novel, Saving the Music, is an exceptionally written thought provoking historical fiction novel. This is an emotional charged, faced paced, gripping tale that portrays the horrors and suffering the people endured under the weight of the Third Reich.This book is a superb novel, that will transport you with its historical atmospheric imagery, and engaging musical elements. An absorbing riveting book, that will stay with you long after you close the book."
-Gwendalyn's Book Blog
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"Saving the Music is a beautiful story of hope and fear during World War II... While Bellafortuna is fictional, the actions of the Italian people and Pope Pious XII were very real. Reading about the Pope's difficult decisions that were made to save lives, all while receiving criticism for not speaking out against Hitler's atrocities was profound showing that true heroes do not act in order to receive praise, but will gladly risk themselves in order to do what is right."
-100 Pages a Day
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"WOW!!! I was not prepared for how amazing this book was! From the absolutely gorgeous Preface to the bittersweet and heartwarming ending, I was completely captivated by the author's words. . . with exquisite writing and full of intrigue, danger, hope, and the power of fighting injustice, I highly recommend Saving the Music. I can't wait to go back and read the first book in the series!"
-Passages to the Past
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"Saving the Music showed me strength is sometimes in quietness. There were courageous people who risked certain death, but there were people in the background who persevered without notice."
-Impressions in Ink
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"This was a completely captivating read, I loved very page. It is packed with intrigue, danger, hope, and ultimately the fight for survival and the power of fighting injustice."
-Donna's Book Blog
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"Saving the Music" by Vincent LoCoco is a courageous book. Courageous because it dives into a virulent and intensely personal historical argument about the role of the Catholic Church, and of Pope Pius XII, in the Holocaust of World War II."
-Joel Epstein, Author of The Language of the Heart