Adriana Corderu: Quest for Freedom by David Michael Palladino is a powerful story of a woman’s search for freedom, set against the currents of the Cold War. Adriana Corderu is a beautiful young Romanian woman who is driven by the desire to obtain her freedom by escaping the Iron Curtain. The reader is taken on a fascinating ride with this brave young woman as she struggles against the odds stacked against her, facing challenges with unusual bravery, building new friendships on the way, and resolutely moving towards her freedom. Based on real life events, this is a gripping story with great historical and political relevance.
I have read many historical novels, but few are those that stay rooted in history to the point that the reader feels as if they are reliving events. Adriana Corderu: Quest for Freedom is one of those rare ones. The story is so well-told that the reader feels like being a witness to the Cold War. The characters are well-developed and readers will enjoy watching Adriana Corderu as she grows from merely having a love of freedom to overcoming challenges in order to achieve her freedom. She grows throughout the story, meeting new friends and acquiring new experiences that deepen her humanity. The author’s use of contrast and satire is so masterful that it helps the reader to see the difference between West and East very clearly. David Michael Palladino has a gift for plot and for character, and his prose is crisp and so tightly woven it has the reader spellbound. This is a story that will inform and inspire readers, reminding them of why the US has always been an exceptional world power.
Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo
Adriana Corderu Quest for Freedom by David Michael Palladino may seem like a novel about politics, but it has many more layers that make it one of those novels that defy one genre. The novel follows a young woman by the name of Adriana Corderu who is a young Romanian trying to find her way out of oppressive communist rule and embrace the freedom offered to people elsewhere in the world. Adriana wants to escape the “Iron Curtain” and live her life away from the restrictions of her country. Amid the dangers of the Cold War and the oppression of her leaders, Adriana became one of the young people who craved freedom. However, instead of wasting time and bad mouthing the authorities, Adriana had the courage to do something about it and worked on paving a way for a better future. Taking the example set by America and its president at the time, Adriana and her friends took it upon themselves to charge at the “Iron Curtain” and break it down.
Crisp, enthralling and very well-developed, Adriana Corderu Quest for Freedom by David Michael Palladino conveys a very strong message to the reader. I could not help but feel admiration for Adriana, how she stood tall and resilient in the face of the tyranny of the authorities. The story is fast-paced and full of action so that the reader is hooked. The characters are fully developed, yet they still have room to grow and develop even more with the plot. Thanks to Palladino’s writing, I did not want to stop! I wanted to absorb as much of the story as I could. I enjoyed uncovering every layer of this story and took great pleasure in every revelation. Really impressive.
Reviewed By: Rabia Tanveer
Adriana Corderu Quest for Freedom by David Michael Palladino is the story of one woman’s search for freedom in the context of the Cold War and a reevaluation of the implications of the ideological conflict between East and West. Both historical and inspirational, this novel takes the reader on a journey through a painful cultural divide, examining the oppression that people experienced behind the Iron Curtain and the true meaning of freedom. The young Adriana has had her share of oppression and, determined to live as a liberated and respected human being, she sets out for the land of freedom, America, but this isn’t going to be a thrill ride for her as she has to go through untold suffering, escape dangerous situations, and face many risks to achieve her dream.
Told in a very engaging and powerful narrative voice, this is a story that recreates a world of conflict that caused untold suffering to many people. The reader can’t help but follow the protagonist in her painful odyssey, experiencing love, uncertainty, and keeping the faint hope that she could reach that land of freedom. Readers will enjoy the wonderful reminiscences of American cultural values, especially the endorsement of freedom as an ultimate human right. The writing is fluid and highly descriptive, laced with strong descriptions and captivating social commentaries. David Michael Palladino’s Adriana Corderu Quest for Freedom plunges readers into a historic moment, compelling them to see it through the eyes of a young woman; a story that is as gripping and mind-boggling as it is entertaining.
Reviewed By: Arya Fomonyuy
This story is indicative of so many Americans journey to this country. Palladino is a great story teller and his muse Adriana is one brave gal indeed. What a brilliant story and harrowing thing to go through. More native born Americans NEED to know this woman's story and more importantly appreciate our country as does Adriana and the rest of her family. They are true Americans now and NOT communists. Well DONE!!
Translates world events into an intimate relevance through individuals as they were personally affected by the politics of the time. Brings the Cold War into focus as the people featured in the book try to find their own way through the upheaval of this period of history.
David Palladino is a great story teller. Looking forward to his next book.