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The Magic In The Receiver by [Dillon, Paul]
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Set on the Greek island of Kefalonia, THE MAGIC IN THE RECEIVER is a novel about the existential nature of love.

"If you liked Captain Corelli's Mandolin, you'll surely enjoy THE MAGIC IN THE RECEIVER ..."
-Maria Karamitsos, The Greek Star - Summer Book Review 2012

It's 1953 and Kefalonia lies ruined, shattered by a massive earthquake. Nine-year-old Ioannis Katros’s family is torn apart and he joins thousands in an evacuation of the stricken isle. Fifty years later, accompanied by his daughter Elena, Ioannis returns to attend a mysterious mountain festival and to lay his ghosts to rest.

Elena quickly embraces her Kefalonian roots and extends her stay, despite the protests of a jealous fiancé. When an auspicious meeting leads to a night of passion with the wealthy, enigmatic Ben, their worlds collide. She, believing their meeting kismet, delights in the ephemeral encounter, letting fate take its course. He sees lust turn to love, or is it a dangerous obsession...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
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  • Publisher: Mark Williams international Digital Publishing (Dec 23 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASO89QA
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There is a lot of depth to this story. It is challenging to keep the story straight as the author goes from past to present to past. Also add to that going from character to character it made it challenging to follow the story line. The setting for the story is lovely. You can almost feel the heat and smell the air as you listen to the sounds around you.
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I could not continue reading this book after a couple of tries. The writing is self consciously sophomoric, filled with plummy adjectives. The dialogue is stilted and I was so distracted by the bad writing I couldn't get into the plot.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful turns of phrase Oct. 22 2012
By Oleg Medvedkov - Published on
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The Great Earthquake of 1953 in Cephalonia (or Kefalonia) was a real event. Four consecutive earthquakes hit the island and destroyed practically every house standing. Following this terrifying natural disaster, almost 100,000 people out of 125,000 of its residents left their birthplace to start a new life somewhere else.

Ioannis Katros, the point character in this novel was evacuated to America when he was just a boy. His sister Nicia, was evacuated as well but came back to her ancestral home after some years while Ioannis stayed on in the States.

The story has two main timelines - one is the "earthquake" timeline and the other one is set in the present day and mostly viewed through the eyes of Elena, Ioannis' daughter, who came to Kefalonia with her father to commemorate the events of the past.

This novel could be viewed either as the story of the earthquake and the people living on the island in the present day - the ones who stayed on or returned to it; or Elena's life-at-crossroads moment in time that is happening on the background of the island's surroundings and history. I tend to think that there's an allegory that ties both timelines in this story that could, perhaps, be read between the lines - one about people's wants and choices and how those might affect them in the future.

The backdrop for the novel is gorgeous, as it should be, being a Mediterranean island during the warm season. Some readers might be tempted to visit after reading this novel, I feel.

Ben's character almost seems out of place on the island and as such, it provides the contrast in this novel - from the beginning the feeling of the story was more of the "Island-paradise where the time stays still."

This is a literary-style novel with elaborate writing and beautiful turns of phrase. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was like taking a trip to the Greek Islands Aug. 25 2012
By Kathleen Patel - Published on
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I love a book that can transport me to another world, a faraway, exotic and beautiful place. As I read this book, I fell in love the picturesque Greek island of Kefalonia. I could hear the waves pounding on the beach and smell the aroma of the Bougainvillea that painted the island with swaths of vivid color.

There are two stories being told simultaneously. Elena is a young Greek-American woman visiting the land of her father. She is at a crossroads in her life, facing some serious decisions.

Then there is the story of her ancestors, who were victim to the horrendous earthquake of 1953. The only survivors were her father, aunt and uncle. Although they have moved on and lived lives that are rich in love and family, the emotional turmoil from the earthquake stay close to the surface.

A mystical ceremonial ritual brings most of the island together in a pilgrimage of sorts. This ends in giving the survivors a kind of closure and peace.

But Elena cannot find peace. She finds herself with more questions than answers. There are so many possibilities. She is completely enchanted by the island and can see herself settling in to the Kefalonian lifestyle permanently.

The insistent calls from her impatient fiancé' start to feel smothering. His controlling manner seems to be pushing her into the arms of another, However, his demands that she return to Boston are forcing her to make a decision sooner rather than later.

She is intrigued by a local artist who seems to feed her hunger for an artistic outlet. He's married, mysterious, sexy and a little bit scary. When he asks her to model for him, she is intrigued.

Then there is Ben, the rich American who seems to be chasing his own demons. He's charismatic and knows exactly how to get what he wants. His attraction quickly approaches obsession.

Elena wonders about fate. Does everything happen for a reason?

I wonder if Elena will make it back to Boston safely.

Maybe she will live happily ever after in Kefalonia.

I don't know if it is meant to be.

There is something ominous in the air...
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hypnotic Spell Cast by this Enchanted Island Oct. 20 2012
By Erika Borsos - Published on
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Paul Dillon immediately engages the reader's undivided attention with indelible impressions of the mystical aura which envelopes the island of Kefalonia. He uses poetic phrases, which help the reader hear the harmonic musical interludes created by the mating rituals of cicadas, one feels the warmth of the Meditarranean sun, and hears the lapping of waves and sees the shimmering cerulean Meditarranean sea. Ben Anderson, one of the major characters, awakens from a sound sleep to this mesmerizing experience. Little does he realize how much more his senses will awaken and what deep internal conflicts will arise after a chance encounter with a beautiful doe-eyed, long legged female visitor whose ancestral roots are firmly planted in the island.

In the second chapter, it is 1953 and Ioannis Katros, a nine year old boy is playing in his grandmother's backyard when his game is interrupted by a thunderous cracking and roar, which is simultaneously accompanied by a shaking of the earth. Next, the island is covered in a gray mist. Ioannis's leg is trapped by debris, it is painful and numb. He prays to Saint Gerasimos, the patron saint of Kefalonia to help him walk again. The volcanic eruption and its inevitable consequences became a haunting, life changing event for Ioannis, who later moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he raised his family. Elena, his twenty seven year old daughter, is visiting Kefalonia for the first time. It is on this enchanting island she is sorting out certain personal life issues she needs to resolve. A chance encounter meeting with an American, non-Greek visiting tourist, Ben Anderson, provides explosive fireworks, similar to a volcano but entirely of a different kind, which deeply tangles her already conflicted personal life. She is forced to make a difficult decision.

In this book, three life stories are intertwined, the unexpected romance between Elena and Ben and the consequences and unresolved feelings of Elena's father, Ioannis Katros, regarding the volcanic explosion which changed his life. Paul Dillon managed to captivate and charm this reader from start to finish, while reading about the conflicts and life events of these main characters on the beautiful island of Kefalonia. The author provides unforgettable, realistic and mesmerizing descriptions of the natural scenery, the rhythms of island life, the eccentric local artists, and last but not least, the ebb and flow of the feelings experienced by the main characters. Reviewer received book as gift with option to review. I highly recommend this book because this is one magical gift you would enjoy receiving! Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Island Magic... Dec 4 2012
By Melanie - Published on
Format: Paperback
Feel the balmy air and hot sun. See the beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and all the bright, vivid colors of the island. Smell the sweet flowers...hear the cicadas and birds chirping...taste the native foods and drink. The Magic in the Receiver is a paradise retreat for the senses...

Set on the Greek island of Kefalonia, The Magic in the Receiver consists of three story lines that tie together. The reader is taken back to 1953, following nine year old Ioannis Katros and his life leading up to the immense earthquake that left the island in ruin.

Set fifty years later in present day time, the second story line focuses on Ioannis, who returns to Kefalonia with his family. Never getting over the tragic events that occurred during the earthquake, Ioannis makes the pilgrimage to the Monastary of Agios Gerasimos, to honor Saint Gerasimos, the island's patron saint. During this trip, he makes some discoveries about himself and learns to come to peace with his past.

The third interwoven story line is about Ioannis' daughter, Elena, who decides to indefinitely extend her stay on the magical and beautiful island. Here, Elena meets the handsome, charming and wealthy Ben, who falls for her. Here, we follow her on her romantic adventure. Although she is in paradise, Elena is faced with many important life decisions. Should she embrace her Greek heritage and stay in Kefalonia with Ben or should she go back to her life Boston to a fiancé whom she is not in love with?
The Magic in the Receiver consists of island romance, history, tragedy, the tale of a patron saint, life's decisions and most importantly, acceptance.

Paul Dillon is beautifully descriptive in his writing. I enjoyed envisioning the settings and the beauty he described. I especially enjoyed the story line from 1953 and found the information on Saint Gerasimos very interesting. However, when finished with the book, I was left wanting further information. Perhaps a sequel is in the works?

Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it to be well written.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing past and present story telling. Oct. 16 2012
By Carina - Published on
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This novels goes back and forth between the past in Argostoli, Kefalonia in 1953 during a massive earthquake, the present and a week prior to the present. The story of the past, during the earthquake, relays the story of what happened to a nine year old boy named Ionnis Katros and his family. I really enjoyed this part of the story. And, I am disappointed that the story didn't go back to that part as often as the present. I would have really like to know more about characters relationships and what exactly happened to Ionnis older brother. Or more about how Nicia's and Andrea's relationship blossoms to what it is now in the present. There was so much that could have been worked on during the past that would made the story so much more interesting.

Then, there is the week before the present. In which Elena comes to Kefalonia with her father, Ioannis, to the festivities to honor Saint Gerasimos and to remember the earthquakes of 1953. This part of the story is also not told out as much as it could be. I would have liked to see more in the father's eyes of what he was feeling. Of how he was reminiscing about the past and how it effected him. But this part of the story is pretty brief, and it is in the eyes of Elena who just sees second hand of how her father is feeling and mostly just thinks it is really hot and tiring.

Those two parts of the stories correspond with each other and were the most fascinating parts of the story. But then there is the present, which is the bulk of the novel and it just didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the story. It is about Elena staying after her family leaves, to go back to the states after the festivities, and then how she meets a man name Ben who instantly falls head over heels for her. The only thing it had in common with the rest of the novel was that Elena was in it. It would have been much more interesting if it tied into the rest of the novel like Elena trying to find out more history of the earthquake event or something of that nature but no it just about Elena meeting Ben. Which makes me dislike Elena and the decisions that she makes along the way. Each time a new chapter came I was hoping it would be about the past but it was more about Elena and her poor decisions.

There seems to be a lot of unnecessary descriptions in some places and not enough description in others. Some of the extra description bogs down the story and takes away from it. I want to know more about the earthquake history and what happens during that past and not of Elena and Ben having dinner. There is a lot of awkward dialogue where it is just boring to read or I think, who really talks like that?

Then, the ending it just abruptly stops! It doesn't really conclude anything at the end. Which I hope that doesn't mean there is another novel because really all we needed was one extra paragraph stating exactly what Elena does in the end. But overall I just wished the story played more off of the past instead of awkwardly adding it and having no relation at all to what was happening to the present.