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  • By Mick Rooney
    Oct 15, 2009
    "BOOK REVIEW" Shannon Yarbrough of THE LULU BOOK REVIEW Academy is packed full of adventure and history. Academy is indeed one of those books that will send you on a history lesson field trip! Whoa! For me, I could write a book on each of these subjects. There are millions of stories from the Holocaust alone that have yet to be told, but somehow, Mick has indeed packed all of these subjects into one little book. And he does it flawlessly! The Academy is the big brother that is always watching. In the beginning, when the reader is first being introduced to the narrator, we are given brief images of the Academy soldiers herding people in the streets. It resonates of Nazi actions which we’ve read about and seen in movies. Flash to our narrator sitting in a movie theater to escape the outside world…red velvet curtains drawn over the screen and the tinkling of a red-lit chandelier over head. The author fills your head with so much imagery that it’s like coming up after... More > submerging yourself in a pool or hot bath. You open your eyes and sound comes back to you as water leaves your ears. You do it slowly in order to indulge your senses; which is why I suggest reading this book very slowly. We soon discover that our narrator, Leonardo, works for the Academy. He is a simple clerk, often having a day’s work completely changed or thrown away by the Academy, simply as a reminder of who is indeed in charge and who pays him. So, he lies about his work and says he is a historian or geographer. Rooney’s deep inner narrative voice of Leonardo balanced with intricate details of the Academy’s hiarchy is simply haunting. He hypnotises you with Leonardo’s dreamy thoughts, only to wake you up with a slap to the face when describing the crushed skulls of babies - a reminder of the power the Academy holds over its people; and the power this author holds over his reader. As Rooney stated, he’s weaved a variety of his own historical interests into the tale, of which I too was completely fascinated. From Count von Zeppelin, a German aircraft manufacturer in a wheel chair, to Leonid Kulik, a Russian mineralogist who was studying meteorites, Rooney treats each character with a sincere respect and honors their story (hero or villian) where textbooks may have forgotten. Dan Brown “Code” fans will enjoy seeing Da Vinci’s inspiration in this story, as they will certainly take note of the small nuances and facts that Rooney has hidden throughout the story like a puzzle for his reader. As we read of our narrator’s daily plot to discover the truth of the Academy at any cost, the reader also finds themselves on a magnificent quest on every page. In closing, I found another quote on Mick’s blog that sticks out in my mind and is worth taking note of as a writer and a reader… It’s strange, books are like children. You give birth to them, nurture, develop them, and one day, suddenly, they are adults. You think back as a parent how you could have done something differently, made it all better, but, the fact is, the books become adults when published; and like adults, you cannot unlearn, forget the memories and the experience; once borne, once a child, you step forward, and you can never go back. If Academy is indeed Mick Rooney’s child (all grown up), he did a fine job as a parent! SHANNON YARBROUGH< Less
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First edition
Mick Rooney
May 3, 2008
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.71 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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