Joseph Basil Giletto
Outskirts Press (2018)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (02/19)
“Mystical Memories” by Joseph Basil Giletto follows Chung, a Samurai who has had to overcome severe hardships throughout his life. Breaking free of earthly constraints, he has the ability to travel through a portal into different dimensions. Along the way he encounters some very interesting people.
The story begins with the first adventure taking place in the future. A spacecraft is about to crash, so Chung steps in with his spirit red dragon to help save it. This rescue allows Chung to meet the crew who will play critical roles throughout the rest of this story. Chung, his new friends, and old allies find themselves on a variety of adventures that take them through different places and times. Love blossoms amongst the men and women as they meet and find themselves becoming united throughout their challenges.
Chung, who has suffered the loss of his soul mate, finds his heart being wakened by Lady Bridget who has cat green eyes, green fur and a tail. Tonto, a Native American corporal on the ship, finds himself literally falling in love with violet eyed Honeywell, during what could have been a fatal fall. Oda, an ancient from feudal Japan falls in love with warrior Queen Boudicca. And then there is Coltec, a warrior traveler, who falls in love with Mei, who helped him cleanse his soul. Modern technology and ancient magic work together to help save these characters from potential disasters so that they can all complete their journeys and be with their soulmates.
“Mystical Memories,” is unlike anything I have ever read before. The author does an excellent job of blending people from different times and places into one story. He seamlessly incorporates modern technology and magic wherever either is needed into the narrative.
The characters are unique in that they all have special talents or gifts, and as couples bond, they learn how to combine their talents. The author also includes beautiful, colorful pictures that help illustrate this tale. I loved that the author suggests certain music pieces to go with his chapters and that he references much of where his ideas are derived. This allowed me to learn something as I was reading. I highly recommend “Mystical Memories,” by Joseph Basil Giletto to fans of fantasy fiction. If you are looking for something unique, this is the perfect choice.