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Fatal Tango by [Fleischhauer, Wolfram]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 459 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611091470
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LMNE18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As an admirer of romantic fiction and dance as an expressive art form, I was instinctively drawn to the concept of this novel. My expectations were neutral, but FATAL TANGO greatly exceeded them.

The story focuses on Giulietta and Damian, a dancing duo who approach dangerous territory as their interpretations of dance emerge alongside their passionate love affair. The depth and complexity of Giulietta's relationship with Damian determines her path towards independence. It signifies hope that their love will prevail, even as the stakes rise and the odds appear to be against them.

Identity is a key issue within the plot, as international strangers converse and unify to unravel mysteries and tie up loose ends. I was fully engaged in Giulietta's journey towards finding her true self and Damian. They are essentially written as two strong-willed protagonists whose mutual love is threatened by secret agendas and complicated pasts.

A novel which draws attention to performing arts, political conflict, foreign cultures and forbidden love; FATAL TANGO is an irresistible page-turner and a delight to read! Highly recommended.
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Fatal Tango is a very intense story about Ballet and Tango and the immense hard work that the performers have to carry out. At the same time an intense first love begins to unfold which has dark undertones. Not one of my favourite subjects and I have found it rather to self focussed by the main parties in the tale. People who are more interested in dance would like it better than I have. Still a well written story.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2013
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In Berlin three weeks of passionate lovemaking between nineteen year old Giulietta and tango dancer Damian. Suddenly he is gone. At once Giulietta jeopardises her future in ballet to try track him down. Her quest leads to Argentina and troubling discoveries....

The novel's great strength lies in its dancing sequences, readers ending up knowing far more about the tango than they ever did. Also strong are descriptions of two cities. Some are amusing: a visitor's observations about contrasts in Berlin; a guidebook's off-putting details about Buenos Aires (every two hours a badly maintained elevator expected to plummet). More serious revelations greatly perturb: in both countries people on high frantically striving to conceal evidence of major past atrocities.

Less convincing are certain other aspects - attempts at suspense rather creakingly contrived; intense emotions sometimes simply not ringing true. Some may feel Giulietta offputtingly comes over as a neurotic stalker, her motives unconvincing. Damian, however, intrigues. Why labelled "El loco"? Why considered mad, seemingly so keen to alienate, a law unto himself?

So, a mixture enhanced by genuine surprises and moments that soar. One feels, though, the author is less at ease when away from the dance.
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My dancing credentials are quite impressive. My ex was a ballet dancer; I once did a cha-cha without falling down; and, after a six-pack, I could make it through an entire combo of Cotton-Eyed Joe and shadish. So, this book was a natural for me. Tango? Sure, no problem.

Actually, there was a good reason for me giving this a try: an interview with Fleishhauer that I read where he talks about the coded aspect of the dance. I was sold by this "code" feature. I'm an easy mark for codes in unlikely places and with unusual meanings.

Originally (and better) titled "Three Minutes with Reality", the book is about a young couple finding each other in Berlin. She, Giuletta, is a ballet student/professional. He, Damian, is a tango dancer of some renown/notoriety. Events conspire to bring them together for that short while and then separate them when he disappears.

She, unbelievably, travels to Argentina to find him. I know, I know, this is a premise that just has to be accepted. Otherwise, stop reading the book early on. They meet in Berlin; have a fling; he pulls a disappearing act. Gee. That's never happened before. Except, it has never happened before to nineteen year old Giuletta.

The rest of the book is a suspense story about Damien's actions, the code within the tango, tragedy, confusion, ballet, and discovery. Of course, it's also about Giuletta growing up. For the reader, it is a story that has enjoyable moments if read for the surface story. Some depth is lacking, but the story did keep me reading to the end. (Many don't.)

I would be interested in reading more of Fleishhauer's books. There was enough positive about this book for me to "like" it, even with its flaws. Per Amazon, that's four stars.

(Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader's Copy from the Amazon US Vine program.)
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By the lambanana TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2016
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Giulietta Battin is a ballet dancer embarking on her career in Berlin.

There is passion and desire all mixed up in a thrilling tale.

This book was compelling from the very start and we learn more and more which adds to the intrigue.

Along the way, there is tango and ballet.

A recommended holiday read if you like a well written thriller.
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I began without much confidence in this novel. Although the subject matter - the world of ballet and tango - interested me, the title and blurb seemed to be marketing it as an erotic romance. The first few chapters seemed to bear that out, as neurotic ballet dancer Giulietta embarked on a torrid affair with exotic Argentinean tango dancer Damian. But there's more to this novel than that. Its original German title is 'Drei Minuten Mit Der Wirklichkeit' (Three Minutes With Reality) and as the story develops, it deepens and widens in scope. When Damian mysteriously disappears after a violent encounter with Giulietta's over-protective father, she goes AWOL from the ballet in Berlin and flies to Buenos Aires to search for him, putting her career and her family at risk. She's thrown into a wild and unpredictable milieu - incomprehensible and dangerous - and from here the book really turns into a political thriller.

Translated into English from the original German by the author, who works as a conference interpreter, the book is easy to read, although in places the style is rather odd. Fleischhauer has a habit of peppering the reader with constant questions to communicate his heroine's sense of confusion, which can get a bit wearing, but in other places the descriptions of music and dance and masterly and evocative. The last stages of the book provide what amounts to a grounding in Argentinian history if all you know is "Evita" and Che. What you learn is profoundly shocking, rather like the denouement of the book, which echoes all the tragedy and farce of classical ballet and all the passion and despair of tango. An unusual and worthwhile read.
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