THE “BOYS” by Arthur Cola

The “Boys” by Arthur Cola


(Author Arthur Cola, need I point out it’s the one with the hat? He is with his two sons on the Isle of Capri in Italy).

 Two of the six sons who form the core characters in my upcoming novel, The Brooch, are brothers. Often called by the endearing term of “the boys,” John and Richard are the sons of the Arthur and Donna Colonna characters who were first introduced as active characters in my book, The Shamrock Crown and continued their exploits in my novel,The Stone Cutter Genius. Sometimes referred to as Giovanni (John) and Ricardo (Richard) by the Italian character Agnes la Strega who is a colleague of their father, they soon become caretakers of “Reg” as the family goes toItaly in their attempt to solve a 500 year old mystery.

 Rich (Ricardo) is the younger of the two though often appears to be more mature and thoughtful. A lean dark haired large brown eyed youth of 19 he resembles his Italian-American father in physical characteristics rather than his fair skin and red headed mother of Irish descent. His insight in regards to clues will prove pivotal in understanding what  Michelangelo, was trying to say not only to the only woman he ever loved but also to the world centuries later.

 In the sequence below the guys are letting it all out, so to speak, after a rather heady planning session in which John and Rich contribute key factors in piecing together the message surrounding the mystery of The Brooch.

 Excerpt from the novel, The Brooch. Chapter 15: The Sack of Rome

 …The “boys” however were too keyed up to go to sleep, especially since Reg seemed to need some bolstering and support after the emotional impact of seeing not only the Ring itself but the plaque on which was engraved the names of the Colonna brothers and Ryan.

 So the boys had decided to take a dip in the pool. Not wanting to go through the bother of getting towels and swim suits they jumped in with just their underwear on. Arthur having decided that it was pleasant enough to enjoy some night air had the window of Donna and his bedroom open. In typical Italian style, it did not have a screen over it. The frolicking boys made enough noise to attract his attention as he was pondering his notes on the Sack of Rome and its effect on Michelangelo and the history of the Brooch. Sticking his head out the window, he saw below a bare “cuolo” as a person’s butt is termed in Italian. The boys had gone from boxers to “au naturale” as the saturated shorts slipped off one by one.

 …Arthur made his way down the stairs with four towels in hand. Creeping down the garden stairs he tossed them gently on one of the chase lounges and departed, not wanting to embarrass anyone.



 (Find out more about the Rich character as he fights in a pub brawl and in the Pantheon of Rome as the sons band together to confront those who would seek to destroy the legacy of Michelangelo and prevent them from bringing the artist’s message to the world. “The Brooch” will soon be available on Kindle and through



























About arthurcola

I am the author of seven fiction books based on Celtic and Italian legends, Renaissance mysteries and history. They are: Journey of Three Pure Hearts and its sequel Pure and Tarnished Hearts, Stolen Christmas,The Brooch,The Stone Cutter Genius, The Shamrock Crown (Legend of Excalibur) and Papa and the Leprechaun King. My children's Christmas themed book is titled: Papa and the Gingerbread man. I have two screenplay versions on (The Shamrock Crown and The Leprechaun King) and have recently completed screenplay versions for my other novels. I served in the field of education for many years before embarking on a writing career. I am married to Donna and we have five children. web site:
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