Praise for Cutter's Island
…Cutter's Island is a perfect, flawless gem, without a false note anywhere. In prose as spare as Caesar's own, Mr. Panella makes surfaces reflect surfaces, with the sense of bottomless depths beneath. He packs more between the lines, and between chapters, than most writers deliver in books and books.
– Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire
...written in a pithy, vigorous prose reminiscent of Caesar's classic style, Cutter's Island summons up the violence, danger, and intrigue of the Roman world, investing events long past with a fresh sense of immediacy. Read Full Review
– Los Angeles Times
"It is like an epic poem. There is great complexity to the characters, which doesn't always happen in historical fiction." Read Full Review
– Anita Miller, Publisher's Weekly
...the world was different then. If you want to find out how different and read a fact-based adventure story that puts breath and blood into ancient history, read Cutter's Island.
- Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus.
Unlike many writers of historical fiction, the author doesn't overburden his prose with period detail. Instead, through concise description and subtle inference, he allows the reader to construct the past in his her own mind. It's not so much what he puts in but what he carefully leaves out. Caesar is the story's narrator and his style in undeniably modern, but even so there are no anachronisms, no jarring notes. The reader is not cajoled, but lulled backwards in time.
- Seven Days