The Story

It begins and ends in an American town with important segments playing out in 15th century Florence, Italy and in a Franciscan Monastery in the High Tatras of the Carpathian Mountains in the late 1980’s.

The high point of the story, and all threads almost from the very beginning lead to an ‘Evening of Music,’ at which the main feature are the performance of a Requiem (Song of Death) and an Oratorio (Song of Rebirth). The theme of renewal again is played out in the performance of the last scene of the musical play ‘Tristan’s Chronicles’ during the 2nd half of the ‘Musical Evening’.

The three musical instruments on the front cover represent the principal protagonists of the story – cellist, violinist, and pianist.
The circle of hands symbolizes those invisible forces – reason, understanding, conscience, circumstance, emotion, environment and luck – which protect or threaten, help or hinder our journey through life. The story entertains and amuses, confronts and provokes the reader into critical thought.

It creates a world of beauty and excellence, of ordinary people who have the courage to lead extraordinary lives and reach extraordinary heights.




I met Roland in Tequisquiapan, Queretaro, Mexico. I found Roland to be a very interesting person who has been in different parts of the world. At the age of 81 he has more energy than I at 63. He asked me to read his recently published book, “Invisible Hands”. I think I have read 5 books in my life time. Not being an avid reader, I told him I would try. As I read chapter after chapter, his use of the English language captivated me. I found the book to be interesting, amusing and I really enjoyed it. Give the book a try you wont be disappointed.