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Ahab, a Love Story

Dive into the untold story of the man behind the legend.

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Ahab, a Love Story

Dive into the untold story of the man behind the legend. In “Ahab, a Love Story,” Stephen Melillo unveils a mesmerizing narrative that takes you beyond the pages of Melville’s classic masterpiece, “Moby Dick.” Who was Captain Ahab before he became consumed by his relentless pursuit of the white whale? What passions stirred in his heart? What trials sculpted his soul into the iconic figure we think we know?

Beneath the surface of Ahab’s obsession lies a heart that once beat for life’s grandeur. Melillo masterfully weaves a tale that blends historical accuracy with a touch of the imagined, drawing you into a world where Ahab lived, loved, and breathed. The meticulous research is evident as every ship’s name, every astrological event, and every geographical detail aligns seamlessly with reality, immersing you in a world that could very well have existed.

At the heart of it all is young Ahab, a captivating fictional creation brought to life against the backdrop of authentic history. As the narrative unfolds, the line between fact and fiction blurs, leaving you to ponder whether the tale of young Ahab might be more real than you ever dared to believe. Melillo introduces us to Abie & Abbie, characters so vivid and tangible that a sequel to the beloved classic is already underway, entitled, “Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story”.

“Ahab, a Love Story” is not just a novel; it’s an exploration of the enigma behind one of literature’s most iconic characters. It’s a journey through time and emotion, a symphony of words that resonates with the essence of life’s intricate beauty. Prepare to be captivated, moved, and transported to a realm where the known merges with the unknown. Set sail on this literary odyssey, and may your heart find its own answers amidst the waves of Ahab’s poignant tale.

Enjoy the voyage and Godspeed! Isaac, for Stephen Melillo, Composer

What readers say about the book🧐

I have read this unique and spellbinding novel 5 times.... in a row!! Each time, at a different rhythm and pace, for, you see, it is really MUSIC. Historical accuracy, Adventure, Passion, devastating Loss, Love, and Always, Always, Hope... all wrapped in the musically soothing and terrifying blanket of the Sea. Mr. Melillo’s writing flows from the same wellspring as his powerful and captivating Music. Read this compelling work. Then read this aloud to someone you love. I’m grateful I did!!

Meredith J. Hudson

(Amazon Review)
About the Author

Stephen Melillo

A world-renowned composer, winner of multiple Gold Global Music Awards, and a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Epic/Orchestral Music, Stephen’s more than 1320 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 45-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. Stephen’s Symphony IIII: Lightfall, was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert, Kakehashi: That We Might Live, Stephen’s concert-version was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. A fourth Telly Award was given for “Best Use of Music” in the 2019 feature film, One Little Finger produced by Rupam Sarmah. A fifth Telly Award included Stephen’s work on the 2019 Reckoning of Darkness produced by Christopher Kulikowski. Stephen’s 15 feature film scores include the Academy Award-nominated 12:01PM.

Stephen has been a recipient of the ASCAP Concert Awards each year since 1992. STORMWORKS, Stephen’s pioneering, self-publishing entity, has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992 simply by word-of-mouth. He has 51 Albums and 9 books on varied streaming services and novels, including Only for Now, Ahab, a Love Story, the prequel to Melville’s Moby Dick, and most recently, the sequel, Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story.

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“Melillo is to wind music what Beethoven was to the symphony orchestra, and he follows a Beethovenesque design of increasing the musical tension almost to the breaking point, receding, and then reaching again. It is superlative musical craftsmanship and inspiring to hear.”  Marvin Sosna, Music Critic


His S-MATRIX Symphony was fabulous, full of childlike wonderment as the composer intended and marvelous sounds.  And they worked to maximum effect — a brilliant, original use of orchestral resources for a sophisticated, sensational, beautiful and satisfying experience.”   Nancy R. Ping-Robbins, Music Critic

“…a new voice in the direction of music, his sound – a bridge between the serious and the immediately visceral.”  Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman, Conductor

“If you want to know what the human spirit really is, you must, Yes – Must come to the Z tonight to hear a phenomenal world premiere that will put tears in your eyes. Symphony No. IIII by Stephen Melillo is a very powerful work. I am not embarrassed to admit that when I saw the score for the first time, I was in tears. What a powerful and moving work. It was commissioned by the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 25th anniversary of the ADA (American Disabilities Act).  Your soul will be opened.” Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman, Conductor

“…his ability to create a mood, find precisely the right touch of drama and create the needed effect was manifest… the sustained chords in the choir, the timpani’s roar, the harp’s glissandos.  Melillo used them all with a sense of absolute rightness and the result was fresh, joyful and exciting… each measure scored with an unerring ear for drama and emotion.”  John S. Sweeney, Music Critic

“He could become the Leonard Bernstein of this age… Everything he creates has many layers, ranging from synchronicity to the significance of numbers, from visceral emotions to the brotherhood of mankind.” John S. Sweeney, Music Critic

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