(The Man from Constantinople)
“José Rodrigues dos Santos masters Scott Fitzgerald’s principle of character in action, a technique to establish that a character is what he does rather than what he says. (…) José also knows how to write to entertain the reader, challenging him to solve a mystery or to follow the life of a character. He writes what we call page-turners. (…) José knows how to tell a story, how to create vibrant dialogues that help push forward the plot, how to frame events within history, how to begin and close a chapter, how to spread the light and what to leave in the shadows, how to keep the pace and the reader glued to the book. Here story and history become intertwined.”
"Whenever José Rodrigues dos Santos publishes a novel, there's no room left for other authors at the top of the bestselling charts."
"José Rodrigues dos Santos is a master of classic suspense. His novels are paced and consistent, we almost see them as movies, filled with imagery and including stories with a beginning, a middle and an ending. In an ideologically fragmented post-industrial world, the work of José Rodrigues dos Santos is an island to which well educated middle class readers attach themselves, unconsciously remembering an era in which life had an implicit and transcendent meaning, a world where all parts of life harmoniously connected to present a destiny. (...) José Rodrigues dos Santos has the ability to enliven novels with the rules of television scriptwriting, reviving a stendhalian vision like a mirror hanging over a society, representing it in a transparent way. It's the realist perspective of literature, brought about along the lines of a clear social representation.(...) Like no other author in Portugal, José Rodrigues dos Santos dwells within this perspective of novel writing with the ease of a fish dwelling in water."
Jornal de Letras, Portugal