Italo Michael Taranto entered this world on the 12th December 1967, born of a Sicilian father and an Afrikaans mother in Swaziland, a small landlocked country to the north-east of South Africa. Swaziland shares its Eastern border with Mozambique. The balance of this small country is surrounded by the South African province of Mpumalanga, and its most southerly border lies against the South African coastal province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Italo spent the first six years of his life living in Swaziland. Soon after Swaziland gained its Independence the family moved up to Johannesburg South Africa for the purpose, he later learned, of a better education. Having been brought up in a well-to-do, middle class suburban family home, Italo’s life took an unforeseen dive into a life of drugs, motorcycle gangs, chronic alcoholism, criminal activity and lascivious sexual immorality. He suffered an accident which should have killed him, or at the least, should have ended his freedom and days as a normal member of society, and consigned him to a life behind bars on charges of first degree murder. The reason it didn’t forms the main thread of his story.
Italo finished writing the final draft of this book on the 28th of May 2012. Truth House Publishing received his manuscript on the 30th. Twelve days later, on the 11th June 2012, Italo died, having completed what he knew to be his assignment from God.
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Tell Them How Much I Love Them
by Italo Taranto
Price: $3.99 USD. 39400 words.
Published by Truth House Publishing on June 28, 2012. Nonfiction.
Italo Michael Taranto was, according to his own description, the arch “alcoholic, womanizing, drug abusing, thieving reprobate” with motor cycle mania. In 1992 he had a divine intervention in his life. In 2007 another experience started him on his journey of writing his life story.
In May 2012 Truth House Publishing received his manuscript. Twelve days later he died suddenly. This is his story.
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