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Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.
Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 13,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.
Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.
Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," "Freedom's Scion," "Freedom's Fury," and "Priestesses" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.
Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:" http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/
And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
on Nov. 11, 2013 :
In my experience, the better the novel is, the worse its sequels will be. The author is so thrilled by the success of the first book that he sets out to write the same book a second time, to "catch lightning in a bottle" in the same exact way. It never works.
That's not the case here.
This sequel to "Which Art In Hope" is deeper emotionally than its prequel. The first book is a moral and philosophical conundrum; this one is more of a family saga. Clan Morelon gets a much fuller and richer treatment. More of its members step forward and become three-dimensional. A couple turn out not to be what I expected -- and that worked out just fine.
Protagonist Althea is a Fran Porretto specialty: a larger than life heroine whose trials challenge her and her equally impressive husband Martin appropriately to their stature. He keeps coming up with these supermen and making them believable, emotionally accessible and appealing, even though their supporting casts make it clear how far they are above the human norm.
I'm a friend of Fran's. He had to plead with me to read "Which Art In Hope." I agreed to do it only grudgingly, and was surprised by how good it is. "Freedom's Scion" didn't have that going for it: I expected it to be first-rate...and Fran surprised me yet again.
Fran tells me there's going to be a third book. I can't wait.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on June 01, 2013 :
Freedom's Scion is a book I couldn't put down. Even though I was reading it in the Kindle app on a smartphone - not the most comfortable reading tool - I couldn't stop until I finished, which meant reading well into the early morning. The next one can't come soon enough; I can't wait to find out where the story goes from here.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 27, 2013 :
While reading the first book of the series, back before the author even knew it was a series, a little voice inside my head was saying "there has to be more" and here it is.
In this novel, the author delves into a different aspects of the Spoonerite society and its impact on the people and families therein.
The good news is, if you enjoyed the world described in "Which Art In Hope", then you'll enjoy this. The bad news is, like any addictive habit, you'll want more. The good news is, the next fix is on its way. The bad news is, it won't be here soon enough for my tastes so I'll just have to wait impatiently, while occasionally muttering "is it done yet?"
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on May 25, 2013 :
Part Two of a trilogy, all is not well with the Spoonerites. The snake is in the garden of the world without government as the will to power and thus, to form a State, resurrects itself among a few perfidious characters.
All this whilst our heroine marshals resources in order to make herself and others a space-faring people again; and to find out what happened to the earth her people had fled.
In doing so, she stumbles upon an alien world whose genetic engineering practices will shock the reader (it did me), but cheer the reader when our heroine handles the matter with aplomb.
Freedom's Scion has so much going for it in terms of ideas, plot, action, setbacks, surprises, and betrayals that the reader will feel cheated that the story ends in media res rather than going on and on.
In fact, when the trilogy is complete, I'm willing to bet I'll regret it's completion and want it to go on and on.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)