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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 Jan. 28, 2015 :
Polymath: noun A person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning. This describes the author, to a "T". His insight into interpersonal relationships; his understanding of what constitutes moral behavior; his all-too-rare grasp of true (not the liberal mockery of) civility, of politeness and consideration for others around you; his knowledge of the power of caring, compassion, and love in how people _should_ deal with each other, shine through every part of this book. It is amazing to discover these qualities in an engineer - a category of education and training where we hardly expect this depth of knowledge, as opposed to the more usual narrow knowledge of their area of expertise.
While this book is a compilation of several stories previously written, it is more fully fleshed out and developed, and follows the life of Todd Iverson as he matures from a bright young man who has not yet developed a moral compass to a mature person who, through the act of marriage to a true helpmate, becomes a moral human being capable of realizing his full potential. This book is a story that educates while it entertains, with well-developed characters, action (for us action junkies), interesting plot development, and a very reasoned explanation of the kind of moral universe that was originally the underpinnings of what this country, America, was meant to be.
Porretto also exhibits an understanding evil - some of it petty, and some of it serious, some of it obscene. But all of it requiring active opposition by good men. (For, when good men do nothing, evil abounds.) He is obviously aware of the need, and the justification, for meeting violence - or sometimes even just the threat of violence - with forceful action. I am certain he knows the difference between murder and killing (and the Commandment is "Thou shalt not _murder_", not "Thou shalt not kill"), and he displays this as part of this story, as well in other of his books which have been written before this one.
I almost gave this four stars instead of five because, in spite of how well it is written, and how enjoyable it was, it ended too soon! To have to wait months or possibly longer to pick up the threads of this tale and follow them into the life of Stephen Sumner is cruel and unusual punishment. Eventually, I expect to see a bridge between Iverson, Sumner, man's entry (or attempt) into space, and the Spooner-based novels, where a small portion of mankind flees the horrors of what the collective/progressive ideology may well end up doing to this country, and the rest of the world.
Folks, read this book. There is nothing that Francis Porretto has written that I have not re-read a number of times. Not merely for the enjoyment, but to pick up on concepts, ideas, that he presents which I either miss or do not grasp the first time around.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 27, 2015 :
Francis Porretto has done it again. "Polymath" is a can't-put-it-down all-in-one-sitting book about the exceptional people residing in Onteora County in NY State.
It was good to see the old friends from the Realm of Essences books, and to witness the first part of Todd Iverson's life and mission. Reading more of Louis Redmond is always welcome.
Thank you, Mr. Porretto. Can't wait for "Statesman."
(reviewed the day of purchase)