Portia's Revelation

Rated 4.13/5 based on 23 reviews
Portia is insane. She is dead too, but not all the time. So begins the revelation of a brain-injured Roman girl who has wonderful and terrible visions of the future. Will her disturbing message ensure a future for humanity, or is Portia’s revelation the greatest hoax of all time? Part historical fiction, an irreverent fantasy, with inspirational life lessons thrown in for good measure. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
  • Words: 78,720
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781311165299
About Rich Tenaglia

Rich Tenaglia is a native of Columbus, Ohio, a metallurgical engineer, having spent his career developing innovative ways to process metals.

For relaxation, he enjoys playing trombone in the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company. A member of The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni, he was profoundly moved and honored by the opportunity to perform with TBDBITL alumni at the D-Day ceremonies at the Brittany American Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach.

Rich has a spiritual passion for the night sky and a serious love of sunrises, sunsets, and rainbows. He hopes to continue creative writing in retirement.

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Review by: MarcellaGonzo on July 26, 2016 :
I will be the first to say that historical fantasy is not usually part of my normal reading, as I either prefer nonfiction, or the complete opposite with modern romance But I was intrigued by the description and enjoyed the sample pages so I figured I’d give it a shot, with the allowance to myself that I could quit reading it at any time and not feel bad (after all, it really isn’t my thing…) But lo and behold I finished in 3 nights flat, and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. First, because it didn’t dumb itself down or insult my intelligence or common sense (the way that many books tend to do these days) and I thought the storyline and the character development to be very well done and fleshed out. The combination of the modern/ancient world and the ‘mystical’ elements was a neat angle, and the ending gave me the satisfaction that I look for in a good book. While it may not be for everyone, try it you might be surprised how much you like it…. I was! Could use some light proofing as I noticed some punctuation things here and there. but nothing too terrible. Suitable for most readers, mature teens on up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Cory Banyan on July 24, 2016 :
"Portia’s Revelation” is a charming, compelling read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of historical drams, literary fiction, women’s fiction novels. Rich Tenaglia infuses a unique blend of suspense and mystery, philosophical ponderings, and makes us look at the bigger picture of life – not an easy thing to do! The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow until things started to pick up. The long stretches of dense telling narration a little annoying and made it drag at times, but other than that the conversations and scenes flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely. We feel like we are a part of the book and the whole ‘mind-bending’ experience. I would recommend for fans of historical drama/suspense who’d like a new twist.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: BenjiHammond on July 24, 2016 :
3 1/2 stars
I admit that at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book and that this was going to be another predictable story and I had it all figured out. But I was wrong more often than not and I liked that! Love when characters surprise me, and that happened several times in this book. I do have to say that it did take me some time to warm up to Portia, and even though the intrigue and backstory is there, I wasn’t hooked until maybe almost halfway in. Things just kept happening, but I was unsure why I should care or what even the point was… there is a lack of inciting incident (other than discovering/translating the papyrus) I feel like I didn’t have any real reason to care if it was real/hoax/truth or not because there was no obvious consequences either way… so hard to become too invested. But I thought the writing was great and the plot had enough interesting twists and turns to keep me reading on I think it could have used some more tension at times, but the takeaway at the end was beautiful and uplifting and brought the whole story full circle.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: LaylaM1 on July 21, 2016 :
4.5 stars
I really liked this book, Portia’s Revelation, and honestly the more time that passes, the more I think I like it. I finished last week, but it is really sticking with me for some reason, and I think I’ll re-read it again soon. I read tons and tons of fantasy, and historical fiction, even modern mystery and suspense (and this book has a nice blend of all those) and this one stands out as having more “character” and “depth” than most I’ve read. It’s not loaded with over-the-top sex, or graphic violence… There is an actual smart, complex, but profound and spiritual plot here, driven by some of the best, complex, and flawed characters I’ve read lately. It was totally unpredictable and not at all contrived. The writing is very good and natural sounding, and I liked the ending a lot. I think this author is off to a very promising start (this is his debut, believe it or not) and I’m definitely reading his next one when it’s available. Thanks!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Brenda Maxwell on July 21, 2016 :
this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed Rich Tenaglia’s unique “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were ingenious, funny, deep, smart, and not predictable, and the element of having it set in ancient Rome (and current times) was a new angle for me— I usually only read contemporary novels. Have to say I think it made it even better! The characters were all interesting and well-written, and although there were some times that I thought it was a bit slow and needed some more tension, like I never really thought that all wouldn’t end up okay, and sometimes I like that heightened tension. But I loved the overall message and want to read more from this author in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Darla Ortiz on July 21, 2016 :
while overall I liked the plot line of “Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia, as it was really creative, insightful, and unlike anything I’ve read before, I have to say that I had a very difficult time getting and staying engaged, mostly due to the style of writing. It is all backstory and setup and narrative, just telling us what characters are doing and feeling… and then the head hopping makes it impossible to tell who or where or when you are, especially if you put down the book at any point. I found myself having to re-read whole sections and was still confused… and felt that it really lacked focus most of the time. It was hard to keep reading, but I persevered and while I did like how it all wrapped up (even though the ending is bittersweet) I think Portia and the Spiritea are interesting dynamics to follow, and I like the message and experiences… just feel like the execution needs work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Karen Matthews on July 16, 2016 :
when I first started this book, I wasn’t prepared to like it as much as I did! But I fell in love not with just with Portia and Spiritae, but with all the supporting cast past and present. And Rich Tenaglia writes like a seasoned pro! I was surprised to read that this is his debut as this is one of the better written and polished books I’ve read in a long time. And the editing was nearly flawless, which is extremely rare. “Portia’s Revelation” is an inspirational fantasy novel at heart but it is so, so much more, and I was genuinely impressed with the level of intelligence and complexity Mr. Tenaglia brought to a genre that can be full of predictable cliché storytelling. This was fresh, unique, and I loved the ancient Roman setting and the different characters from back then (even mentioning real ones, like Emperor Commodus). And Mr. Tenaglia captures the era and tone perfectly! Can’t wait to read more from him soon!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Steph Coleman on July 15, 2016 :
"Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia is one of the most original and well-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s descriptive, lively prose, and his attention to detail, both with the characters and with the historical setting. This is one of the more ‘intelligent’ fantasy novels I’ve read, and the characters are strong and believable, and even though I think there needed to be more conflict and tension to really drive the storyline, at least the action never feels fake or contrived for the sake of creating ‘drama’. Positive messages that everyone can benefit form, and a Great supporting cast. I liked the brisk pace and the short chapters. Makes for a satisfying read that you don’t want to put down. Recommend for mature teens on up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: CamJones on July 15, 2016 :
fabulous… a real breath of fresh air! What lovely prose and vivid atmosphere and characterizations Rich Tenaglia weaved into this fun and creative novel! After reading the book then re-reading the description I feel like the synopsis doesn’t do it justice. Not that it is bad, just that there is so much more to this book that you really have to read for yourself in order to experience. The storylines and characters that Tenaglia created were brilliantly imagined and fully-developed. I think I actually enjoyed the world-building//time setting and the characters themselves more than the actual plot, which I thought could have used a *bit* more higher tension and stakes, as if always felt a bit too safe for me. But overall it was endlessly entertaining and nicely written. Some parts were just so beautiful and descriptive – almost poetic. I’d love to read more from Mr. Tenaglia. Recommend for adults, but it is probably okay for older teens as well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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