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At his employer’s request, corporate lawyer Stephen Sumner reluctantly entered politics to become lieutenant governor of New York. That won’t be his last public office. Sumner will discover how slight is the relevance of politics to justice, his lifelong passion. The discovery will propel him to a height he never imagined...and from which he will fall just as precipitously. More

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ISBN: 9781311382016
About Francis W. Porretto

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:"

And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at

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Review by: Eviltwin47 on July 04, 2017 :
What WOULD happen, if a man of Integrity ran for high office?
Either he would not get elected, or probably something like this story.
All actions have consequences, even Good Works.
What price are you willing to pay to "Do the Right Thing"?

Warning: This book will make more sense, if you read the others in the Series (Realm of Essences). While I think this book stands on it's own, you are going to want more, and reading this book first might spoil the other four in the Series. So, yes, you should read the other four first. Just remember, this one is waiting for you, so it is all worth it!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

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