Chosen One

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Louis Redmond is the pinnacle of Mankind: a high genius, a world-class athlete, and a natural leader of men. He has the respect of all who know him. He's protected by an immortal warrior whose vigilance never slackens. Yet he would trade it all to be as ordinary as you or I, without a backward glance. For Louis's powers bring him great danger, including from the One he trusts most in this world. More

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Words: 86,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452403304
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


Chosen One -- Synopsis
A few words about my novel "Chosen One," the first volume in my "Realm of Essences" series.

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Review by: Melinda Le Baron on April 21, 2012 :
I thank my lucky stars for indie authors because every now and then you find a gem that simply knocks you off your feet. Mr. Porretto is simply amazing. With courage in hand, he not only tackles your basics of writing but also life's big questions. What makes a man? What is morality? What is right? How do we deal with violence? What is respect? How do we fit God and tradition into our lives? This novel is simply stunning, at times extremely emotional and at others touchingly poignant.

Our protagonist, Louis Redmond loses his family early in his life. He is a Catholic in a small town in up-state New York where he works for OA, a defense contractor who makes war planes. Louis not only believes in God, but helps feed the homeless 5 nights a week. He holds himself to higher standards of behavior than any one around him because he believes it is the right thing to do. Almost like Lancelot in th 21rst century. We follow Louis through different challenges and situations in his life whether through beloved co-workers, his Father Confessor, his friends and Malcolm MacLaughlin who is as old as time.

Porretto's characterization is rich and lush. These characters are so well drawn that you feel what they feel, you cry when they cry. You want them all to be happy. The plotting is tight and the pacing steady as we head for book 2: On Broken Wings. There was a bit of a surprise at the ending that will have to be resolved in book 2, but that's the next book I'm reading so I'll find out very soon. I would recommend this book to people who like a good,deep,story and I expect the next one will be just as good if not better.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Tim Turner on March 25, 2011 :
DON'T WATCH THE VIDEOS! (tremendous spoilers)

Mr. Porretto writes well and tells a good story. His style in "Chosen One" may seem a bit blunt to some readers. I believe the straightforward storytelling fits with the major themes of the book.

I don't want to give anything away, so I won't discuss those themes. But I was delighted - uplifted - to see them expressed in a modern novel. As CW Johnson quotes in a review below, I literally stopped, smiled and nodded when I got to the part where Kevin Conway says,"Louis Redmond is who I want to be when I grow up."

(Heck, I'd be overreaching to aspire to be Kevin Conway.)

I wish I'd read more of Mr. Porretto's books when they were free because I'm going to be reading a LOT of them!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Tom Goetz on Dec. 29, 2010 :
Interesting idea. Prose is good. Overall it reads to much like a history book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sharon Mc Govern on Oct. 17, 2010 :
As a reader I was introducted to two main characters. Malcolm and Louis. I must say Mr Porrtello is an excellent story teller. Louis is the man every woman, every priest, every employer wishes for; and the big brother I longed for as an abused child. Malcolm reminds me of "The Imortals". No time will be wasted in becoming emersed in this novel and emersed I became. It is often hard for me to find a book that piques my interest and I loved this one. R Sharon Mc Govern
(review of free book)

Review by: CW Johnson on Sep. 03, 2010 :
As a Smashwords writer myself, I can only tell you that Francis Perretto's prose is something to be studied. As far as The Chosen One is concerned, to quote Kevin Conway, a friend whose friendship I forged while reading this book, "Louis Redmond is who I want to be when I grow up."
Five stars!
(review of free book)

Review by: LAURA SCHULTZ on June 28, 2010 : (no rating)
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