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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
Melinda Le Baron
on April 22, 2012 :
Warning! Once you start this book you won't be able to put it down, so get a big drink, plenty of kleenex and tell your spouse/SO that you won't be making lunch or dinner because you'll be busy. The pages virtually turn themselves and I found myself completely lost within the story. That doesn't happen very often, but it surely happened here, and my prediction that this book would be as good or better than the first book came true;it's better by a long shot and I loved the first one (Chosen One).
We continue with the story of Louis Redmond, our moral, honorable and protective hero who saves Christine from a biker gang after 10 years of maltreatment. He not only saves her but helps her gain self respect, and gives her skills to live and protect her. With Helen, he teaches her to love. Again Porretto has the courage to ask life's major questions: what is religion? What is love? When is it okay to kill? What is God? What happens when we die? What do we owe our fellow man? What do we owe ourselves? He answers most of these questions in a clear and lucid way. That is pretty amazing all by itself.
The second half of the book focuses on Christine. She is being trained by Malcolm, works at OA and lives at Louis' house then all hell breaks loose. The ending of this book is far more wrapped up then the last one. Don't forget your kleenex because this one is far more emotional too. This book celebrates life and love and friendship. On the flipside, it also shows grief and how we can get over it. There is also a strong message about good versus evil and what you must do to protect yourself, your loved ones and the world from the bad guys.
While doing all of this, Porretto gives us simply lush characterization; you cry before they do because you know tragedy is coming, you're scared for them when they go into danger, you rejoice with them when they find love. The story is so deep, so spiritual, so wonderful that I find myself short of comparisons. The writing is superb ; just enough and no more to communicate perfectly the people, emotions, setting, great dialogue, and spiritually to perfectly describe it without any extraneous adjectives or adverbs. What a joy!
I would recommend the first two books in this series to anyone who has any interest in lifes' big questions or religion in general. The third book is out and it's the next on my list. If you ever looked up at the stars and wondered about God, or thought that the bad people were taking over - then these books are for you.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on May 18, 2011 :
I couldn't place a finger on this book at the beginning, the pace was just right, not too fast but not too slow, enough to keep you glued and interested what is going to happen. Character development was good, you grow up with Christine. I got really attached to her, I've cried with her and smiled with her. I loved it, will be looking forward to "Shadow Of A Sword".
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on March 30, 2011 :
DO NOT READ THE REVIEWS BELOW!
Do not watch either of Francis' videos. SPOILERS!
This is a "tight" series. That is, it keeps characters, plot, themes and morals closely intertwined. You may think the story-telling is a tad "brusque," but you will be caught up in the end.
This series is not about the next terrorist attack or the secret government thingy (although that might be the backdrop. It's worth reading just for that angle!) It is about our own morals and what we would hope and expect of our best selves.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Sharon Mc Govern
on Oct. 18, 2010 :
Sigh....I just finished "On Broken Wings". Louis's body died but he left a legacy of strenth, courage, wisdom, skill and ...love. Much to my surprise, the story of the benefishiary (sp?) of his legacy, Christine Marie De'Allesandro, is as compelling as the telling of Louis's. The end is only the beginning of the 3rd book
of the "Rhelm of Essences". I can scarsely wait for it's completion. R. Sharon Mc Govern
(review of free book)
on June 28, 2010 :
JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK SEARCHED SITE FOR NEXT ONE SHADOW OF THE SWORD I WANT TO KNOW WHERE MALCOLM CHRISTINE EVEN BOOMER GO FROM HERE HAVE NOT BEEN THIS INTO A STORYLINE SINCE THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES FROM ANNE RICE OR THE DARKHUNTER SERIES AND DREAM HUNTER SERIES, PLEASE TELL ME THE NEXT BOOK WILL BE SUBMITTED VERY SOON I AM HUNGRY FOR MORE READ BOTH BOOKS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS AND MY CURIOSITY IS KILLING ME, ONLY THING WRONG WITH THIS ONE IS I WAS HOPING FOR MIRACLE FOR LOUIS.
(review of free book)