Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review: 'Short Stories by Rich DiSilvio: Mysteries, Thrillers & Historical, Vol. 1' by Rich DiSilvio

New York author Rich DiSilvio, a man as committed to music, art, philosophy and sociology as informed by the fine arts, has previously takes periods of history with all of the fascinating changes, discoveries, triumphs and failures and by introducing some fictional enhancements within the stage setting of this era makes it far more credible. And in DiSilvio's handling of the parallel or concurrent unraveling of historical events with those of the textbook rigidity of his main Titans books he provided not only keen insight but also pauses for the inclusion of the arts, so often ignored by other historical writers. Yet his talents don’t pause there – his other books include MY NAZI NEMESIS, BLAZING THE GILDED AGE, LISZT’S DANTE SYMPHONY, MEET MY FAMOUS FRIENDS: INSPIRING KIDS WITH HUMOR, THE WINDS OF TIME, HATRED AND INTEGRITY, and his short story series of which this is Book 1. Of particular interest to Rich’s large audience of readers is that as a software designer/developer, Rich pioneered the first interactive CD-ROM for educating staff and parents about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for training individuals with autism.

To offer an idea of how varied Rich’s select is, the titles in this collection are as follows: The Night Music Died, The Death Ray Mystery, Tito’s Tortured Mind, Kennedy: Charismatic yet Reckless Leader, Borgias: The Pernicious Pope and Devious Duke, Edison & Tesla: The Electro Age, and Ludington & Armistead: Unsung Heroes.

Rich’s wide assortment of intriguing short stories with many illustrations in this his first volume of collected works (SHORT STORIES II is equally exciting!) is summarized at book’s end – ‘The Kennedy, Borgia, and Edison & Tesla vignettes presented here were first conceived between 2005 and 2009, and released in the Standard Edition of The Winds of Time, which featured a vast series of nonfictional essays and quasi-fictional narrative vignettes. The vignettes, however, were later replaced with pure nonfictional content to form the present Master Edition, which is still available. The remaining stories in this edition were written between 2014 and 2017.’
For those not acquainted with DiSilvio’s larger works, this edition makes a fine introduction to the mysterious, historical, and thrilling mind of the author.

Impressive as his credentials are there is no comparison to becoming immersed in his brilliant stories – tales that transport s into other worlds – whether in timeframe or terror. Rich is a gifted artist on many levels and his talent continues to grow. Grady Harp, July 18

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