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Rich DiSilvio









Rich DiSilvio is an author of both fiction and nonfiction. His skills as a multi-genre author, historian, and creative artist have yielded a consistent and impressive record of award-winning books, all of which he designed and illustrated.

DiSilvio's literary works cover a vast canvas, from fictional thrillers and mysteries to non-fictional historical works to Sci-Fi & fantasy, and children's books. Professional reviewers, PhDs, and readers often credit DiSilvio's firm grasp of history, art, music, politics, science, religion etc. with making his novels vividly rich and authentic.

In The Arnolfini Art Mysteries series, DiSilvio dispalys his expertise as an artist, art historian, and mystery storyteller while crafting his protagonist, Armand Arnolfini, and his supporting cast as they grapple with perlexing conundrums and experience a range of emotions and personal challenges. Added to this is the plethora of great art that is presented, whereby making for an engaging and insighful read.

Meanwhile, DiSilvio's five volumes of Short Stories highlight his versatility, as he delves into police crime dramas, WWII thrillers, historical narratives, space exploration, alien encounters, fantasy worlds, myths and legends, dystopian futures, personal reflections, and even a dark yet humorous tale in rhyme. Readers who love great speculative writers like Rod Serling, George R.R. Martin, Gene Roddenberry, Arthur C. Clarke and other titans can appreciate DiSilvio's thought-provoking contributions to the genre. Read Rich's Ode to Rod Serling, which is also posted on the official Rod Serling website.

In Liszt's Dante Symphony, DiSilvio deftly demonstrates how revolutionary leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries battled for domination in Europe, while spinning two complex tales with spies, ciphers, and mysterious homicides that weave together two generations, from Bismarck's belligerent Prussia to Hitler's brutal Third Reich. Central to this Hellish whirlwind is the touching tale of a father and son, torn by war and baffling mysteries yet each compelled to take action.

In the award-winning historical novel A Blazing Gilded Age, DiSilvio once again covers the 19th century but on a different continent. While Europe was embroiled in wars, America was chugging full-steam ahead in an industrial revolution that spawned such giants as J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and a firebrand politician named Theodore Roosevelt. The fictional framework of the novel centers on the ugly underbelly of this golden era to portray the hardships of a poor coal-mining family abused by the mine's ruthless owner, a highly productive yet warped and greedy man who ran roughshod under an unregulated capitalist system governed by corrupt and inept politicians.

In the Gold Award-winning thriller My Nazi Nemesis, DiSilvio covers the horrors of the Holocaust and subsequent fear amid the Cold War, while weaving a sinister tale with adrenaline-pumping rivalries, razor-sharp dialogue, jarring twists, and a shocking conclusion that reaches terrifying heights.

Over the course of writing a solid collection of well-received books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles, DiSilvio has skillfuly treated titanic figures of antiquity, including Julius Caesar, Augustus, Cleopatra, Nero, and Constantine; icons of the middle ages, such as Charlemagne and Dante; Renaissance geniuses and rulers, like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, the Medicis, the Borgias, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, and Shakespeare, to the bold leaders that shaped the revolutionary times that followed, including Napoleon I and III, Otto von Bismarck, Garibaldi, and Pope Pius IX. Also covered, are the courageous women leaders, Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and others who fought for civil and women's rights.

In addition to all the giants of antiquity featured in The Winds of Time, DiSilvio masterfully analyzed the founding fathers, and a vast assortment of scientists and inventors, including Edison, Tesla, Marconi, Einstein, and Enrico Fermi, all of whom had catapulted mankind into a new Electro-Atomic Age, one that would literally explode years later during World War II, as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Hirohito all vied for world conquest, unleashing a fury so intense that it spread across the globe like napalm.

Moreover, DiSilvio deftly covered the Cold War years, leading up to the War on Terror, which still haunts us today. Accompanying that plethora of political leaders, scientists, and inventors, DiSilvio has crafted thought-provoking commentaries on numerous religious leaders, as well as on great explorers, like Columbus and John Smith; great classical composers, including Mozart, Liszt, and Wagner; great architects, such as Brunelleschi, Bramante, McKim, Mead & White; and a host of other titanic figures that shaped Western civilization. As noted professor/historian H.W. Brands said, "Most ambitious. I admire the thought and effort you put into this."

Due to DiSilvio's expertise in the fields of art and music, the majority of his books feature various great artists, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Albert Beirsdtadt, Caspar David Friedrich, Gustave Doré, Thomas Nast, Renoir, Dali, and Picasso among others, and numerous composers, such as Franz Liszt, Antonín Dvorak, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Alfredo Casella and modern musicians, including Elvis Presley, Dion, the Four Seasons, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath and many more.

As such, DiSilvio's broad spectrum of knowledge exposes readers to a plethora of topics and key figures of Western civilization, from politics, religion, and science to music, art and architecture, thus explaining why many have labeled DiSilvio a modern Renaissance Man.

-- George Hearn & Staff

NEW RELEASE! A to Z Animal Alphabet

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