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On Broken Wings: A novel of possibility Paperback – October 18, 2010
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Francis W. Porretto is an engineer, fictioneer, and commentator. He operates the Eternity Road Website (http://eternityroad.info), a hotbed of pro-freedom, pro-American, pro-Christian sentiment, where he and his Esteemed Co-Conspirators hold forth on every topic under the Sun. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As far as I'm concerned he could improve in three ways, and none are a big deal.
He could go easier on some of the more esoteric and large words. I have a fairly large vocabulary but he'll throw three or four in each book that I've never heard before.
Since these works are part of a series they should be labeled on the cover "Book 3 of ". Since Amazon doesn't sort them in order when you search the authors name it would help.
And lastly, like most people who live in liberal areas his firearm knowledge is pretty small. He needs someone to ask questions of who knows his way around guns.
I recommend his work highly.
There are some surprises here, and some revelations (Some of which, might make you put the book down and check his characters claims. This is not a spoiler, but hopefully might entice someone to buy the book, just to see what I am talking about.). There is also a tease at the end of the novel, implying there will be yet another addition in this series. Thankfully Francis has been working toward this end.
The first book in the series, "Chosen One", got me interested enough to want to read the next installment. But I would have understood had there not been one, sometimes the characters refuse to cooperate in letting one take them further on their journey. Happily this was not the case, as "On Broken Wing" does so quite admirably. So much so, that I was not only interested in, and looking forward to the third book (forthcoming, last I heard) in this series, I was hooked. Only a handful of authors have done this for me. Heinlein, L'Amour, John D McDonald (Travis McGee where are you?), WEB Griffin, J.R.R. Tolkien being the gents in question, now have a sixth member added to their ranks, and that would be Francis Porretto.
Do yourself a favor, pick up 'Chosen One", then read "On Broken Wing", it is not required as "On Broken Wing" will stand up well enough on it's own, but reading them in sequence is so much more enjoyable.
Sorry about misspelling your name previously.
Pain from the loss of Louis, but glad to have Christine. Going to start book three now, will let you know when I've finished it.
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 spirituality 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.
Read "Chosen One" first as it flows into "On Broken Wings" and get yourself ready for the third installment "Shadow of a Sword" which is a must read!