Tales of Titans Vol. I features concise and compelling semi-ficitional narratives of famous figures from ancient Rome to the Renaissance, coupled with brief nonfictional essays.
Rich DiSilvio's literary works cover a vast canvas, from fictional thrillers and mysteries to non-fictional historical works and even children's books. Many critics and readers credit DiSilvio's firm grasp of history, art, music, politiics etc. with making his novels very rich and authentic. Over the course of writing seven books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles, DiSilvio has treated titanic figures of antiquity, like 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.
In Liszt's Dante Symphony, DiSilvio sagaciously demonstrates how the revolutionary leaders previously mentioned all battled for domination in Europe, while spinning a complex fictional tale with spies, ciphers, and mysterious homicides that traversed two generations, from Bismarck's belligerent Prussia to Hitler's brutal Third Reich.
In A Blazing Gilded Age, DiSilvio covers the same period in history, but on a different continent. 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, running roughshod under an unregulated capitalist system governed by corrupt and inept politicians.
In the Gold Award wining novel 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.
Meanwhile, Hatred & Integrity are two separate vignettes that pit Hitler's hatred against the integrity of FDR and Churchill, thus rendering psychological portraits of each world leader. More info.
In addition to all the giants of antiquity featured in The Winds of Time, DiSilvio masterfully analyzes 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 to conquer the world, unleashing a fury so intense that it spread across the globe like a malignant plague.
Moreover, DiSilvio deftly covered the Cold War years, leading up to the War on Terror, which still haunts us today. Accompanying all those great and evil political leaders, and luminous scientists and inventors, DiSilvio has written thought-provoking commentaries on numerous religious leaders, as well as on great explorers, like Columbus and John Smith; great classical composers, like Mozart, Liszt and Wagner; great architects, like Bramante and McKim, Mead & White; and a host of other titanic figures that shaped Western civilization.
Naturally, with DiSilvio's expertise in the fields of art and music, all seven books feature various great artists, such as Caravaggio, Albert Beirsdtadt, Caspar David Friedrich, Gustave Doré, Thomas Nast, Renoir, Dali, Picasso, Pollock and many others, and numerous composers, such as Franz Liszt, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Casella, Mendelssohn, Elvis Presley, Dion, the Four Seasons and many more.