Tales of Titans, Vol. I: From Rome to the Renaissance


Non-Fiction - Biography
156 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2017
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Author Biography

Rich DiSilvio is an award-winning author of historical non-fiction, thrillers/mysteries, sci-fi/fantasy, and YA/children's books.

He has written numerous magazine articles ranging from history and politics to fine art and music, both classical and contemporary.

Rich has provided creative assets for film and cable TV shows, such as James Cameron's "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," "Operation Valkyrie," and Monty Python, and for music legends, including bands such as Pink Floyd, Yes, Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, Queen and more.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Tales of Titans: Vol. I: From Rome to the Renaissance is a non-fiction biographical work written by Rich DiSilvio. In this first volume, DiSilvio presents a biography and discussion of eleven Titans; individuals in history who profoundly affected Western civilization. He begins with Augustus Caesar who ruled over the Roman Empire for over forty years and had to settle for Tiberius, his wife Livia's son from another marriage, as his heir and successor. The author makes the reader privy to the scene where the 76-year-old ruler is discussing Tiberius with Livia. His biographical account of Vespasian and Titus presents a dramatic version of the events leading to Masada and the mass suicide of the Sicarii tribe. Tales of Titans progresses through looks at Constantine, Dante, Christopher Columbus and others, and concludes with the Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci.

Rich DiSilvio's collection of short biographies of historical personages, Tales of Titans: Vol. I: From Rome to the Renaissance, offers the reader a thought-provoking and cunningly concentrated look at the history of Western civilization. The author zeroes in on those people who made a marked impact on society and culture. I was particularly fascinated with his take on Christopher Columbus, Dante, Brunelleschi and the Renaissance, but found each Titan's tale to be both informative and entertaining. While it's obvious that the conversations DiSilvio presents between characters are more in the realm of historical fiction than history, I found this work to be an excellent world history survey, and felt that reading each tale was an enriching experience. I was also very impressed with the Bibliography and Primary List of Sources DiSilvio provides for further reading. Tales of Titans: Vol. I: From Rome to the Renaissance is highly recommended.

Steve Painter

DiSilvio has a knack, even a heartfelt desire, it seems, to carry the reader into the time and space of the stories he creates and he has accomplished that feat once again in Tales of Titans. He carefully crafts words and weaves them into cogent sentences that lead to emotionally thrilling adventures in whatever he writes.

This work, as the title implies, carries the reader into an era that spans from Augustus to Leonardo and the stories inspire a desire to dig deeper into history and understand its implications for our modern world. I warmly recommend this thought-provoking book to anybody who is seeking a walk down history lane.

Melanie

If you want to learn about early history and its people, these are the books for you. Interesting biographies about why these people are remembered. Highly recommended!

Jack Iaci

An excellent book of stories of famous leaders from Rome to the Renaissance era. Rich DiSilvio's style of writing adds substance and texture and makes you feel you are experiencing life during the time period. It makes this book an interesting read that gives you insights you may not have gotten from history's teachings. I enjoy all of Rich DiSilvio's books and this one was no exception.

Ashley Lenda

This book was an easy read and the author did a good job painting pictures of what it was like when these people lived. He gives good details of their personal lives, like with Da Vinci, and talked about his sculptures and paintings. I would recommend this book to others.