A horde of battle hardened Nazi panzers charge over the frozen landscape of
Johnny, the last of Nick and Angelina’s seven children, stands his ground that Christmas night as he has throughout his service in the elite corps of the 101st Airborne Division. He returns home a humble, reluctant hero searching not for acclaim, but for peace, to shed his nightmares of death, to find comfort with his family, and make his way with Carlo, the brother he adores. But the devil returns, defiant and dangerous as ever.
Johnny’s own kind, people of his Sicilian heritage, present the ultimatum: Join us in our corrupt, diabolical world, or you will be destroyed and everything you fought for in your first war will be lost. In this second war against his neighbors, does he spit, once again, in the devil’s eye?
How did you start your writing career?
Everyone is a writer or at least they should be. In this world if you can’t write, at least bring an understandable sentence together, trouble is ahead. What we have had and will continue to love and hate are story tellers. If you can tell a compelling story, then you might be an author. Writing is mechanical; it should function like a machine; turn it on and turn it off. Basic stuff. However, good story telling should be magical and mystical like a blooming flower. Great story telling is like a flower that blooms in the night. Boris Pasternak and Larry McMurtry are great authors. They let you see that flower blooming at night even when its pitch black.
Tell us about your current release.
I’ve had a love affair with “I’ve Already Met the Devil” for more than twenty years. It’s one of those stories that blossoms in your heart one day like when you captured the attention of the pretty girl who sat behind you in sixth grade and after being apart for many years finding her and falling in love all over again. Most of the main characters and certainly the main story line are based on true events. I knew many of these people. I was part of their lives. Names have been changed and time sequences are different but cold hard facts are retold throughout. The book is historical fiction yet if you were to research the history of
and its many fascinating citizens who lived through the first seventy odd years of the twentieth century you would find distinct parallels in each chapter. You embark on a journey with Brothers, Johnny and Carlo. You learn about Sicilian American immigrants. Their culture. Their struggles. Their achievements and their tragedies. You discover the Pueblo, Colorado of the West. You meet another forgotten hero of World War II and you join him in his fight against tyranny. You meet and defeat the Devil in Steel City Europe yet you return home to face another Devil as evil and as deadly as your enemy overseas. The Mafia in Southern Colorado? Who knew? You learn about this dark spot in ’s past and much more from reading Devil. Keep an American history book on your nightstand while reading. I hope you fall in love like I did. America
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
By far it is Johnny. In real life he was the father I never had. He was a man short on stature but a pillar of strength and integrity. He was that true American hero who lied about his age, joined the Army after Pearl Harbor and at 19 young years, parachuted behind German lines on D-Day along with those other great men made famous by Stephen Ambrose in his “Band of Brothers” epic. Johnny fought in that war with great honor and he brought that honor home to oppose a growing cancer on his community. His new enemies were his own people, those Italians and Sicilians who were friends and neighbors, now corrupted by power and greed festered by a seething criminal element few people knew even existed in that part of the country. New York, Chicago, yes, that’s where the Mafia thrived. Colorado, no, it couldn’t happen there. But yes it did, and Johnny and his brother were on the front lines of the battle against it. That’s why he’s my hero and why I told his story.
Tell us about your next release.
My next book is called the “Thunderbird Conspiracy, Oswald’s Friend Robert Kaye.” The book is due out in mid July. You might recognize the name Oswald. Yes, it’s the same Oswald as in Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Thunderbird is also a book based on true events. Robert Kaye, the central character, was an employee of my uncle until the fall of 1963. He was a true enigma; a mysterious little man with a fiery temper and a radical view of the world at that time. He professed a love of
but a hatred for its leaders including our President. He claimed to have met and befriended Oswald during the months leading up to the assassination, and in the minds of many helped Oswald carry out the killing. The book presents a new, dramatically different entry to a long list of
conspiracy theories. Thunderbird is historical fiction. It is a true tale about my beloved uncle and many members of my family. That story is interwoven with Kaye’s as we came to know and despise him. Kaye’s name and his many aliases were made public in 2008 when additional Kennedy assassination documents were declassified by the National Archives. Take a look. You will be as intrigued as I was. Thunderbird will grab you by the throat and won’t let go for 400 pages. Visit my website rkprice.com and tell me what you think. America
Who is your favorite author?
E.L. Doctrow is the master at historical fiction. No one comes close in this generation to his wonderful treatment of historical figures and events while integrating fictional characters into scenes that bring to life the times in which he chronicles. I admire that skill immensely. May his work continue with even greater intensity.
What are you passionate about these days?
The rampant downward slide of our country’s appreciation for language arts. We are bastardizing the English language and its masterful application. There are so many fabulous wordsmiths among us who go unnoticed in favor of exploitive trash like the recent erotic trilogy making millions while forsaking event simple sentence structure. Come on, how many times can one use the word scurrilous and get away with it?
Beatles or Monkees? Why?Of course, the Beatles. They were outliers who worked their ten thousand hours in dive German bars before perfecting a talent which people will still celebrate five hundred years from now. Sorry, Davy Jones, may he rest in peace.
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