Author Event: Domenic Melillo
Page 158 Books welcomes local author Domenic Melillo back to discuss Sword of the Gray Champion, book two of the Swords of Valor Trilogy.
After weakening Azazel’s power by destroying the Swords of Terror, the Guardians of the Swords of Valor are looking forward to life returning to normal. That is, until their dead grandfather returns to tell them the world needs them again. The Apostles of Azazel have become the Leviathan Alliance. No longer are the Swords of Terror needed to dominate the world. Azazel’s plan is much more sinister, and has been millennia in the making.
Under the guidance of the quantum computer and their grandfather, the Meglio, and with the help of the Swords of Valor and a makeshift plan, they once more travel back in time, this time to consult with key figures in political history; Marcus Tullius Cicero, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and George Orwell.
The cousins will have to be more clever, strong, and courageous than they have ever been before. They face the challenge of fighting an idea, a mere concept, battling an insidious infestation of apathy and complacency that threatens to overwhelm their world. They now face the ultimate challenge: How can they save a world whose people have willingly given up their freedom?
Domenic Melillo is a husband, father, son, and brother living in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He graduated from Villanova University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He also received his MBA in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University. He has worked in the mortgage industry for thirty-six years. His passion for storytelling and poetry was inspired by his father, Joseph Melillo, who would often read to his children many of his favorite poems. All of Domenic’s writings take inspiration from real life people and events. Through his writing, he strives to highlight and contrast the light and dark sides of life, or as he calls it, “the duality of our existence”. He is drawn to the themes of family, faith, heritage, loss, and redemption. He is an avid student of history and in many ways strives to embody many of the characteristics of one of his heroes, Don Quixote, in that he longs to see things as they should be, not as they are. Domenic has been described as a soul living out of time, and yearns for the days of chivalry, virtue, valor, and honor. He writes in the hope of inspiring families and society to return to these foundational qualities.