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Bullets and Bandages:Bond of Brothers -

Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020

"Saniscalchi’s writing style quickly injected me into fast-paced bloody horrors, terrified me, gave me relatable characters, and finally returned me to safely to my home. Nicely done. Recommended."

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, high praise for the story! A review Bullets and Bandages: bond of brothers
"Critique: The kind of riveting read that will linger in the mind and memory long after the novel itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, "Bullets and Bandages: Bond of Brothers" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections."
My Life For Her -
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
 "My Life For Her: Enhanced Edition by Robert J Saniscalchi is easy to follow and engaging. The characters are unique, especially Rob and Tex. If you're into Taken or The Unknown then this is the book for you."
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2020
 "This book has unique characters & is a well-written page turner. It's also heartwarming & captivating. I would definitely recommend it."
Freedom's Light -
 James A. Cox Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Bookwatch:
 Freedom's Light by Robert J. Saniscalchi
 "Author Robert Saniscalchi has penned down a masterful fictitious narrative based on the bitter past of U.S. by reconstructing the tragic event of 9/11. Poignant, yet brilliantly told 'Freedom's Light' unfolds itself delivering a wild ride of thrilling quest and dangerous assignment tasked to Rob against the evil of terrorism. Vividly detailed settings entwined with intricately developed evocative prose is explicit and author manages to evoke the emotional attachment for those who have suffered brutally at the hands of terrorism and its ugliness around the world."
Butterfly Lake -
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020
"Butterfly Lake starts with a bang and never lets up. The two Vietnam vets are awesome characters, and I rooted for them the whole time. Bad things happen, but not as bad as it could have been, so you're left with a good feeling at the end of the book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a short thriller."
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A major achievement, a top rated review from the desk of James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review. 

The General Fiction Shelf- Small Press
Bullets and Bandages: Bond of Brothers
Robert J. Saniscalchi
Independently Published
9798609831347, $10.99, PB, 284pp,
Synopsis: An impressively crafted suspense thriller of a novel, "Bullets and Bandages" by Robert J. Saniscalchi was inspired by the true stories of a US Army Field Medic, Vietnam 68-69. Through those stories, Rob was given the unique war based insights that he seamless wove into his narrative driven story.
It is interesting to note that parts of Bullets and Bandages: Bond of Brothers" derives Saniscalchi's own experiences, and that time period in our history of conflict in Vietnam. The trials and victories of Rob and his comrades pull the reader into a world of survival through willpower, tenacity, and wit.
"Bullets and Bandages: Bond of Brothers" is ultimately a story of love, faith, friendship and humanity in a time of war and deals with what was it like for our military men as they fought together to survive in the jungles of Vietnam.
Critique: The kind of riveting read that will linger in the mind and memory long after the novel itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, "Bullets and Bandages: Bond of Brothers" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Bullets and Bandages: Bond of Brothers" is also readily available in an inexpensive digital book format (Kindle, $0.99). Author's Site     Details Goodreads
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Looking for that weekend thriller, a cozy read to wrap your head around and escape? Butterfly Lake is the story for you!

The talk and the story.

Butterfly Lake, a Rob Marrino thriller  Robert J. Saniscalchi (Goodreads Author) Dianne's review 4-Stars

"BUTTERFLY LAKE, by Robert J. Saniscalchi is another great action-thriller that no only showcases a parent's worst nightmare, but the strength and trust of two warriors to save the day against all odds. Dialogue that feels real, a family in crisis and one father doing what we all wish we could do to save his child. But at what cost to everyone involved?"

Matt McAvoy's review 4-Stars Mar 09, 2020

"Butterfly Lake is a good, inoffensive yet gripping, quality thriller, and it will keep you engrossed for the entirety of its relatively short word count; you could very easily read this book in one day or evening, and a very entertaining evening it will be, too. Whether it is action you like, drama, decent-natured people rallying to stop really bad guys, or you just want to spend a few hours imagining the wonder of the North American countryside, I'm certain you can find something in Butterfly Lake which you'll enjoy, and I would therefore not see any reason not to recommend it to pretty much anybody. A good book, and I enjoyed reading it a great deal."


We Award 5 Stars To Author Robert J. Saniscalchi For His Action Adventure: Butterfly Lake
"I encourage you thrill seekers to pick up this book. Realistic characters, great dialog and a well written action adventure will keep you turning the page. You will not want to put this book down. I am looking forward to the next book in this adventure series."


Available in Kindle/E-book/Audible/Paperback editions at Author's Site



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Bullets and Bandages: bond of brothers

The first time I heard my brother Pat’s war stories, we were in his truck, heading north for the hunting cabin. I sat there in awe, listening and feeling very proud of him. It had taken years before he could talk about it, and I thought that maybe he had needed those years, to let the pain of some of those memories fade. I never realized before just how close I had come to losing him. I thanked God, for he must have been watching over my brother. When he told of more and more of his adventures, I imagined those experiences; visions of jungles, combat, survival and death flashed through my mind. After listening to those stories, I found myself thinking about the war often. What if it were me out there, roaming around the jungles of Vietnam? Could I have survived the war?
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Chapter 1 The Beginning Deep in the mountains of Afghanistan, a group of radical extremists (later to be known as the Taliban) gathered around their tall, bearded leader for another important meeting to finalize the details of a plan to eventually bring the world to a shocking new realization of all that such a ragtag group of fanatical, determined, and well-trained evil terrorists could accomplish. They had been up to their nasty games as far back as 1983, when the terrorists began with a horrific attack on American troops in Beirut, killing over 200 U.S. Marines. Another attack, this time on American soil took place in 1993, when a bomb was placed in the basement of the World Trade Center. When were we going to wake up? As time went by, terrorist groups kept spreading throughout the Middle East, growing stronger in the shadows of Saddam Hessian and Desert Storm. Innocent people continued to be murdered around the world. An intricate network of radical Islamic terror
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Butterfly Lake

Hello and Happy New Year to all!  My new story, another thriller with a twist,(Butterfly Lake} it's at the editor and getting polished up. It will be on Amazon shortly and ready for reviews. If anyone would like to take a peek, please feel free to let me know. Author's Site

A sample, Preface the story begins.

From the story that is Butterfly Lake - Preface a story begins (edit)



Published on 2020-01-06
Chapter 1   —   Updated Jan 06, 2020   —   1,932 characters
Rob pulled off of the interstate and continued on the road leading to the town of Pinecrest, Pennsylvania. Pinecrest was a quiet place for the most part, but when the busy summer and ski seasons come around, the population at least doubles. Rob drove past the hospital and police station then stopped at the GetGo store to gas up the mustang and grab a coffee to go. He continued on and thought to himself, little Robby caught his first fish here, sure had us some good times up on the lake. Rob eventually made a right turn and headed past the old general store and up the winding road to Butterfly Lake.

With the last of the long hills behind him, Rob pulled into the driveway and hit the brakes in a hurry. In front of the car, a covey of doves flushed up into the pines, and a pair of bushy-tailed gray squirrels stood watching before scurrying out of harm’s way. Rob continued on, parked the car, and then took a deep, rejuvenating breath of the cool, fresh mountain air. He opened the trunk and looked at the family cabin with a smile on his face.

The old cedar-wood structure wasn’t much, but it had good bones, the kind one could get used to. Inside, there was a cozy stone fireplace and a loft with two bedrooms. The wooden-plank kitchen table bore the dings and scratches of times gone by, and it was awaiting more.
One step out the back door carried visitors into another world. The cabin sat on a plot of land at the edge of an ancient forest, full of pine, oak, and hemlocks. A stone’s throw away was the natural spring-fed waters of Butterfly Lake, its ripples glimmering with flickers of reflected golden sunlight. A narrow, worn trail winds its way through a copse of trees and down to a small boat dock at the water’s edge.
Rob inhaled the crisp cool air once more, then resumed preparing the cabin for his best friend Tex and his family. He hoped it would be a relaxing, reinvigorating vacation
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I'm delighted to share recent reviews for MY LIFE FOR HER  (the enchanced edition) 

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Aug 07, 2019 Dianne rated it, really liked it  ·  author-reviewthriller
The things we do for love.

Robert J. Saniscalchi’s MY LIFE FOR HER starts out like a gentle rain that soon becomes a thunderous deluge of action, adventure and suspense as two men risk everything to bring one mother home to her children.

Great story-telling by this author creates a riveting tale of bravery and daring. Marrino feels like a true flesh and blood man, his past behind him, but his skills forever imbedded. I loved the counter-point that Tex gave to Marrino’s seriousness, a deadly weapon buried deep within a bit of a showy, but loyal friend and brother.

Wonderful reading, real heroes and action, action, action. Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy from Robert J. Saniscalchi! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (October 9, 2013)
Publication Date: October 9, 2013
Genre: Suspense | Action
Print Length: 268 pages
Available from: Amazon
My Life For Her (Enhanced Edition)
Robert J. Saniscalchi (Goodreads Author)

Kat's review
May 14, 2019 it was amazing

Rob Marrino, the highly decorated ex-army veteran, is happy to be working as a small-town cop after returning from the Vietnam war. A major drug bust throws him in the path of a dangerous Columbian drug cartel. Rob turns to his friend from his Vietnam days, Richard Larson aka Tex, a retired sergeant with the First Marines. Wary of bullets and violence, Rob knows the only way to take down the bad guys is to use their collective combat skills.

Rob is the main protagonist, but it’s Tex who steals the show. Saniscalchi expertly provides him a brusque, confident persona. Tex’s clever analytical mind under duress will delight readers. Saniscalchi neatly weaves a deceptively simple plot into a fast-paced action thriller and delivers a tense, satisfying finale. A delight to read!
My Life For Her (Enhanced Edition)
Robert J. Saniscalchi (Goodreads Author) Grady's review Feb 11, 2019 really liked it
‘Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.’ General George S. Patton

New Jersey born author Robert Saniscalchi returns to his 2010 debut novel with editorial enhancement by Autumn Conley and portions of the book embellished for the progress of the story. He subsequently published BULLETS AND BANDAGES (inspired by his older brother who was a field medic Vietnam 68-69) and FREEEDOM’S LIGHT (addressing the wars in Afghanistan). Now MY LIFE FOR HER is placed before readers as a more polished novel that reflects the impact of the Vietnam War and the interaction of a veteran as a policeman fighting the drug cartels. Robert lives in both Pennsylvania and Florida.

Robert opens this story of Vietnam War veteran medic who has returned home to Pikeville and has become a police officer. The mood Robert establishes is sensitive and reflective: The setting is well-established Americana, and then the story takes flight.

Many aspects of the story seem tied to fact – Pikeville is in New Jersey, Rob is a veteran medic like Robert’s brother – and that is one reason the theme feels true. But  this reader found the story intense and involving and a fine speedy read. Will we ever reach a period when previous wars do not permanently impact both veterans and their families as in PTSD et al? Likely not until wars go away. We go on.
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Just some updates


I recently published my latest collection of short fiction and poetry, Once Upon a Dark and Eerie...

It's an ebook of fantasy and sci-fi fiction and dark poetry.







Once Upon a Dark and Eerie...  

Snippets, sonnets and stories to make you shiver. 

A morbid and morose collection of tales designed to scare, dismay and leave you wondering.  Open the pages into worlds of horror, dark fantasy, and satire, where things creep in shadowy corners, where they like to hear you scream. 

Once Upon a Dark and Eerie... will show you it isn’t safe in space, why fairy tales, clowns and rubber duckies are more than what they seem and why you should lock your doors in the dark.



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