A. F. Carcirieri Jr.
Connection to Illinois: Carcirieri lived in Illlinois. Biography: Originally from the state of Maryland, I currently reside in the state of Maine with my wife, Michele. Upon graduating from high school I served in the U.S. Marine Corps, after which I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Loyola University, Baltimore. Although I majored in business, my main interest is History. Occupations? I have had quiet a few: psychiatric nursing assistant, safety and occupational health specialist, contract officer, and one or two other odds and ends, all of which lead to me to reside in the states of Illinois, New York, California, Rhode Island, Connecticut, until finally landing in Maine. During those various work endeavors I honed what I believe to be a lively writing talent. As such, in November 2021 I published my first novel, Star Bright.
ISBN: 1662441169 OCLC: [S.l.] : Page Publishing, Inc. [S.l.] : 2022 When observing the morning or evening star, Planet Venus, modern-day people recognize it as a lifeless, brightly glowing rock in the sky where no one can go because its atmosphere is far too inhospitable. Yet from ancient times all the way up to the not-too-distant past, it was regarded by some people as the embodiment of supernatural beings who observed them right back. Believing it to be an object of worship in whom one could seek solution to problems and an overseer in the sky who cast judgment over human behavior, in the past Planet Venus was perceived quite differently than it is today. In representation of what the world was like before the true nature of Planet Venus was revealed, Star Bright delves into the inevitable conflicts between spiritualism and the realities of human nature. Adhering to the mythological comportment of deific entities, historical detail, and the societal norms of subject periods and places as well as possible, the sixteen separate stories comprising Star Bright shine light on the human ground game that played out as a result of the mystical significance placed upon the second planet from the sun. Among the many characters in the novel is an ambitious young woman of the Sumer civilization and her extraordinary companion, a fatalistic Israelite king leading an army off to war, and a spoiled rotten countess of the French Bourbon Dynasty who harbors delusions of godhood, just to name a few. From the very earliest establishment of civilization, Planet Venus continues to exact its influence over humankind.