Mike Torreano
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Mike Torreano

Mike writes historical fiction and westerns set in mid-to-late 19th century America. Growing up in Ohio, he developed a love for the Old West during grade school when he read every Zane Grey novel he could lay his hands on. His favorite authors/poets in this genre are Grey, Louis L'amour, Jack London and Robert Service. The Reckoning is his first published novel-thank you, The Wild Rose Press! Set in Colorado during 1868, it's a tale of murdered parents, a sister's disappearance, the love of a feisty landlady and a son's revenge. The sequel to The Reckoning is The Renewal, same setting in South Park, Colorado four years later. Another western mystery in traditional who-dun-it mode. Railroad land grabs ignite Ike McAlister and local ranchers' resistance. A shocking murder leads to all-out war. His third western, A Score To Settle, is a tale of romance and greed that follows the same cattle trail in 1870 New Mexico Territory that inspired Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Mike had a short story called The Trade published in an anthology available for free on miketorreano.com, based on his grandfather's time in the Yukon Gold Rush from 1898-1900. It grew from a kernel of a story his mother shared with him about a dramatic incident his grandfather experienced there. He also has an as-yet unpublished novel titled Fireflies At Dusk set during the Civil War. It's a coming of age tale of a young man who throws off his pacifist upbringing and joins the Union Army. The war strips him of his self-respect and he must undertake a gritty journey during harsh combat to reclaim it and his sweetheart.

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