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Cesare F. Rosati was born in Italy in 1946, and immigrated to the U.S. (Buffalo, NY) in 1956. A graduate of West Point (Class of 1970), he served in the U.S. Army until 1977. During military service, he obtained a Masters Degree in Electronics from Stanford University. In 1977, he joined the civilian side of government service, retiring in 1996 from the U.S. State Department, where he had served as the Head of a U.S. Delegation engaged in classified international negotiations.
Cesare began writing a series of ‘Near-Future Novels’ in the late 1990′s. “Prairie Dogs PPL”, the first in a planned series of five was published last year (2005) and has been well received (see the synopsis and review
below). The second novel, “Adriana (SV-1)”, followed in 2006, along with a collection of poetry written specifically for teenage boys. The third novel, “Brockport, FS”, is due out this year.
Prairie Dogs PPL by Cesare F. Rosati
Contrary to visions conjured up by the title this novel is neither a western nor a story about a small town in mid-America. Rather, it tells a tale of the scientific and business development of a new space launch technology wrapped in political intrigue.
As a feisty entrepreneur takes on the military-industrial complex (MICs) in court in order to open up the space launch business to purely civilian firms, a surprise player, the BTP Corporation, quietly awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on the case. Under the leadership of its President and CEO, Christopher Brock, BTP has spent decades on a secret project that rocks the establishment within days of the Supreme Court decision.
The ‘present’ in the book is the year 2012. It is a typical election year, with the all-powerful MICs contributing heavily to the re-election campaign of the incumbent president. Following the court’s decision, and the announcement by the BTP Corp., the Administration and its allies scramble to deal with the fallout. In so doing, they reveal the convoluted, and often petty interagency processes that lead to governmental policy. The interactions among elected officials, the entrenched bureaucracy, an incendiary news media and the industrial lobbyists create a lively, vivid, and highly-charged political thriller.
Perhaps most surprising in this novel is the quality of the dialogue. Constructing casual, conversational dialogue is difficult. Not so for this author, who crafts dialogue that is true to his characters and enjoyable to read. Interestingly, it is primarily the dialogue that carries the story. Descriptors are used sparingly; sufficient to set the stage and add context, but never so detailed as to slow the action.
Without alien invaders and far-out science, it is the realistic application of existing technologies that pushes the highly-believable story into the near-future.
Prairie Dogs PPL is available on line at www.accedepress.com
Review of Prairie Dogs PPL
By Jennifer Harper
Summit Daily News October 6, 2005
DILLON – Unlike the futuristic science fiction movies and novels of the 1980s and ’90s that showed everyone wearing silver metallic jumpsuits and sitting behind the wheels of flying cars, Cesare F. Rosati’s near-future novel set in 2012 is an intelligent, political thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
“Prairie Dogs PPL” is Rosati’s first novel, and he will be signing copies of the book at Borders Books in Dillon at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The book, which takes readers inside private Washington, D.C., offices, covers business, politics, the military and, of course, the media after a court decision is made in favor of private space launches. The idea came from Rosati’s interest in science fiction for the last 20 years, along with his background in the military and government service. He attended West Point and served in the army until 1977, when he joined the civilian side of government with the U.S. State Department as the head of a delegation engaged in classified international negotiations. He retired in 1995 and turned to novel writing three years later.
“I intended to write a science fiction story, but it became a political thriller because of my background,” he said. “People who have read it really enjoyed it because of that.”
The book is written mostly through dialogue and action, with little description, making for an easy read.
“Once you look at this book, you see it’s really written to be a television series or a movie,” said Steamboat Springs resident Rosati. He added that he will probably spend some time promoting the book in the film or television arena.
“Prairie Dogs PPL” is actually the first in a five-part series of books Rosati has planned. He said he told himself he wouldn’t try to publish the first book until he had written the first three in the series. Once he completed the third, he switched gears from writing to publishing. He plans to release the books a year apart from each other, and he’s already up to chapter four in the fourth book. He said it takes him about 18 months to write a book.
Rosati has been writing for nearly 50 years, with his first foray into print being poetry. He has recently published a book of poetry for teenage boys.
“Very few people would think to do (a poetry book for them),” he said.
The book is entitled: “Love & Life (Advice for a Teenage Boy).” The poems are written from the perspectives of animate and inanimate objects, including a pair of blue jeans, an ex-girlfriend and a teacher. The book was published by Accede Press and a review can be read at their web site: www.accedepress.com
The Accede Press web site also has reviews of Mr. Rosati’s second near-future novel, Adriana (SV-1).