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Upon This Rock by H. Al Poquette

In 1964, young Gian-Carlo “Gianni” O’Neill and his best friend Liam Finnerty are off to minor seminary to pursue their dream to become Roman Catholic priests.

Their paths to this end will be long and arduous and fraught with much physical, emotional, and psychological trauma and tragedy.

One will rise to heights never imagined; the other will confront and ultimately overcome demons that have plagued him since adolescence.

Set against real-world historical events, over the next half-century, the story provides an intriguing “What if?” scenario for the troubled past and current– and often scandalous – challenges to one of the world’s most powerful, and arguably, most revered religious institutions.

On a different level, the story depicts a loving and touching portrait of two boys growing to manhood that measures and defines the nature of true and lasting friendship and fraternal love.

Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (October 19, 2018)
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

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Author The Author: H. Alan Poquette is a former language arts and computer education teacher originally from Long Island.

Currently he resides with his wife Jo in Columbia, SC. He feels his over 40-year career as an educator, the majority of which was spent teaching in the Long Island community of Brentwood, has prepared him well for a second career as a storyteller.

He hopes his strong character-driven stories will be well received by his readers. Besides writing, Alan enjoys home cooking, traveling, and half-marathon running with his daughter, Amelia.

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