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Stephan A. Silva
Stephan A. Silva is a pharmacist, physician, and foot surgeon who grew up in Westchester County, New York. He earned an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in pharmacy and a doctorate from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He is board certified in podiatric medicine and surgery, as well as advanced wound care.
In addition to being a writer, Stephan owns and operates a wound care clinic in Boca Raton, Florida. He has been married to his wife, Debra, for thirty years. They have three children and a schnauzer. When not writing or practicing the healing arts, he enjoys martial arts like aikido as well as tennis and racquetball. His true passion is international travel and spending time with his cousins in Piacenza, Italy.
1790s Europe is embroiled in a battle for control of the sea and colonies. Tall ships navigate familiar and foreign waters, and ambitious young men without rank or status seek their futures in Naval commands. First Lieutenant Alexander Clay of HMS Agrius is self-made, clever, and ready for the new age. But the old world, dominated by patronage, retains a tight hold on advancement. Though Clay has proven himself many times over, Captain Percy Follett is determined to promote his own nephew. Before Clay finds a way to receive due credit for his exploits, he’ll first need to survive them. Ill-conceived expeditions ashore, hunts for privateers in treacherous fog, and a desperate chase across the Atlantic are only some of the challenges he faces. He must endeavor to bring his ship and crew through a series of adventures stretching from the bleak coast of Flanders to the warm waters of the Caribbean. Only then might high society recognize his achievements—and allow him to ask for the hand of Lydia Browning, the woman who loves him regardless of his station.
“Based on the actual World War II experience of the author’s great uncle, a pilot in the Regia Aeronautica, Heaven Cries conveys the disillusionment, anguish, and indomitable spirit of people betrayed first by their elected leader, then by their ally. It shows with chilling realism how the desire for freedom can become a commitment to overthrow an oppressive regime. Most significantly, it reminds us of the true spring waters of freedom: hope, kindness, courage, and love. In the dark light of recent events, this history is particularly relevant. Heaven Cries is not simply our past: it is also our present.” — Nicholas Cage, author of best-selling Eleni
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