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Robert Masello

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Chicago, Illinois, The United States



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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books. His most recent thrillers include BLOOD AND ICE, THE MEDUSA AMULET, and THE ROMANOV CROSS, all published by Bantam/Random House.
He is also the author of two popular studies of the Occult -- FALLEN ANGELS AND SPIRITS OF THE DARK and RAISING HELL: A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE BLACK ARTS.
His books on writing include WRITER TELLS ALL and the classroom staple, ROBERT'S RULES OF WRITING.
His TV credits include such popular shows as "Charmed," "Sliders," Early Edition," and "Poltergeist: the Legacy."
A native of Evanston, Illinois, he studied writing at Princeton University under Robert Stone and Geoffrey Wolff, and now lives

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Blood and Ice
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The Romanov Cross
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Robert's Rules of Writing: ...
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Raising Hell: A Concise His...
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“People are always doing things for my sake and strangely enough, I'm the one who suffers for it.”
Robert Masello, Blood and Ice

“Regardless of how black the page, he had always managed to turn it and move on to a new chapter in his life.”
Robert Masello, Blood and Ice

“If these self-anointed leaders did not keep the people aroused with calls to preserve the Revolution, or to defend it from one imaginary foe after another, then the people might shake themselves awake from the trance they were in and begin to question the very men who had drenched their streets in blood and make France pariah among the civilized nations of the world.”
Robert Masello, The Medusa Amulet

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Quantum Thief~ Half Puppeter of Ice Cream Thank for accepting my friendship. I am currently enjoying The Romanov Cross and will look forward to read The Medusa Amulet. Your GoodReads friend and fan~ Elizabeth :)

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