About the Book
"So you see, Otto, behind every great fortune, lies a great crime," boasted Princess Zina Yusopov, the richest woman in Tzarist Russia. * * *Set in the turbulent second decade of the 20th century, Behind Every Great Fortune(R) is the first in a trilogy of historical fiction that brings to life the story of Otto Kahn, the international financier whose fortune was so great that he was immortalized as the iconic Monopoly (R) man. It captures the Gilded Era dramatized by the popular series, Downton Abbey.In a world spiraling toward global war, Otto Kahn plans the unthinkable. Two forces stand in his way - Naval intelligence officers led by Commander James "Strafe" Oliver and the legendary mad monk, Rasputin. Behind Every Great Fortune(R) bristles with espionage, sexual depravity, betrayal and ritual murder as it chronicles the first terror attack on New York City, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the murder of Rasputin, the Russian Revolution and the and the bloody devastation of WWI. Behind Every Great Fortune(R) adroitly weaves historical facts with colorful characters of the day such as Margaret Sanger, Vaslav Nijinsky, Prince Felix Yusopov and Mata Hari as the suspense builds to a bloody crescendo.At the end of the 20th century, Oheka Castle, Kahn's Gold Coast monument to wealth and decadence, has been ravaged by vandals. As modern-day developers attempt to save Oheka from the wrecking ball, they discover hidden passages, a mysterious bunker, and encrypted messages. Will they halt the razing of Oheka Castle in time, or will the secrets of how Otto Kahn amassed his great fortune be buried forever?As the 100th anniversary of these events approaches, Behind Every Great Fortune(R) presents a fresh look at the seminal events that shaped the world. According to one reviewer it is an ". . . exciting, imaginative novel with many scenes of high dramatic intensity."
About the Author: Frank Amoroso is an attorney who was born in New York City. He grew up near Long Island's Gold Coast where Otto Hermann Kahn built Oheka Castle his monument to power and wealth. Behind Every Great Fortune is Mr. Amoroso's initial book in the Oheka Chronicles trilogy. Before embarking on a writing career, Mr. Amoroso practiced law for many years and was a senior partner in a large northeast law firm. "Law is a wonderful training ground for writing," says Mr. Amoroso, "It's all about communication and persuasion with the added requirement of precision." From his days on Law Review, to clerking for a Judge on New York's highest court, to working as chief of staff for a NYS Senator, to working as a prosecutor and teaching a course in White Collar Crime, to handling litigation for Fortune 500 companies, his career revolved around words, written and spoken. A number of exciting projects are in the works. Mr. Amoroso is currently working on Book 2 of the Oheka Chronicles, and Book 3 is in the scoping phase. In addition, he is writing a companion book to Behind Every Great Fortune(TM) and is writing the memoirs of a Korean War veteran that will be poignant, heroic and tragic at the same time. Mr. Amoroso currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and family. He is available for lectures and book signings. If you wish to schedule an event or learn more about his book, please contact him directly at Frank@BehindEveryGreatFortune.com or go to www.BehindEveryGreatFortune.com