By Robert J. Ristino

The Illuminati Sanction


An internationally famous doyen of a highly successful fashion house, Enrika Venclava  is despised for her predatory and unethical destruction of her competition. While talented she owes much of her success to incredible wealth, a wealth earned the old fashion way, through child-sex trafficking. 

Venclava’s empire collapses as Europol and FBI agents dismantle her network of international sex-traffickers, known as the Illuminati. Now she is on the run to the States to exact revenge, a revenge most brutal and bloody. Her target is the man responsible for shattering her world and killing her lover—FBI Supervisory Special Agent Bing Ingram.

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Robert J. Ristino

In another life I was a public relations professional, practicing for more than 30 years. Now, living by a beautiful lake in MidCoast Maine, I wile away my time walking my dog, writing, picking up after my dog, teaching, walking my dog. Ahhh, living life the way it should be.


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the illuminati protocol

Illuminati Protocol

When SSA Bing Ingram leads his FBI team in search of an abducted 11-year-old taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night, the harrowing search leads them to a frightening discovery – the existence of an international abduction-for-hire child sex trafficking ring.


the illuminati circle

Illuminati Circle

Two assassins—members of the secret sicarii—leave a trail of bodies as they hunt the one man who could destroy the Illuminati child sex trafficking network. With the lives of countless children hanging in the balance, SSA Bing Ingram and his FBI team join a group of crack Europol agents committed to finding the man before the assassins do.

dog vs. alien

Dogs vs. Aliens

Aliens from intergalactic space accidentally land in Brooks, Maine. Their prime directive is to threaten the orderly evolution of the universe. Among these is one extremely dangerous species—humans. As the aliens plan to destroy the humans they unexpectedly come in conflict with the species courageous protectors.


Integrated Strategic Communication

Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) is a primer on how to influence and win the support of key constituencies and, when required, change public policy vital to an organization’s success.



This was the first book I’ve read by this author Robert Ristino, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many rookie authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of every other thriller/kidnap book out there, but instead like a new niche of action and suspense that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion).  Recommend.

– From a Reader of Illuminati Protocol

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The Barbarian Queen of the North


In 84 CE, Alauna, a Votodini princess, is chosen by her father to guide into the southern highlands of Britainnia a Roman cohort assigned to build a fortress. Unlike her farther, she hates the Romans and desires to free her people. The trek north is filled with dangers as Alauna leads them into unforeseen perils. The Roman leader is a prefect of engineering, Tertius Vulpianus. She comes to admire his intelligence, strength and bravery. What began as hate turns into respect and then into something unexpected as the Romans confront a danger that threatens them all.

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Plot Conceits that I Love to Hate Pas Deux

Having expanded on my top five plot conceits, I'd like to add another five that bother me to no end. Number 6. The obvious stakeout conceit. This conceit has many iterations, so I'll share just a few of my favorites. The first is the stakeout in the car across the...

Plot Conceits I love to Hate

Plot Conceits I love to Hate

I have a major pet peeve about the conceits writers employ in fiction, especially suspense thrillers and mysteries. Let's begin by defining what a plot conceit is: In drama and other art forms, a conceit of a work of fiction is the underlying fictitious assumption...

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A Word to the Wise—Caveat Emptor

If you’ve visited my blog you may have seen the post about my upcoming book, The Barbarian Queen of the North, The post featured an artist’s rendition of the lead character, Princess Alauna. I contracted to have this piece of art created by an artist in Great Britain,...

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