I grew up in Queens, New York. I'm a Korean Vet, FDNY Retired and I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my writing 26 books (so far) while garnering 16 awards.
Go figure. If I would have known that I could tell a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.
The STARLIGHT CLUB
1 AWARDED SILVER in the 2012 eLit contest in the 'TRUE CRIME' category'.
2 Won HONORABLE MENTION in the 2013 Reader's Favorite 'HISTORICAL FICTION' category'.
3 IPPY award FINALIST in 2014.
4 AWARDED the Gold Seal in 2014 as a Eric Hoffer MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST.
5 Won FINALIST in the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards in the CRIME-FICTION CATEGORY
6 Won BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA (Colorado Independant Publishers Association) in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
7 AWARDED FINALIST in the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book awards.
THE LONE JACK KID
AWARDED 'FINALIST' in the 2013 READER'S FAVORITE in the 'WESTERN' category.
THE REVENGE OF JOHN W.
Awarded 2nd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/WESTERN category.
FIRE: BOX 598' (Short Story)
won BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the 'HISTORICAL NON FICTION' category.
1 'AWARDED GOLD in the 2015 eLit contest in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
2 'COVER won DaVINCI FINALIST in the 2015 ERIC HOFFER book contest.
3 'Given a 5 STAR REVIEW by READER'S FAVORITE in May 2015
4 "2015 BEST COVER AWARD by BooksGoSocial.com and was awarded a cash prize by Lawrence O'Brian of Dublan, Ireland. Voting performed by the public and judges.
5 Awarded 3rd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/HISTORICAL category.
TOMMY TOPPER AND THE PIXIE PRINCESS
Was given a 5 STAR REVIEW by Readers Favorite.
Awarded FINALIST in the 2015 READER'S FAVORITE contest.
'ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES 1, 2, 3'
Awarded SILVER in the 2015 eLit contest in the 'ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION category.
THE OLD MAN AND THE KING:Earphones Award Winner
by Joe Corso | Read by Al Benelli
Mystery & Suspense * 5.75 hrs. * Unabridged * © 2013
This entertaining thriller features an improbable hero, Lom, a 72-year-old Korean war veteran who's still a crack shot. He quickly sets out to save Toby, the king of a fictitious country who's hiding out in Lom's favorite diner after dodging an attempted assassination on a New York City street. Narrator Al Benelli portrays the male characters in this slightly wacky story with verve and a spirit of adventure. He sets the stage for Lom's adventures with a fluid delivery and excellent pacing. Further, his interpretations intensify the political machinations and international chicanery in the king's fictitious country. He intensifies the brutality of the mobster and his hired killers and sounds fittingly concerned as Lom's girlfriend, Martha. Overall, Benelli presents a completely entertaining audio. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]