David Michael Palladino

David Michael Palladino produces inspirational fiction for young readers. His works teach important ideals and values.
As a former U.S. Army Ranger, former High School Phys-Ed & Health Teacher and Coach, and founder of
“Palladino Martial Arts”, he understands the importance of instilling these ideals and values in young people.
He utilizes engaging works of fiction to accomplish that goal.

"David, you are a fabulous writer!"
LTC (Ret.) Anthony B. Herbert, New York Times Bestselling Author of Soldier


Do you take your freedom for granted?

This book may help you answer that question. This is the story of the beautiful Romanian, Adriana Corderu and her quest to obtain freedom by escaping the Iron Curtain.

During the Cold War the world revolved around the conflict between the theologies of communism and democracy. The two main protagonists in this conflict were the United States in the West and the Soviet Union in the East. As Eastern Bloc leaders began to tighten restrictions in the lives of their people, commensurate with their increase in power, there began to emerge, in the East, a group of young people, hard and idealistic, adventurous and courageous. These would become the heroes of the movement of their time. These were the brave young souls who, with inspiration from the new American president, inflicted the first substantial cracks in the wall commonly known as the Iron Curtain.


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Adriana Corderu - Western Odyssey

Again, do you take your freedom for granted?

Adriana Corderu - Western Odyssey continues where the first book in the series left off. In the second book, readers will come to know a whole new cast of characters as Adriana continues her journey. She experiences the refugee camps of Italy and comes to know Italian culture with a new family even while under the yoke of the Romanian Securitate, which is still trying to abduct her and bring her back to Eastern Europe. The book is sweeping in its scope and incorporates a new cast of characters and situations, including military units such as the 82nd Airborne Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, and the 101st Air Cavalry Screaming Eagles. Readers can witness the heat of her emotions when she comes into contact with men of the US Army Ranger Battalions. Adriana comes to know these men and learns the dramatic differences and contrasts between the US regular military and the units of the US Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command. Readers will be fascinated with units such as the Army Rangers and Green Berets, the Navy SEALS, and other units that make up the US Special Operations Division to include units from the Air Force and Marines. Readers will learn what really happened during Operation Urgent Fury on the island of Grenada in October, 1983 and of the US Military of the “Reagan Era.” The story of Adriana’s Western Odyssey will not only entertain, but will also educate and uplift.




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A Message From David

During the early to mid-1980s, the great American President, Ronald Reagan, through his own toughness, courage, and confidence, systematically destroyed the Soviet Union, its empire, and the whole Eastern Bloc, freeing millions of people in small Eastern European countries such as Hungary, Romania, and countless others. The “Reagan Era” was a period in which the West was no longer afraid of the East. President Reagan had upgraded the U.S. military and had begun an extensive campaign using the Elite Special Operations wing of the U.S. Military. Through all of this and through his innate ability to inspire, President Reagan created a brave, tough new nation of patriots in the United States and changed the face of the world.

This is the story of one of those who was directly affected by the new world perspective of what true freedom should be. It traces this intense time in world history through the adventures of the brave spirit, Adriana Corderu. This story follows this courageous young girl’s odyssey and introduces the fascinating characters who are and who become an integral part of her compelling story.

Adriana’s journey is one to be followed. Turn the pages of Adriana’s life. This is an exhilarating story of adventure; the story of one of the brave young heroes of her time. This is the story of a brave young spirit who with inspiration from the great American President helped to inflict the first substantial cracks in the wall commonly known as the Iron Curtain. Live the story of the beautiful, daring, and courageous young soul, Adriana Corderu and her Quest for Freedom. Take Adriana with you to the airport. Take her on vacation. Take her to the beach. You’ll come to know her and all of the wonderful characters who are such a vibrant part of her life. Once you experience the world through the life of Adriana Corderu, it will never seem the same.

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