Robert J. Ristino
The Illuminati Protocol by Maine writer Robert J. Ristino

Robert J. Ristino

Robert J. Ristino is the author of The Illuminati Protocol, a suspense thriller set in New England. The book was inspired by two of his lovable dogs, Shelly, a chocolate lab, and Bosco, an affable, if rather large bullmastiff with a bad drool problem. They play a primary role in the plot assisting the FBI in rescuing an abducted girl.

The central character in the book is Supervisory Special Agent Bing Ingram, an idiosyncratic investigator with a penchant for dressing as if he were in the fifties with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Sherlock Holmes. The book was widely praised by Indie reviewers and bloggers. It is available on along with his other books.

Bob planned the story concept as a trilogy. The second installment with SSA Ingram, The Illuminati Circle, will debut this fall.

A Boston native, Bob has a diverse background as a writer, researcher, educator and consultant. He is a former full-time academic having retired from the communications faculty at Roger Williams University. He continues to teach part-time, most recently as a visiting lecturer at the University of Lodz in Poland, funded by a grant from the EU.

Prior to embarking on an academic career, he served as a public relations executive for thirty years. Having a life-long involvement in education, he donates his time as a literacy instructor for the Waldo County Literacy Volunteers while also serving as a volunteer supporting reading and writing programs at a local grammar school.

Bob holds a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Massachusetts and has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. The U.S. Army veteran is the author of two non-fiction books, The Agile Manager’s Guide to Managing Change and Integrated Strategic Communication.

He lives on a lake in Midcoast Maine with his wife, Mary, dog, ChiChi, and cat, Cooney, as well as many friends who come early and leave late.