THE CONDOR SONG: A Novel of Suspense ~Darryl Nyznyk
THE CONDOR SONG mixes so many elements that I am quite fond of; then matches these particles with some good writing skills to make for a very interesting read. While my family was off cross country skiing, I was busy reading about the development of a ski resort in an environmentally sensitive area of California.
This is a fictional story, but it is based on Walt Disney’s plan to open a ski resort in California and the discovery of wild Condors nesting in the very area they were planning to build. That made the book even more interesting with all the environmental details that were exposed when trying to develop land for public use. The book was well detailed because of the author’s second career as a Land Developer. His first career as a lawyer also shines.
A tired middle aged lawyer, who is deep into a depression surrounding a major life trauma, gets called to help a friend of the family in keeping her family farm. If he can find the agreements between families, then she will not suffer the loss. A famous environmentalist is murdered on the John Muir trail through the Sierra Nevada’s and this draws attention to the land in question and the Lawyer, Sean Donovan, is drawn into the Sierra Club’s work to stop the development. This puts him in the “line of fire” of the Land Development segment of the law firm he was fired from, working against the Golden family and their wishes for a ski park, one of his former clients at the old firm.
What they do not know is that much of the opposition financing is coming from drug money and a Mexican gang leader. Strange and deadly things begin to happen. The courtroom scenes are full of good twists and reveals. It is fascinating to have all the research and background and it is wonderful, of course, to have the truth win out and devious folks get their justice.
THE CONDOR SONG has some good descriptions of the land involved in the dispute and the family that wants to share their family’s favorite spot with others. The family has 4 sons and one is a great environmentalist and outdoorsman who is concerned about development in this pristine area.
There is a good measure of character development and of course a love interest that just keeps the reader wanting to know more. Even though we know the outcome of the Disney Project, there are many new suspenseful moments in this story. It is fiction!
I knew I would like this book, when I read these review words on the first page:
“The legal expertise of John Grisham meets the environmental activism of Barbara Kingsolver in this thriller by veteran author Darryl Nyznyk” ~Sheila M. Trask, ForeWord Review
So here’s to a good read in the New Year; three cheers for THE CONDOR SONG.
PR by the Book sent me this book for review and I was delighted to have the opportunity to read THE CONDOR SONG