Press release: Denver Lawyer of the Year Uncorks an Award-Winning Novel
THE VINTAGE CLUB has been selected as an International Book Awards 2014 Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Thriller/Adventure category. Click here to download the complete press release.
Press release from Law Week Colorado
Posted on 12 May 2014.
Two local lawyers have recently pulled from their legal expertise for writing inspiration.Kilpatrick Townsend partner Darin Gibby put his knowledge into a fiction novel, “The Vintage Club.” The novel unravels a myth that an ancient variety of grapes may contain the ingredient to the “elixir of life”. But things take a sinister turn when the scientist hired by the club ends up dead, and the prime suspect ends up running for his own life.
According to a press release from Kohler Books, Gibby was inspired by American mythologist Joseph Campbell’s philosophy of “follow your bliss,” and found his own in the “exploration of the sometimes blurred lines between spirituality and technology – what makes people (and things) tick; what drives them to do what they do.”
Gibby’s first book, “Why Has America Stopped Inventing?” explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.
A full copy of the article may be found here.
This novel has a mix of religion, mystery, and a cliffhanger
The author takes you to Washington D.C. and you are introduced to Reggie Alexander.
I liked that the author didn’t make Reggie to be a perfect character. He has alot of flaws, like many of us do and that makes him more of a relate-able character.
Now add a person such as Reggie with a scientist, who is also his Godfather, to the mix. When Walter is murdered, the authorities assume Reggie is the one who murdered Trudell.
I won’t give out any spoilers, but I will say this. At one point in the book, one of the characters has to make a decision that many of us pray we never have to make. The author did a terrific job of showing the emotion of each character involved. While reading this part of the book, I was screaming inside, “WHAT? NO!”. Once I got to that point of the book, I actually re-read the chapter again to make sure I understood what had happened because the cliffhanger really threw me.
This would make a good thriller mystery movie. It reminded me of The DaVinci Code.
Gibby does a good job of weaving multiple viewpoints
Scientist and born-again Christian Walter Trudell’s last patent was about far more than medical devices. His son, Reggie, soon finds himself questioning who he can trust as he is trapped between the elite Vintage Club, and Captain Damhoff of the police department. Gibby navigates his complex motivations for all of the major players quite well.
Gibby does a good job of weaving multiple viewpoints, driving the plot quickly to an intense conclusion. There is a bit of mystery left over and a hint that Reggie might want to continue his father’s work but overall this is a good solid novel that really doesn’t need to be continued.
Look out Dan Brown
The Vintage Club is made up of the worlds wealthiest men on a quest for the elixir of life.
Reggie Alexander finds himself the prime suspect when his godfather is murdered. The story follows Reggie at a fast pace as he tries to stay one step ahead of the police. If you want to know more then just read the book!
Thank you Darin Gibby. I will certainly look forward to your next book!
I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure/action/mystery/crime novels
Nicole at Amazon.com
This Brownian thriller is an action-packed tale
Genre Go Round Reviews
In the vein of Dan Brown, Darin Gibby’s debut novel asks questions of our more sacred stories
In the vein of Dan Brown, Darin Gibby’s debut novel asks questions of our more sacred stories, and what secrets they might hold for our present day. I love the idea that the Bible is full of coded messages, and Gibby’s in pursuit of a very interesting one, the idea of eternal life. I really love the idea that drinking wine might hold the answer. Talk about a win-win proposition.
The main hero of this story is Reggie Alexander, a young husband and father, who’s been ‘rescued’ from a life of poverty and despair by a billionaire philanthropist, who gathers together a group of boys into the church of The Living Waters, to offer them mentoring from the congregation. Reggie, who is an orphan with a terrifying history of violence, who finds sanctuary with Walter and Sherri Trudell, a wealthy couple with no children of their own.
Reggie succeeds in life with some hard work and the opportunities he’s been given, and now works at the patent office. When his mentor, Walter is murdered one night, Reggie’s world falls apart in a hurry. Dealing with acute anxiety from his dysfunctional upbringing, Reggie finds that all he’s worked for is in jeopardy, including his wife and young son. Going on the run with no idea of who to trust, Reggie dig deep within himself to overcome his fatal flaw in order to rescue his wife and son.
Fast-paced, in the tradition of Dan Brown, The Vintage Club is a near perfect read. Since this is Darin Gibby’s first novel, it’s not as sooth as The Di Vinci Code, but then that book wasn’t Dan Brown’s first, more like his third, I believe. On the other hand, for a first novel, this is a first-rate effort and at the rate Gibby is going, he’s going to be a best seller in no time.
Full of information about patents, which Gibby is an expert in, and good characters that are relatable. I loved Reggie Alexander. He was brave, and sweet and deserves another installment in his story.
Robin from Amazon.com
Exciting with great character development, left me wanting more.
Caitlin at Amazon.com
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