[Reading] ➷ The Road to Delano Author John DeSimone – Furosemidelasix.info

The Road to Delano Jack Duncan Is A High School Senior Whose Dream Is To Play Baseball In College And Beyond As Far Away From Delano As Possible He Longs To Escape The Political Turmoil Surrounding The Labor Struggles Of The Striking Fieldworkers That Infests His Small Ag Town Ever Since His Father, A Grape Grower, Died Under Suspicious Circumstances Ten Years Earlier, He S Had To Be The Sole Emotional Support Of His Mother, Who Has Kept Secrets From Him About His Father S Involvement In The Ongoing Labor Strife.With Their Property On The Verge Of A Tax Sale, Jack Drives An Old Combine Into Town To Sell It So He And His Mother Don T Become Homeless On The Road, An Old Friend Of His Father S Shows Up And Hands Him The Police Report Indicating Jack S Father Was Murdered Jack Is Compelled To Dig Deep To Discover The Entire Truth, Which Throws Him Into The Heart Of The Corruption Endemic In The Central Valley Everything He Has Dreamed Of Is At Stake If He Can T Control His Impulse For Revenge.While Jack S Girlfriend, The Intelligent And Articulate Ella, Warns Him Not To So Anything To Jeopardize Their Plans Of Moving To L.A., After Graduation, Jack Turns To His Best Friend, Adrian, A Star Player On The Team, To Help To Save His Mother S Land When Jack S Efforts To Rescue A Stolen Piece Of Farm Equipment Leaves Adrian The Son Of A Boycotting Fieldworker Who Works Closely With Cesar Chavez In A Catastrophic Situation, Jack Must Bail His Friend Out Of His Dilemma Before It Ruins His Future Prospects Jack Uses His Wits, His Acumen At Card Playing, And His Boldness To Raise The Money To Spring His Friend, Who Has Been Transformed By His Jail Experience.The Road To Delano Is The Path Jack, Ella, And Adrian Must Take To Find Their Strength, Their Duty, Their Destiny. The Road to Delano by John Desimone1968 was a pivotal year for both Jack Duncan, our protagonist and Cesar Chavez, the labor leader and civil rights activist, who lead the Farm Workers strike against the Delano area table grape growers This political climate is the backdrop for our story in this poignant and thought provoking story Jack Duncan had big league dreams and getting out of a small agricultural town in Central Valley to escape a harsh life struggling and living with his mother as a The Road to Delano by John Desimone1968 was a pivotal year for both Jack Duncan, our protagonist and Cesar Chavez, the labor leader and civil rights activist, who lead the Farm Workers strike against the Delano area table grape growers This political climate is the backdrop for our story in this poignant and thought provoking story Jack Duncan had big league dreams and getting out of a small agricultural town in Central Valley to escape a harsh life struggling and living with his mother as a single parent would be an ideal situation However, recent information about how his father, a prosperous farmer and a leader in the community may have died, under some questionable circumstances was now adding to the stress as their family struggle to keep their home and land As a California native with interest in the history of the Mexican and the Filipino migrants, I was glad to read about the inclusion of the Filipinos in the backdrop as part of the movement that supported Cesar Chavez not usually mentioned much if any at all as part of the essential history Thank you Desimone for making sure the inclusion of all people who were part of the Delano movement I highly recommend this book for an amazing story during a time in our history not well written about, yet was a pivoting part of our blemished past when prejudice and inequality was rampant against a group of people taken advantaged of.Add this to your TBR and take that road to Delano Have a great trip Thought provoking and powerful The Road to Delano by John DeSimone touches on issues of justice, destiny, and equality that resonate from the time of the novel through today A story you won t soon forget.In the 1930s, Sugar Duncan and his new wife Shirly drive down the road to Delano and purchase land to set up roots for their family Their son, Jack Duncan, grows up in Delano with dreams to leave it behind When Sugar dies, Shirley is left to raise Jack on her own Times are hard for Shirley, Thought provoking and powerful The Road to Delano by John DeSimone touches on issues of justice, destiny, and equality that resonate from the time of the novel through today A story you won t soon forget.In the 1930s, Sugar Duncan and his new wife Shirly drive down the road to Delano and purchase land to set up roots for their family Their son, Jack Duncan, grows up in Delano with dreams to leave it behind When Sugar dies, Shirley is left to raise Jack on her own Times are hard for Shirley, but she does her best to keep things moving for her and Jack, now they are alone.Jack is a baseball player and he dreams of getting a scholarship to play in college, leaving Delano and the troubles that plague the town behind It is a highly political time for a small town like Delano Jack s father Sugar was a grape grower, and Jack doesn t know how deeply the labor strike involved his own father But Jack does know about the financial troubles his mother is going through In an effort to save their property, Jack drives an old combine into town to sell it.When a friend of his father s brings shocking news A police report that indicates Jack s father was murdered Jack is shocked and needs to knowHe begins to look into the truth of what happened to his father And at the heart of it all he finds corruption and darkness buried at the very heart of Delano.When Jack brings in his best friend Adrien to help, Adrien finds himself in jail, a situation that may ruin his future for good Now, Jack must find what happened to his father, help Adrien, and help his mother before everything is lost.The writing is compelling and I found the story easy to lose myself in John DeSimone knows how to pull me out of the present and right into the mid 1900s in a small town like Delano It s the sort of novel that makes you think about how stories like this happen all over our country in small towns, and we never hear about them It is such a story of America, in a way, and what many lived like in a time that labor politics often led to death and murder The rich want to stay rich on the backs of those who do the work And sometimes, those that stand up for what is right don t get the justice they seek.A fantastic novel of historical fiction that I highly recommend.Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours and Rare Bird for my copy Opinions are my own Small town politics and characters you can connect with You are in for a treat with this book This was a new to me author and I was unsure about this book at first, but it was a very engaging and easy read Well until the end a little surprise for you towards the end I gave this book 4 stars Give it a try.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. Thank you HFVBT, John DeSimone and Rare Bird for a complimentary copy I voluntarily reviewed this book All opinions expressed are my own The Road To Delano By John DeSimone REVIEW I always find books interesting that teach me something about history that I have never heard of prior The Road To Delano is just such a book It s a fictional story, but there are bits of non fiction as well The hero, Jack, is soon to graduate and has dreams of college and baseball and his girlfriend, but Thank you HFVBT, John DeSimone and Rare Bird for a complimentary copy I voluntarily reviewed this book All opinions expressed are my own The Road To Delano By John DeSimone REVIEW I always find books interesting that teach me something about history that I have never heard of prior The Road To Delano is just such a book It s a fictional story, but there are bits of non fiction as well The hero, Jack, is soon to graduate and has dreams of college and baseball and his girlfriend, but his biggest goal is to get out of Delano Jack lives with his mother in a large Victorian that was once magnificent, now fallen into disrepair, on a tiny bit of land where there used to be a thriving vineyard The land has been lost bit by bit through cheating and scheming and, now, a tax sale Ten years ago Jack s father, a prosperous grape grower, died in an alleged accident, and things went south after that Now, Jack is grown up, and he is approached one night by someone with information about his father s death not being accidental after all Jack and his best friend, Adrian, begin to unravel the secrets of Delano and Central Valley California , and they are not prepared for what they find The corruption here runs deep, and the treatment of the fieldworkers is deplorable These workers, along with Cesar Chavez, boycott in the late 1960s Adrian is the son of a boycotting worker, and he, along with Jack, become involved in all of this It s a story of fate, loss, family, human rights, corruption, lies and hope There is muchto the story than I originally thought, and I learned a lot about the grape worker s strike and Cesar Chavez The Road To Delano is unassuming but very compelling with an insightful look at a time and a group of people with a rich history to share with all of us Do give this one a try I would like to thank the author John Desimone for sending me a advance readers proof copy paperback to read. High school baseball star, Jack Duncan is at the top of his game Scouts are scouting at his games, his girlfriend and him have been together for a while and are talking about their futures and that all changes within a matter of moments.Jack s father died years ago, and Jack was younger in that he doesn t remember much His father had left on some business, and never returned It was figured that he had fallen back into his gambling habits and got in with some dangerous men again Jack s mother High school baseball star, Jack Duncan is at the top of his game Scouts are scouting at his games, his girlfriend and him have been together for a while and are talking about their futures and that all changes within a matter of moments.Jack s father died years ago, and Jack was younger in that he doesn t remember much His father had left on some business, and never returned It was figured that he had fallen back into his gambling habits and got in with some dangerous men again Jack s mother never talked about it But now, years later they are about to lose the last of what their father had built, their house His mother will do anything it takes to keep the house.Jack is sent to sell of the last piece of equipment they have, this should helpfully save the house On his way into town, he gets sidetracked by an old friend of his father s and the unthinkable happens This friend steals the combine and leaves Jack stranded not believing what just happened.Police papers were left with him before the old man took off on him He now is questions his fathers death as well as how this old man could have taken off and hidden a combine so quickly A large piece of farm machinery doesn t just disappear, and they are not easily hidden.Jack soon finds out that this is just the beginning of their troubles, and there may bewrapped up in this all than just a piece of machinery Was his father really murdered, and truly was not gambling like the long held rumor Jack s baseball career is starting to be put on the line as he is now worried about life at home, this friend of his fathers who was found dead and his mothers future.He becomes entangled with those who have no fear of killing someone While out hunting for the combine he gets tangled within the fieldworkers and has another problem to now worry about when he sees how they have been treated and that maybe it is closer to home than he thought when he asks his best friend, Adrian for help Adrian is a son of a boycotting fieldworker and has a close relationship with someone who has a lot of pull and say.Can Jack and Adrian find the combine, save Jack s house and still be focused on the baseball stars they are What dangerous road are they going down, and will the truth of his father come out Very interesting, good read about California and the migrant workers during the 1930 s 1960 s.Thank you Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, and to John DeSimone for the opportunity to read and review this novel I have not read much about this part of history and it was interesting and sad to read about Jack Duncan grew up in one of those American cities where escape is pivotal For Jack to have any type of future, he must win a baseball scholarship in order to create a promising future Currently, Jack and his mother s property is in jeopardy of a tax sale With hardly any equipment left in their family farm, John s mother has been promised a check big enough to cover the tax bill and to fulfill her dream to open her own shop.As Jack takes the long drive on the combine, passing striking worker Jack Duncan grew up in one of those American cities where escape is pivotal For Jack to have any type of future, he must win a baseball scholarship in order to create a promising future Currently, Jack and his mother s property is in jeopardy of a tax sale With hardly any equipment left in their family farm, John s mother has been promised a check big enough to cover the tax bill and to fulfill her dream to open her own shop.As Jack takes the long drive on the combine, passing striking workers along the way, he is flagged off of the highway by a stranded motorist Before he can do anything about it, he is stranded and the combine disappears Just before his future disappears before his eyes, the motorist happens to be an old friend of his father who has shown him a police report that shakes Jack to the core The report gave details of his father s death that he never knew Jack has another gift besides baseball It is a gift his father had, and one that ultimately led to his death Jack decides to capitalize on this talent in order to locate the combine and to reveal the truth of what actually happened to his father This does not come easy for Jack Yes he may be gifted when it comes to playing cards, but this doesn t clear an easy path for him In fact, the experiences he falls into are hair raising, leaving his mother, best friend Adrian and his wonderful girlfriend Ella to worry.I honestly didn t know what to think when going into this story As general fiction, it did not fall into the comfortable genres I have become accustomed to reading I hesitate to branch out because I hope to be fair to authors when reviewing their work Well, I found reading The Road to Delano to have surpassed my expectations This was a nicely written story that flowed well and kept me tapping my Kindle for page after page The backdrop of vineyard work, card smarts, corruption and poverty all flowed seamlessly together in order to deliver a wonderful story, if not heartbreaking at times I want to thank the blog tour organizer for putting this book on my horizon.Many thanks to Rare Bird Books and to HFV Book Tours for this ARC for review This is my honest opinion In 1968, Jack Duncan is a high school baseball player Now a senior, he has big dreams for life and baseball after high school He is eager to leave his small town behind Times are also hard for he and his mother financially.During this time, Jack finds out his deceased father was murdered Now Jack can t get it out of his head and wants to know what happened and why.Not long after, his best friend, Adrian, is thrown in jail, and Jack must work to get him out.Jack was an endearing character, an In 1968, Jack Duncan is a high school baseball player Now a senior, he has big dreams for life and baseball after high school He is eager to leave his small town behind Times are also hard for he and his mother financially.During this time, Jack finds out his deceased father was murdered Now Jack can t get it out of his head and wants to know what happened and why.Not long after, his best friend, Adrian, is thrown in jail, and Jack must work to get him out.Jack was an endearing character, and I was rooting for him throughout I loved the small town atmosphere, and the undercurrents of unrest at the time due to the fieldworkers striking were portrayed well Overall, I enjoyed the tension and thoughtfulness in the storytelling.I received a complimentary copy.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com This is the first that I have read by this amazing author and it definitely will not be my last Jack is trying to leave Delano behind, but when he discovers his father s death was no accident, he knows he has to find the answers that will lead him to his killers Filled with heartwarming emotions, as well as, dangerous situations, this great novel has something to keep each reader intrigued I look forward to readingof author John DeSimone s work I was given this ARC in exchange for my h This is the first that I have read by this amazing author and it definitely will not be my last Jack is trying to leave Delano behind, but when he discovers his father s death was no accident, he knows he has to find the answers that will lead him to his killers Filled with heartwarming emotions, as well as, dangerous situations, this great novel has something to keep each reader intrigued I look forward to readingof author John DeSimone s work I was given this ARC in exchange for my honest review These are my own thoughts and opinions


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