Book Review: The Vintage Club by: Darin Gibby

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Koehler Books

Publication Date: December 1, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Can wine really make you live forever? Yes, if the grapes are an ancient varietal---or so the members of the Vintage Club believe. Made up of some of the world’s wealthiest industrial magnates, the club conducts secret scientific research to discover what has eluded humans throughout history: the elixir of life.

Their quest hits a snag when scientist Walter Trudell is murdered. The prime murder suspect is his godson Reggie Alexander, a patent attorney whom Trudell once saved from a life of poverty in northeast Washington, D.C. As soon as news of the murder spreads, Reggie goes into hiding---soon after his wife and son disappear.

After being chased by mysterious assailants, beaten unconscious, and planted with a bug, Reggie must come to grips with his own private demons while figuring out how to save his family. The Vintage Club is a thriller that both explores the ancient Christian symbolism of wine and imagines ways that modern nanotechnology could be used to discover the fountain of youth.

Review: The Vintage Club believes everlasting life is not found through Christ, but through the wine served at the Last Supper. Mind you, it’s doubtful the men in The Vintage Club should be granted the gift of immortality as they are most likely the least deserving. It goes hand-in-hand with something my other half always says, “Those who want to be a politician should never be a politician”. After scientist Walter Trudell, who is working with The Vintage Club to, is murdered and his research stolen, the members are desperate to find his notes. His last patent, submitted only hours before his death, has disappeared. Walter’s godson, Reggie Alexander, who works at the patent office, is the prime suspect in Walter’s death and the disappearance of the last patent Walter filed. Now Reggie is on the run and with his acute anxiety disorder, stemming from events in his childhood, he is not doing well. He’s trying to find the truth behind Walter’s death and the mysterious patent while dodging those who pursue him. THE VINTAGE CLUB may have some echoes of Dan Brown’s work, but it is definitely a different animal. While I could empathize with Reggie, I didn’t really feel a connection with any of the characters. The premise was definitely interesting – who wouldn’t like to think drinking alcohol will prolong life? I can see THE VINTAGE CLUB being loved by many readers.

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