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Fancy Gap Paperback – June 7, 2012
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About the Author
C. David Gelly is the author of “Fancy Gap” the award winning Amazon bestseller that was serialized in the Galax, Virginia Gazette newspaper. “Fancy Gap” received over one hundred and fifty-one 5-Star reader reviews on Amazon. In his second novel, “Orchard Gap” a rogue biotech scientist secretly nurtures her deadly GMO corn seed while America sleeps. C. David Gelly is the acclaimed author who has brought the “Gap” series to life. The first two selections, “Fancy Gap and Orchard Gap” have won well deserved critical acclaim. Follow him on Twitter at “FancyGap” and the “Fancy Gap and Orchard Gap” pages on Facebook. The author lives in North Carolina as well as the mountains of southwest Virginia.
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Horny sixty-something, athletic, hot, career-driven retired investigators (she=FBI, he=corporate crime)are convinced to come out of their idyllic, workout-intensive, wine-appreciating retirement to take on the perpetrator of a heinous child abduction. Although I figured out the perp immediately (Gelly needs to work on his obfuscation a bit), that did not spoil my fun while I followed the hot-but-aging investigators from gymnastic sex in the garden to ferreting out clues in the hills.
Despite some of the comments here, I found the novel quite accurate about the landscape and characters of Fancy Gap. Gelly seems to know every curve of the Blue Ridge Parkway and nook and cranny of the wooded areas of Fancy Gap. He is especially familiar with the local vineyards. He drops product placement names throughout the pages, including local wineries and even specific wines (e.g. Chateau Morrisette's very nice unoaked Angel Chardonnay, which I sampled just this last weekend).
It was refreshing for this baby boomer to read a book in with two characters enjoying retirement (and other activities) as much as these two. Their athleticism and toned bodies are a real motivation for the rest of us to hit the bike or the road. I wish I had the money to acquire the film rights--I would cast Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt as the well-preserved Nick and Nora and have as much fun with the movie as Mr. Gelly obviously had with the book.
I certainly hope that Mr. Gelly proceeds with his plan to write more novels in this series.
I've lived in the general region for a number of years now plus I generally like the shift to older main characters. However, in this case, I was a bit disappointed by both. I just didn't feel a good connection to the location or the local people, just didn't come through as vividly as I'd hoped.
The older main characters were also not realistic for me. Both were retired from law enforcement/security careers and supposedly 60-something but engaged in a very intense/heated romantic relationship along with competitive running/kayaking/biking activities. As someone well into the senior citizen's age group, and someone who has maintained a high level of physical ability msyelf, I can only conclude that the author is considerably younger and does not have 'advisers' in this age group.
Character development was very well done, but as I came to know them, I would come across glaring inconsistencies in what they said and did. I don't refer to fresh and surprising departures that would add dimension...I'm talking things that didn't ring true. For an example, the distinguished, and very clearly portrayed as honorable, protagonist sits in a bar with a friend and shares a rather graphic and vulgar chat about the below the waist attributes of the woman with with whom he has fallen in love. OK for a couple randy high school drop outs, but unlikely for a 62 year old, sophisticated widower.
My other problem with the writing had to do with subtlety. There were so many areas where he repeated himself or restated what the reader had already learned. I did not need to be hit over the head with a board to understand that a man was aroused, that something was funny, (it is rare for people to roll around, fall over and hold their stomach laughing. One time per book would be enough, especially since most of the things that set them off were worth perhaps of a chuckle.) or that the couple were competitive, fit and of an age...there is an art to leading the audience to conclusions without shoving them down their throats. The same was true for building sexual tension. It takes a light hand and patience to make the reader long for the union almost as much as the characters do. The sex scenes were strident, contrived and repetitious.
BUT, he is a master at pacing and building suspense and an amazing storyteller. This is not literature, but it is a fun read.
I purchased Orchard Gap and am looking forward to the same great suspense, by the author.