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Montana Midnight Paperback – April 8, 2011
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...a brightly glowing literary Aurora Borealis. Plot, dialog, characters, intrigue, small-town politics, emotions, images, places and events twinkle and shimmer across 355 entertaining and richly rewarding pages. --Larry Bailey, Wildwood Independent
Also: "The protagonist, Nate Chambers, is as richly nuanced as any Ayn Rand fictional hero." --Larry Bailey, Wildwood Independent
From the Author
I had saved tons of notes from my newspaper decade in Montana, but it took many years before I was able to piece together enough time to finish writing Montana Midnight. I did most of the work after midnight, and sometimes I heard birds chirping before I reluctantly shut down the computer. (That's after I got a computer. The first drafts were done on an electric typewriter.) Still not satisfied, I rewrote the whole thing so many more times I had lost count.
Between stints on Montana Midnight, I wrote Escape! as a diversion. I truly enjoyed the time I had spent with Grey Harper and Elissa Pope, the lead characters in that book. I had wanted a fast change of pace, and they provided exactly that. (I'll briefly describe it as a romantic thriller with a feel-good climax.)
But a close friend said of Montana Midnight, "I think on the balance scale of your two books to date, this one's the real you." Probably because it is a fictionalized version of real-life experience. Probably that's why it took so long to finish. I didn't want to overlook any of the conflicting philosophies, or the humor, or the color and complexities of life in those Montana moments which, it turns out, are much the same where I am today.
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This novel fires up several stories at once, all with sex, romance, greed, intrigue, the integrity and the reluctant heroism of a young man returning from Vietnam to a small town to learn he has to lead the fight against the environmental movements, hippies, bikers, his fellow town leaders, and a pretty nasty corporate powerhouse. The writing is right up there with Ludlum and Patterson and even more compelling. Set in the 1960s. the story seems perfectly relevant today.
Midnight introduced me to the town of Jackpine, Mt., along with the realities of politics in a small community. I met the leading citizens and witnessed their battle against bikers,hippies, environmentalists, the corporate manipulators, and a rogue Fish & Game warden. For me, the lead character, however, isn't any of those folks, but the state of Montana itself. I suppose the action in Midnight could have happened elsewhere, but I doubt it.
This is one story requiring excellent writing and an intimate awareness of Montana and Montanans. It's not something for the casual observer to make a quite visit and write home about. It probably isn't a big surprise to know, therefore, that the author spent many years editing, writing and publishing a small town newspaper in Montana. You won't regret reading it.
Every reader will be drawn in and become involved. Each issue is juxtaposed to the next. None have black or white answers. You have to take a stand - in fact, several.
You will experience political intrigue. A small town independent regional society vs. developmental pressure.
The question of human stewardship will be challenged by the beauty and inspiration of a Grand Design vs. human achievement and its potential separation from its Creator.
You will be challenged by the effects of power, greed and manipulation vs. inalienable right and inherited privilege.
Trust in the tradition of our founding documents declaring our independence vs. the folly of dependence on outside influence. Lives, values and relationships are won and lost in the struggle.
The belief in free enterprise is a passion to many. When does it become a license to steal?
The hands of the clock are at twelve midnight. What day is it? Were we created to change and proclaim our power and intelligence or are we here to praise the glory and creation of God?
Enjoy your read. I certainly did!
In 1974, a sleek corporate jet bearing powerful big city investors lands in the remote Rocky Mountain Community of Jackpine, Montana. This begins an environmental novel of greed, conflict, intrigue and romance. A wide assortment of colorful town characters are swept up in a get-rich-quick scheme for a proposed ski resort, regardless of the negative impact the drastic changes will create in a pristine community.
The only serious opposition to the greedy corporate giants implementing their massive venture is young, unassuming, Nate Chambers who reluctantly has become mayor. With old loyalties strained to the breaking point, and only his sexy wife supporting him, Chambers copes with a riot, a mysterious fire and a surprise death. The page-turning climax zooms to a believable and satisfying climax.
In his second novel, author David emil Henderson creates a four-star environmental story rich with well developed characters, divided loyalties and many unexpected twists and turns.
Review by Lee Roddy
Nathan Chambers becomes mayor as the former mayor abruptly quits, not knowing what back room deals have been made nor understanding the full impact or import of the proposed ski resort, which will soon throw this small town into civil disobedience. When environmentalists invade the town mixing with rodeo cowboys, the town's people trying to preserve the peace, and unethical easterners are ignoring the pristine wilderness and planning to destroy Jackpine, life as they know it could be ending. For some, it will be the end.
Believable characters, and at times, a very fast paced book that I didn't want to put it down until I knew what was happening.