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I grew up on a farm and went to university at CSU Fresno, close to where this novel takes place, and so can attest that Road to Delano really captures to feel of the place, the smells, the sights, the people, the history I found it a wonderful coming of age tale and a historical review of the struggles of the Central Valley, a sort of Grapes of Wraith in modern times It made me very nostalgic for the place Bravo Bravo A high school senior, Jack Duncan dreams of playing college baseball and leaving the political turmoil of the agricultural town Delano behind Ever since his father, a grape grower, died ten years earlier, he s suspected that his mother has been hiding the truth from him about the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.With his family s property on the verge of a tax sale, Jack drives an old combine into town to sell it On the road, an old friend of his father shows up with evidence that Jack s father was murdered Armed with this new information, Jack embarks on a mission to discover the entire truth, not just about his father but the corruption endemic in the Central Valley.When Jack s girlfriend warns him not to do anything to jeopardize their post graduation plans and refuses to help him, Jack turns to his best friend, Adrian, the son of a boycotting fieldworker who works closely with Cesar Chavez The boys dangerous plan to rescue the Duncan family farm leaves Adrian in a catastrophic situation, and Jack must step up to the plate and rescue his family and his friend before he can make his escape from Delano.The Road to Delano is the path Jack and Adrian must take to find their strength, their duty, their destiny. 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 StrifeWith 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 RevengeWhile Jack S Girlfriend, The Intelligent And Articulate Ella, Warns Him Not To So Anything To Jeopardize Their Plans Of Moving To LA 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 ExperienceThe Road To Delano Is The Path Jack, Ella, And Adrian Must Take To Find Their Strength, Their Duty, Their Destiny The ReviewThis was a fantastic read A truly engaging story that is driven by a wonderful cast of characters that readers will be able to identify with immediately A young man trying to keep him and his mother out of poverty as he dreams of a life outside of the small town he s called home finds himself and his friends drawn into a true murder mystery filled with small town corrupt politics, and the author does a wonderful job of creating realistic characters that bring honesty and reality to the story being told Showcasing the hard life led by farmers and their families in the wake of the depression all the way through the late 60 s and beyond, this story also infuses cultural experiences that Jack and his family had before and after his father s death What really stands out however is the author s ability to draw readers into the narrative with vivid imagery and a voice that speaks of artistic mindsets and viewpoints, making the setting and characters really come to life off the page The VerdictThis is a must read novel with breathtaking imagery, engaging characters that really connect the reader to the protagonist s story and an emotional and heart pounding finale that will have readers hanging off the edge of their seat, this is a truly entertaining and important tale of small town politics and corruption leading to the death of a father and husband, and the struggle of a son to take back what was rightfully his father s If you enjoy good historical fiction and drama, then be sure to grab your copy of Road to Delano by John DeSimone today I love the intrigue of the storyline woven into the historical facts of the times The plight of migrant farm workers and the abuse they suffer comes through clearly, yet without the intense call for reform so prevalent in activist literature The characters drew me in and kept me reading, while the cultural political reality struck me and have stayed with me It s like the author set the stage for me to gain a better understanding of California s farming dilemmas without hitting me with a two by four I would love a sequel to know what ensued in this Delano community Easy to read and engaging This was the most intriguing book I ve read in a long time Not my usual cup of tea However, I was captured by the characters before I even got to Chapter Two Mr DeSimone wrote a book I couldn t put down The intertwining of fictional characters with real historical figures was so smooth, I thought, for a moment, it was a true story I was taken back in time, remembering the clamour surrounding strikes I remember huddling under the glove compartment of our Beetle and hearing the voices of strikers and strike breakers Like I said, I usually read romance novels, but I am looking forward to from this authorDeSimone The Road to Delano is an interesting historical fiction read The characters are well developed, intelligent, and realistic The storyline is well crafted and intriguing, with labour struggles in a small town, political turmoil, murder, corruption, conspiracies, danger, and suspense This story captured my attention from start to finish.This is the first book I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I like a good story, and Road to Delano is a good story Set in a time of California history of corruption, power, and injustice, the struggle between powerful grape farmers and their immigrant workers You have to wonder how much the current Sacramento political machine is bought off by the mega ag industry and powerful technology companies of the state Characters you will love or hate, this historical novel is one that you will not want to put down. As both a baseball lover and someone who was alive and active in social justice movements in 1968, I can say that this book was almost tailor made for me As it begins, a young gambler named Sugar Duncan meets the love of his live, Shirley, marries her, but, after discovering that she does not fancy the life of a gambler s wife and instead dreams of living on a farm, he gives up gambling and begins the farming life He has a degree in agriculture, and they move to California, where he realizes that grapes will be the crop of the future He also realizes that migrant farmworkers are people who need to be treated as human beings, much to the chagrin of his fellow farm owners, who seek to exploit the migrants so that they can increase their profits Because of his compassion, Sugar mysteriously loses his life on the way home from a farm convention Was it an accident Was it because Sugar returned to gambling and drinking during the convention Baseball, you ask Shirley and Sugar have one son, Jack He s one of the stars of the local baseball team, along with Adrian, the son of a farmworker Adrian s father is involved with the United Farmworkers Union and Cesar Chavez, trying to organize the workers to get better working conditions and living wages from the growers Jack and Adrian are looking for college scouts to get baseball scholarships during their senior high school year.It soon becomes obvious that the local police and judges are in the pockets of the growers, as strange things begin to happen to Jack and his mother, as they try to survive at the hands of crooked fruit growers and people who conspire to control the lives of farmworkers.The writing is intense, especially when Jack is going through self examination and trying to determine what his next move should be at every step I especially enjoyed his thought processes when he was pitching, and what he had to deal with when his mind was whirling with non baseball issues at times when he needed to focus on a game that might mean he would receive a scholarship The entire novel is just well done.This novel is historically correct and exciting I wasn t able to predict how things were going to turn out, and I would certainly recommend this book to anyone, especially any reader who lived through those times The characterizations of Cesar Chavez, and especially his meetings with Robert F Kennedy just prior to the Kennedy assassination were accurate One minor issue Cesar Chavez s slogan was Si, se puede, no Si, se peuda as in, Yes, we can.Overall, an outstanding book. Jack Duncan lives in the small agricultural town of Delano, where he comes of age dreaming of escaping his roots His father was a grape grower who died under questionable conditions, and his family struggles with poverty and losing the family property Jack believes that struggle is an inherent part of his life until he stumbles upon evidence that his father was murdered, and that local corruption led to his demise.The Road to Delano has solid roots in historical facts and Hispanic experience, but reaches out to readers who may have little prior familiarity with either California s Central Valley or early Hispanic grape worker activism.The story opens in the 1930s as Sugar plans both his future as a farmer and his role as a husband to the beautiful Shirley After setting its foundations in the family farm s origins, it quickly moves to son Jack s world as he investigates a missing combine, the threat to his mother s home, and a longtime process of political and social corruption that reaches into his life and those of everyone around him.Under John DeSimone s hand, farm worker rights and history are revealed through the eyes of a non activist who becomes embroiled in causes and challenges beyond his normal experience Jack moves from being a high school senior who only wants to escape the politics and process of Delano s culture to someone with a vested interest in social change John DeSimone crafts a powerful story about farm worker rights and struggles through the eyes of a young man who wants to be anything but politically involved The Road to Delano surveys the evolving politics of Chavez and those on both sides as DeSimone guides a compelling saga that juxtaposes big stakes gambles in than one way with threats not just to ranching and workers, but American integrity and morals.When a plan is hatched between Jack and his activist friend Adrian to save the family farm one that directly confronts those behind the widespread and powerful corruption Jack discovers his true passions, commitment, and a form of involvement that he had eschewed in the past This creates a gripping story of not only how Jack can truly escape Delano, but how he can preserve his integrity and roots in the process.The Road to Delano is a compelling story that will leave readers thinking about its surprise ending long after the final confrontation comes to a head.