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.
My Thoughts 4.5 stars
For God so loved that world that he gave his only begotten Son, the body and the blood, eternal life through Jesus Christ. Christians believe in eternal life through Jesus but what if Christians are wrong?
What if eternal life is actually to be found in the wine served at the last supper, an ancient variety of grape and secret fermentation process passed down from Jesus to his twelve disciples. Can the Fountain of Youth possibly be found in a wine glass?
THE VINTAGE CLUB, based on Christian legend and scripture, is a gripping, fast paced, and thought provoking Christian mystery/thriller.
The Vintage Club consists of twelve of the wealthiest men in the world. It’s exclusive, secret, and for life. They’ve scoured the earth in search of even the most obscure mention of or reference to wine in context with religion or the disciples and their followers. Their research has led them to believe the secret to eternal life rests in the wine served at the last supper.
In Reggie Alexander, Mr. Gibby’s created a wonderfully imperfect hero. Adaptability, flexibility, and quick thinking are a few of the attributes of heroes; Reggie isn’t really any of these things. In fact, he suffers from an anxiety disorder that causes paranoia, among other things, when his routine is disrupted. However, Reggie is strong and loves his wife and son deeply. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Mr. Gibby has melded religion, science, and technology into a cohesive fascinating whole that makes you wonder and think.
THE VINTAGE CLUB is unpredictable, moves rapidly and is told via different perspectives which works well with the story. I had no problem keeping continuity. The tension builds steadily and relentlessly to a heart stopping climax. By the end I ached from unconsciously holding myself so tightly.
THE VINTAGE CLUB engaged me on numerous levels while several aspects of the story have given me rather a lot of food for thought, always a good thing.
I highly recommend THE VINTAGE CLUB for those who enjoy intelligent Christian thrillers that aren’t heavy handed while giving you plenty to think about.
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In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend. With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest mountain bikes to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products from computer disk drives to in-line skates.
Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system. With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys backcountry fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife and their four children.