Title: The Vintage Club
Author: Darin Gibby
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
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.
Reading this book was reminiscent of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code series, with an added and much-appreciated nod to actual theology. Like the Da Vinci series, this book delves into literal and figurative meanings of many icons, myths, scripture and historical tidbits related to the life and death of Jesus Christ, and in this case, the idea of eternal life. There was a lot going on in this book, and it was difficult at times, to keep everyone and all the stories straight. They did all come to a head eventually and many of the loose ends were tied up by the end, although a few do remain open, perhaps for the sake of a sequel.
The only real negative I have is that Reggie is, by far, the most unnecessarily paranoid person, when under major stress. More so than I would assume most people with his history would be. Although it did add to the story, I think it was a bit overdone and could have been scaled back with the same effect. That and the fact that much of the scientific terminology and experimentation are a bit distracting due to the difficulty in understanding the nature of the subjects discussed. Some of the technical jargon could have been altered for easier understanding.
The Club and their literal translation of the idea of eternal life was quite sad to me. Had they truly understood the meaning of the grace and love of Christ, they could have used their considerable resources to do some real good in the world. Part of me hopes for a sequel with Reggie’s suggested induction, so that he may shed the Light on their quest. I do recommend this book to lovers of symbolism, of scientific advances, and especially to those Christians who love a good suspense thriller.
HEAT Rating: None
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More