April 30, 2014
Robert Gore had an exciting and interesting FaceTime session with Reading Between the Wines, a reading group in Lake Oswego. He answered questions about The Golden Pinnacle, his website, straightlinelogic, and writing in general. The Golden Pinnacle is only one of three books over the last four years that has received five stars from every member of Reading Between the Wines. Edwina Feeney, a member of the group, penned a review of The Golden Pinnacle for the Lake Oswego monthly. That review is on the page on this website. Mr. Gore is available via FaceTime and Skype for other reading groups as well, and for those groups in the Albuquerque area, he is available in person.
THE GOLDEN PINNACLE IS PUBLISHED!
The Golden Pinnacle is published and available on Amazon as an old fashioned book. It will soon be available through Amazon as a Kindle ebook, in its entirety or in five parts. This rags-to-riches novel captures the explosion of ingenuity and opulence in America during the most innovative forty-eight years in human history. From the Amazon description:
Brilliant financier Daniel Durand builds a Wall Street empire during the Industrial Revolution. He acquires a glittering fortune, but also a long list of powerful enemies, including the father of his beautiful, strong-willed wife. The Winfields, a secretive, ruthless dynasty, vow to destroy him and covertly enlist his oldest son. They uncover a secret from his Civil War past that he thought was buried in a Mississippi swamp, a secret that could send him to the gallows. He plots a revenge that threatens his marriage—an attempt to ruin his son’s career in politics—but finds the tables turned humiliatingly against him. Ignoring public opinion, the support of the financial and political elite, and a mysterious warning, he testifies against a law that replaces gold with paper promises and imperils the nation’s hard-earned wealth. His family suffers ruthless retribution and tragic loss, but finds redemption and reconciliation.
Below the title of this website is a line: “You don’t know what you lost if you don’t know what you had.” What America had during the Industrial Revolution was freedom. Not complete or absolute freedom, but freedom approaching the ideals of ordered liberty, individual rights, and a limited government whose function was to protect those rights. There was certainly more freedom than any time before or since. The results speak for themselves. An unprecedented, mind-boggling profusion of innovations fueled the greatest by-the-bootstraps economic leap forward ever. Millions of immigrants streamed to our shores and built better lives for themselves and their families. As Daniel Durand says in the novel: “The forty-eight years since the Civil War haven’t been without their blemishes, their ups and downs, but I challenge you to find a comparable period in history when a nation has enjoyed the progress, prosperity, and peace that ours has.”
The age was marked, in the words of Daniel’s wife, Eleanor, by an “intoxicating spirit of unfettered freedom, unlimited possibilities, unbounded confidence, and buoyant optimism,” a spirit that has virtually vanished. In our time, with millions demanding the government do something for them and millions hoping that the government will not do anything more to them, it is easy to forget that Americans were once renowned for their “can do” spirit; they did for themselves. And they kept for themselves; there was no income tax and gold-backed money was the store of value. Only those who live through such an age can fully know and appreciate its “intoxicating spirit,” but The Golden Pinnacle attempts to recreate it.
The book selling industry maintains a distinction between “literary” books and “good reads,” potential best seller material. A novel can have important themes, memorable characters, clear prose and skillful use of the language, and a plot that ties all those elements together and makes the story compellingly readable. In other words, the current distinction is a false one―novels can be literary and highly entertaining at the same time. Those are the benchmarks I set for myself in writing The Golden Pinnacle.
Readers can judge for themselves ifI met those benchmarks. I hope you enjoy it, and shoot me an email from the page with your comments. Try your hand at literary criticism and write a review on Amazon. The era of The Golden Pinnacle was a shining contrast to today’s bleak desolation, pessimism, and cynicism. Enough is enough. It is my fondest hope that The Golden Pinnacle proves to be a step towards reclaiming the liberty that is our birthright as Americans.
THE GOLDEN PINNACLE
A HISTORICAL NOVEL
You Don't Know What You've Lost If You Don't Know What You Had
July 15, 2014
Robert Gore appeared on Writestream Tuesday, an internet radio show devoted to writers and writing, with host Daria Anne DiGiovanni. To hear the discussion, click this link: