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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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Rare Bird Books
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    It’s 1968, and a strike by field workers in the grape fields has ripped an otherwise quiet central California town down the middle. Jack Duncan is a ...more

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    Diane Secchiaroli
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is a novel set in California during the grape harvesters strike, gives an interesting perspective on the striker’s lives and hardships. The history’s insights are true to the times. It a story about Jack a high schooler whose family has lost all their land to an unscrupulous landowner and his efforts to right wrongs he experiences. He and his friend Adrian are obsessed with baseball and hope to use their gifts to get scholarships to college. His girlfriend Ella plans on going to college ...more
    Lforcey
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A tale of injustice that boils my blood. The narrative takes me on a journey through the turbulent days of Central California during the 1960's, along the way encountering the exhiliration of athletic prowess, the shame of racism, and the joy of friendship.
    Lynelle Clark
    An ARC copy was gifted to me by the author.

    This is a compelling story with so many variables that I was amazed at how well the author had fabricated it to a perfect fit. From water rights to gamble, the story was a continuous growing plot that took you on a roller coaster ride of difficulties. With no way of knowing the outcome.

    The road to Delano is an apt name for this book. The road is the backbone that brought the storyline together, almost like a tapestry, as you hurried along the dirt roads
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    Renee Bono
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book. The characters were so involving, I felt like I knew them. Its fast paced and and will keep you enthralled to the end. If you don't read another book this year, read this one.
    Lilly Mcbee
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Rose Larson
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is so well written. It’s a story within a story of coming of age and innocence lost. I felt like I was there watching the game both baseball and cards. It stirred so many emotions as the conflicts were unfolded. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy fictional history novels. You won’t be disappointed.
    Diane
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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,
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    Anthony
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Review

    This 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
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    LitPick Book Reviews
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
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    Peggy Haskins
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Heather Wamboldt
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 more.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily
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    Cheryl Rovang
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Julie Hendrickson
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    So glad I got a chance to spend time with these characters in this beautifully crafted story! Don’t let this one pass you by!
    Wanda Adams
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Rick
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Road to Delano is a coming of age story couched in a historical fiction account of the grape strikes led by Cesar Chavez. The primary protagonist, Jack Duncan, only wants to play baseball until he finds he must save his farm by going up against the political will of his community. The Road to Delano is the second novel by the accomplished novelist, memoirist and editor John DeSimone.

    Jack and his friend Adrian have scouts negotiating to give them baseball scholarships in LA. Jack becomes
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    Linda Zagon
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    John DeSimone, author of "The Road to Delano" has written an intense, captivating and thought-provoking novel. The Genre for this novel is Historical Fiction. The timeline for this story starts in 1930 and continues during the grape growers strike in Delano. Cesar Chavez is trying to get better conditions for the workers. The author describes his characters as complex, and complicated. There are betrayals and problems keeping and following the law.

    In 1930 Sugar Duncan drives down the "Road to
    ...more
    Scott T.
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 more modern times. It made me very nostalgic for the place. Bravo! Bravo!
    Drake Mariani
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I read a lot!! I have read every book that each of these authors have written. David Baldacci, Lee Child, Joel Rosenberg, Robert Ludlum, Brad Thor, and I'm telling you that John DeSimone is right up there with the best of them!
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