Arielle Hunter’s debut novel, A Far Strange Country : Banquet of Choices, takes place against the backdrop of social unrest, the rise of the drug culture, upheaval and assassinations. Like postcards from the past, cinematic description and crisp dialog bring elements of 1968 California to life in this tightly-written, fast-paced novel. Thrown into the mix are Buck and Pauline Harper, a staid couple who are riding out the upheaval tucked away on their ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills when they receive a telegram. Their estranged son, Steven, a Viet Nam veteran, has been hospitalized in San Francisco from a drug overdose. At the same time, Donatello Dragghi a notorious Italian actor and film director has been sent to live with his uncle in California to avoid a Mafia hit. He is waiting in his suite at the Beverly Palms Hotel for a phone call. The call sets in motion a series of events that take him in a direction he never dreamed possible. Then there’s Parker, the pop-culture guru, suspected of murdering a follower to acquire a property in Big Sur. The two-book series takes place in San Francisco, Berkeley, Napa, Los Angeles, Big Sur and the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Hippies, ranchers and film stars illustrate the central theme: actions have consequences.
"...Then I read the book. I swear I squealed like a school girl with a crush. I love love love this book. She used such beautiful words to describe the 60s. Can't wait for the second book. Please hurry I'm dying here."
A Far Strange Country: Banquet of Choices by Arielle Hunter is an excellent novel. I have to admit, I did judge the book by its cover and I didn’t think I would enjoy it. How wrong could I be? In a fantastic story, Ms Hunter has very cleverly woven a number of different tales together to meet in one explosive finish. And, what a finish. It’s a book that left me desperate to read the second one in the hopes that it is even better than this one. Ms Hunter knows how to write, that’s for sure, and she knows how to draw a reader in. Excellent work, bring on number 2!