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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Starvation Mountain is a contemporary fiction thriller written by Robert Gilberg. Jim Schmidt had found his home, his place, on his acreage located on Starvation Mountain. He loved riding the mountains that ranged east of San Diego, and his avocado grove would soon be the site of his retirement home. He wished he had been able to convince Annie to move south when he left Boulder Creek where they had lived together. It was still painful to consider that she had finally agreed to come down for a week just before she died in an awful traffic accident. Now, some years after he had purchased his grove, he was actually getting the plans going for his home. He had been discussing them with his architect when he heard a woman’s voice. She approached him from the small cabin adjoining his land. Her name was Penny Lane, itself a fitting icebreaker of a conversational topic. Like him, she loved to ride, and she actually preferred Jack Daniels to wine. Penny had a problem, however; one that would set the two new friends on a life and death ride across the country.
Robert Gilberg’s contemporary fiction thriller novel, Starvation Mountain, is a panoramic masterpiece that has the reader vicariously enjoying Jim’s mountain rides as well as his and Penny’s Southwestern traveling adventure. Gilberg has a good sense of what desert and some Southern California dwellers love about the open spaces and the merging of past and present that is so omnipresent in the Southwest. His characters fit perfectly within those parameters, and following the two as they get to know each other is great fun. The mystery behind Penny’s dodgy ex-employer and the relentless pursuit the two have to survive keeps the suspense and tension at a high level. Starvation Mountain is a grand read, and it’s most highly recommended.