Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
The Homestead by Douglass Hoover tells the story of a group of people who have, for one reason or another, left life on the outside world to live in a Utopia they have created in the Alaskan wilderness. Their lives are undisturbed and each is happy in the homestead until Masterson appears. Masterson purportedly represents an oil company looking to develop the land on which they live, and when he has no success in persuading Stark, the owner of the land, to agree to sell, he resorts to devious means to obtain his objective. As the group fights for justice and a right to live as they desire, the power and influence of money and a man with questionable ethics and intentions threaten not only their way of life, but their very existence.
This is a thriller with a capital T. Intrigue, action, adventure and mystery all combine to make this an unforgettable novel in every respect. Superbly written with a breath-taking pace, the story sprints into action from the very beginning. The characters are well crafted and diverse, and the hints of Stark's hidden past and the intertwined lives of the rest of the group combine to provide not just an exciting read but a visual experience, so good is the writing. The author, Douglass Hoover, has created a Utopian world where even in the wilderness unseen forces and egos threaten its destruction. Injustice screams from each page and the reader unwittingly sides with Stark and his compatriots, whatever their dark and mysterious pasts might hide. An excellent and exciting read. This is an author to watch.