Item description for Forty Acres by Gerard F. Murrin...
Dynamic New Novel Explores Land-Use Crisis
This spellbinding tale, filled with engaging characters, heroes and villains alike, confronts the land-use crisis in America. With chilling affect, this story foreshadows the look and feel of the mid-21st-century given the continued loss of land to commercial and residential development.
In Murrin's fictional America, the federal government enacts radical legislation in an attempt to control land-use practices, resulting in a political landscape that is unrecognizable. Local power brokers quickly learn to manipulate the new system, outlawing dissension groups while continuing to devour open space at an alarming rate. However, despite being driven underground, the tiny Land Preservation Society (LPS) remains determined to save as many acres as they can.
Aided by the courageous and beautiful Tamara Hopkins, Professor Tom Sanders picks up the torch for Andy Cemanski, the aging warrior who has fueled the preservation fight for decades. Alas, the local political kingpin's evil empire is more powerful than even their worst nightmare, and the group becomes embroiled in a lethal game of cat and mouse. As Tom Sanders struggles to keep the LPS together, he pins his last hope on holding the line at Meador Farms, which is rumored to be an ancient Native American burial ground, making it a possible deterrence to development. Tom is in for the race of his life, as he desperately tries to save his beloved property before the LPS is completely destroyed and the entire county is paved over.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jul 30, 2006
Publisher Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN 1931741743 ISBN13 9781931741743
Availability 27 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 21, 2017 10:44.
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More About Gerard F. Murrin
Gerard ("Jerry") Murrin graduated from the University of Illinois in 1982 with a degree in accounting. He has worked in public accounting and financial management, and is currently the Controller for a closely-held business headquartered near Chicago. He was inspired to write "Jackson Choice" by a comment made by his young daughter.
Reviews - What do customers think about Forty Acres?
The stakes are nothing short of life and death. Oct 4, 2006
"Forty Acres" is a compelling novel foreshadowing the growing loss of land to commercial and residential development in an America where the federal government enacts radical legislation to control land-use practices. The result is a political landscape that has local authorities and power brokers manipulating land acquisition and use, the outlawing of opposing opinion, and the despoiling of agricultural and rural lands for short-term profits. That's the setting in which we find Professor Tom Sanders, aided by the beautiful Tamara Hopkins, leading the struggling Land Preservation Society in an effort to sway public opinion by exposing greedy developers and their corrupt political allies. But the local political authority targets Sanders and his associates even while they try to save Meador Farms (rumored to be an ancient Native American burial ground) from the despoilers of corporate development. The stakes are nothing short of life and death. "Forty Acres" is a compelling novel from author Gerard Murrin that could be ripped from today's headlines and will grip the reader's total attention from first page to last with its deftly drawn and memorable characters and involving land-use crisis story line.
Important, Timely, Compelling Aug 29, 2006
The five council members of the Land Preservation Society (LPS) find themselves embroiled in thwarting political corruption in the office of the County Clerk. As a result of the enactment of a federal law, a County Designation Plan put zoning laws under individual counties through the County Clerk. As a result of this plan the County Clerk has become the most powerful man in the county. This absorbing novel uncovers a politician turned criminal in his lust for power, and land developers turned ruthless as a result of their greed.
Jerry Murrin has created another powerful action-suspense novel filled with clandestine meetings, political intrigue, murder, threats, conflict, and romance. Murrin's characters are true to life, authentic, and colorful. I found myself drawn to Tom Sanders and his other council members in their mission to preserve integrity in land use and zoning.
The author's love of nature comes through in his writing. He describes a pastoral setting that helps the reader step back in time to a gentler era. "The hillside was dotted with majestic hardwoods spaced far enough apart to have allowed sheep to forage on lazy summer afternoons."
"Forty Acres" is absorbing and timely as the question of environment, preservation of natural resources, and land use take on a new enormity of importance and crisis in American politics.
Murrin has used a compelling fictional story as a platform to deliver a profound and important message to politicians, educators, and every American citizen. Highly recommended, a great read.