The Roaring Road adventure, almost two years in the making, is the story of Dan and Laure as they drive a Duesenberg to the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country. Laure is kidnapped and taken on a rusty old freighter in San Francisco Bay. Dan attaches himself to a tough squad of Marines from Mare Island, who in earlier days might have been pirates. Dan and Laure find themselves in Hollywood where they meet Louise Brooks and other famous and infamous Hollywood stars. A Hollywood prank designed by Louise Brooks goes viral (although in 1926 they didn't have that phrase in their vocabulary). Laure lands a role as a dancer in the 1926 movie production of The Great Gatsby. Laure and Dan somehow maintain their sense of humor and their lust for each other as they are beset by villains who would do them harm, but it's not the contraband the bad guys and gals are after. Things get even more dangerous as Laure and Dan take to the rails to bring their contraband back to Chicago. With only a few friends, some help from silent era movie special effects and a mysterious killer messenger boy, they use treachery, smoke and mirrors and diversion to con their enemies in an attempt to keep from losing everything, including each other, in a small town in Kansas named Cherryvale.
-Fly in 1920s era aeroplanes!
-Meet historic people like Cannon Ball Baker, Louise Brooks, Douglas Fairbanks, Wallace Reid, Billie Dove, W.C. Fields, Bessie Coleman, Al Capone and others!
-Feel the heat in the cab of a Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive roaring along the tracks at top speed!
-Listen to the whine of the Duesenberg's supercharged straight 8 motor!
-Hit the ground when you hear the chatter of Thompson machine guns!
-Drink your Prohibition-be-damned booze and dance with Laure and Louise at the Café Lulu speakeasy!
-Use champagne and strawberries to improve your love life!
-Follow the dialog between Laure and Dan!
The Flapper's Lament-Watch the flappers and jazz babies dancing and partying at Gatsby's mansion!
"If the skirts get much shorter
Said the flapper with a sob,
There will be two more cheeks to powder
And one more place to bob!"
-Does the Road Trip Dog really capische?
-See if you can spot the clues: Who is the mysterious killer messenger boy?
-Become a part of the glamour of Hollywood and the Roaring Twenties!
You can do all that and more by following these Amazon links to order your copies today:
The Roaring Road Book 1 - The Road West
The Roaring Road Book 2 - The Road East
The fabulous 1920's style cover art for The Roaring Road books was created
by Don Henderson - known on dA as
See Don and his son Shane's design work at Henderson Graphic Design and Illustration at hendersongdi.com