A classic figure in literature since Homer, the “reluctant hero”—including Solomon Fairchild in my new novel, Falcons and Seagulls, a Utah Tale, as well as his mentor Howard Hughes—is someone faced with a crisis, urgent challenge, or irresistible demand for action. This “call to action” takes our hero from his “ordinary world” of ease and comfort to a “special world” of strife, overwhelming obstacles and danger, as Solomon encounters when leaving his serene New England retirement to face his youthful mis-deeds in his native Utah and resolve immense obstacles and expose long-hidden family secrets. Along the way, he re-discovers a long-lost love, is opposed by powerful entities, including the FBI and the Mormon Church, and even is incarcerated involuntarily in a mental hospital to keep him quiet. In his triumph, he is returned to his “ordinary world” after facing a final catastrophe and receives a reward you will discover reading the book.
—David Taylor Johannesen, author