Friday, September 20, 2019

Book Review: 'Chasing Hindy' by Darin Gibby

Chasing Hindy: A Novel Invention by [Gibby, Darin]
Colorado author Darin Gibby is both a successful author (“The Vintage Club," "Gil" and "Why Has America Stopped Inventing?") and an internationally renowned patent attorney who has been featured in a wide variety of publications as well as TV and radio shows, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Leonard Lopate show, Yahoo! Finance and To The Best of Our Knowledge. His degrees include a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree; he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader.

Darin’s facility with his ongoing topic of patents is obvious with the degree of prestige he holds as a patent attorney. His ability to spin legal techno thrillers is certainly an associated skill polished in legal confrontations. But his uncanny gift for composing edge of the seat stories is special among today’s writers, a skill that is born of a rich imagination.

Witness the opening paragraphs of this book – ‘Addy felt like jumping out of her car and doing a quick happy dance in the middle of stalled traffic. Her excitement at becoming the newest—and youngest—partner at the intellectual property law firm of Wyckoff & Schechter was nearly overwhelming. She grinned at the shadow on the hood of Hindy, her treasured retrofitted cherry red Shelby Mustang. The shadow was created by a barrel-sized, hydrogen-filled balloon that floated above the Mustang’s roof. Gawkers pointed and laughed as the Shelby eased down El Camino pulling the tethered balloon as if in a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The balloon—which on one side sported her law firm’s logo, and on the other Hindy in giant cursive script—was just an advertising gimmick to show her passion for alternative energies. It was only strapped to the roof on calm, sunny days when she was travelling at slow speeds using routes that avoided overpasses. The retrofitted Mustang was really powered by four electric motors using electricity produced by solar panels and a conventional fuel cell. At first, the Wyckoff partners questioned Addy’s prudence in strapping a floating balloon to the roof of any vehicle, but they’d come to admire the effectiveness of her marketing innovations. They even lifted their champagne glasses at the end of her mentor’s welcome speech acknowledging that her Shelby was responsible for bringing in increasing numbers of the “green” companies sprouting like weeds all over the Silicon Valley—inventive, entrepreneurial companies in need of legal advice and support for their patents. While the traffic inched forward, Addy chuckled with excitement. “Hindy, ol’ pal,” she said, patting the dashboard, “you and I are going places now!‘

But places Addy and Hindy go are a bit treacherous as we discover in the fine synopsis: ‘Addy’s dream as a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed by Quinn, an entrepreneur, to join his company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. After resigning her partnership to join Quinn, Addy discovers things aren’t as they seem. The patent office suppresses the company’s patent applications and her life is threatened by unknown assailants if she doesn’t resign. When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she realizes Quinn has used her. Now, Addy must find a way to clear her name while salvaging her dream of propelling this technology to the world, all while powerful forces attempt to stop her.

Keen colorful writing that develops through the book to make this dramatic very contemporary topic into a thriller. Darin Gibby is an author to watch as he obviously will climb the ladder of success in American fiction. Grady Harp, March 18

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