By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 7, 2013 at 6:00PM
As we announced in December, the one and only legend Sidney Poitier has penned his first fiction novel - a sci-fi/thriller titled Montaro Caine which has now officially gone on sale, today, May 7, 2013.
Described by Poitier himself as "sort of like Indiana Jones, but better," the synopsis for the seemingly epic read, follows:
A baby is born with a coin in her hand. An orphan crafts a mysterious wooden object. The CEO of a large corporation finds himself under extraordinary pressure at work and at home. And on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, a medicine man seems to understand the meaning of all these events and to hold the key to the future.
Montaro Caine, CEO of the Fitzer Corporation, is losing control of the company he built just as his teenage daughter is experiencing her own difficulties. At this moment of crisis, a man and woman appear at his office with a coin of unknown provenance, composed of a metal unknown on Earth. Montaro immediately recognizes it as the companion of a coin he analyzed as a graduate student working in a lab at MIT, which was later returned to its unidentified owner. The coin’s appearance draws the attention of scientists, collectors, financiers, and thieves, all of whom vie to get their hands on it, and Montaro himself hopes that the discovery of the coin will save his company. But the value of the coin lies not in its monetary worth but in its hold on the people who come into contact with it. These include the young woman who is not aware of the object that was found in her hand at birth; an old man who, as a boy, crafted a wooden compact as a gift for a young Montaro Caine; and the elusive healer Matthew Perch, who, from his hut on a small Caribbean island, knows precisely why these people have been brought together and what wisdom the coin imparts.
In his first novel, the beloved actor and director Sidney Poitier takes us on a wild and unexpected adventure—from New York to Europe to the Caribbean and beyond. The novel offers Poitier’s heartfelt message about the potential each of us has within ourselves, and about being open to the possibility that there are mysteries in the universe, and here on Earth, far greater than we can imagine. An enthralling journey into the magic of existence, Montaro Caine is a radiant debut from an American legend.
I actually ordered my copy in March via Amazon, and it was delivered today. I'm looking forward to digging into it, expecting a well-written, rich, entertaining literary work.
The reviews I've read thus far have been encouraging.
From Publisher's Weekly: For an octogenarian first-time novelist, Poitier has delivered a surprisingly intricate, if idiosyncratic, tale sure to please his many fans.
From USA Today: Some might feel it's quintessentially Poitier. Elegant, if a book can be elegant, with a bit of mystery and Caribbean flavor thrown in for good measure. Like his famed movie roles in Lilies of the Field and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, he once again offers up a moving performance.
From Booklist: [A] captivating blend of corporate intrigue and science fiction . . . a thought-provoking tale of caution and hope that is as elegant and riveting as the legendary actor and director himself.
Of course, the next question is, will any studio purchase movie rights to the novel? At a time when novels are being optioned maybe more than original screenplays, I wonder if Poiter's novel (if only because of his name) has gotten a few early looks; but maybe not. Especially if it's an adult story. YA novels seem to be all the rage these days.
No matter, I'm definitely looking forward to the read, and may even share my thoughts on it afterward.
In the meantime, you can enter to win a copy of the novel by answering the following simple question: the title of the novel is partly inspired by what long-time friend of Poitier's?
Send me your responses to email@example.com; in the subject box, enter "Montaro Giveaway"
You have until this Thursday, May 9th, at 11:59pm EST to enter the contest.
Of course, you can always buy your own copy, which you can do HERE.