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“Kill him,” the hushed gravelly, almost hoarse voice said on the speaker to the four assassins slouched around the rough-hewn oak table, three of them sipping Stolichnaya vodka straight, while the fourth drank hot tea.  They were the cream of the Russian and Muslim terrorist assassination squads infiltrating America and Canada, and were on the way to El Paso to kill lawyer Steven Vandorol.  Steven had just been appointed special prosecutor and was leading the Texas prosecution of a massive and most pervasive Federal government border corruption and conspiracy case with national implications right before the fall presidential elections.

So began last year’s powerful new thriller, El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, by Louis Bodnar that riveted the reader’s immediate attention right into the start of a Second American Civil War.

El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, released worldwide last year, achieved phenomenal sales success, was featured in El Paso, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores, became an Oklahoma, Texas and four-state regional Barnes & Noble BESTSELLER and continues to sell extremely well into 2020 worldwide!!

Steven Vandorol, the main character, had it all, but lost everything, when he fell hard from grace in the ultra-rich Sunbelt.  Escaping to Washington, D.C., he found himself embroiled in evil, corruption, sexual obsession and addiction, but, confronting his own demons, found peace and serenity in El Paso.  

But not for long…

In El Paso Sunrise, Steven’s short-lived peace and serenity he finally earned for himself in El Paso, was suddenly, and most violently, shattered, when he found himself with a bright red bulls-eye target on his back – a contract assassination, for what, on the surface, was believed to be for political reasons, and apparently ordered from deep within the corrupt and transformational Washington, D.C. White House – but was really the forerunner of a Second American Civil War and direct invasion and attack on the continental United States by Chinese and Russian communist and radical Muslim terrorist forces on American’s vulnerable southern underbelly – the Texas border with the Federal Republic of Mexico. 

The novel begins with Steven, at the forefront of this momentous special prosecution, and his best friend, Eddie Egen, El Paso Police Chief and member of his special prosecution team, narrowly surviving attempts to assassinate them – all close brushes with violent death – and ends with a massive, disruptive and totally unexpected cliff-hanger that leaves the reader in shock, surprise and breathless suspense to await what’s to come next…

NOW, EL PASO SUNSET CONTINUES… right after that surprise cliff-hangerin the much anticipated El Paso Sunset, a Novel, to be published worldwide Spring 2021, where stunning Vanessa Carson, Steven’s attorney friend and confidant amid the prior evil and abject corruption of Washington, D.C. brings her sunshine smile back into his life in El Paso.  Then, together as one, they face their worst nightmares of rape, kidnapping and murder, during the ultimate crises of a Second American Civil War, started by dark, sinister, shadowy and powerful forces, and only Steven and Vanessa stand in their way.

While El Paso Sunrise and El Paso Sunset are together a graphic story of slavish evil in this world, they are also a timeless love story and about goodness, faith, grace and friendships blossoming during a national emergency – a clarion call to the world to remember what truly matters, asking the question:

Can Steven force his own country and government to face their own demons before it is too late?

The two novels together are not only one explosive psychological and most timely political thriller… 

 

But it’s more than just that!  It’s also a totally entertaining roller coaster ride of thrilling suspense and fast paced action…and a story of desperate personal survival that ultimately becomes a grand and timeless story of personal transformation, passion, great love, friendship, and true intimacy!

On a deeper level, El Paso Sunrise and its continuation, El Paso Sunset, tell a story of excruciating pain of escapism and addiction, crisis and survival and the final triumph of faith, grace, love and commitment.  As a story of complex emotions, vulnerability and tenderness, intimacy and feeling, it draws darkly profound conclusions that are both astonishing and provocative, yet are in combination exhilaratingly joyous.  

El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, was published by Morgan James Publishing (New York – London – Nashville – Melbourne – Vancouver) and was launched worldwide in El Paso, Texas, on September, 24, 2019, in simultaneous sale/signing events hosted by and at the Barnes & Noble Bookseller stores at The Fountains at Farrah, Sunland Park Mall and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Student Bookstore.  Please visit the author’s website at:  www.LouisBodnar.com to purchase this novel or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to order and purchase his book, where the electronic edition is also available and can preorder the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset, a Novel by Louis Bodnar, to be published worldwide Spring 2012, the electronic edition to be available on January 5, 2021.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CONTACT: Louis Bodnar 918-957-4444 or ljb@LouisBodnar.com 

                                                                 LOUIS BODNAR

LOUIS BODNAR - FULL BIOGRAPHY

TULSA AUTHOR – NOVELIST – RETIRED ATTORNEY

Mr. Bodnar, a graduate of Lawton High School, Lawton, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and Oklahoma University College of Law, practiced law first in Oklahoma City for two decades (1972 – 1981), in Washington, D.C. for almost three years, before moving to El Paso, Texas, where he practiced law for some fifteen years. 

While actively practicing law in El Paso, Texas, from 1987 to 2002, he was an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of El Paso and Special Prosecutor in the State of Texas v. Maury Kemp, et al., insurance fraud case that was then the single largest insurance fraud case in Texas to that time. 

After the oil and real estate bust began in the mid-80’s, Mr. Bodnar practiced law with a Washington, D.C. law firm for almost three years before going back to Oklahoma City and opening a solo practice and had a stint as a CEO of an Oklahoma City banking concern. While in Washington, Mr. Bodnar attended Georgetown Law Center as a candidate for a Master’s in Legal Studies (LLM) Law Degree in International and Comparative law.  The author is retired and currently in education living in Broken Arrow, with him wife Joan, and their rescue beagle mix dog, G. Reacher.  He has a son and daughter-in-law living in Waco, Texas, with two grandsons, and a daughter and son-in-law living in Jenks, Oklahoma, with a granddaughter and grandson.  He also has a step-son living in Tulsa. 

Mr. Bodnar is the author of El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, published worldwide last year by Morgan James Publishing; the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset, a Novel, to be published by Morgan James Publishing as well Spring 2021; the author of Sunbelt, a Novel, published in the Southwest U.S. by Quadrangle Press (Washington, D.C. – Florida – Oklahoma) in 1986, and Layers of Evil, a Novel that is yet un-published. 

After a lifetime of turmoil, pain and addiction, Bodnar found peace and serenity and transformation while living and practicing law in El Paso, Texas.  After September 11, 2001, when Muslim radical terrorists were responsible for almost 3,000 American deaths, as the first attack on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor that began World War II for the United States of America, Mr. Bodnar relocated to Dallas, Texas, practiced law there and retired from a north Dallas law firm and returned home to Oklahoma to be with his family.  He then met and married the love of his life, his wife Joan, and continues to live in Broken Arrow where he works in education, teaching at Glenpool High School, and continues to write, working with his wife as his primary editor.

EL PASO SUNRISE & EL PASO SUNSET, BOTH NOVELS BY LOUIS BODNAR - SYNOPSIS

SYNOPSIS

EL PASO SUNRISE, A NOVEL,

&

THE CONTINUATION NOVEL, EL PASO SUNSET, 

BOTH BY LOUIS BODNAR 

From a Constitutional Republic to a Marxist Dictatorship led by a Muslim President in a Second American Civil War 

FIRST, EL PASO SUNRISE……NOW, EL PASO SUNSET CONTINUES……

The chronicle of the main character in both novels, Steven Vandorol started in El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, where, as a lawyer in El Paso, the second largest city on the Texas – Federal Republic of Mexico border,  he’s being hunted by a team of terrorist assassins and shadowy sinister forces determined to kill Steven, who was just appointed as special prosecutor in a massive and most pervasive government border conspiracy and corruption case.

 

 “Kill him,” the hushed gravelly, almost hoarse voice said on the speaker to the four assassins slouched around the rough-hewn oak table, three of them sipping Stolichnaya vodka straight, while the fourth drank hot tea.  They were the cream of the Russian and Muslim terrorist assassination squads infiltrating America and Canada, and were on the way to El Paso to kill lawyer Steven Vandorol.  Steven had just been appointed special prosecutor and was leading the Texas prosecution of a massive and most pervasive Federal government border corruption and conspiracy with national implications before the fall presidential elections.

So began last year’s powerful new thriller, El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, that riveted the reader’s immediate attention right into the start of a Second American Civil War.

It also begins a grand story of love, passion, intense hate, violence and horror, all brought keenly alive against the panorama of the radical transformation of America by radical, insidious and cancerous forces – forces that threaten to annihilate and destroy the very fabric of the American Dream and way of life of our beloved Constitutional Republic.

El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, is the first of two stand-alone novels that together also tell a story of the intentional radical transformation of America in a Second American Civil War by progressives, Muslim radicals and the American Left from a Constitutional Republic to a Marxist dictatorship.  It is also a portrayal of a future with the literal choking of Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and the Middle East, particularly the sovereign State of Israel by Islamist radicals, ISIL, Hezbollah, Hamas and the spreading cancerous malignancy of a worldwide Muslim Caliphate.

Steven Vandorol, the main character, had it all, but lost everything, when he fell hard from grace in the ultra-rich Sunbelt.  Escaping to Washington, D.C., he found himself embroiled in evil, corruption, sexual obsession and addiction but, confronting his own demons, found peace and serenity in El Paso.  

But not for long…

FIRST, EL PASO SUNRISE…

In El Paso Sunrise, Steven’s short-lived peace and serenity he finally earned for himself in El Paso, was suddenly, and most violently, shattered, when he found himself with a bright red bulls-eye target on his back – a contract assassination, for what on the surface was believed to be for political reasons, and was apparently ordered from deep within the corrupt and transformational Washington, D.C. White House – but was really the forerunner of a Second American Civil War and direct invasion and attack on the continental United States by Chinese and Russian communist and radical Muslim terrorist forces on American’s vulnerable southern underbelly – the Texas border with the Federal Republic of Mexico.

The novel begins with Steven, at the forefront of this momentous special prosecution, and his best friend, Eddie Egen, El Paso Police Chief and member of his special prosecution team, narrowly surviving attempts to assassinate them – all several close brushes with violent death – and ends with a massive, disruptive and totally unexpected cliff-hanger that leaves the reader in shock, surprise and breathless suspense to await what’s to come next…

NOW, EL PASO SUNSET CONTINUES…

Then, the Steven Vandorol saga continues in the much anticipated El Paso Sunset, a Novel, to be published this fall, where stunning Vanessa Carson, Steven’s attorney friend and confidant amid the evil and total corruption of Washington, D.C. brings her sunshine smile back into his life in El Paso.  Then, together as one, they face their worst nightmares of rape, kidnapping and murder during the ultimate crises of a Second American Civil war started by dark, sinister, shadowy and powerful forces and only Steven and Vanessa stand in their way.

While El Paso Sunrise and the continuation, El Paso Sunset, are together a graphic story of slavish evil in this world, they are also a timeless love story and about goodness, faith, grace and friendships blossoming during a national emergency – a clarion call to the world to remember what truly matters, asking the question:

Can Steven force his own country and government to face their own demons before it is too late?

El Paso Sunrise and El Paso Sunset are together not only one explosive psychological and most timely political thriller…

 

But it’s more than just that!  It’s also a totally entertaining roller coaster ride of thrilling suspense and fast paced action…and a story of desperate personal survival that ultimately becomes a grand and timeless story of personal transformation, passion, great love, friendship, and true intimacy!

On a deeper level El Paso Sunrise and its continuation, El Paso Sunset, tell a story of excruciating pain of escapism and addiction, crisis and survival and the final triumph of faith, grace, love and commitment.  As a story of complex emotions, vulnerability and tenderness, intimacy and feeling, it draws darkly profound conclusions that are astonishing and provocative, yet exhilaratingly joyous.

While the two novels are primarily a timeless love story, much of the factual background for the novels is from Steve Emerson’s The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), especially the use of the indictment and the Federal conspiracy prosecution and proceedings in the 2014 Federal District Court case in Dallas, Texas, that resulted in Hamas, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other terror organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, being placed on the State Department’s list of active terrorist organizations.

Finally, the two novels together depict the cancerous and insidious corruption of government, education, religion, the family and culture in America by a variety of bad actors, that are fueled by a corrupt, propaganda “fake” news main-stream media, that subverted all that was good and turned into abject evil…and also most timely depicts the crumbling and addictive American culture and society, both in America and in this chaotic, turbulent, corrupt and evil world that professes a religion of selfishness, lust, power, control and greed…all of which is slowly killing America and would continue in the rest of the world unabated until the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Please subscribe for updates and the Genesis of the Steven Vandorol Saga to Louis Bodnar’s    website at: www.LouisBodnar.com and see him on Facebook at: Louis Bodnar, Author/Novelist/Retired Attorney, and twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  

May God Bless you all…

EL PASO SUNRISE & EL PASO SUNSET - WHY THESE NOVELS ARE PUBLISHED NOW

Why These Novels Were Published Now

El Paso Sunrise and El Paso Sunset are two separate standalone novels that together are a story of love, passion and obsession, intense hate and pure evil, violence and horror all brought keenly alive and set against the panorama of the radical transformation of America by progressives, Muslim radicals and the American left from a Constitutional Republic to a Marxist dictatorship led by a Muslim President.

While the two novels are primarily a timeless love story, they also portray the literal choking of Canada, Great Britain, and the rest of Europe, the Middle East, and particularly the sovereign State of Israel by Islamist radicals, ISIL, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas and the spreading malignancy of a worldwide Islamist Muslim Caliphate.  Much of the factual background for the novels is from Steve Emerson’s The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), especially the use of the indictment and the Federal conspiracy prosecution and proceedings in the 2014 case in Texas that resulted in Hamas, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other terror organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, being placed on the State Department’s list of active terrorist organizations.

Finally, while the U.S. presidential elections have quelled the rising tide of evil temporarily by the election of Donald Trump, the two novels still together depict the cancerous and insidious corruption of government, education, religion, the family and culture in America by Muslim radicals, illegals, Communists and Latin American criminals, leftist progressives and the American Democratic Party and are fueled by a corrupt, propaganda leftist fake news main stream media that subverted all that was good and turned into abject evil…and also most timely depicts the crumbling and addictive American culture and society, both in America and in this chaotic, turbulent, corrupt and evil world that professes a religion of selfishness, lust, power, control and greed…all of which is slowly killing America and would continue in the rest of the world unabated until the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

CONTACT LOUIS BODNAR, HIS PUBLICIST AND PUBLISHER

CONTACT THE AUTHOR, PUBLICIST AND PUBLISHER

AUTHOR: LOUIS BODNAR, AUTHOR-NOVELIST-RETIRED ATTORNEY

ADDRESS:                            2608 WEST KENOSHA, SUITE 295

                                        BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA 74012

TELEPHONE:                        918-957-4444

WEBSITE/BLOG:                  www.LouisBodnar.com

EMAIL:                                   ljb@LouisBodnar.com 

PUBLICIST:                             MATT MCWILLIAMS

                                           MCWILLIAMS MEDIA INC.

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PUBLISHER:                            MORGAN JAMES PUBLISHING

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APPENDIX

LOUIS BODNAR

TULSA AUTHOR-NOVELIST-RETIRED ATTORNEY

A P P E N D I X

I. MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR, LOUIS BODNAR

II. ABOUT LOUIS’ FIRST NOVEL

III. PRAISE AND WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LOUIS BODNAR AND HIS WORKS

IV.  INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND LOUIS BODNAR’S ANSWERS    

V. MEDIA BOARD – BOOK SIGNINGS AND EVENTS

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR, LOUIS BODNAR

I.

More About the Author, Louis Bodnar

Louis J. Bodnar, also the author of Sunbelt, a Novel, published in 1986, Quadrangle Press, is a retired attorney currently living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with his wife Joan, and their rescue beagle mix dog, G. Reacher.  A naturalized American citizen, he was born in Vilshofen, Germany, as his Hungarian parents fled from Budapest, Hungary at the end of World War II.  Upon the death of his father, Dr. Steven Bodnar, the former Hungarian Minister of the Interior and the Earl of Legeney, he immigrated to Brazil with his mother and brother.

  

He spent eight years in Brazil with his mother Angela and older brother, Steven, three years of which he lived on a Brazilian Ranch, known as a “fazenda” and the remainder in a Sao Paulo emigrant slum known as Villa Anastacio. 

In 1958, through the efforts of his Aunt Ilona, a war bride of an American soldier she met in Germany, he and his mother immigrated to the United States to join their family in South Bronx, New York City.  In March of 1958, his mother died of cancer and his aunt and uncle became his guardians.   As the uncle, Ted Lewis was career military in the U.S. Army; his next military assignment was overseas to Tokyo, Japan for three years.  He attended a military dependents’ high school the first two years.  Thereafter Ted Lewis was assigned to Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma where he graduated from Lawton Senior High School. 

He was educated in the United States in Oklahoma, receiving an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and was a candidate for an L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Bodnar practiced law in the Southwest since 1972 in Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Dallas and El Paso, Texas and is retired living with his wife Joan in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

ABOUT LOUIS' FIRST NOVEL

II.

ABOUT LOUIS’ FIRST NOVEL – 

SUNBELT, a novel by Louis Bodnar

Sunbelt is a story of money and power, passion and obsession, ambition and greed, love and hate, good and evil, temptation and frenzy of a dangerous yet erotic game, brought keenly alive, and set against the panorama of brilliant riches of energy and real estate during euphoric boom times in the Sunbelt.  It is also a story of rearing pain of the fall from grace in a devastating crisis, of survival, ultimate choice and purpose, and triumph of the human spirit.

  Steven Vandorol was the best and the Sunbelt was his gameboard.  Lawyer, Chief Executive Officer, millionaire, and leader were his roles.  Banks, real estate, airlines, and the law were his playing pieces.  Money, power and passion were the objects of his game.

  People were the pawns.  As a story of complex emotions, of tenderness and vulnerability, and of feeling and falling, it draws darkly profound conclusions that are both astonishing and provocative.

PUBLISHED:   1986 – QUADRANGLE PRESS, INC.

                         A QUADRANGLE COMPANY

                         WASHINGTON, D.C. – FLORIDA – TEXAS – OKLAHOMA

First Edition Copies Still Available on Amazon.com Starting at $ 40.00 – 

PRAISE AND WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LOUIS BODNAR AND HIS WORKS

III.

 PRAISE AND WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LOUIS BODNAR AND WORKS:

HEADLINE:  El PASOAN’S NOVEL CAPTIVATING – El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas

  April 20, 1993 

“Have you ever felt like all your hard work and earnings can be deleted by a decision that is made far away and out of your reach?

“In Louis J. Bodnar’s ‘Sunbelt, a Novel,’ the answers to these questions are revealed, explored and explained in the form of a story.

“The lawyers, the lovers and the CEOs who control so many of our fiscal destinies are so far removed from our world that their decisions are formed in a world of their own.  The results of their decisions cross the cosmos here on earth and indelibly effect all our lives.

“The story’s main characters are believable, hungry and ruthless creatures of the 80’s and the business revolves around Texas/Oklahoma oil boom and following crash.  The story is told from a blue-collar view of the greed and lost purpose of the few whose decisions control the many.

“Through the erotic love scenes to the main characters’ fall from grace, we see that we are all human.  And that often what we see as failure is simply the great spirits’ teachings. 

“Bodnar is an El Paso attorney who sees the duality in man in everything he does. 

“He tries to explain the inner working of the world of finance and law so we are not its pawns, but its Kings.  His underlying theme:  The people with money in banks, the workers who use petroleum products and the masses that supply the capital for the captains of finance can and should be in control. 

“Bodnar helps us realize that although the American free enterprise system has its faults, it is also the most malleable of all the political systems in the world.  We begin to understand that the only thing wrong with America is the common “man’s” lack of involvement in it. 

“Bodnar’s story is captivating and descriptive.  If there is any fault in the story it is Bodnar’s hope that man’s awakening can come about in self-learned lessons.”

Jay Dittersdorf 

Special to the El Paso Herald-Post

El Paso Herald – Post

El Paso, Texas, April 20, 1993 

HEADLINE:  PROSECUTOR PICKED FOR THE TRIAL OF KEMP – El Paso Herald-Post, 

EL PASO, TEXAS, November 20, 1991

“Lawyer and Associate Municipal Judge Louis Bodnar was appointed Special Prosecutor in the Maury Kemp-El Paso Electric Co. fraud case. 

“District Attorney Steve Simmons said Louis Bodnar, who was appointed on Thursday, will serve as Special Assistant District Attorney and lead the prosecution team, which includes Assistant District Attorney Andrew Thomas. 

“Thomas is chief of the White-Collar Crime Unit.  The unit investigated the fraudulent sale of annuities from Kemp’s failed insurance companies, as well as other dealings between Kemp, El Paso Electric and other defendants in the case which resulted in indictments last June. 

“Also, on the prosecution team in Simmons and First Assistant District Attorney Udell Moore. 

“Simmons said two additional assistant district attorneys will be assigned to the trial now scheduled to begin February 4, in 168th District Judge Lupe Rivera’s court. 

“A 1972 graduate from the Oklahoma Law School, Bodnar arrived in El Paso in 1967 and joined the El Paso law firm of Studdard, Melby, Schwartz, Parrish & Johnson. 

“His 20 years of practice experience as a civil and criminal trial lawyer will be extremely beneficial in this complex, white-collar prosecution, said District Attorney Simmons.”

News Release by Peter Brock 

El Paso Herald-Post 

El Paso, Texas

November 20, 1991 

HEADLINE:  Prosecutor in Kemp Case Saw Own FinanceCIAL EMPIRE CRUMBLE

 – El Paso, Texas – Monday, November 25, 1991

Attorney lost millions during Oklahoma Oil Crash in 1980’s

“El Paso attorney and recently appointed special prosecutor Louis J. Bodnar knows how quickly financial empires can crumble. 

“When the oil fields of Oklahoma were gushing with black gold, Bodnar was an investor riding the crest of the oil boom. 

“But in 1983, when oil prices fell and banks were left holding worthless energy-related loans, Bodnar lost millions on bad financial deals. 

“His law firm was also wiped out. 

“I like to characterize myself as a beneficiary of the Oklahoma Oil boom and casualty of the bust,” Bodnar told the Herold-Post. 

“Ironically, Kemp’s financial empire toppled in the late 1980’s, about the same time as Bodnar’s. 

“Kemp, 10 other people and several corporations were re-indicted August 24 for allegedly engaging in criminal activity in conspiring to commit theft over $20,000 stemming from the sale of annuities from Kemp’s failed companies. 

                                                                     By Raul Hernandez for the 

                                                                     El Paso Herald-Post

                                                                     El Paso, Texas

HEADLINE:  Lawyer Authored Take of Greed 

  “It’s a story of money and power, passion and obsession, ambition and greed, love and hate, good and evil, temptation and frenzy of a dangerous yet erotic game, brought keenly alive, and set against the panorama of brilliant riches of energy and real estate during the euphoric boom times in the Sunbelt….

Louis Bodnar, District Attorney Steve Simmons’ new prosecutor in the Maury Kemp-El Paso Electric Co. conspiracy case, might be having a few bouts of de ja vu before the big trial begins rolling in 168th District Court. 

Sunbelt, a Novel, is the title of a 500 page novel Bodnar wrote in 1986 for Quadrangle Press, Inc. (Washington D.C. – Miami – Texas – Oklahoma) and lawyers have probably boosted sales while trying to get a fix on their newest rival. 

The above quotation is taken from one the title pages and continues …it is also a story of searing and excruciating pain on the fall from grace in a devastating crisis of survival, ultimate choice and purpose, and triumph of the human spirit.  As a story of complex emotions, of tenderness, and of feeling and falling, it draws darkly profound conclusions that are both astonishing and provocative.”

Peter Brock 

El Paso Herald-Post

El Paso, Texas 

November 25, 1991 

HEADLINE: BODNAR NOVEL RECOUNTS RISE, FALL OF OIL EMPIRE – Oklahoma Gazette,

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December 17, 1986

“Louis J. Bodnar enjoyed the luxuries that an oil rich economy could give.  He drove Lambourghini sports cars flew in a private Lear Jet, and made mega million real estate deals in his plush suite of offices.

“It was in 1976 that Bodnar began his own law firm – specializing in real estate law.   By 1978 he was recognized as one of the best real estate lawyers in the state.  By 1983, less than seven years later after opening his firm, Bodnar had been leas counsel in more than $ 1 Billion worth of real estate transactions and represented 14 Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas banks, two real estate mortgage companies and two regional insurance companies.

“From January to November of 1982, in addition to practicing law, Bodnar was the interim chief executive officer of a major venture capital company conducting business in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and Georgia.  On April 2, 1983, an $ 84 million lawsuit was filed, the first of many naming Bodnar as co – defendant, stopping his real estate empire ‘dead in the water.’

“Bodnar’s success gave him a lifestyle most people only dream of.  However, that dream began to fade as his investments turned sour and he found himself caught in a whirlpool of litigation and bad banking deals.

“A few weeks later, Penn Square Bank was declared insolvent, starting an international toppling of financial dominoes that has not yet stopped.

“Even though the suit was dismissed in December of 1984, Bodnar remained a defendant in other litigation.  He was a victim of the economic bust.

“It is his story, told through the eyes of a fictionalized character, Steven Vandorol, that make up his recently released novel, Sunbelt.  The thick trade paperback is enjoying brisk Southwest popularity.

“Despite the central theme of the novel, Bodnar is quick to point out, Sunbelt is not another “Penn Square book.”

“This isn’t another Penn Square book.  We’ve had plenty of books that deal with the oil and gas boom and crash.  But they totally ignored the even greater real estate boom and crash that that was involved as well.  One crash led to another.  A whole half of the story remained untold – real estate wasn’t even touched on,” said Bodnar.

“Until now.

“The main character of Bodnar’s novel is an attorney named Steven Vandorol – a man who lived life much like Bodnar once did.

“The story traces Vandorol’s life – in the grip of forces beyond his control – as he falls from multi-millionaire status to bankruptcy.  The story details from an insider’s point of view the booming oil and real estate industry of the late seventies and its cataclysmic crash in the early 1980’s.

“It is sort of a modern high finance retelling of the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

                                                         By Kenneth Siens for the

                                                         Oklahoma Gazette

                                                         Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

                                                         December 17, 1986

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS & LOUIS BODNAR'S ANSWERS

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LOUIS BODNAR 

TULSA AUTHOR—NOVELIST—RETIRED ATTORNEY

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND HIS ANSWERS

June, 2020

INTERVIEWER:  I would like to introduce Louis Bodnar.  Mr. Bodnar, Tulsa author, novelist and Oklahoma native, now living in Broken Arrow, is a retired attorney currently in education, teaching at Glenpool High School, having previously taught at Jenks High School in the Jenks Public School System.  Mr. Bodnar, a graduate of Lawton High School, Lawton, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma University College of Law, first practiced law in Oklahoma City for two decades, then in Washington, D.C. for almost three years, before moving to El Paso, Texas, where he practiced law for some fifteen years. 

While actively practicing law in El Paso, Texas from 1987 to 2002, he was an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of El Paso and Special Prosecutor in the case of State of Texas v. Maury Kemp, and others, insurance fraud case that was then the single largest insurance fraud case in the State of Texas to that time. 

From El Paso he relocated to Dallas in 2002 and then retired from a north Dallas, Texas, law firm in 2007 and returned to Oklahoma to be with his family.

Welcome to the show, Mr. Bodnar.  

MR. BODNAR:  Thank you.  It’s great to be here.  Thanks for inviting me.

1. INTERVIEWER:  So, you wrote a book?  What is it and what is it about? 

MR. BODNAR:  It’s really a two book publishing contract with Morgan James Publishing, the first, El Paso Sunrise, which was published and launched worldwide last year, and the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset, to be published this fall, 2020, are together a psychological and most timely political thriller that is also a timeless story of personal transformation and great love.

2. INTERVIEWER:  How does your books start and where is the story located?

MR. BODNAR:  The first line in El Paso Sunrise is: “Kill him” the hushed gravelly, almost hoarse voice said on the speaker to the four assassins slouched around the rough-hewn oak table, three of them sipping Stolichnaya vodka straight, while the fourth drank hot tea.

So begins my powerful new thriller, El Paso Sunrise, a Novel that rivets the readers immediate attention right into a Second American Civil War. The story happens in El Paso, Texas which many people don’t know is an area of almost 5 million people within a 25-mile radius of downtown El Paso. That area is also the most vulnerable underbelly border area in the United States, that includes El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez of the Federal Republic of Mexico. 

3. INTERVIEWER:  To whom is the book dedicated? 

MR. BODNAR:  To our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to the most 

important relationship and person on the planet, the love of my life, my wife

Joan.  There are a great many love stories in this world but ours is my favorite. 

4. INTERVIEWER:  Tell us a little more about El Paso Sunrise, a Novel! 

A group of assassins, the cream of the Russian and Muslim radical terrorist assassination squad, are infiltrating the United States from Canada and are on their way to El Paso to kill lawyer Steven Vandorol, the main character.  Steven is leading the Texas prosecution of Federal government corruption that has national implications before the coming Fall presidential election. 

It also begins a grand story of love, passion, intense hate, violence and horror all brought keenly alive against the panorama of the radical transformation of America by radical, insidious and cancerous forces—forces that threaten to annihilate and destroy the very fabric of the American Dream and way of life of our beloved Constitutional Republic. 

5. INTERVIEWER:  You told me earlier that El Paso Sunrise is the first in a two-book publishing contract with Morgan James Publishing. 

MR. BODNAR:  Yes, that is true.  The Steven Vandorol saga continues in El Paso Sunset, a Novel, to be published in Spring, 2021, where stunning Vanessa Carson, Steven’s attorney friend and confidant amid the evil and total corruption of Washington, D.C. brings her sunshine smile back into his life in El Paso and together as one, face their worst nightmares of rape,

kidnapping and murder during the ultimate crises of a second American Civil War started by dark, shadowy and powerful forces and only Steve and Vanessa stand in their way. 

While El Paso Sunrise is a graphic story of abject evil in this world, it is also a timeless love story and also about goodness, faith, grace and friendships blossoming during a national emergency – a clarion call to the world to remember what truly matters, asking the question: “Can Steven force is his own country and government to face their own demons before it’s too late?” 

6. INTERVIEWER:  When was this book be published and launched and how can our audience get El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, and the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset?

MR. BODNAR:  El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, that was published by Morgan James Publishing (New York–London—Nashville—Melbourne—Vancouver), was launched worldwide in El Paso on September 24, 2019. Please visit the author’s website at:  www.LouisBodnar.com to purchase this novel or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to order and purchase his book, where the electronic edition is also available and can preorder the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset, a Novel by Louis Bodnar, to be published in Spring, 2021, the electronic edition to be available on January 5, 2021.

It has been a real blessing and I’m most gratified that El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, released worldwide last year, achieved phenomenal sales success, was featured in El Paso, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores, became an Oklahoma, Texas and four-state regional Barnes & Noble BESTSELLER and continues to sell extremely well into this new year worldwide!!

7. INTERVIEWER:  So how did this book, or books come about? 

MR. BODNAR:  Much of my books are based on my own life.  In practicing of law and my own personal experiences, I’ve always kept a journal and after many journal pages, I decided to turn my journal writings into a novel, with of course, fictional materials thrown in. 

When, I left Oklahoma City after almost eighteen years of practice for El Paso, I joined a law firm in Downtown El Paso of a lawyer friend that I had known before when I practiced in Oklahoma City.

I was after a lifetime of turmoil, pain and addiction, I finally found peace and serenity and transformation while living and practicing law in El Paso.  After September 11, 2001, I relocated to Dallas, practiced law until 2007 there and retired from a Dallas law firm and returned home to Oklahoma to be with family.  I then met and married the love of my life, Joan, and live in Broken Arrow where I work in education at Glenpool High School.  I continue to write, working with Joan, my primary “editor,” and living the dream as has been said by many, but accomplished by very few.

8. INTERVIEWER:  There has been 33 years since your first novel.  Why now for your second and third? 

MR. BODNAR:  Short answer, life intervened. 

9. INTERVIEWER:  El Paso Sunrise is written with a conservative slant.  How do you feel liberal readers will respond?  Does that concern you? 

MR. BODNAR:  Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II, said, “If you’re not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart.  If you’re not a conservative at fifty, you have no brain.”  I’m a conservative and proud of it.  But, being a writer now, I respect everyone’s opinion, if they really believe it.  As has been said, “Opinions are like elbows, everyone has one!”

10. INTERVIEWER:  This book slants a Christian nuance.  How strongly do you feel that Christianity or the lack of it, has affected the world today? 

MR. BODNAR:  When we took God out of public life, out of our schools and out of education, and by political correctness, we let Satan right in!!  After our fathers won World War II and came home, they were too busy making the United States into the world’s primary superpower they neglected their children and led a whole generation into free love and rebellion.  Our world today is on a downward spiral of lust, materialism, addiction and selfishness. 

My life is governed by John 14:6 of the Bible. When Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life and no man cometh unto the Father, but my me.”

11. INTERVIEWER:  Have you ever considered returning to law? Why or why not? 

MR. BODNAR:  Never.  It’s been corrupted by lawyers in their quest for the almighty dollar.  I know because I’ve been there, until I realized that Satan was in charge.  It was William Shakespeare who said very long ago “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Then let’s not forget who Christ drove out of the temple—the bankers, hucksters and lawyers. 

One of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly, in his recent bestseller, Two Kinds of Truth said that one of those was: “The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission.  And the other, the malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers and their clients bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.”

12.  INTERVIEWER:  How would you encourage young authors to not give up on their dream of being published? 

MR. BODNAR:  If you love to read, write a journal, then write, write, write, because if you love to read and write you have a gift from the Lord.  Any monkey can be taught to write, type or work a computer.  Pavlov taught a dog how to salivate, but only human beings created by God can be taught to read and write by good teachers, I might add.  Look into the face of a new born child and try to deny the existence of God.  Way back in 1765, one of our founders, John Adams said, “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”  

13.  INTERVIEWER:  Why do writer’s write and why did you write these novels?

So, to wrap this up, why do we writers write in the first place? My friend, David Morrell, in his book, says, “Write what you know. The best stories choose us. We don’t choose them.” I think the type of stories we tell also chooses us!  There’s a story about Stephen King – when he was asked by a literary critic, rather aloof and patronizing, why he writes horror, his response was, “What makes you think I have a choice?”

Also, quoting, “We writers understand the world by how we retrieve memories, reorder information and tell stories to justify how we feel!” That’s Ernest Hemingway, I think, and I agree with him completely. Ken Foster, writer/editor, said, “The best writers reveal something about themselves that a smarter person would choose to hide.”

Lastly, one of the best about writers: “Don’t be afraid of giving yourself away, for if you write, you must! And if you can’t face that, better not write!” (Katherine Anne Porter, Author Novelist – 1958)

One last thing about my novels:  the story happens in El Paso, celebrates El Paso and was written by me, mostly in El Paso, all the while I was living and practicing law there from 1987 to 2002. Although I’m an “Okie” at heart and an Oklahoma native, I love El Paso and the people in the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border area, and still have many friends, colleagues, and contacts that I accumulated there during the almost 15 years I lived there!  It was in El Paso that, after a lifetime of turmoil, chaos and survival, I finally found peace and serenity.

I hope that El Paso Sunrise, the novel, already available worldwide, and the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset, will be the same for El Paso, the city, just like Marty Robbins’ song, El Paso, was in the late 50s!

13. INTERVIEWER:  Finally, how can your readers and potential readers get your novel and do you have any book signings planned?

MR. BODNAR:  Readers can go to my website: www.LouisBodnar.com to purchase this novel, El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to order and purchase this book, where the electronic edition is also available, and can preorder the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset, a Novel by Louis Bodnar, to be published in Spring, 2021, the electronic edition to be available on January 5, 2021, subscribe to receive updates, discounts and to check out my blogs, News and Events page for future book signings.

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