RESOURCES FOR THE PRESS 

AND 

MEDIA KIT 

FOR 

EL PASO SUNRISE, A NOVEL 

BY 

LOUIS BODNAR 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

 

  1. Press Release …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  2. Louis Bodnar – Full Biography ……………………………………………………………………………  5 
  3. El Paso Sunrise, a Novel by Louis Bodnar – Synopsis ………………………………………….  6
  4. El Paso Sunrise and El Paso Sunset – Why These Novels Are Published Now ……..  7
  5. Contact Louis Bodnar, his Publicist and Publisher ………………………………………………  8
  6. Appendix ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………  9
  1. MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR, LOUIS BODNAR…………………………………………. 10
  2. ABOUT LOUIS’ FIRST NOVEL…………………………………………………………………… 11
  3. PRAISE & WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LOUIS AND HIS WORK……..12
  4. MEDIA BOARD – BOOK SIGNINGS AND EVENTS…………………………….…………21

 

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   CONTACT: Louis Bodnar 918-957-4444

 

“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 squad infiltrating America and Canada and were on the way to El Paso to kill lawyer Steven Vandorol. Steven was leading the Texas prosecution of Federal government corruption with national implications before the fall presidential election.

So begins a powerful new thriller, El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, written by Tulsa author-novelist and retired attorney, Oklahoma native Louis Bodnar that rivets the reader’s immediate attention right into 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. 

 

Louis Bodnar, Tulsa author and novelist, 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. 

 

El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, by Louis Bodnar is the first of two stand-alone novels that together tell a grand story of love, passion, intense hate, violence and horror all brought keenly alive against the intentional radical transformation of America in a Second American Civil War by progressives, Muslim radicals and the American Left from a Constitutional Republic.  It is also a portrayal of a future with the literal choking of Canada, Great Britain, Europe, 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 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. 

Then the Steven Vandorol saga continues in El Paso Sunset, a Novel, to be published in the Fall of 2020, 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 Steven 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 his own country and government to face their own demons before it is too late?

                                                                          .  . .  .

 

While both novels are about of 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 led by a Muslim President, it is also a story of love blossoming during an intense national emergency. 

On a deeper level El Paso Sunrise and its continuation, El Paso Sunset, to be published in the Fall of 2020, 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. 

 

El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, will be published by Morgan James Publishing (New York – London – Nashville – Melbourne – Vancouver) and will launch worldwide on September, 24, 2019.  Please visit the author’s website at:  www.louisbodnar.com or go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to preorder his book.  The electronic edition of El Paso Sunrise will be available on Independence Day July 4th, 2019.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:             CONTACT: Louis Bodnar 

918-957-4444 or

McWilliams Media 

918-286-4995

                                                                 LOUIS BODNAR

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, in Washington, D.C. for almost three years, before moving to El Paso, Texas, where he practiced law for some twelve 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 had a solo practice and 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 Law Degree in International and Comparative law.  The author is retired and currently in education living in Broken Arrow, with him wife Joan. He has a son 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 also 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 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 over 2,700 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 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. 

 

The continuation of El Paso Sunrise, a Novel is El Paso Sunset, a Novel also written by Mr. Bodnar, will be published in the Fall of 2020 by Morgan James Publishing, as well. 

 

SYNOPSIS

EL PASO SUNRISE, A NOVEL, BY LOUIS BODNAR 

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

 

El Paso Sunrise is the first of two stand-alone novels that together tell a grand story of love, passion, intense hate, violence and horror all brought keenly alive against the intentional radical transformation of America in a Second American Civil War by progressives, Muslim radicals and the American Left from a Constitutional Republic.  It is also a portrayal of a future with the literal choking of Canada, Great Britain, Europe, 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. . .

Only Steven Vandorol and Vanessa Carson stand in the way… and together as one, face their own worst nightmares of rape, kidnapping, violence and murder during the ultimate crises of a Second American Civil War. 

In El Paso, Texas, a Russian and Muslim terrorist assassination squad is on its way to kill Steven Vandorol, a lawyer leading the prosecution of Federal government corruption.  He once had it all but lost everything when he fell hard from grace in the ultrarich Sunbelt. Escaping from there to Washington, D.C. he found himself embroiled in evil, but confronting his demons, once again escaped to find peace and serenity in El Paso. 

While El Paso Sunrise is a graphic story of evil in this world, it is also a timeless love story and about goodness, faith, grace and friendship 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?

 

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 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.

                                           MATT@MCWILLIAMSMEDIA.COM

                                           755 WEST NEW ORLEANS AVENUE, SUITE 200

                                           BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA 74011

                                           TEL: 918-791-3129

 

PUBLISHER:                            MORGAN JAMES PUBLISHING

                                                 NEW YORK-LONDON-NASHVILLE-MELBOURNE-VANCOUVER

                                           5 PENN PLAZA, 23RD FLOOR

                                           NEW YORK, NEW YORK  10001

 

                                            CONTACT:  BONNIE RAUCH

                                                                 AUTHOR RELATIONS MANAGER

                                                                                   OR

  1. TERRY WHALIN

                                                                 ACQUISITIONS EDITOR

                                                

 

LOUIS BODNAR

TULSA AUTHOR-NOVELIST-RETIRED ATTORNEY

 

A P P E N D I X

 

  1. MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR, LOUIS BODNAR

 

  1. ABOUT LOUIS’ FIRST NOVEL

 

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

 

  1. MEDIA BOARD – BOOK SIGNINGS AND EVENTS

 

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.  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 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 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. 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.

 

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 – 

 

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 FINANCE – El Paso Herald-Post

                                              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. 

 

“The Oklahoma oil crisis forced Bodnar to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on April 8, 1988. 

 

“Bodnar listed $5.6 million in debts and $650.00 in property, and listed wearing apparel and personal possessions as assets. The bank also foreclosed on his home. 

 

“At the peak of the oil boom, Bodnar said, ‘his law firm represented 18 Oklahoma banks.  After the bust, it represented just one.’

 

“My law practice was devasted at that time.  My law partners left one by one. I found myself essentially without a practice,” said Bodnar, and 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Law School. 

 

“Bodnar said he had to file for Bankruptcy because he was left holding the bag as chief executive officer of Financial Group Limited, a venture capital and holding company for several Oklahoma businesses. 

 

“When business deals – including one involving a major international airline went sour, Bodnar said creditors went after him. 

 

“He listed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as a major creditor in the bankruptcy.  The bank took over bank that loaded the Financial Group the airline venture, he said. 

 

“In 1982, Penn Square Bank of Oklahoma City collapsed as a result of “reckless” loans made by bank according to the FDIC.  It was then the costliest bank failure in US history, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

 

“The FDIC in 1983 became the receiver for the failed Penn Square, and sued Bodnar and others to recover $80,893 in overdrawn bank accounts.  Financial Group had $1.7 million as working capital in Penn Square, Bodnar said. 

 

“The FDIC suit resulted in a judgment against Bodnar, but the judgment was dismissed as part of the 1988 bankruptcy agreement, he said.  He showed the Herald-Post documents that released him from the bankruptcy. 

 

“Bodnar said his insurance carrier, which represented him in the bankruptcy, didn’t pay his creditors a dime. 

 

“Carol Austrian, spokeswoman for the FDIC in Washington, D.C. said the agency is unfamiliar with the case.  She explained that the FDIC had no comment on the case since records were probably stored and the information was not readily available. 

 

“Bodnar said that the Penn Square caused other banks to close their doors – including First Continental Bank & Trust Co. of Del City, Oklahoma.  He said he represented the bank owner, Joe R. Love, and other bank officials. 

 

“Bodnar cooperated with an FBI probe on the bank and helped authorities locate $6 million in certificates of deposit from the failed bank. 

 

“I just represented and consulted with the FBI, about various transactions that had happened,” he said.  “I told them everything I knew. I was completely candid with them.” 

 

“Bodnar said no one was indicted as a result of the FBI probe. 

 

“Dan Vogel, FBI spokesman in Oklahoma City, said the agency had no comment in the Continental Bank failure or the FBI probe. 

 

“In a 1985 Oklahoma newspaper article, Susie Pritchett stressed in a court hearing arising from the liquidation of First Continental that Bodnar wasn’t engaged in any ‘wrong doing,’ but was a witness to investor fraud and different types of crime.

“In 1987, Bodnar was named in a $22 million securities and racketeering suit by bank investors.  The suit alleges that Bodnar was named as part of the insider group at the bank. 

 

“At that time, Oklahoma went through a real cycle of disgruntled (bank) investors suing everybody they could to try and recoup their money and I was a part of those lawsuits, he said. 

“Bodnar said nothing ever came of the suit. 

 

“In retrospect, Bodnar says the financial woes have made him a lot wiser. 

 

“Our past experiences can only make us better in our profession, he said.  I like to think I learned a lot. The things that happened in Oklahoma were financially devasting to me.”

 

“Bodnar said Simmons is aware of his legal and business affairs.  “There are no secrets,” he said 

 

“Simmons couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.”

 

                                                                     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 an major venture capital company conducting business in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and Georgia.  On April 2, 1983, an $ 84 million lawsuit was file, 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 ismissed 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 stiry details from an insider’s point of view the booming 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.

 

“It’s about being caught up in a lot of things and having the world fall down around your head.  Writing the novel was a way for me to flush the pain from my system,” said Bodnar.

 

“He called the writing the novel “therapy.”

 

Though he still practices law, Bodnar would like to eventually write full time.

 

“Sunbelt is my first published effort.  I have two other books in progress. One has been accepted for review, the other is not ready yet.  I still consider myself a lawyer slash author, but I would love to be able to make the jump to writing for a living,” he said.

 

How did his own personal disaster affect him, even after working things out his own way through literary catharsis?

 

“I went through a period of disillusionment with the practice of law, with the American free enterprise system and American business.  Then I mainly became disillusioned with myself as a part of that,” said Bodnar.

 

The result was a more conservative lawyer/author.

 

“It made me more conservative than I once was.  It also made me more of an independent. Though I’m a registered Republican, on more of an individual level I’m more politically independent,” he said.

 

With Sunbelt selling well in local bookstores, Bodnar is now turning his attention to his two other projects.  The first is a story drawn on ;his own background and experience relating to childhood experiences in Brazil and New York City.  

 

Again, his own life makes excellent material for an incredible story.

 

Born in Vilshofen, Germany in 1945 of Hungarian parents as they fled the country, Bodnar moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1950 with his mother and brother after his father’s death in 1947.  Bodnar’s father, the Earl of Legeney was the Minister of the Interior for Hungary and a third-generation lawyer.

 

Raised by his mother until her death in 1958, Bodnar moved to New York to live with an aunt who was married to an American military man.  His step-uncle was re-assigned to Fort Sill and Bodnar and his aunt moved to Lawton where he graduated from high school.

 

“The novel has a working title of ‘Layers of Evil’ for right now.  That may change. But the story is drawn on my own background. It tells the story of two Hungarian refugee brothers that go through devastating circumstances, end up in Brazil.  These experiences make them harden,” he said.

 

“I went to Washington, D.C. and worked there for close to three years.  I worked for a law firm that specializes in political lobbying. I’m drawing on experiences from that time there to write a book about the center of politics and power in the entire world and what it is really like,” said Bodnar.

 

“It’s a time-consuming process.  A slow and painful one, but like most authors, full of blood, sweat and tears.

 

“I write it down and look at it, then it’s separate.  I can the put it behind me,” said Bodnar.

 

                                                         By Kenneth Siens for the

                                                         Oklahoma Gazette

                                                         Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

                                                         December 17, 1986

IV.

MEDIA BOARD FOR BOOK SIGNINGS AND EVENTS