Halls of Ivy: Pathfinder


Halls of Ivy: Pathfinder: Roland Nunez

 

College: Defined as an institution of higher learning where students or those that attend are granted their bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, science or both. Those who attend are taught or educated by professors who are skilled and knowledgeable in a particular field or fields. Those just beginning as the students we meet within the pages of this novel are attending the undergraduate divisions of the university or school in which they have enrolled and hope to be granted a degree in a particular field. Students are the individuals trained and attending classes for the purpose of learning and getting their degree. But, within the Halls of any university there are those who need more than just lectures, labs and assignments. At times there are situations that lend themselves to warranting individuals to come in and mediate, take over and respond to the needs of students, faculties and others in the event of a crisis/event situation. Most colleges or universities as the one described in this novel have many different organizations, faculty members, RA’s, retention task forces and others to help students deal with any academic, social or personal issues that might hamper them from dealing with their course loads. The Dean of Students plays an integral part in every college and has the authority over a specific academic unit or in some cases the entire school. But, what happens when the faculty, teachers, students and staff Cross the Line? What happens when secrets and lies are the basis for the survival of many? What happens when a university is riddled with budget cuts and those making those cuts do not have the best interest of the staff or students at heart? What happens when some staff members have a dual purpose for taking positions? Enter the Halls of Ivy of Sun Valley University and meet the staff and students. Listening to their conversations, hear their secrets, learn about their betrayals and find out why Cheyenne Winters is granted a coveted position as an academic advisor to so many second year students. Find out what she is really trying to do and learn more about the suicides that happened the previous year. Learn about Professor Steven Garcia and his panic attacks, his dissertation that he wants published, his deceit and research projects.

 

Meet the Student Government Association members who are supposed to assist with any student problems, handle issues that come up, potential situations before they escalate and pray that no more students decide to take their own lives. Meet Mason Cook, Miyu Kaneko and Jessica Evans the members of the Retention Task Force. Each of these three has a specific job and specific goal. But, when taken collectively just how effective will they be? When professors cross the line, students, faculty members and others cross the line what happens will open your eyes as you take the courses, visit the classrooms, listen to the phone calls, hear the interviews that Cheyenne conducts and uncover the secrets that are hidden within the walls and halls of Sun Valley University. Using a unique technique and way of telling his story, author Roland Nunez allows readers to hear the voices of many students who confide in Cheyenne, enlists her trust in order to deal with any problems or situations that arise. Tutors are supposed to be available to all of the students but what happens when they are in short supply? What happens when two young girls taking a journalism class need help? What happens when a young man named Tobias solves their problem? What would you do if you were Alia or Gabriella? Would you take the same chances they did? Find out when you learn more about the underground “tutoring” program.

 

The corruption goes deeper than must the tutoring program, the research programs and the budget cuts. The football team was the target of a prank in order to make them look bad on the field. An innocent student gets blamed, another gets away scot-free and a football coach encourages more than most would bargain for as his manner of training is unorthodox and the end result could cost more than must points in a game. With one student who seems to have his hands on the drug pulse, Cheyenne taking interviews and having to make moral decisions about whether to withhold the information that she has been told in confidence, Sun Valley University is one school that everyone enters at their own risk.

 

Throughout the novel you will hear many different voices, interviews, confessions and as you learn about the underhanded dealings within the administrative offices, the Dean of Students and her desired budget cuts, Stacy Richards feeling betrayed as Steven Garcia’s science building becomes the new prime focus for the University. Deceits, lies, betrayals, murder, prejudice, malice and greed are just some of the themes that are brought to light within this plot and on this college campus. But, when Cheyenne is approached by Phillip Never, the University’s lawyer, and makes a deal to share information, why does she agree, what are his motives and can he be trusted? Added in we meet Susan Price a former student from the Halls of Ivy’s first book and we learn the part she will play to uncover what is going on in this college.

 

A plot that seems to be ripped right out of a college catalogue, the headlines or a blog filled with college gossip and more author Roland Nunez keeps readers in total suspense throughout the novel hoping to find answers to the many questions posed: What is really happening in this college? How and why are they still opened? High rankings, students with high grades, high post graduate employment and yet suicides, murders, budget cuts and research and other monies still coming in?

 

Phillip Never and President Lambrick have a goal but exactly what it is has yet to be revealed as the suicides were covered up, end result of the Homecoming prank costly and a surprise move by someone that save a child’s life. The link to the pasts of all staff and faculty members is revealed and their reason for being hired quite startling as author Roland Nunez brings readers inside the boardrooms, the meeting rooms and staff lounges to hear conversations that will make you shudder and think twice when choosing a college for yourself or any family member.

 

Jessica Evans is part of the security team even though she is a student. Finding a room filled with security cameras uncovers information about the person sending her notes and warning her of impending dangers on the campus. With a President and Lawyer so corrupt, cover-ups, murders, suicides, budget funneled to wherever one man wants them to be targeted, Sun Valley University should be under heavy scrutiny but is not.

 

A plan that would hopefully stop whatever is in the works and one woman out to bring it all out in the open. An explosion, one young man risks it all, truths about the administration come out and the ending will keep you glued to the printed page waiting to see what author Roland Nunez has planned in the third installment of this outstanding series. An ending that will surprise readers and one man whose actions changes it all. What is next for Sun Valley University? Who was behind the downfall of the Board of Regents? Who can you trust when you enter the Halls of Ivy? You decide after you read, asses the information, hear the interviews, read between the lines and finally learn just how far deceit, lies, deceptions and betrayals are hidden behind the many buildings, walls and cameras of Sun Valley University.

Fran Lewis: reviewer

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