Dead Energy: (The Alex Cave Series. Episode 1.)

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Overview

SCIENCE FICTION IS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN - BUT USUALLY YOU WOULDN'T WANT IT TO.

When the Americrude tanker left Valdez Alaska, she was filled with 12,000 tons of heavy crude oil. When it enters the Puget Sound in Washington, the oil mysteriously vanishes without a trace. The Coast Guard cannot find an oil spill, and the corpses of the crew are discovered frozen in the snow on a mountain one hundred miles away.
Soon panic grips the Pacific...

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Overview

SCIENCE FICTION IS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN - BUT USUALLY YOU WOULDN'T WANT IT TO.

When the Americrude tanker left Valdez Alaska, she was filled with 12,000 tons of heavy crude oil. When it enters the Puget Sound in Washington, the oil mysteriously vanishes without a trace. The Coast Guard cannot find an oil spill, and the corpses of the crew are discovered frozen in the snow on a mountain one hundred miles away.
Soon panic grips the Pacific Northwest when the oil in the Alaska pipeline and west coast refineries vanishes without a trace. Transportation of basic necessities cannot reach the cities, and common citizens turn to primal instincts to survive.
A fanatic environmentalist is obsessed by his quest to stop mankind from destroying the environment with carbon fuels, but how he steals the oil without being detected, no one knows. The only clue Alex has to work with is a dollar size crystal found in the hold of the empty oil tanker. If Alex and his friends cannot solve the mystery before it's too late, the United States will succumb to DEAD ENERGY.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483942933
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 11/4/2013
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

I'm a retired Federal Firefighter from Whidbey Island in Washington State, USA. When I wrote my first novel, Dead Energy, in 1986, I hadn't considered it worth sharing with anyone. I printed a copy with an old dot matrix printer and put it in a ring binder, where it collected dust for eight years. One day a friend needed a place to stay for a few days and I offered one of my guest rooms. The next morning he blamed me for him not getting any sleep. He set the old ring binder on the table, stating that he had found it in the corner of the closet, and once he read the first few pages, he couldn't put it down and stayed up all night reading to find out how it ended. He suggested that I send it to a publisher for editing, but I procrastinated and put it back in the closet.
In 2001 my wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and wanted to see me published before she passed away. Back then self-publishing was just getting started by small companies like Booklocker and Mighty Words. Steven King had just put out a story to be read on a PC, so I had a friend do the editing and published the first edition of Dead Energy with Booklocker. Shortly thereafter print on demand become available, so I gave it a try. My wife smiled when that first sample paperback arrived, but three months later she was gone. I became deeply depressed after losing my soul mate, so I only had a few more copies printed for my friends. None of them liked the ending, so I gave up writing any more stories.
My depression lasted for ten years and my liver was losing the battle with my heavy drinking. One day a stranger read a copy of Dead Energy and thought I should start writing again. It was the encouragement I needed at just the right moment, and the next day I quit drinking and began rewriting Dead Energy with a new ending.
After many hours of editing I thought it was time to join the new Indie community, so once again I self-publish Dead Energy, and my new story, Cold Energy.
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  • Posted December 15, 2013

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    This is a very entertaining story, very well written, that devel

    This is a very entertaining story, very well written, that develops in a nice pace . When I was reading it, it reminded me the book "The Survivors" by Angela White in certain moments, mainly when the focus was on the army created after the chaos was in place. Also the NBC's TV-Series "Revolution" came to my mind, but this story is unique in a sense that the plot is directed to crude oil vanishing. Our hero is an ex-CIA agent named Alex Cave, that by coincidence witnesses the first case of crude oil disappearing from a tanker when he is sailing on his boat on close waters to the event. After reporting the incident, he is asked to investigate what is going on by his friend and Director of National Security, Martin Donner, and count on the help of Christa, a young physicist, and Bull, a supervisor at the All Alaska Oil Company. The story is full of very well developed characters, on a plot easy to follow and full of twists and keeps you cheering for your hero during the whole book. There are other parallel stories that are interlaced to the main plot in a very natural way, all converging to the apotheosis at the end. There are lots of brilliant sequences in action, some dose of romance and all the good ingredients that make this book a must read for all fiction lovers that want to spend some hours entertained. It took me around sixteen hours to read the whole book. I can cannot wait to read the next episode on Alex Cave adventures!
    This book was written by James M.Corkill and I received an electronic version for reviewing. I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    An amazing story. From science fiction to budding romance to doo

    An amazing story. From science fiction to budding romance to doomsday apocalypse, this book has it all. The author does a great job of weaving the fantastical with reality, and bringing them together as a single entity. The author takes you on a roller-coaster ride from the very first page, and it doesn't stop until the last page. I couldn't put the book down; I was dying to know what happened next. The author really keeps you on the edge of your seat. The book is fast-paced and suspenseful.
    The characters are written so well they really come to life right off the pages. The main character, Alex Cave, is a true man of mystery.
    As a debut novel, James Corkill really delivers. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on. I look forward to reading more adventures of Alex Cave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Great

    This book was great! I would highly recommend it. Couldn't wait to see how it ended. I hope this writer is doing more!

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    Great read - fast paced, like watching a movie - could not put i

    Great read - fast paced, like watching a movie - could not put it down.
    I guess he is a new author. I plan to see if he has any other books out, I like his style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    Fascinating and a little chilling

    An excellent new author, his story preys on the fears and reality of modern dependancy of fossil fuels. This book runs the gambit of emotions. For those of you tired of the pre fabricated authors churning out the same tired old thing check it out.

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    Posted December 31, 2013

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