The Empty Quarter

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There are many ways for a young man to go to hell when trying to find himself. Logan Wilson knows. Deadended in Texas, about to lose his fiancée Caitlin, Logan has impulsively committed himself to work a risky exploratory oil rig in Saudi Arabia’s Rub al Khali desert, the bleak Empty Quarter.

The Empty Quarter is a daunting place of heat, sand and scorpions where oil riggers work under a boss, Jamie Strong, who is Logan’s increasingly unreliable and possibly unstable friend. As ...

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There are many ways for a young man to go to hell when trying to find himself. Logan Wilson knows. Deadended in Texas, about to lose his fiancée Caitlin, Logan has impulsively committed himself to work a risky exploratory oil rig in Saudi Arabia’s Rub al Khali desert, the bleak Empty Quarter.

The Empty Quarter is a daunting place of heat, sand and scorpions where oil riggers work under a boss, Jamie Strong, who is Logan’s increasingly unreliable and possibly unstable friend. As they precariously search for a legendary high-pressure gas reservoir, Logan is plunged into dangerous depths in his relations with Jamie, the other roughnecks, and the oil company. The consequences could be explosive, Logan realizes as he desperately struggles with his situation and with himself. He now harbors a single barebones plan—to survive the hell of The Empty Quarter.

The Empty Quarter is one of those remarkably gripping stories that leaves the reader a little energy-sapped because of his, or her, involvement in the lives of unusual characters in an unusual setting. This tale of drilling into the earth is, in fact, more about drilling into the souls of men.

—Terry Kay

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The rigors of life on an oil rig form the backdrop for Wilkinson's atmospheric and absorbing second novel (after the Spur-nominated Not Between Brothers). When 27-year-old Wilson Logan leaves his marriage-minded girlfriend for his first love, a job as an oil company driller, his exotic destination is the obscure, so-called "empty" quarter of the Saudi Arabian desert. There he meets his problematic friend Jamie Strong, the driller who was once his professional mentor. Much to Logan's dismay, Strong is still a wild man whose tendencies toward risk and excess cause problems when he begins to mistreat the members of the Indian crew under his charge. Strong's brutality exacerbates old tensions between the two men that date back to an accident on a previous job. Conflict between them boils over just as a huge, valuable oil well they're working on is about to explode. The details of drilling technology initially bog down the narrative, but, when the well finally goes nova, the climax packs a wallop and the emotional aftermath rings surprisingly true. Wilkinson bends the conventions of formula enough to keep things interesting, but the most fascinating aspect of his book is its inside take on the oil industry subculture, particularly the bizarre macho rituals employed by workers to keep their sanity under terribly stressful working conditions. A former oil worker himself, Wilkinson closes with an ominous warning about our limited oil reserves. Anyone eager to learn about his world is sure to find this a satisfying, illuminating read. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965187923
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Celestial Arts Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

David Marion Wilkinson, a fifth-generation Arkansan, has lived in Texas since 1972. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1980 with a Bachelor's degree in English. The author has worked as a carpenter, mortgage loan officer, an investigator for a civil trial firm, in the oil fields of Texas, Louisiana, Saudi Arabia and the North Sea, as a part-time ranch hand in Texas's Big Bend, and occasional hunting guide in the Texas Hill Country. For nearly four years, he was also the writer-in-residence for Sul Ross State University. Wilkinson's second novel, The Empty Quarter, draws upon his experiences in the North Sea and Saudi Arabia. His short story, Opening Day, won the Western Writers of America 2000 Spur Award for Best Western Short Fiction. His third novel, Oblivion's Altar, won the 2003 Spur Award for Best Original Paperback and was selected as a finalist for the 2003 Oklahoma Book Awards. Wilkinson cowrote One Ranger: A Memoir with retired Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson. Now in its tenth printing, One Ranger: A Memoir has become the fastest-selling book in the history of the University of Texas Press. Wilkinson is currently at work on a historical novel set in West Texas in the 1950s.

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