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Environmental disaster looms as a mountain community's need for water comes into violent conflict with the power and greed of a Wall Street-backed gold mine operator. Colleen Fitzgerald's career and personal life unravel when she learns that the man she loved, a fellow gold-stock analyst, has died under suspicious circumstances at a mine site. Taking over his research at the Summitville Mine in the mountains of Southern Colorado, Colleen becomes enmeshed in the wiles of the mine's dangerously charismatic operator...
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Environmental disaster looms as a mountain community's need for water comes into violent conflict with the power and greed of a Wall Street-backed gold mine operator. Colleen Fitzgerald's career and personal life unravel when she learns that the man she loved, a fellow gold-stock analyst, has died under suspicious circumstances at a mine site. Taking over his research at the Summitville Mine in the mountains of Southern Colorado, Colleen becomes enmeshed in the wiles of the mine's dangerously charismatic operator who will do anything to make his mine succeed. On her quest to understand why her love died, Colleen confronts the cataclysmic forces building at the mine—Wall-Street-fueled lust for financing, a farming community that needs water, the toxic brew of heavy metals and cyanide spilling from the mine and poisoning that water, radical local-autonomy groups, and violent environmentalist renegades. Facing the devastation caused by the clash of these forces, Colleen learns to care about others again, and rediscovers hope the hard way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595150304
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/8/2001
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Summitville

    The narrator of this financial thriller/environmental adventure story is too reserved to connect well with some of the passionate characters around her, but her reserve makes her an interesting observer. She sweeps you into to situations, that because of her quirky solipcism, seem a little bit psychodelic. But the consquences of her actions, and those of the other main characters, are not only HUGE, but affect future generations. This story deals with a lot of little lives, -- local power struggles, twisted personal relationships, greed, lust, and drugs -- but puts them all in the frame of one big picture -- this is our habitat, we're all stuck here together despite our different points of view, and we have to work together to make it last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Summitville

    Love the characters! Love the landscape! Think Milagro Beanfield Wars meets Smilla's Sense of Snow. Starts off like a high-concept thriller, but gets quirky quick with a vulnerable woman stock analyst who sleeps around and does drugs, but who has enough moral fiber to make her wake up to the differences between right and wrong, even when she's empathic with the conflicting needs of a wide range of characters in the mountain town around a gold mine. There's the rancher contingent, the county-movement radicals, the environmental terrorists, the greedy, sexy mine operator, the nerdy newspaper reporter, the dedicated geochemist looking for clues. Colleen, the girl on a quest, discovers what water really means in our lives, and discovers how to hope again, a skill she's run dry on at the beginning of this good read.

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