Overview

In the late 1960's, a government-sponsored expedition is sent to investigate a mysterious region of the earth called the Mohorovicic discontinuity. After several attempts, it finds the source of all oil fields in the earth. Some few key people agree to keep silent about the discovery. It was not politically or economically expedient to find an unlimited source of oil available to any who could drill to that depth. With falsified records and a conspiracy of silence, the secret would be safe forever. Mackenzie ...
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The Moho Proviso

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Overview

In the late 1960's, a government-sponsored expedition is sent to investigate a mysterious region of the earth called the Mohorovicic discontinuity. After several attempts, it finds the source of all oil fields in the earth. Some few key people agree to keep silent about the discovery. It was not politically or economically expedient to find an unlimited source of oil available to any who could drill to that depth. With falsified records and a conspiracy of silence, the secret would be safe forever. Mackenzie Haber, as the young chief geologist, had been in on the conspiracy and had kept silent because he was the company’s fair-haired boy. Then in 1980, when Israel is threatened as a consequence of another embargo from OPEC, Mac feels compelled to release the news of the oil find at the Moho. But he is thwarted by his boss who refuses to cooperate. Mac confides in a friend, an Israeli woman who is working on her doctorate in astro-physics. But when he attempts to find proofs of the original expedition, danger threatens Mac from all directions, notably from government watch dogs and a Mid-eastern terrorist organization. He finally gets the proof he needs and he finds inspiration and a solution to his quandary. A brief Epilogue informs the reader that to this day, Israel has not had to fight any wars with their oil-rich neighbors, as was the case prior to 1980. Further, the price of oil, though temorarily spiking from inflationary conditions or other causes, almost immediately returns to reasonable rates. So the conspiracy continues.
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Editorial Reviews

The Tennessean - Don Wright
It's very real. It's a great book, but scary, and it's about what's happening now.
Number One - Cynthia Wyatt
Jeanne Irelan's The Moho Proviso is eerily up to date considering that it was written in the 1990's. We have a conspiracy which involves the government, secrets about off-shore drilling big enough to get people murdered over, and a couple of good people working to avert disaster. The book is fast-paced and suspenseful and the characters are well-drawn and memorable. What's more, given what's going on in the Middle East today, the plot has a "ripped from today's headlines" freshness. Cindy Wyatt
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013176690
  • Publisher: Jeanne Irelan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 215
  • File size: 187 KB

Meet the Author

A fourth generation descendent of Scandinavian pioneers to Iowa, Jeanne Irelan has sandwiched her writing into a busy life as a wife, mother of three boys, journalist, Arts Council Director, and more recently, college teacher. Her novels include a thriller, The Moho Proviso; a coming of age, Snusville; three mysteries featuring Judge "Baby" Godbold; a Southern mainstream; and her Foxhill series: Flowers at Her Feet, Neighbors, Ever After, and Grace. She also has published both poetry and short stories in literary journals and other publications. Since the 1960s she had been a resident primarily of Tennessee with a brief sojourn in Texas.

For more information or to contact Jeanne go to her Website: or her blog: www.scandiasouth.blogspot.com. She can be followed at as well as on Facebook.
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