News of Brandon's discovery spreads like smallpox through the Vancouver Stock Exchange. Cyrus "the Virus" McSweeny, an ex-con and stock promoter, begins scheming to acquire the mine, while the Pantelli crime family circles like a vulture-looking for an opening.
As Brandon begins to drill out the rich uranium orebody, his investors start dying-and not from natural causes. The exotic nature of the murders catches the attention of FBI, but it's the uranium grades that catch Hong Kong-based Lei Chang's eye. Chang wants the uranium reserves for his Chinese-backed mining company, and he doesn't care how he gets them.
Brandon is forced into an unorthodox alliance in order to maintain control of the Sullivan Mine-and stay alive.
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The lost Sullivan Mine, with its high grade uranium and gold, has been found by geologist Trace Brandon. He stakes a claim to the mine, get shareholders to invest, and begins mining. Pino and Al Pantgell, mob brothers, and Lei Chang, of China Nuclear Corporation, want all control of the mine. After Shareholders Rosy and Malcom are murdered, FBI Agents Wilson Allen and Beau Monroe get involved. Excellent descriptions of mining exploration, mine operations and financing.
Reading this first offering from Randall Reneau has me looking forward to his next book. Who knew there could be such a thing--a geology & mining page-turner? I started reading Deadly Lode one evening last week and thought I would just get started. I finished the book around 1:30 in the morning--I tried to put it down and go to bed, but I couldn't get to sleep--I just lay there wondering what crazy things were about to happen with that re-discovered uranium mine and the cast of characters fighting over it. Especially Cyrus the Virus! I laughed out loud many times reading the dialogue in this book. Do geologists and drillers really talk like this? I think they do, and they made me laugh. I recommend Deadly Lode to those who enjoy fast-paced fiction, and I am looking forward to the further adventures of Trace Brandon.