Kilowatt: A Novel

Kilowatt: A Novel

by Joe McHugh


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Kilowatt: A Novel by Joe McHugh

Techno-thriller about the perils of energy capitalism and the nature of time.

Set during the final years of the Bush administration, Kilowatt tells the story of Reb Morgan and Alice Carpenter, journalists from a small community radio station in the mountains of northern California, who embark upon a perilous journey into the very heart of corporate America. EnerTex, a Texas-based energy company with close ties to the White House, claims to have discovered a revolutionary process for generating electricity that is both environmentally "clean" and affordable. But they refuse to reveal the details of this new technology under the pretense that to do so would threaten national security. Has EnerTex successfully found a way to address the world's pressing energy needs and avoid global warming? Or have they, instead, opened a veritable Pandora's box that could endanger the future beyond imagining? As Reb and Alice pursue their investigation, they encounter a brilliant but troubled physicist, a former colonel with Soviet Special Forces, a Texas oil man, an ambitious "deal originator," a populist radio commentator, a high-level GOP "fixer," the director of an energy watchdog group, a ruthless gang of Russian mobsters, and Avery Jordan Axton, the enigmatic president and CEO of EnerTex

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780961994358
Publisher: Calling Crane Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2012
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Joe McHugh is a professional storyteller, public radio producer, playwright, museum director, festival organizer, old-time fiddler, educational consultant, and home-grown philosopher. He regularly lectures on the art and practice of storytelling in the electronic age and has written two collections of folktales and humor and an illustrated children's book about the early days of aviation.
As a young man in 1970, Joe traveled to the mountains of West Virginia where he purchased an eighty-acre farm and set about raising organic vegetables and draft horses. Shortly afterwards, he got into a dispute with the local power company and lived for the next four years without electricity. Ever since, he has been fascinated with the conflict between the benefits of technology and the needs of the human soul. Kilowatt is his first novel.

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