While touching on issues that remain relevant today, such as racism and America's reliance on foreign oil, this coming-of-age novel is a page turning, high-octane suspense tale of star-crossed young lovers set in exotic wartime Venezuela.
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On September 10, 2016 I received a free electronic copy of this middle grade Mystery/Adventure novel from Netgalley and Jim Lester along with Mariposa Book Transformation Services in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me. This tale finds it's beginning in El Dorado, Arkansas in July, 1941 and our protagonist is a 13 year old boy who loves baseball and comic books. Big for his age, Ricky is the son of Chester "Ches" and Dixie Parker. Ches is a former oil drilling supervisor for Murphy Oil until he ran into a conflict with the treatment of his workers, and quit. Now the oil company - and the military machine in Washington, DC - need his expertise in the American owned oil fields in Venezuela to increase the production of oil needed in Europe to fuel the Allies in their battle against Hitler. This is a tale of coming of age in an age of war. Removed from anything familiar the Parker family settle into the Creole Oil company town in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela where they face giant lizards and baby killing tarantulas and possibly even revolting Motilone Indians, ousted from their island homes by Creole Oil and a serious lack of proper medical supplies. But 'Uncle' Harry is there, there is a school of sorts and Saturday baseball when they can find enough players to field two teams - not to mention Hannah Oudt-which makes Ricky more inclined to persevere. Dixie can usually find a game of Bridge and a drink or three at the community club. Life settles into a routine. Until the murder of Mr. Taggart. And then Pearl Harbor.