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Black Oil, Red Blood [Kindle Edition]

Diane Castle
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The thing about cancer is it’s hard to prove somebody gave it to you on purpose—but Chloe Taylor can prove it. In fact, she proves it for a living. She sues oil refineries that would rather save a buck than comply with safety regulations designed to do important things like, you know, keep people alive.

Chloe had a successful career until circumstances forced her to move to the bass-ackwards town of Kettle, Texas (human population: 4,000; gun population: 34,356). Big Oil industry giant PetroPlex employs half of Kettle’s population, and there’s no question the judge in the town’s got oil stains on his hands. It’s no wonder she’s been on a losing streak lately. She suspects she’s been litigating on an uneven playing field, but when her star expert witness turns up dead less than 48 hours before a make-or break hearing, she knows.

What she doesn’t know is the key piece of information that got her expert killed. It turns out PetroPlex is harboring a shocking secret—one that has the potential to skyrocket gasoline prices, spark an energy market meltdown, and trigger riots, chaos, death, and destruction on a global scale. Chloe must discover the secret and expose the villains before she is permanently silenced, all while juggling a troublesome ex-fiancé and a tantalizing new flame along the way.


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About the Author

Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips. Ms. Castle has published short fiction under a different name, and she has also written a stage play that was translated into German, produced in a castle near Munich, and sold out three seasons. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Castle was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She also feels privileged to have been honored with two awards for humor and satire and one award for literary criticism.

Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Wishlist; 1 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00759NLLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is on the free list? June 10, 2012
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I read this book a few months back and was impressed by how well the author wrote, even if I didn't agree entirely with her view on the topic. What I felt about the point of the story did not detract from how well it was written and how easy it was to read. Now that I see it is on the free title listing, I felt I must write a review. It is a good story that you will enjoy and if you search out the good free books, this one is one. I paid for my copy and would again, but since you can get it for free right now, snatch it up.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For readers of John Grisham May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
For all those who love John Grisham type thrillers, here's one with a hot red-haired attorney working on an oil pollution case which turns out to be much more. She is also running away from a womanizing ex-fiance and head-long into the arms of a too-good-to-be-true hunk of a cop. The plot is convoluted, the action is almost non-stop, and there is a satisfyingly happy ending. What more could any one ask for?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick Mystery April 24, 2012
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Very interesting! Fast paced, fact-filled, and edge of your seat action.

Only downside, DO NOT attempt reading before bed, or while not fully awake. This bad boy needs your full attention.

Love the redheaded spitfire, Chloe. Her adorable hetero(or not so hetero)-life mate, Miles. And the chivalrous, Detective Nash. The combination of interesting characters, legal-eagle plot line, and downright out of nowhere twists, kept me enthralled.

Took a few chapters to get me hooked, but once I was in I couldn't put it down.

A razor sharp, eye-opening read from Diane Castle. Kudos!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at oil business, slow thriller July 27, 2012
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Diane Castle's "Black Oil, Red Blood" certainly knows its subject. The strange grasp that the oil industry has on the American and world economy is laid bare in this extremely well-researched book. Had this been a strict, legal expose of the oil industry, my recommend would be stronger. But ultimately, the thriller aspect of the novel seems a little rushed and the characters fall a bit flat. I really wanted to like Chloe, our heroine, but she never seems to be in control of her fate and the resolution of the crime comes by other hands. For its deft summary of the evils of the oil industry, I can give kudos. But as a crime thriller, "Black Oil, Red Blood" lacks focus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous Book with Strong Political Undertones January 21, 2013
Format:Paperback
The foundation of the novel is a great concept, and well written technically. The store line is engaging and takes the reader on a fast moving adventure from start to finish through the eyes of a sometimes clumsy trial lawyer, trying to correct the wrongs of a very large oil company in her backyard. The character development is good, and makes for easy visualization of each and the flavor of each personality. This book had all of the makes to be a great read, but settled to only a good read due to a underlying political agenda. When actual names of presidents, senators, political leaders and oil related companies were made part of the book, the great adventure, mystery and plot became encumbered by a political agenda against the oil industry. When a fictional plot line is mixed with actual names and events to leverage a specific strong political or environmental view, it is not possible to do any piece great, and the focus of the read can be lost. Had the entire agenda had been left out and focus kept to the story line with no weight for or against big oil companies, this would have been a great read with consistent focus on plot and story progression.

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A sharp female lawyer in a small Texas town is pulled into a liability suit against the big oil company/refinery in her small town. Corruption leads to cover-ups and killings of those who know to much. The adventure begins as she must learn who knows what and what town leaders are on the oil company payroll. A straight lace detective comes into the picture that plays by the book, but must work through the difference between following procedure and doing what is right to uncover what really happened, and is going to happen unless something is done.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense on steroids! February 5, 2012
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I LOVE that the author of this book chose to give a voice to the Gulf people! Like it or not, BIG oil is choking the life out of us all. Diane's book is comprised of a unique blend of both fact and fiction. You will be in suspense from start to finish! She gave it enough fiction to keep it interesting and enough facts to make you want to research more of what big oil is doing to us all. Being a refugee from the disaster in the Gulf, I know enough to know a great deal of the facts in this book to be true. I hope you will read this book right away and start to learn more about what you can contribute to making us all less dependent on oil. The future of humanity depends on it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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"If your expert witness dies of a heart attack while surfing in Aruba, that's life. If he's murdered the day before he's set to testify at a hearing that can make or break a case, that's friggin' suspicious."

Chloe Taylor is a hard-hitting lawyer that battles Big Oil, claiming damages for wrongful death. As she begins her fight against PetroPlex, Schaeffer, her expert witness is murdered just days before he is due to testify. Chloe knows she doesn't stand a chance if she doesn't get a continuance to give her time to find a new expert witness. She also knows Judge Delmont will back PetroPlex, so she uses blackmail to get him to agree to the continuance. Schaeffer's papers hold the key to winning the case, but are part of a crime scene and she is unable to gain access to them. When she takes matters into her own hands, Detective Jensen Nash is there to stop her. Judge Hooper rules she can have the papers and the Mayor gives her permission to take them to her home. Nash isn't about to let her go through them without him. Petroplex executives know something will have to be done to stop her. With Nash getting involved, the same would apply to him. As Petroplex and the corrupt officials running the town of Keller, Texas, come after them, it's obvious they will have to save themselves and expose the corruption.

"Was there corruption everywhere, I wondered? Was there no place left in America where decent, hard-working men and women could get ahead?"

What do you think? Does Big Oil create and manipulate private, unregulated energy markets? Are they too big to fail and too big to control? Did they elect Bush? Did he go to war for them? Do they control our economy and government policy? Do they use fear manipulation to distract the public to the real threat?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read....kept you intrigued.
Published 17 days ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fun read
I really enjoyed this book. It's written cleanly and without a lot of description affecting the peace of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars enlighting
the major thing I like about this book is that A portion of the proceeds benefits Gulf People Helping People, a fundraising initiative of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I thought this story was a page-turner, the story line and characters made me want to eagerly find out what would happen next. Read more
Published 2 months ago by songbird61
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet Beware
This story's protagonist is a female lawyer who deals with compensation cases against major corporations, particularly in the oil industry, She,her paralegal, and the new sheriff... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gloria Stanchak Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Outsanding book.
Loved this book and didn't want it to end. Loved the characters as well as the story. Great read. Great author and will definitely look for more of her books.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Did not put the book down....
good book. Suspense, mystery, legal drama. I like how the plot was slowly evolving and the way the characters were building up.
Published 3 months ago by gina royeca
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written with likable heroine and strong action
I liked this book a lot. It was very well written with an interesting premise. The legal issues felt authentic and real. I really, really liked the main character, Chloe. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer D.
1.0 out of 5 stars black oil red blood
Silly book hardly worth the time to read it. While there are claims about regulations and laws, this is not a true representation of the industry... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Morisse-Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading
I enjoyed reading Black Oil, Red Blood. I would have given it 5 stars but I found a few grammar errors which took away from the quality.
Published 3 months ago by Katrina Latinka
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Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips.

Ms. Castle has published short fiction under a different name, and she has also written a stage play that was translated into German, produced in a castle near Munich, and sold out three seasons. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Castle was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She also feels privileged to have been honored with two awards for humor and satire and one award for literary criticism.

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