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Black Oil, Red Blood [Kindle Edition]

Diane Castle
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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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is on the free list? June 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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28 of 30 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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22 of 25 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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 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.

Plot Summary
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David vs. Goliath Thriller March 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Black Oil, Red Blood

I could not ask for a more effective reader's hook than the Prologue of "Black Oil, Red Blood." No possible way a reader could turn away from this novel after reading just the first few sentences-but even better, the entire Prologue rocks with excitement, danger, and potential fatality, with character, revelation, superb plot and setting. Amazingly, this is Author Castle's debut novel! It's almost too much to expect to find great writing, enjoyable characters (some of which inspired me to laugh out loud despite the serious circumstances), plotting whose torque is tightened till it almost squeaks (that means darn good plotting and layers upon layers of concealed secrets), a setting that is drawn with such attention to detail yet with subtle brushstrokes it makes this reviewer want to shout "Hallelujah!" What all this comes down to is: do NOT miss this novel, Gentle Readers! I don't care what your position is on Big Oil, the economy, natural resources, or litigation-you simply must read this book.

Attorney Chloe Taylor hoes a hard row in the petroleum backwater of Kettle, Texas, a tiny town where Big Oil is King-and Queen-and Emperor. Kettle is a community where the most a person can look forward to is finding out which type of cancer will be one's demise, because if you work at PetroPlex, which fully half the town does, you're going to come down with some kind of terminal health crisis. Chloe's game is to win damages on wrongful death settlements, but she's playing David to an enormous Goliath-and PetroPlex doesn't want to pay out, and especially not to air its secrets. If Chloe isn't extremely careful-well, the next wrongful death just might be her own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced
Very good reading. Fast paced drama with a bit of witty humor. Thoroughly enjoyed. Will definitely be looking for more from this writer
Published 1 hour ago by martha sanford
3.0 out of 5 stars A good thriller.
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Published 17 days ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Enjoyed the suspense and action in this book. Relationships were believable and I could identify with the characters. Interesting fight against big oil.
Published 17 days ago by tena matas
4.0 out of 5 stars PAGE-TURNER!
A little slow in the very beginning, but quickly amps up to an action thriller that I couldn't put down! Hope there's more in store for the main characters!
Published 1 month ago by John S Roth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining story, but mostly interesting for what I learned from it.
Published 1 month ago by Roy W. Huffman Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a really good book and I will read it again.
Published 1 month ago by Lori Werner
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST OK
OK book. Lot of political undertones. Would not read again.
Published 1 month ago by atabarac
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A decent book, but very liberal
Published 2 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book didn't get my attention at first but when it did I loved it. It made me think and made me laugh at times but it did keep me reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Ware
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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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