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"Deadly Lode is a great fiction read." Daryn Watson, Reader Views

"Deadly Lode
is an unconventional but thoroughly entertaining book." Julia Zurcher - Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living

About the Author

Randall Reneau has been a professional geologist since 1974. He holds a BA in Geology from Central Washington University. He spent nearly twenty years in uranium exploration, followed by three years in Liberia, West Africa exploring for diamonds and gold. After the outbreak of civil war in Liberia, Mr. Reneau managed a gold exploration project in Mali, West Africa. He later managed silver and copper exploration projects in Mexico. In 2004, he co-founded Uranium Energy Corporation. In 2006, he co-founded Strategic American Oil (now Duma Energy) Corporation. Mr. Reneau served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Cambodia. and was awarded a Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals. He lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.

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  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publication Date: October 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMGGXS
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Randall Reneau is the author of five novels, including Diamond Fields, a Royal Dragonfly Book Awards grand prize winner, and Deadly Lode, a Richard Boes Memorial Award winner . He is also a two-time winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. A former international geologist and Vietnam veteran, he lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gastybug on November 5, 2012
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I found Deadly Lode a wealth of information on mineral exploration and production. How it is discovered and then how it comes into production. I found the characters, trading in the shares of stock as it hit the market, a clever study of human nature. "The good, the bad and the ugly." I am looking forward for more from Randall Reneau.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GeoGuy on November 5, 2012
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Deadly Lode hit high gear in the first chapter and never slowed down. Lots of action, great characters, multi twists and turns. If you are familiar with the mining business, you will love the book, if not, you definitely will be by the end of the book. Besides being filled with shootings, cheats, crooks, bad guys, good guys, pretty women, really bad guys...Deadly Lode takes you on a step by step journey through the creation of a junior mining company, and the work it takes to make it succesful. Definitely enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazmin Jade on September 23, 2013
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I received this book by winning it in goodreads, and to be honest it is not they type of book I would normally pick up at all and I don't know what was going through my mind when I entered the contest. I was however, more impressed with it than I expected.

For a lot of the book I had no idea what on earth anyone was talking about. It goes into details and talks about shares, stock exchange, and procedures that one must go through to start a dig for gold or whatever they may be hoping for. I know nothing about any of this, and when these topics come up, and they come up alot, they kinda just went over my head. However, I feel that these types of discussions or topics were probably presented as simply as they could be and if I had been more interested in either of the topics I might have been able to understand what was going on. I did think the author did a good job at trying to make it so that anyone that picks up the book will have a fighting chance of understanding.

As for the murder mystery side of the story, I wouldn't go far as to say I was surprised or in suspense for any part of it. The flow of the story, the theme, and even the characters I found myself pleasantly just going along with it all. To me it was all very simple, but not so boring that is wasn't unenjoyable. The characters are very one dimensional and simple, and though I liked them well enough I wasn't attached or in love with any of them or cared all that much if they were killed off. Same goes for the story line in general, when something that I assume was supposed to be a big deal happens I was in my head going Ok then. I think this happened because it was all put out and discussed a tad too much and I could see most of the things coming. Most things aren't hidden or just happen, you know they are coming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. J. DeWitte on January 7, 2014
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Shallow characters apparently with a quota to use the trite phrase "Roger that." I did finish it but only because it was a Christmas gift, and I kept thinking "this has to get better." It did not. Based on this book, I will not be reading any more books by Randall Reneau.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kara on November 13, 2012
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While this is the first book from this author, one thing Mr. Reneau got right at the outset was to keep the story moving...and move it did. Few books in this genre read as quickly as Deadly Lode. From the first chapter to the last, the action, intrigue, and dialogue never wane. He wasn't going for realism, but rather interest. There are no long descriptions of lakes or rivers or beaches or clothing in here. If you are a fan of such nauseating description, this book will leave you wanting.

Beyond the swift pacing, my favorite aspect of the book is that it enlightens the reader about two intriguing and little known industries: mining and public companies. Mr. Reneau's experience in both is quite evident, but he does a masterful job of making the information approachable to the average reader. This book could almost serve equally well as escapist fiction or a primer on how to start a public mining company. Maybe that was the author's intention. This reminds me of what Clancy did with many of his books in educating his audience about certain aspects of the military.

I settled on 4 stars rather than 5 due to the overall literary feel and style of the book. It is apparent, maybe not to the casual eye, that this author was "getting his legs" on this first outing. I expect his follow-on works will only improve. I look forward to the next installment in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Landman on February 12, 2013
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What a delightful read. Mr. Reneau does a wonderfully entertaining job of spinning the intricate plots of the story, all the while educating you on the ins an outs of mining for uranium and creating publicly traded companies. The author exhibits extraordinary imagination in describing marvelous characters that you quickly learn to love, or love to hate, and crafts a story filled with hair-raising suspense and intrigue. I look forward to the next writing venture from Mr.Reneau, and hopefully, it will come soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TigerWoman on February 21, 2013
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Light hearted fun...not nourishing....stereotypical bad guys and women...Not enough substance or true drama but okay for an escape from daily life
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Randall Reneau is on his way to writing stories that fascinate and captivate the reader. His skill is writing that draws you in with what we all want, "a writer who can use what we all love, Words", which provide and provoke images and vivid pictures, suspense and intrique keeping us turning the pages. A quick, fun read full of adventure. Captivates the present, past and future with a steady and smooth narrative. You will find yourself within the story because you've been there or because your imagination and his story telling transport you. Enjoy this Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Let's hope he continues to develop his characters, their physical world, and the adventure he is creating for them. This is a book to share with friends and have fun with.
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