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This pedal-to-the-metal speculative thriller revolves around the discovery of a highly territorial colony of predatory dinosaurs in Alaska that has survived undetected for millions of years.

The story begins in an America on the verge of collapse: The nation’s oil reserve is almost gone, and, within a matter of weeks, the country’s entire infrastructure could crumble. However, scientists have discovered the largest fossil fuel deposit in the world, within Alaska’s Noatak National Preserve, which could save the nation from imminent disaster. But there’s one major drawback: a large colony of vicious birdlike dinosaurs (classified as Deinonychus) that have lived in the secluded area for millennia. Zoologist Scott Chandler and his ex-girlfriend Kimberly Fulton, a pre-eminent paleontologist, are tasked by the president of the United States himself to help identify and somehow suppress the mysterious predators—– but an overzealous military presence turns the volatile situation into an all-out blood bath, as dozens of Marines enter the “lost world,” and none return alive. When Fulton’s wayward son and his girlfriend venture into the area, Chandler and Fulton are forced to attempt a desperate rescue. The narrative features well-developed characters, a plausible and well-researched premise, vivid description and brisk pacing throughout. The only two significant criticisms are that the conclusion is somewhat predictable, and the overall concept isn’t particularly original; James Robert Smith’s The Flock (2006), for example, features a very similar setup. That said, readers who like intelligently written thrillers, à la Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park (1990) and Frank Schätzing’s The Swarm (2006), will likely enjoy this pulse-pounding trip into the Alaskan wilderness.

An undeniably readable thriller with breakneck pacing and jaw-dropping action sequences.

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Five Star Review From Examiner.com

Fossil River by Jock Miller is an interesting thriller about the United States becoming extremely desperate for oil and the largest oil supply in the world being discovered along with living fossils that threaten any that venture into the remote area of a national park in Alaska. The main characters include a former Marine helicopter pilot that manages the park and lost his arm in combat; his Native American co-worker; and a female curator from New York Museum of Natural History that has a past with the former Marine.

Overall Fossil River is an exciting read with some interesting twists as the main characters try to learn more about the living fossils and protect them along with the park from being totally destroyed for oil while also struggling to remain alive themselves. There is also a little bit of romance that adds background and depth to the characters even if it is rather predictable.


Four Star Review From Night Owl Suspense

Fossil River by Jock Miller is a riveting novel which offers a warning to countries that are dependent on OPEC's oil. The plot centers around an America in crisis: China has cut a deal with OPEC which will result in skyrocketing gas prices in the US. That is unless a new domestic source of oil is found. If not the economy will soon grind to a halt. It is good news indeed when an oil cache of unprecedented size is discovered in Alaska. There's just one caveat: the oil is located inside the territory of a previously unknown animal that has already demonstrated it doesn't care for trespassers. After a strike team is brutally massacred, the government enlists the help of paleontologist Dr. Kimberly Fulton and military veteran Scott Chandler to devise a way to outwit the creature and secure the oil without any additional loss of life. Time is of the essence and unless Fulton and Chandler succeed America's economy will collapse and life will never be the same.

Jock Miller does a first class job of weaving together fact and fiction to create a novel that will be hard for any science fiction lover to put down. Fossil River contains dynamic character development, engaging dialogue and perhaps most importantly, a believable plot. I give this book 4 stars and look forward to future novels by this author.

The perfect energy storm is sweeping over the United States: Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown has paralyzed nuclear expansion globally, BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill has stalled deep water drilling, Arab oil countries are in turmoil causing doubt about access to future oil, the intensity of hurricanes hitting the Gulf’s oil rigs and refineries has intensified due to global warming, and the nation’s Strategic Oil Supply is riding on empty.

As the energy storm intensifies, the nation’s access to Arab oil, once supplying over sixty percent of our fossil fuel, is being threatened causing people to panic for lack of gas at the pumps, stranding cars across the country and inciting riots.

The U.S. Military is forced to cut back air, land, and sea operations sucking up 58% of every barrel of oil to protect the nation; U.S. commercial airlines are forced to limit flights for lack of jet fuel; and businesses are challenged to power up their factories, and offices as the U.S. Department of Energy desperately tries to provide a balance of electric power from the network of aged power plants and transmission lines that power up the nation.

The United States must find new sources of domestic fossil fuel urgently or face an energy crisis that will plunge the nation into a deep depression worse than 1929.

The energy storm is very real and happening this very moment. But, at the last moment of desperation, the United States discovers the world’s largest fossil fuel deposit found in a remote inaccessible mountain range within Alaska’s Noatak National Preserve surrounding six and a half million acres.

Preventing access to the oil is a colony of living fossil dinosaurs that will protect its territory to the death.

Nobody gets out alive; nobody can identify the predator--until Dr. Kimberly Fulton, Curator of Paleontology at New York’s Museum of Natural History, is flown into the inaccessible area by Scott Chandler, the Marine veteran helicopter pilot who’s the Park’s Manager of Wildlife. All hell breaks loose when Fulton’s teenage son and his girlfriend vanish into the Park.

Will the nation’s military be paralyzed for lack of mobility fuel, and will people across America run out of gas and be stranded, or will the U.S. Military succeed in penetrating this remote mountain range in northwestern Alaska to restore fossil fuel supplies in time to save the nation from the worst energy driven catastrophe in recorded history?

Product Details

  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Story Merchant Books (May 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085DCRLO
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Jock Miller received a BS degree in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Focus of study: paleontology, ornithology, and comparative anatomy. He attended Harvard Business School to participate in a case study publishing management program sponsored by the American Business Press.

Before starting his own publishing company, Miller served as Director of Marketing and Sales Service for Billboard Publications, Inc, then Director of Circulation for the twelve magazine publishing company. Miller has appeared on cable TV talk shows, been interviewed on numerous radio talk shows and interviewed live on the Today Show by Barbara Walters. He has been a guest lecturer at C.W. Post College, and C.W. Post Brentwood Campus, lecturing on industry's responsibility to society and its community.

Miller is Director Emeritus of The First National Bank of Long Island where he served on the Board for twenty-three years. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Middleby Company as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He is past President of the Boards of The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and The Huntington Arts Council, and served on the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery Board of Directors. He has served as an Elder and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntington.

Miller has received the Pericles Award for his work promoting people with disAbilites, Wounded Warriors, Minorities and Women into the workforce through his company, EOP, Inc. (www.Eop.com). He is also the recipient of the Valley Forge Honor Certificate recoginizibg his contribution to a free society.

His hobbies are fly fishing, writing novels, playing the bag pipes and the piano. Miller is an amateur radio operator, K2MUS.

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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By nemo's dogs on July 16, 2012
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I have always been willing to suspend belief a bit for a good story. I never complained at laser cannons that recoiled in Star Wars and Ti Fighters that "scream" in a vacuum, but this book is to me WAAAY over the top. It's easier to believe in Green Lantern than the "Super Hero Dinos" that populate the book. I will not insult other readers in how a non-brain dead squad of marines could deal with the bad boys.
And, never mind the idiosy of tapping an oil field in less than a week.
At least, at some point in the book, it bacame humorous and I finished the story just to see how the end would play out.
Other than that, the author writes with some clarity and has the ability to capably weave several sub-plots together.
So, if you have a large tolerance for supension, it is not a bad read. If not, stay away, you might only become irritated.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2012
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I hate to give a bad review, especially for a debut author, because I always like to give them the chance to success. That's why I read this book all the way to the end, even though it failed once past the first 2 chapters. I had really high hopes for this book. The premise of our world being on it's last drop of oil and a huge oil field found in Alaska was so real. Finding dinosaurs in the state park was a really nice scifi twist. But what the book turned out to be was not what I expected at all. The premise became completely unbelievable: the country has DAYS to get to the oil and seriously once they get past the dinosaurs they are going to construct oil drilling machines, pull the black gold from the ground, transport it to Texas and refine it in less than a WEEK? Seriously flawed. And the solution to the problem couldn't work in any realty (keep the dinosaurs away with a sound that scares them?), especially the "it's exactly our world only some living dinosaurs have been discovered." Also, poor editing (typos, the wrong name used for the state park in one section, repeated information just paragraphs after it was first told to us.)
Don't waste your time on this one.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lauren E Miller on May 29, 2012
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"I am a non-fiction reader, I have been for 20 years. With that said, I am a dinosaur addict so I am on full board with any movie or book that weaves the dinosaur theme in. Fossil River is a fiction read that caught my attention from the first page until the last, however it is laced with factual information throughout which as a non-fiction reader, I gravitate towards. I was on a long flight and I figured I would just start with the first couple of pages, I was hooked and read the entire book in one sitting. I can't wait for the movie, this is a story whose time has come and a must read for anyone who enjoys being hooked at the beginning through the end. A suspense/thriller that is riveting. At one point I noticed my eyes had dried out and then I realized I hadn't blinked for 10 pages. Step aside Jurassic Park, your rival has just entered the ring."

Lauren E Miller
Author/Speaker/Stress Relief Expert
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ray Richards on March 30, 2013
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*****SPOILERS*****I have not finished the book but, I had to stop and write a review. I don't want to be mean but, this book is too predictable. The author introduces the kid and you know that he is Chandler's son. You also know that the kid and his girlfriend will do something stupid and disobedient that will put them and others in danger. Fulton finds out the boy has his girlfriend fly out to Alaska and her response is to ask for piazza delivery? These characters are so mindless you almost want to cheer for the predators. Let's not even discuss getting the oil drilled and flowing in a week.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wally on April 10, 2013
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The author tells a decent story but has little or no concept about the energy industry or aviation. To actually put forth the idea that oil could be discovered and into the gas tanks of the cars of America within a matter of a few days is incredibly naive. Putting in wells, finishing them, connecting them to pipelines and moving crude to distant refineries is a matter of many months. That bothered me. Secondly, as a pilot familiar with helicopters, the idea of a helicopter blade taking out anything, much less a rather large flying/gliding dinosaur and still being able to fly (and, at one point, beating out the dent in the blade with a rubber hammer) is again, beyond belief. I asked a former military helicopter pilot who works with me and was informed just how delicate those blades really are, even on the choppers we send into combat.
I liked the critters in the story and I thought the story itself progressed rather well. There were just devices and decisions that couldn't make me go over a three star rating.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By stan on March 21, 2013
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I really wanted to like this book. I thought the bad reviews were wrong.
Sadly,they weren't. This was to books what a sci-fi original movie is to movies. The fishermen get killed,the scientists get killed,the marines get killed but the one armed hero and his babe live. Even the faithful indian companion gets killed.
The two teenagers live (of course).they even get attacked by a grizzly and get saved by the dino's.
The author comments that his next book will be better. Lets hope so.
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