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Orinoco [Kindle Edition]

Dan Pollock
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Book Description

"A ripping read!" -- Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List

According to N.Y. Times best-selling thriller writer Nelson DeMille, Orinoco is "classical escape reading" with "the ingredients of a good old-fashioned adventure story." Events move swiftly--from the board room of a New Orleans multinational to the jungles of Venezuela; from a high-stakes takeover battle waged with stock proxies to a primitive duel with machetes and blowguns in the thunderous shadow of Angel Falls.


Standing tall against these landscapes, in his ranch hat and tooled-leather boots, is the larger-than-life figure of Sam Warrender. An Oklahoma wildcatter turned maverick CEO, Sam has never yet walked away from a fight. After battling a corporate cabal led by his hand-picked successor, he hustles his twin-prop Cessna two-thousand miles south into Venezuela's mesa-studded Gran Sabana to stop Caracas politicos and anti-globalist protesters from shutting down his company's mining operation. Once on the ground, Sam finds a new perspective (and a surprising May-September romance), but even more enemies--including his Korean corporate rival, Duk-Won Lee, now actively blocking Sam's every move. And a far more ruthless adversary awaits--an aging caraqueño guerrilla who has emerged from retirement to settle old scores with one last grand act of terrorist mayhem. The book races to an explosive finale with a life-or-death pursuit down the serpentine tributaries of the mighty Orinoco. In the words of thriller master Len Deighton, "a riveting read!"

Orinoco will surprise and delight readers who enjoy thrillers, including action adventure, terrorist thrillers and corporate thrillers.

(Note: Orinoco was first published by Pocket Books in 1994 under the title Pursuit Into Darkness.)


Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

At age 59, Sam Warrender is a semi-retired executive for Proteus Industries. When he receives word that the company is experiencing trouble at a site in Venezuela, Warrender immediately flies down to assess the situation. Archaeology professor Laya Lopez has just unearthed a 9000-year-old artifact, bringing the company's mining operations to a grinding halt. The company president, D.W. Lee, soon joins Warrender, and the two men engage in a contest of wills regarding the course of action to take. To complicate matters, Warrender falls under the spell of Lee's daughter, Jacqueline, a photographer. In predictable fashion, tempers and passions soar in the tropics, especially after Jacqueline is kidnapped. The plot and writing are adequate but not particularly noteworthy. Purchase were demand for such capers is great.
Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Should a Venezuelan mountain be stripped of its rich lode of iron ore by the powerful Proteus corporation, or set aside as an archaeological site? The struggle erupts into a boardroom battle for control of Proteus--and then into primitive conflict in the Venezuelan jungle highly reminiscent of Pollock's Lair of the Fox (1989). Proteus chairman and CEO Sam Warrender goes charging down to Cerro Calvario, determined to stop Professor Arquimedeo Laya L¢pez from digging up any more ``broken pottery'' on the mountain, or at least to cut off Proteus funding for the dig. Entranced by an ancient flute excavated under his eyes, Sam abruptly changes his mind, though not the minds of Proteus's bottom-line crew, headed by company president D.W. Lee. Nor is D.W. swayed by his daughter Jacqueline, a budding filmmaker who joins Sam in siding with the dig--and would obviously like to join him in closer quarters too. But Arqui's treacherous assistant F‚lix Rosales sells him out by insisting to the press that the flute was found elsewhere, a story the Venezuelan government (engorged with a recent transfusion of Proteus cash from D.W.) is only too eager to buy. Standing up for Arqui at a posh reception aboard D.W.'s yacht Kallisto, Sam is discredited by too many drinks and a too-helpful blonde; on his return stateside, the Proteus board dumps him in favor of D.W. But then F‚lix's uncle, an aging loose-cannon revolutionary, starts bombing Proteus sea traffic, including the Kallisto, and kidnaps Jacqueline, setting the stage for Sam and D.W. to bury the hatchet and team up with a pair of handpicked locals to rescue her and resolve the underlying cultural conflicts in some ways you could never imagine. John Wayne as grizzled multinational CEO, with a disconcertingly young partner as spunky and ineffectual as Maureen O'Hara. The rest of this vigorous, overslung saga is just windowdressing. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive and entrancing narrative. July 25, 2013
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I bought Orinoco based on the book blurbs from Nelson DeMille, LenDeighton, Thomas Keneally, etc. This author is obviously well connected in the literary world! In fact, when I looked at another of his books, "Lair of the Fox", I found that he's also been touted by Clive Cussler, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times! I don't understand why I haven't heard of Mr. Pollock before but I certainly have now!
The thriller genre is by far, my favorite. I particularly enjoy Clive Cussler, Campbell Armstrong, Tom Clancy, etc. In other words, my bent is very much toward high energy, technological thrillers and action/adventure stories with multiple plot threads culminating in exciting climaxes. If I'm completely honest, Orinoco doesn't really fall into those categories but continuing in my honesty, the author's captivating narrative and superb scene descriptions enticed me to the point where I had no choice but to drink them in.
Orinoco is full of extremely vivid and obviously well researched tapestries of the Venezuelan landscape and culture. From the coastal regions to the cities, from the sabana to the rainforests, the author accurately captures the essence of the country as well as its inhabitants and their struggles. His description of an aerial pass over the Angel Falls area is simply breathtaking.
There is certainly a well woven plot, and some interesting subplots; not the types that normally grab me by the throat but the entrancing narrative and scenes spun by the author, were supreme proxy for the intensity I would normally seek out in a techno thriller. This is a very well written book! I would liken it to a hybrid of a literary work and an action/adventure story. I will be buying Mr. Pollock's, "Lair of the Fox" for my next Amazon purchase. Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conflicts abound for protagonist as well as Venezuela September 16, 2000
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Iron ore mining must be halted when an archeologist discovers a prehistoric bone flute. Semi-retired CEO Sam Warrender in his characteristic high handed manner, flies to Venezuela to bully, bribe, or bamboozle the resumption of his company's operation. But he must contend with an archeologist fervently protecting pre-history, his own hand-picked successor jealous to assume power from Sam, a communist guerilla who sees an opportunity to resume anarchy, and a beguiling film-maker who Sam has watched grow from a pre-teen into a woman to be reckoned with.
The story is at its best in revealing Venezuela: its jungle beauty (a plane flight over the Angel Falls), its turbulent economy, its shaky politics, its people. It is at its worst propping up a May-December romance between Sam and the film-maker. The narrative is strong, unpredictable, and handles plenty of action clearly. Overall, a very good read except a point taken away for the romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Descriptions January 28, 2014
By Leeanne
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This is a pretty good story, and one I would recommend. But over and above the usual story of bad vs. good and love winning out in the end, the lovely rich girl, the handsome man, you know how they go....Over and above all that the descriptions of The forests, jungles and waters of Venezuela are so well done and breathtaking that I found myself wanting to drop everything and go there.

There are some odd parts, such as the corporation with the good heart, the carrying around of a satchel with a million dollars in it, the wicked native who gives his live for the girl, and so on. But the book is good enough that I believed it all and gloried in the scenery and the archaeological finds.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, stupid romance February 23, 2014
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This seemed like a good idea: saving an archaeological dig from mining. Then it became a damsel in distress and a stupid, old guy fantasy of a romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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What can I say - Dan Pollock is well versed in the lexicon of International Thriller and ORINOCO is chock full of the expected adventure and international intrigue. As with all of Pollock's work a movie roles through your frontal lobe at the turn of each page. I would recommend this and every Dan Pollock book to anyone that enjoys the genre.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I've never been to South America. Yet, through the medium of good books I have often journeyed there. Gabriel García Márquez has taken me on mystical trips to his native Columbia. Isabel Ellende introduced me to the magic of her Chile. And with Graham Greene I went to a fascinating Panama and drank Scotch whisky with General Torrijos. And now with Dan Pollock as my guide I got to visit Venezuela, and experience good, rousing adventure. Such is the beauty of books.
I love novels like this. Written in a well paced, driving, narrative style it pulls the reader along in its cadence as the plot unfolds. The basic plot is simple: a mountain south of the Orinoco River loaded with high grade iron ore waits ready to be mined. Proteus, a big US mining corporation has greased the necessary palms, got the permissions and is ready to start extraction, when the discovery of ancient artefacts by a team of academics led by an idealistic archaeologist bring a halt to their operations.
The protagonist, Sam Wallender, retiring CEO of Proteus and combative loose cannon, sets out alone to solve the problem by flying his twin prop Cessna down to Venezuela and going up into the mountains on horseback to meet the archaeologist, ignoring company protocol and pitting himself against his fellow directors and his own handpicked successor, D.W. Lee who relishes the chance of a boardroom battle to seize the Proteus helm and put his old mentor out to grass.
The ensuing conflict brings on a host of fascinating characters, heroes and villains: sub plots develop, agendas clash. Treachery rears its head and the archaeologist is betrayed and arrested, his worksite closed: an old revolutionary sees the opportunity to come out of retirement and plots terrorist mayhem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for a day escape from reality
An adventure story - not many surprises except that the old guy gets the young girl. A fun read for a day escape from reality.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars thrill ride
From beginning to end, this book kept me interested. I hope this writer has done others. Because I thoroughly
Enjoyed this one
Published 1 month ago by lc
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not finish it.
Disappointing. And I grew up there.
Published 1 month ago by MJV
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good Amazon lore but not the greatest story.
Published 1 month ago by Tinman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like a blend of archaeology and adventure
If you like a blend of archaeology and adventure, this is for you. If you enjoy that kind of story you might also like The Grail Conspiracy, The Blade and others by those authors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This was a great read. Enjoyed it tremendously.
Published 1 month ago by eleanor andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild West meets International Business
This a wonderfully written novel; the characters are superbly developed and the story line is exciting.
Published 2 months ago by IDIrishbiker
2.0 out of 5 stars Workmanlike and plodding...
If you can hold on until page 137, the book finally gets a little momentum going. I did enjoy some of the descriptions of what must be beautiful scenery, but it wasn't enough to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Wilkes
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book
Story was just o'kay. There were never any sequences where you felt you had to keep reading or you didn't want to close the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RRA
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Instresting
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More About the Author

Dan Pollock:
"I write action-adventure and foreign intrigue thrillers--the kind of books that I like to read. My first published thriller was set in exotic locales that, at that time, I'd never laid eyes on--Istanbul and the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet Lair of the Fox went on to earn accolades from the likes of Clive Cussler and the late Ross Thomas, and critical praise from the New York Times, the L.A. Times, and Publishers Weekly. Even better, everyday readers agreed--and I've never looked back."

Dan Pollock thrillers so far:

LAIR OF THE ROX
* Clive Cussler: "As exciting tale-telling as you'll want to read; the pace, the tension, the sheer intrigue are spellbinding!"
* Ross Thomas: "The suspense is unrelenting, the plot absorbing and the background exceptionally well observed."
* New York Times Book Review: "A can't-put-down thriller"

DUEL OF ASSASSINS
* T. Jefferson Parker: "A greyhound of a thriller, fast, sleek and graceful!"
* Denver Post: "An exciting read! Races to an explosively exciting conclusion!"
* Publishers Weekly: "Keeps turning up the suspense until the bang-up resolution."

ORINOCO
* Nelson DeMille: "Classic escape reading"
* Len Deighton: "A riveting read!"
* Thomas Keneally (author of Schindler's List): "What a ripping read!"

THE RUNNING BOY
* A sampling of Amazon reader reviews: "If Raymond Chandler were alive, he'd love THE RUNNING BOY." ''A great edge-of-your-seat thriller!" "Heart hammering tale!" "A massive truckload of thrills, spills and seat-of-the-pants action!" "If Hollywood does not make a movie based on this book, they will be passing up a blockbuster!"

COUNTDOWN TO CASABLANCA
* Jack Hayes (author of Blood Red Sea): "A superb thrill ride! Recalls the best of MacLean, Higgins & Cussler."
* J.R. Rogers (author of Mission to Morocco): "Evocative and lavishly abundant in local detail, Pollock's historical fiction thriller has all the right ingredients, and unexpected plot twists and turns."

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