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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (April 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603185054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603185059
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,548,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I almost gave this book 5 stars and would have given it 4.5 stars if it were an option. This story allows oneself to imagine flitting around Europe hobnobbing with the rich and then returning to Tulsa, Oklahoma and driving the dusty back roads of small-town USA. The story involves Saudi oil-rich sheiks, native Cherokees, Chechen mercenaries, and hometown American characters...I enjoyed reading this exciting story and was fully involved in the build-up to the final conclusion.
--John Buissink on Goodreads

From the Author

Much of STRIKE PRICE is set in Oklahoma, a state with a rich history and depth of culture that encompasses the forced relocation of several Native American tribes, the discovery of oil, the Dust Bowl, and the Murrah bombing.

The oil market is global one. Conflicts, whether fictional or real, are always high-stakes. Readers will experience scenes set in Washington, London, Paris, and Florence, as well as gain reference to the current vast changes in the US oil industry.

More About the Author

STRIKE PRICE, Starks' second Lynn Dayton thriller, won best mystery/thriller in the Texas Association of Authors 2014 awards.

As in 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY, STRIKE PRICE combines Starks' technical and writing experience for authentic, realistic action. STRIKE PRICE and 13 DAYS have both received five-star reviews.

L. A. Starks was born in Boston, grew up in Oklahoma, and has lived in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, and Texas. She trained in engineering (BS-chemical engineering--Tulane) and economics (MBA-finance, University of Chicago). After working more than a decade for well-known energy companies, today she consults for a select number of clients, speaks to professional groups about energy economics, and analyzes energy policy and investment choices at her website http://starksenergyecon.com. and for Seeking Alpha.

Two of her short stories, "Robert and Therese Guillard: Choices," and "A Time for Eating Wild Onions," were accepted and published by the Amazon Shorts program in 2007 and are now available on Kindle. "A Time for Eating Wild Onions" is a follow-on to STRIKE PRICE. The story reveals more about tragic past entanglements between Jesse, Pete's father, and Pete. A third Kindle-published short story, "Josh Rosen and Bubbe," adds texture to the Dayton series character Josh Rosen.

Starks played intramural basketball for the Efficient Mockettes, holds a US patent, has run eleven half-marathons, and chairs the investment committee of the board of directors of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, a funding and advocacy group for Dallas' 29 public libraries.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CoastGuy on January 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
L.A. Starks once again establishes herself as a master of the thriller genre. Lynn Dayton, a self-made woman in the oil industry, fights to save herself and others as she attempts to to stop a plot to sabotage an oil pipeline and storage depot and learn the identity of those who are murdering bidders for one of her company's refineries. Are the killers competitors vying for the same oil? Saboteurs hired by ruthless Russian or Middle Eastern investment groups? Fast-paced and convincingly choreographed, Starks' novel presents a spot-on depiction of the geopolitical forces at work in today's oil industry that grips and scares and offers the reader plenty to think about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rc on May 27, 2013
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Strike Price is set in places that I know well! The non-stop connections of people, places and themes to each other kept me reading, as I was curious to see what secrets the author has to tell that I should know!

Of course living in many of the same US oil company towns where so much of this novel is set has given me an acquaintance with the lifestyles portrayed here... It is quite interesting to see such familiar locales turned into a setting for drama, adventure, and all sorts of difficulties for various characters in the book.

The author's descriptions of the Osage countryside, the Tulsa bungalows, the casinos, the oil company employees and their travels all over the world are quite apt and I can picture the people easily! The author has knit together the early twentieth century history of oil-rich Oklahoma with the more recent history of the world oil industry into a very interesting puzzle that is very satisfying!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Gary Vineyard on April 25, 2013
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L.A. Starks gets the smell and noise of the petroleum industry just right as oil company executive Lynn Dayton faces off with the seven deadly sins: pride, lying tongues, hands that shed innocent blood, hearts that devise wicked plots, feet that run to ruin, deceitful witnesses, and those who sow discord. You'll find yourself turning the pages faster and faster as Lynn's hell-on-wheels race to end a chain of murders takes her to the brink of her own death and a national catastrophe. Plan on not sleeping tonight."
H.K. Leberri is a nom de plume of James Gary Vineyard - author of The Grave On Peckerwood Hill
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Charlene's Review:

Lynn Dalton, Executive vice president for TriCoast oil refineries, has been tasked by the Board to sell the Tulsa refinery. Trying to plan a wedding and care for her sick father, Lynn has enough to handle, but when her meetings with interested parties result in mysterious deaths, Lynn must ultimately decide who among her partners are trustworthy in order to survive. As the death toll mounts, Lynn searches for a killer that may be closer than she thinks.

There is a whole lot going on in this book. From the background of oil refining to Cherokee native history, and interpersonal relationships, Ms. Starks took on an impressive venture. I was, on occasion, overwhelmed by the logistics of oil refineries, but it obvious that Ms. Starks knows her business. Cherokee history also played a huge part. Including a compendium on Oklahoma’s Native American Nations at the end of the book allowed the reader to understand more of the characters in the story.

Ms. Starks has an eye for detail and richly paints a picture of the Oklahoma landscape and its people. The insight given through the killers mind is especially riveting, as the reader will be far into the story before everything falls together and the killer is unmasked. When its finally revealed, it is done with such subtlety that it is almost an afterthought. Strike Price was a bit too technical for this reader and took a bit longer to finish, but the characters make up for it and it is very well written.

*A paperback copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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As a veteran of a long career in the international oil and gas sector, it was clear to me within the first couple of chapters of L.A. Starks’s masterful "Strike Price" that the author has deep and personal familiarity with the industry herself, both domestic and foreign. Too often, writers of fiction stoop to unconvincing caricature and cardboard insights when it comes to petroleum and the people who find it and it produce it.

In a marvelous series of scenes set in Paris with a high-ranking Saudi ARAMCO negotiator, she gets the nuances of such confabs down tone-perfect. Few writers can do that because they have to try to imagine life inside a big oil and gas company, whereas Starks has obviously been there and done that in the real world. That background helps her.

You will find no overly-simple stereotypes in Starks's writing about oil companies being nefarious. In my own experience, oil and gas executives are at least as honest and financially scrupulous as other business executives in America, and it gets tiresome to see them all depiicted as cheap flim-flam con men like J. R. Ewing. And let’s not forget that without Exxon and Chevron we would all be riding bicycles to work!

"Strike Price" is a gripping story of international business intrigue that combines real insights into the energy industry with a rip-roaring plot that I found quite imaginative and plausible. I started this book thinking I would read a few chapters a day, but by the third evening, I was burning the midnight oil and didn’t turn off the light until much later than I had expected to. But that’s ok!

L. A. Starks has found a niche that is worthy of further fictional exploration.
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