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Blood of the Moon: A Thriller Hardcover – October 13, 2009
"...An exciting read, highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review
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David Rivers is a second-generation oilman. From Houston, he runs the multinational oil company built by his father, former Apollo astronaut Michael Rivers, one of the last men alive to walk on the moon. Michael now spends his days confined to an assisted-living facility, his mind succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. Somewhere in Michael's crumbling memory is a devastating secret he has revealed to no one in over forty years, not even to his sole surviving child. The secret is the location of a small capsule Michael brought back from the moon in 1972 containing proof that conventional wisdom is a deliberate lie.
With the cryptic aid of an anonymous benefactor deep within the ancient and powerful secret society of the Hostmen of Newcastle, David races to unravel the mysteries shrouding his father's legacy while wars, terrorism, and riots over dwindling oil reserves enflame the planet, and a corrupted American presidential election teeters in the balance. David finds himself confronting the same crisis of conscience his father faced decades before. Should he risk his life and company to expose the Hostmen's lies? Or will he bury what he uncovers and let the world burn?
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The tumultuous action in this well-crafted, oil chaos plot unfolds in the July summer of 2016, at which time, because of oil, the world's in a mess: interminable Oil Wars inflicting unpardonable suffering upon humanity resulting from diminishing oil supplies. This myth is promulgated by a powerful secret society, the Hostmen of Newcastle, for its own profit, backed up by its ecoterrorist muscle, the Seed Underground. Though knowing better, the Hostmen deceive the world into believing that the world's oil supplies are finite, and once it's used up, it's gone forever. This ingrained lie promoting the ostensible ever-increasing scarcity of oil is what makes it so valuable, causing the skyrocketing cost of petroleum.
But then oil is secretly discovered on the moon; abiotic oil---non-fossil, meaning that oil is not created exclusively from the decay of living organisms over millions of years, but is produced constantly in an ongoing geologic process replenishing itself every decade. With this knowledge oil would become tremendously cheaper, ending the Oil Wars.
The Hostmen are not about to let this knowledge be known and destroy them. Cheap oil would cause the global oil industry to collapse upon itself and bring catastrophe to the Hostmen world. Keeping the reader riveted with suspense, the Hostmen set out on a fierce campaign of murder, blackmail, bribery, manipulation and betrayal to keep the secret of the moon discovery just that, a secret.
Which will win out, truth or fiction? The conclusion will amaze the reader.
Waiting for Gazala's next book.
Gazala has that most important gift of any thriller writer: perfect timing. His plot, which concerns the potential discovery of mineral deposits on the moon, dovetails perfectly with our recent bombing of the lunar surface (seeking water vapor.) He seems either eerily prescient, or else "wired-in." It makes a good read even better.
hell of a story. Third, his book reads and is constructed
like a movie script (that's a good thing). I truly loved
99% of the book (that's a really good thing). I usually
don't like anything. A great, timely, unique and
riveting story, I couldn't put it down. I can usually
guess at any twists and turns coming, and he surprised me a
number of times. I can't wait to read his second book.
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Blood of the Moon by first-time author Richard Gazala is one of those books that should never end.Read more