From Kirkus Reviews
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.
From the Publisher
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?