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Helius Legacy Paperback – September 20, 2011
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From the Back Cover
In December of 1999, a young reporter discovers an ancient deed in the Travis County archives of Austin, Texas. Hidden a century earlier, the original copy of the deed includes a covenant excised from the version available to the public. This covenant gives the grantor's descendants the right to reclaim ownership of the property if any future owner violates an explicit use restriction: a bar against the extraction of mineral wealth from the land.
The reporter is stunned by the discovery--the land subject to the deed is one of the most valuable oil fields in the world. Now, any descendant of the original grantor has the power to reclaim ownership of this billion-dollar asset with the stroke of a pen, and Helius Energy, the energy conglomerate that owns the land, has no intention of allowing this to happen.
Within hours of the discovery, the reporter is on the run, desperately racing to stay ahead of a team of killers dispatched by Helius. A second team is winging its way to California, with orders to kill John Caine, the last living heir entitled to claim the legacy created by the deed.
Caine is unaware of his ancestry and the nightmare coming his way. His only hope for survival is Andrea Marenna, a beautiful lawyer in Austin who is unwittingly drawn into Caine's race. Together, they must find a way to survive long enough to unravel the century-old mystery that has placed them in harm's way.
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who works for the "Statesman" in Austin, Texas comes across a shocking discovery.
Through research in a library he makes a discovery that could cause financial havoc
for an oil conglomorate called Helius. The "Statesman" reporter Richard Steinman
finds a deed where Thomas O'Neill sold the land where the Blackjack Field is at
present located to a member of the Mason family. This is a huge field. Steinman
finds that no minerals are to be extracted from this land or the land will revert back to the descendants of Thomas O'Neill. Steinman finds one descendant of O'Neill,
John Caine who lives in California. He was a former Army Ranger and a member of the French Foriegn Legion. Steinman gets some of this information to Andrea Marenna a lawyer. Cain makes contact with Marenna and the battle is on. Carter Mason who is now the CEO of Helius Oil sends a team of assassins after Caine and Marenna.
Downtown turns into a war zone as a result of the Helius goon squad trying to kill
the last O'Neill heir. This is an action packed book that you will find hard to put down Caine gets aid fron a surprising source. Do not miss this book.
He has brought readers a believable storyline withe just enough characters to keep it running hard and fast for the entire length of the story.
A real joy to read and I only put it down to sleep........once
Well done Sir!
Action packed, greed,power hungry, bad guys and good friends. It never stops or drags. You don't want it to put the book down till its over.
A reporter Richard Steinman working on his own found out about a billion dollar fraud by Helius Energy and Mason family for decades.
A property that the mason family bought in 1890s would be returned if any minerals were taken out of the land. In the early 1900s oil was discovered and drilled on the property it has made billions of dollars it is the 5th biggest oil field in US. Carter Mason's grandfather had all the descendents murdered or so he thought. They also got passed a law that all previous land deeds would be sunset in after the upcomming at the beginning of the year.
Richard was looking and found that their was one heir left, he tried calling and left a message to John Caine. Also called a lawyer friend to know whats going on. When Richard learned that the Helius company learned he was looking into the records. Why Richard left the bar he noticed a guy acting suspicous and communicating to a car. Richard made it to his car and a car chase started.He tried to call Andrea again only to leave a message. He had a package almost ready to mail with Fedx to get proof to Andrea as back up and was able to throw into a delivery truck of another companie. Richard was able to do that without the car chasing him see. Then after his tires shot out and he was killed.
Helius has a private security that handles a lot of problems for the international company. If he needs someone to disappear or be bribed or made to look unreliable. They did what ever they had to. Their orders were to get rid of Richard Steinman and evidence of the story. They got Richard's cell phone and reciept for fedx delivery before car exploded.Read more ›
It was like watching the TV series 24. I couldn't put it down. A great read for all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cliched evil Texas oilman with private army. Some factual errors. City prosecutors handle traffic tickets and ordinance violations, not significant criminal matters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alnonymous
Too bad there are no more. Oh well, this book was well done, so author got his novel done. I don't expect any more from him.Published 4 months ago by markle
My only fault found was that I wanted more of the story. Ended before I was ready. Loved the characters, and thought the story line was great. Great readPublished 4 months ago by Shirley Farnsworth
I liked this book very very much. Great story . Great all the way through.Great ending. I will read more of his work.Published 4 months ago by DB
A compelling read that keeps you from putting the book down. Look forward to any follow up sequels. I recommend this whole heartedly.Published 4 months ago by Louise Gray