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Orinoco by [Pollock, Dan]
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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.

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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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  • File Size: 1240 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
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  • Publisher: Tusitala Press (December 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUJ19QC
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By Mr. C. Hurren on 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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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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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 make me like this book. The characters were rather one-dimensional, and it was just much too long. Slow going. I wanted to give it up many times, but just kept on slogging through until the end. I take no joy in giving bad reviews, but I felt it necessary in this instance. My apologies to the author.
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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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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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