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Prelude Paperback – November 10, 2010
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Cobb does a good job of the writing with snappy pacing and plotting; his descriptions giving immediacy to places and people. --The Huffington Post, Kelpie Wilson, February 11, 2011
A Grisham-esque tale of suspense and intrigue...I highly recommend Prelude for its engaging story and richly developed portrait of the peak oil issue. --Energy Bulletin, Frank Kaminski, January 9, 2011
Kept me unable to put the book down till finished. Read Prelude because it's a good read. The message is a bonus.... --Dry Dipstick, Mick Winter, December 31, 2010
If you know someone -- a friend or family member -- who enjoys political thrillers but doesn't yet know about peak oil, then Prelude is the book for them. --Transition Voice, Erik Curren, December 1, 2010
About the Author
When he's not bicycling, baking pies and acting as a masseuse and doorman for his cat, Kurt Cobb writes about energy and the environment on his blog, Resource Insights, and as a columnist for the Paris-based science news site, Scitizen. He's a former newspaper reporter and ad man and a sometimes media consultant to political campaigns. He cooks Indian food himself and goes out for Thai. His specialty is pesto. All of which explains why the characters in his novel, Prelude, spend a lot of time at nice restaurants.
Top Customer Reviews
People read a lot of novels, so maybe a novel is a better way of doing it. Jim Kunstler tried it first with "World Made by Hand". However, he described a post-apocalypse world in which Route NY 29 was a dirt road, electricity was on only 30 minutes each day, and so forth. People can't relate to this because such a doomsday world is not their world. I couldn't. So far I have read only two chapters.
Now comes Kurt Cobb with his novel "Prelude". The world he describes is pretty much as we were living it, in the year 2008. There were Metros, limos, cars, and all the comforts of modern life, including fancy restaurants. The story is about an oil analyst named, probably alludingly, Cassandra. As she lives her life, I can see many things in common with my life - working in a cubicle doing analysis, having dates with the opposite sex, enjoying summer evenings, and so forth. It is something we can relate to. I can relate to it; I have already read the complete book.Read more ›
I thought it curious that there was zero attempt at connecting any of this to atmospheric CO2 build up from our use of oil (and other fossil fuels) and resulting climate change(CC) and how each affects the other. My understanding is peak oil will come too late to help avoid catastrophic CC but just in time to help CC crash civilization. The author, based on reading posts by him elsewhere, seems to be informed in this area - why I expected subject to be addressed.
I've also been a long time reader of Cobb's intelligent and meticulously researched blog, Resource Insights. Every time I log on, I learn something new and find myself yet again rethinking how I use energy. Now, Cobb has put his research and insights into a novel, calling it fiction, yet this story of intrigue and espionage is based on what he has learned about how we use energy.
Prelude is a story about Cassie Young during 2008, employed at an important Washington D.C. energy consulting firm. Her firm is forever making announcements about how deep go our energy reserves, but then Cassie discovers a report hidden from public scrutiny. The report reveals a looming energy crisis based on manipulated figures by major world oil exporters, and the crisis is not at all at a comfortable distance. Peak oil is a reality to which society is turning a willfully blind eye. After all, we live in a world where oil is our lifeblood, and if we should run out of this limited resource, the world as we know it would come to a screeching halt.
The fast-paced story takes Cassie to Canada to take a closer look at tar sands, about which we are hearing today as another resource for oil. She meets Victor Chernov, a former oil trader, who reveals yet more damaging data to her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rather enjoyed the story about Cassie, Paul and Victor, even though they barely rise beyond being stick figures designed to drive the plot. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jack B. Rochester
This is a good book. If you are not familiar with the concept of Peak Oil and all the ramifications of it, this is an excellent introduction. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Richard Martin
Prelude is the only book I've read that I missed reading after I was finished. I wanted to read more even after knowing the conclusion! Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Shelly Sulser
Yes, this is a rather good yarn, with a message woven into the story.
Having read about peak oil for 5 years I was already familiar with the message, but Cobb's skills... Read more