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review 2017-09-14 19:36
The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking,... The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown - Blaire Briody

Briody's book documents the rise (and fall) of America's latest "gold rush", fracking. The newfound ability to unlock formerly unattainable (financially and technically) oil reserves. She does this through telling the story of the Bakken oil field in North Dakota. The perfect place to explore this new technology, a relatively poor, unpopulated, and somewhat isolated area of the country. A place that really needed the financial gains that would be provided by the business. A place that wouldn't be readily under the eye of environmentalists or conservationists. A place where it seems a little money spread around would appease any government officials who grew concerned about the effects on the environment.
Briody explains the reasons why the newest "gold rush" was welcome. They are eerily similar to former get rich quick schemes in our past. Following the economic problems created by the housing collapse, there were a lot of "blue collar" workers who found themselves out of work, unable to find new jobs, or to afford the homes they were living in. As she points out, "manufacturing lost 6 million jobs between 2000 and 2009, and the construction industry shed another 2 million during the recession...the oil and gas industry, particularly in western North Dakota, emerged as a shining mecca". A large migration of these people began to the North Dakota oil field.
In her book, the author concentrates on the Williston, ND, area. Part of my territory in my career had been spent covering North Dakota. The Williston area, while having wonderful people living there, was not a booming metropolis. It was ill prepared for a large influx of people, most of whom were young men. It did not have housing, shopping, roads, hospitals, sanitation facilities, etc, etc, for an overnight influx of people. Yet, suddenly, there they were. Men were forced to live in camping trailers, tents, or worse. Suddenly confronted with a group of young men with no outlets for "recreation", Williston found itself inundated with strip joints, bars, drug use, and prostitution. Locals found themselves forced out of their housing because of astronomically rising rents. The author discovered that statewide, homicides were at the highest level in 20 years. Rapes were at the highest level in 10 years. Drug related arrests were up 64 percent since 2002. And alcohol was a factor in more than half of the deadly traffic accidents in the state in 2012.
Yet, the social impacts were not the worst of the problems Williston found itself facing. Environmentally, fracking was destroying the area. Oil and chemical spills abounded. Water quality went downhill. And no one was acting to protect the environment. As the author pointed out, "Back in 2005, when fracking for natural gas was growing rapidly, the Bush-Cheney administration passed a bill that exempted fracking operations from the Safe Drinking Water Act". Contracts were structured so that if any accidents happened on site, the big oil companies were insulated so that small companies were stuck with any fines or legal proceedings. State agencies, responsible for enforcing rules regarding spills and other violations, dropped the ball. In a three year period, the state issued fewer than 50 fines for all drilling violations, including thousands of spills. And the Federal Government was hamstrung. The EPA could only investigate spills on federal lands, it had to refer incidents on private property to the (nonexistant) state regulators.
As with all get-rich-quick schemes, eventually the boom crashed. Oil prices plummeted. By 2016, the price per barrel of oil was under $35, down from the peak of $145 eight years earlier. Some 10,000 jobs were cut over 2015 in North Dakota. For the most part, thousands of blue-collar workers were back where they started, struggling to survive.
The author pointed out an interesting side-note. "The worry and uncertainty oil workers felt during this time coincided with the rise of Donald Trump's popularity during the 2016 election. Trump campaigned heavily in oil patch regions and tapped into people's anger. He blamed the struggling oil industry on President Obama's regulatory policies and promised to use his business prowess to unleash a U.S. energy revolution". (Yeah, how's that working out for you?)
Please don't get the impression that this is a book filled with facts and figures. The author illustrates the issues by concentrating heavily on characters she meets in the oil fields. Middle-class people working in the area. She explores the effects of working the industry has on these people, their families, and their friends. She covers a 50-ish woman working the area, an alcoholic drifter, a young family man and his family, and a priest, amongst others.
If I had one issue with the book, it is that I wish Briody would have covered a larger segment of people in the area. Perhaps some people actually involved in the oil industry (above the common working people). Maybe some more of the people who were from the area prior to the boom, and their feelings and experiences. Some of the state representatives, and explored their opinions. I think the book would have been much better if the author had explored a wider range of characters.

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text 2017-09-11 20:02
**COVER REVEAL** THE REBELS OF GOLD BY ELISE KOVA!
The Rebels of Gold (Loom Saga) - Elise Kova

 

 

  I am so excited to share the cover reveal for The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova! I am dying to get my hands on this book, and I promise you this cover is just as stunning as the others!

 

 

Title: The Rebels of Gold

 

Series: The Loom Saga (Book Three) – Final book!

 

Release Date: December 5, 2017

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34503713-the-rebels-of-gold

 

 

 

The Cover:

 

 

 

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Cover illustration by Nick D. Grey

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

 

A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

 

 

This is the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, THE REBELS OF GOLD will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.

 

 

 

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Preorder Links:

 

 

Pre-order THE REBELS OF GOLD from:



AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY |
BOOKS A MILLION |

(more pre-order locations to come)

 

As if you need any further incentive to pre-order this gem…but lucky for you there is!

 

 

 

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Preorder Swag:

 

For those who preorder THE REBELS OF GOLD, they can get exclusive swag for submitting their preorder. More info here: http://elisekova.com/pre-order/

 

 

 

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If you haven’t started The Loom Saga yet, now is the perfect time to start before Rebels of Gold is here!

 

 

 

Books in the Loom Saga:

 

THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM

THE DRAGONS OF NOVA

THE REBELS OF GOLD

 

 

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THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM is on Sale!

 

To celebrate the final book in the Loom Saga, the first book, THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, is on sale! The eBook is on sale for $3.99 (regular price – $6.99).

 

 

 

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE |
IBOOKS | KOBO | GOOGLE PLAY |

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review 2017-09-10 22:01
Rekindled Lovers
Rekindled Lovers (Undisclosed Desire Book 4) - Falon Gold

Title: Rekindled Lovers

Author:  Falon Gold

Publisher: Nayberry Publications 

 

Series:  Undisclosed Desire Book

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean 

 

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Rekindled Lovers" by Falon Gold

 

My Thoughts....

 

Interesting good novella about how a couple gets back a lost love after ten years as it was for Tommy and Katara in this 'hot steamy romantic read.'  I found this story a sweet read and definitely one hilarious one too.

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review 2017-09-06 16:39
Will miss this very enjoyable series
Dragon Gold: A Tale Untold (The Dragonlords of Xandakar Book 5) - Macy Babineaux

This is the end of the Dragonlords. Or is it? Evil is winning and hope is lost. But there may be a way. I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and had to wait until now to see how it ends. Hope comes in a wolf form along with a man who does not know of his heritage. Fiora and Austin make an interesting pairing because of their differences, but together they are strong. It just takes them a while to get there. I recommend this story and series.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-08-31 12:19
Book Review - City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold (Matthew Connor Adventure Series Book 1)
City of Gold (Matthew Connor Adventure Series) - Carolyn Arnold

This book has everything, kidnap, murder, police investigation and the hunt for lost treasure.  A real page turner full of thrills and emotion with excellent descriptive writing and characters that jump out of the pages and come to life.

 

The story takes us on a rip roaring roller coaster of a ride through the jungle to find a hidden city of gold in order to save his girlfriend from a kidnapper.  A lot of research has obviously gone into this novel, I feel the story is a cross between the Indiana Jones stories and the old Tarzan adventures with a mythological creature and old fashioned defence mechanisms thrown in. 

 

The chapters are small and the story flows smoothly.  I think each reader will pick out their favourite character and will want them to succeed.

 

A riveting read for all adventures lovers who have an interest in history.  I enjoyed this book along with the authors other novels and anyone who likes adventure mystery and suspense will enjoy it too.

 

https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/book-review-city-of-gold-by-carolyn.html

 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/book-review-city-of-gold-by-carolyn.html
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