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The Alex Cave Series. Book 1. Dead Energy (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

James M Corkill

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When his wife was murdered during a mission, Alex Cave quit the CIA for a less stressful life as a geology instructor. ‘Let someone else save the world from the bad people.’ At least, that was his plan.

While on vacation sailing the waters of the Puget Sound, he sees a brilliant flash of light from an oil tanker. He changes course to help and discovers there was no explosion and no one onboard. The next morning the crew is found frozen on a mountain, hundreds of miles inland. Even more unsettling, the tanker left Alaska with a full load of heavy crude oil, but the empty storage tanks are as clean as the day they were built.

When Oil supplies mysteriously start to vanish without a trace, he realizes he must shake off his depression, find whoever is responsible, and use any means necessary to stop them.

The investigation leads him to the remnants of a spacecraft at Groom Lake, and the only clue is a dollar size crystal, which appears to be alive.

Can Alex find a solution for this dire situation? Scroll up and grab your copy today!

Biographie de l'auteur

James M. Corkill is a Veteran and retired Federal Firefighter from Washington State, USA. He was an electronic technician and studied mechanical engineering before eventually becoming a firefighter and retiring. He began writing in 1997, and was fortunate to meet a famous horror writer named Hugh B. Cave, who became his mentor. In 2002, he self-published a dozen copies of Dead Energy, just so his wife could see his book before she was taken by cancer. When his soul mate was gone, he stopped writing and began drinking heavily until 2013, when he met a stranger who recognized his name and had enjoyed an old copy of Dead Energy. When the stranger encouraged him to start writing again, he realized this chance meeting was just what he needed to hear at the right moment, and he quit drinking and began the rewrite of Dead Energy into The Alex Cave Series. He is now an award-winning author. His favorite television programs are the Science, History, and Discovery Channels. He subscribes to several science magazines, and he does extensive research for each of his stories to keep them as accurate and believable as possible.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 378 pages
  • Editeur : James M. Corkill; Édition : 10 (21 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Dead Energy, a multitude of stories. 31 août 2014
Par Keats - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This story started out pretty good but as it progressed it morphed into a story about the militia and really bad guys..
It was suppose to deal with strange events involving oil and the main character a former CIA agent turned college professor was the man to solve the mystery of how the oil was being taken and converted to water. He flies back and forth from Alaska and Montana to D.C. in a flash and meets with the leaders of the government including the president and then it all kind of changes to a story about him and his tag along friends searching the forests of Idaho for a downed private plane. This twin engine plane, in need of a routine 100 hour check has a sudden failure of not one but both engines due to maintenance issues and crashes. Yea right ..
Along comes the militia with a very bad man and our hero saves everyone in the camp. Then to add to this story, a drive to Area 51 happens and sure enough there's the flying saucers. Everyone in the caravan is privy to the best kept secret in U.S. history and they are invited aboard the saucer. Now to top that, the main evil character in the story that's behind the oil disappearances has a flying saucer of his own and a battle between the saucers happens over the desert. So where did he get the saucer? Who knows. It's never addressed. I believe that the author got started on the book and wrote what ever happened to pop into his head at the moment. Too many different stories all happening at the same time without explanations. Where did the magic crystals come from? Who exactly are the evil preacher's followers? What was the end result desired?
Naturally this is all just my humble opinion and is not meant to diminish the authors writing ability or style.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good start to a series, but not without a few problems. 27 novembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Not to re-write some of what was already said in previous reviews, I will just give a shortened "my take" version. I agree that the story was interesting and does have me wondering what next, yet I also agree that the merging of the story lines (minister, hero, survivalists) are not well merged. The majority of the book was technically correct, but in the last chapter there were quite a few typographic errors as if it was rushed like the wrap up of the story itself. I had a hard time thinking that all of a sudden one of the heroes would end up with a formerly bad guy (now good in comparison to the monster he created) and that the perpetrators of all this mayhem would team up with the good guys -- and the US Government -- to come to a happy partnership. Still the good in this book outweighs the flaws and I will be on board to read the next installment to see how the US can repair itself and utilize the alien energy.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I am some-what ambivalent. 26 novembre 2013
Par Peter Eerden - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Here is an author who actually sets out to excite and create an action packed thriller and his book has all of these elements. The trouble I have is that the good guys are well fleshed out and believable but the bad guys and gals are monochrome versions by comparison. It is almost as if two books were written at very different times and poorly merged.
I enjoyed sections of the book and glossed over the bland aspects of the villains initially but when the insipid, frightened, dangerous leader of a radical army group ends up with all forgiven and gets one of the heroines I felt the wheels start to fall off
The morality mores of the army and its predilection for cruelty and prostitution as a means for survival are quickly forgotten in the rush to move the story line along.
There was a kind of stuttering prose going on that jarred as one particular young character went from idolizing to doubting and then idolizing again as in a faucet turning off and on.

The love interest plots were bland as though taken directly from a censored Mills and Boon novel. If you are going to delve into relationships and their outcomes then you need to do some serious re-working for the next offering.

This may all sound negative but I am keen to show that the story line is actually good and has a lot going for it. Editorial oversight would have greatly enhanced the end product and given this review a very different conclusion.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 DEAD ENERGY NOT SO DEAD 27 janvier 2014
Par Frits van Scheepen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
James Corkill initially wrote his first novel Dead Energy in 1986, but it was not until fairly recently that his book was published after a number of revisions and a lot of encouragement. Yes, it takes a lot of research, hard work and persistence to write a book these days. The general public is now much more educated and can be very critical of authors who fail to do research in relation to the subject that they write about. James has succeeded in writing a gripping adventure set in the very near future. Alex Cave is a professor at the University of Montana and specialises in geology and geophysics. He also is a special advisor to the Director of National Security. Add to this that he is an ex-CIA agent and you know that Alex is not an ordinary guy. I am not going to give away a lot about Dead Energy but Alex is called upon to resolve the mysterious disappearance of crude oil onboard tankers together with their crews. A crystal left in the hull of one of the tankers is the only likely clue but the solution does not come quickly or easily. Slowly it becomes clear that there may be alien technology involved and a plot to cause world wide mayhem. Who is behind all this and why? What is clear is that civilization rapidly breaks down and people form groups to survive. One such group is the Army of Survivalist where individuals increasingly are being held against their will. Their leader Everex kills without compunction and eventually crosses paths with Alex. The author has brilliantly depicted the consequences of crude oil no longer being available and many people will do anything to survive. The end of the story is very exciting with alien craft involved. If you like high adventure where people show both the best and worst in their natures, you cannot go wrong with this book
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great sci-fi techno thriller 20 mars 2014
Par vanksed - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book in my opinion is best described as a sci-fi techno thriller. But whatever else it is, this gripping story unfolds into a true science fiction yarn.

From the outset I set about reviewing the story… rather than making comments about the grammar or writing style. I will leave that to more qualified individuals.

A rich quasi-religious sect the Mennonite becomes pretentiously involved in dangerous environmental matters. The sect is led by Menno Simons a belligerent madman, who as the saga unfolds proves to be more than he originally seemed.
Using hitherto unknown technologies the sect makes a serious and very nearly successful attempt to eliminate the global supply of crude oil. Society quickly breaks down and in the oncoming struggle to survive the US fared worse than most. Small militia groups made up mostly of mercenaries and the worse criminal elements started to flourish and hold sway over their own geographical areas. One group in particular the Army of Survival (AOS) is featured in an interesting fall from grace where the egotistical and wicked were slowly replaced by the fanatical and evil. Murder and theft is commonplace, women are forced into prostitution, and children betray their families.

Through it all the protagonist Alex Cave remains true to his belief that society can be saved. Cave proved a likeable hero and a thoroughly believable character.

That takes us to the final chapters where the twist is what I think changed the story from a techno thriller into pure science fiction. I don’t want to go into this much because I have no wish to spoil the book by revealing the ending. Save to say, that I think at this point in the novel the writer dreadfully underplayed the main characters emotional response to the discovery of a vile creature who for whatever insane reasons had caused the almost total breakdown of society and the deaths of countless numbers of people. I would have liked a whirlpool emotion culminating in an unholy cry for revenge.

Even though the villain eventually paid the ultimate price for his diabolical crimes I felt his excuse that the need to save the planet by forcing it technologically backwards, introducing his new tyrannical government, and then in the long run offering a controlled source of new cleaner energy was in part accepted. I may be wrong but it seemed the characters were prepared to accept the argument… that the end justifies the means. The leading characters seemed to take the attitude that what’s done is done and that in these extreme circumstances natural justice should be suspended in favour of cooperation from the surviving villain.
That said, it all made for a very thought provoking story.

I enjoyed the yarn and will definitely read other work by this talented storyteller.
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