- Taschenbuch: 326 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22. Mai 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1480082260
- ISBN-13: 978-1480082267
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,9 x 20,3 cm
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Diamond Fields (Trace Brandon) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. Mai 2013
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RANDALL RENEAU worked as a professional geologist in the U.S., Mexico, and West Africa until his retirement in 2010. His first novel, Deadly Lode, won the Richard Boes Award for best debut novel. Diamond Fields is his second “Trace Brandon” novel. Mr. Reneau served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and Cambodia. He lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.
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Trace Brandon is a geologist whose successful endeavors have led to a very profitable partnership that includes Cyrus McSweeny, a prominent and wealthy businessman. He is vacationing in McSweeney's Cayman Island home with the love of his life when he gets a call from Cyrus to come back and decide what to do about mining for rare `green diamonds' in Liberia. He returns, they decide to invest a quarter million each and Trace, along with the third associate, Will Coffee, a lawyer, leave to put the plan in motion. They meet with Napoleon Johnson, the Minister of Mines, who introduces them to President Flomo Abdullai who, according to the Minister is an uneducated but cunning man who "keeps his friends close but enemies closer" and is a sadistic killer. Flomo, for a sizeable percentage, allows them to begin their mining operation. The operation begins and the story progresses in an increasingly involved manner. A number of new and interesting characters are introduced, a `coup' is initiated, the President requires funds for arms and threatens, then confiscates the diamonds they have harvested. They have hidden more and better stones, however, and decide they must find a way out. Other acts of duplicity become rampant, even more dangerous situations evolve for the miners and there even is a bit of love interest inserted to add to the tension. Most interestingly, the story and all of the involved action is very credible.
In summary, the author has provided a very credible, involved thriller that is a real `page-turner'. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
Reneau, as his biographical data informs us, `has been a professional geologist since 1974. He holds a BA in Geology from Central Washington University. He spent nearly twenty years in uranium exploration, followed by three years in Liberia, West Africa exploring for diamonds and gold. After the outbreak of civil war in Liberia, Mr. Reneau managed a gold exploration project in Mali, West Africa. He later managed silver and copper exploration projects in Mexico. In 2004, he co-founded Uranium Energy Corporation. In 2006, he co-founded Strategic American Oil (now Duma Energy) Corporation. Mr. Reneau served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Cambodia and was awarded a Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals. He lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.' Now with mining experiences in Liberia, Mali, Mexico and the US and wartime experiences in Vietnam and Cambodia it is no wonder that he is able to weave such a mesmerizing tale about greed, the mining industry, attempts at extortion and make it so personal that we become completely involved.
Reneau has created a character in Trace Brandon as raw and heroic as the types from Ian Fleming's James Bond to James Patterson's Alex Cross or Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. The difference is that Trace Brandon is a geologist who travels the world in experiences that combine mining and public companies. This is the third Trace Brandon book this reviewer has read, and appreciation what Reneau has accomplished just grows with each new book - he has created a character so credible by now e seems a colleague or old friend. The synopsis of the plot is well distilled by the author: Geologist Trace Brandon has traded mining in Washington State for the sunshine and warm waters of the Cayman Islands. For the past year, his only encounters with crooks have been social, and no one has tried to kill him. But a phone call from Cyrus "the Virus" McSweeny lures Trace into a dangerous new mining project. This time the query is West African alluvial diamonds: rare and extremely valuable...green diamonds. In the steamy backwater city of Monrovia, Trace and his partner, Will Coffee, team up with expat mining engineer Gordon Watson and an Idaho potato-farmer-turned-diamond-miner known as the "Mormon." Together, they will make an extraordinary find--what miners call a "First Water Stone." When rebels attempt a coup, Trace and his partners are caught up in violence and treachery that threaten to engulf them all.'
Any reader who can resist this quality of writing, especially as rich in learning intricacies about the mining industry, simply isn't ready for intrigue on this level. Reneau is well on his way to the top. Grady Harp, December 14
--------- Darden North
The only thing that was a bit irritating was the multiple references to book one (without explanation) at the beginning of the book. The story can definitely stand on its own, so I'm not sure why the repeated references at the beginning that make it seem like you'd have to read the first book to know what's going on. This could be fixed easily by either removing them or giving just a tiny bit of backstory.
The author manages to keep the suspense and action coming right to the very end, making for a good read that holds your interest, while also giving the reader a bit of an education about diamond mining.
The characters of the "president for life" and his would-be replacement were interesting and entertaining, as were the various political officials.
The main character, Trace, and his collection of partners are both colorful and believable when they "get down to business" at the climax of the action.
If you enjoy lots of action and suspense with a colorful cast of characters, then this book might be the one for you.