I read it thrice. CLONING GALINDA. An excellent review on Amazon.

Posted by jsmolders - February 10th, 2018

I’ve read this book three times on my iPad. Thrice, because it’s so enticing, enthralling and exciting in its description of the events and the participants.

The subject matter of your this book was really touching in the way human lives were affected directly and indirectly with fracking activities in their innocent, harmless localities. Smolders has spun the web of thrill in a most enticing manner, not giving any clue as to which way the anti-climax and the climax would end……..a soft landing or a hard landing……….until the last moments of the novel. The author has really come a long way in developing his mode of expression, description and his control over the syntax. Interesting that he’s begun to delve a bit into describing human intimateness and the sensitivities of human relationships…….which are aplenty in the book.
The book sends one to recall the Hollywood film titled “Erin Brockovich” where a single mother successfully fights against the mafia of industrialists who let their chemicals flow into the waters meant for consumption of the general public…..and ultimately wins the legal battle.

Outstanding in the book is the manner in which the author Jan Smolders has grown up into reading into the psyche of the characters in the book, especially the inhabitants of the Noredge village with the maturity of any qualified psychologist. He has captured the fact that lure of mammon can weaken humans at any time. And it’s abundantly underlined by the reactions of most inhabitants who “sign in”. Mike Doyle, with his shadowy past, continues to throw dust into the people’s eyes, so long as he can by cheating and aggressively misleading and falsely blaming innocent people, only to save his own skin, which, ultimately, he cannot and vanishes, totally unsung, from the stage. Only the steadfast like Mary Jenkins, a widow with two small kids and no dependable financial means, can survive. Also, perhaps only because of the rock-solid support of her boyfriend Joe Bertolo, who rises from the turbulence like Hercules. Not to forget the unstinted and selfless support of Frank in Maria Jenkin’s campaign.
I did read it thrice.cover for Facebook.

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Good news from “good old” Europe!

Posted by jsmolders - January 30th, 2018

“Economic growth in the 19 countries that use the euro currency was 2.5% in 2017, according to official data published Tuesday. Growth in the 28-member European Union also reached 2.5% last year.

It’s the best period of growth for both groupings since 2007, putting Europe just ahead of the 2.3% expansion posted by the U.S. in 2017.”PICT0713

Killing the solar industry for the Koch Brothers.

Posted by jsmolders - January 24th, 2018

Trump imposed 30% import tariffs on Chinese solar panels. China is the technical leader in the field. US solar companies import 95 % of their panels.PICT0053  Another blow to progress….. Of the 250 000 people employed in solar, only 2000 are involved in panel manufacturing.

43 % of African immigrants into the USA

Posted by jsmolders - January 12th, 2018

have US bachelor (“university,” for Europeans) degrees. For the average USA population it’s 33%.PICT0713

Drill baby, drill! There go the Everglades, sacrificed on the altar of the oil gods.

Posted by jsmolders - January 10th, 2018

The precious Florida treasure, its Everglades sanctuary, risks ruin by oil giants who have no concern about the violation of natural beauty and its inhabitants. “Cloning Galinda,” my latest novel, describes heart wrenching situations brought on by the oil and gas industry in Ohio. It’s a gripping novel, not a technical essay, a story that will keep you reading and reading, and rooting for the heroine who saves her town from the greed of corporations. Jan Smolderscover for Facebook.

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US job creation

Posted by jsmolders - January 5th, 2018

The United States created 2.0 million new jobs in 2017. Here’s a comparison  with previous years: new jobs: 2014: 3.0 million; 2015: 2.7 million; 2016: 2.2 million.


Season’s Greetings!

Posted by jsmolders - December 22nd, 2017

Your world,

May you detect goodness in its words or gestures kind or harsh
May it open your eyes for the silver lining on dark clouds
May it melt your heart when you feel generosity
May you give it more love than you think you owe it

May it be your friend

Macron leads the way, the world unites, Trump left behind. “Cloning Galinda” explains why.

Posted by jsmolders - December 12th, 2017

The story of Cloning Galinda,  a thriller called “gripping  and intelligent” by top reviewers as Clarion and Kirkus, tells the story of an Ohio town that grapples with oil and fracking giants who overwhelm the locals with their power and bring them one human disaster after another. The town fights back! CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHTERS IN ACTION! Trump was disinvited from the world gathering now taking place in Paris. Let’s hope he gets smart and joins the world again soon. RPicture 1 from Peter for blog Image-1(1)ead the “why” in Cloning Galinda.

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Searanch Club of Boca: “Cloning Galinda” will be presented

Posted by jsmolders - December 9th, 2017

on Thursday Dec 14 at 11 am in the Harbor Room of the D building. WELCOME!cover for Facebook.

Join us for a lively discussion of a hot topic,  FRACKING. Cloning Galinda shines a bright light on murky situations in the oil and gas world.


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Fracking? Paris accord or none? “Cloning Galinda” rips the veil

Posted by jsmolders - November 23rd, 2017

…off the good and the bad fracking offers. Revered or reviled, fracking is part of our life. Cloning Galinda tells us vividly how  some profit and some suffer. Some shrug their shoulders. Not the heroine of this thriller,  Mary Jenkins, who risks it all to protect her family. “A gripping story.”

Mystery and suspense!

The book is available on Amazon  and other websites  or via your bookstore, in paperback and e-book.Picture 1 from Peter for blog Image-1(1)

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Jan Smolders, author of Viral Games, The Convenient Fund and The Bridge of Whispers carries Belgian and USA passports, has lived in Belgium, Japan and Singapore, and resides in Florida. Read More...