Three smashing professional reviews of “CLONING GALINDA.” A THRILLER!

Posted by jsmolders - September 21st, 2017




Top reviewers are excited about Cloning Galinda. It sounds the alarm: FRACKING is invading the EVERGLADES, Ohio can tell you what will happen In a  thriller!


“Smolders (Alone in Boca Raton, 2014, etc.) is deeply knowledgeable about the environmental dangers attached to fracking, as well as its economic and political allure. (Early on, a Doornaert lawyer tells a group of Noredge citizens: “That shale, the ‘source rock,’ sits a few thousand feet under your city. Its oil and gas have been waiting there for us for more than four hundred million years. Haven’t we tested their patience long enough?”) In addition, the author sensitively dramatizes the issues without any heavy-handed ideological posturing. The writing is lucid. Smolders keeps the plot marching at a brisk pace, and Mary emerges as a memorable heroine.

An intelligent novelization of a hot environmental issue. “



“Crisp, realistic dialogue contributes to the novel’s fast pace, breaking up and balancing the exposition, which is limited. It advances the action and effectively shows the characters’—especially Mary’s—volatile emotional reactions in the face of the juggernaut bearing down on the town.

The novel shines in its vivid depictions and clear explanations of both the environmental disruption and harm caused by hydraulic fracking, and the advanced, even amazing, technology that is used. There is even a hat-tip to the positives of fracking—low gasoline and heating oil prices not dependent on foreign producers.

Fracking’s effects on the town are convincingly written in powerful, verbal language—from the nonstop noise, light and dust, to contamination of the water supply.

Cloning Galinda is an entertaining tale that opens a fascinating window into the controversial subject of hydraulic fracking, and treats it in the compelling and dramatic fashion it deserves.”



“Although the word “cloning” suggests science fiction, Cloning Galinda is an eco-thriller with nods to the environmental concerns of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Professionally written, well-paced and topically relevant, this book offers an entertaining reading experience.

Author Jan Smolders expertly details the fracking process, and characters’ physical descriptions are often terrific (“his white, long-sleeved, expertly ironed shirt wore its starch proudly…”). With fracking as its nucleus, Cloning Galinda adroitly juggles corporate espionage, family, betrayal, romance and the greed that enlivens many a suspense story.”

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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...