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

Posted by jsmolders - September 21st, 2017

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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!

THE OPINION OF TOP REVIEWER KIRKUS

“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. “

FOREWORD CLARION’S REVIEW

 

“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.”

 

BLUEINK’S REVIEW

“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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Love the EVERGLADES? Fracking is invading them.

Posted by jsmolders - September 4th, 2017

Read the story of Galinda! “Cloning Galinda,”  my latest novel, is a thriller set in the fracking fields. Live with the population of a small town that suffers under the tyranny and shenanigans of oil giants.. This is realty-based fiction.

Blueink, a respected review of fiction says,

“…with fracking as its nucleus, Cloning Galinda adroitly juggles corporate espionage, family, betrayal, romance and the greed that enlivens many a suspense story.

Author Jan Smolders expertly details the fracking process, and characters’ physicalcover for Facebook.2014-finalist-sticker-200descriptions are often terrific (“his white, long-sleeved, expertly-ironed shirt wore its starch proudly…”).

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.

College-educated and bilingual divorcée Mary Jenkins has moved back to her hometown of Noredge, Ohio, to raise her two boys and teach school. While she’s deeply in love with her 18-month, live-in boyfriend, Joe, his dangerous job hauling the local oil company’s “dirty water” to special injection wells causes her concern. And it’s that same oil company that chooses Noredge for their next fracking site.

Dismissive of Mary’s warnings about how fracking can precipitate methane gas leaks, poisoned water and/or earthquakes, the town’s residents are easily lured by the oil company’s promise of big dollars for land-leasing contracts. And so the raping of Noredge begins.”

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Wake up, Florida! Fracking is invading the Everglades! It’s a fact.

Posted by jsmolders - August 30th, 2017

Read CLONING GALINDA, an ecothriller that describes grippingly what can happen when big oil attacks a town. “A cracking read… Bluebell Review… Not only is fracking a subject close to my heart but Jan Smolder’s cracking tale more than does justice to this one, and held my attention from start to finish. The residents of Noredge, Ohio, are largely divided into those who oppose fracking and those, whether from need or greed, accept the company, Supren’s, money in exchange for allowing the noisy and dangerous machinery to move into their properties to search for oil. Although comprising a large cast, built around Mary Jenkins (vehemently oppose to fracking), I had no difficulty in following the characters and their absorbing relationships, in the exciting twists and turns of the plot. References to Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony add a welcome cultured touch – this is a far cry from ‘red neck’ territory.
We are cleverly kept guessing as to the identity of Galinda but I found the eventual answer well worth the wait. A cracking read!!”PICT07132014-finalist-sticker-200

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Oil/gas giants ready to start FRACKING IN FLORIDA’S EVERGLADES! TRUE!

Posted by jsmolders - August 17th, 2017

Urgent action is needed to preserve nature and wildlife.

CLONING GALINDA. a gripping novel dealing with the  effects of fracking on nature and the population is available on Amazon and bookstorescover for Facebook. and highlights the turmoil and destruction fracking  can bring. Get your copy and step in to preserve our  wetlands!

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An ECO-thriller! “With fracking as its nucleus, Cloning Galinda adroitly juggles corporate espionage, family, betrayal, romance and the greed that enlivens many a suspense story.”

Posted by jsmolders - August 3rd, 2017

PICT0713BlueInk’s review: ” 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.

College-educated and bilingual divorcée Mary Jenkins has moved back to her hometown of Noredge, Ohio, to raise her two boys and teach school. While she’s deeply in love with her 18-month, live-in boyfriend, Joe, his dangerous job hauling the local oil company’s “dirty water” to special injection wells causes her concern. And it’s that same oil company that chooses Noredge for their next fracking site.

Dismissive of Mary’s warnings about how fracking can precipitate methane gas leaks, poisoned water and/or earthquakes, the town’s residents are easily lured by the oil company’s promise of big dollars for land-leasing contracts. And so the raping of Noredge begins.

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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A quarter with 2.6 percent GDP growth? So what? Obama had FOURTEEN OF THEM, at or over 2.6 %.

Posted by jsmolders - August 2nd, 2017

Let’s be happy with our recent quarter, a Trump quarter, but also put it a bit in perspective. PICT0713

Excellent Clarion review: “Cloning Galinda is an entertaining tale…

Posted by jsmolders - July 30th, 2017

that opens a fascinating window into the controversial subject of hydraulic fracking, and treats it in the compelling and dramatic fashion it deserves.”

“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.”cover for Facebook.

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Taking a 2-week break

Posted by jsmolders - July 24th, 2017

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“Cloning Galinda,” a gripping story about a hot topic. And a hot read!

Posted by jsmolders - July 21st, 2017

This thriller gets great comments on Amazon and from professional reviewers such as Kirkus. It shines a light on the inner workings of the fracking industry and on the impact on the towns and cities it operates in. Heart wrenching events force villagers into drastic action and into uniting against powerful corporate mastodons. Fight with the citizens! Live the story of heroine Mary!cover for Facebook.

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Fracking coming to Florida? Really? Read Cloning Galinda,

Posted by jsmolders - July 15th, 2017

a novel about the turmoil experienced in a small Ohio town. Top reviewer Kirkus  calls it

“An intelligent novelization of a hot environmental issue.”  A gripping story, with endearing heroes.

Get it from Amazon or other websites, or via your bookstore.PICT0713.

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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...