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Stop the destruction! “Cloning Galinda” : a village torn to shreds by giant oil companies

Posted by jsmolders - November 4th, 2017

now shamelessly  attacking the Everglades.  Fight with the he villagers of Noredge, Ohio, the fight for their rights to a decent life that greed is threatening. Encourage them, sympathize with them in this thriller that will grip your heart.  Cloning Galinda has met with praise from top reviewers. Join the Sierra Club in their battle for our planet.PICT0053

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Cloning Galinda, the story of a young mother and teacher

Posted by jsmolders - October 27th, 2017

who confronts a big oil giant bound on ruining her town with its fracking techniques.

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Cloning Galinda is a mystery novel that drills deep into the bowels of the successful and controversial fracking (hydraulic fracturing) industry. The scene is set in Northern Ohio, in 2012. The thriller shares the gripping tale of a concerned single mother’s journey to the truth after a fracking company causes a monumental environmental disaster in her town while fighting fiercely, using all means, for its share of the lucrative market.

The novel packs suspense till the last page. It also may engender controversy.”

It can be found on Amazon and on many other websites, or obtained via your bookstore.

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

Posted by jsmolders - October 23rd, 2017

2014-finalist-sticker-200…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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Do we let fracking destroy the EVERGLADES? “Cloning Galinda”

Posted by jsmolders - October 9th, 2017

will tell you in a gripping story the harrowing consequences fracking van have. The scene is set in Northern Ohio. cover for Facebook.

It is 2012 when fracking comes to the fourteen thousand citizens of Noredge, Ohio.

While some landowners sign lucrative leasing agreements with the oil and gas company, Doornaert, others rebel.

Mary Jenkins is single mother who refuses to sign a leasing contract, despite the fact that her live-in boyfriend, Joe Bertolo, works for Doornaert as a tanker driver who transports untreatable water.

Just as Doornaert is taken over by Supren in a fierce battle with a competitor, Joe’s truck flips over and causes serious injuries and an enormous environmental spill in a nearby city. After Supren manager, Mike Doyle, heads the cleanup and subsequent drilling, methane gas is discovered in Noredge’s drinking water and paralyzes the town. How did this happen?

As Mary risks her personal and financial future and teams with a former Doornaert engineer to find answers, Doyle begins casting wild, confusing accusations that lead Mary and the engineer to make a shocking discovery that changes everything.

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Fracking? Paris accord or none? Cloning Galinda rips the veil off

Posted by jsmolders - October 5th, 2017

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… 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!

Book available in paperback and e-version, on Amazon and many other websites, as well as via your local bookstore.

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria….. Climate change a hoax? Big oil wants you

Posted by jsmolders - September 30th, 2017

to believe it  as it forces  fracking down the throats of unsuspecting townspeople  whose life may be destroyed by fracking wells. Read the gripping story of Mary Jenkins in a new thriller, “Cloning Galinda.”

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Foreword Clarion, a top reviewer of fictions rates this novel highly. “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.”

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Big oil against a little town: top rated thriller “Cloning Galinda.”

Posted by jsmolders - September 26th, 2017

cover for Facebook.

Cloning Galinda is a mystery novel that drills deep into the bowels of the successful and controversial fracking (hydraulic fracturing) industry. The scene is set in Northern Ohio, in 2012. The thriller shares the gripping tale of a concerned single mother’s journey to the truth after a fracking company causes a monumental environmental disaster in her town while fighting fiercely, using all means, for its share of the lucrative market.

The novel packs suspense till the last page. It also may engender controversy.”

It can be found on Amazon and on many other websites, or obtained via your bookstore.

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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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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...