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The Everglades VIOLATED

Posted by jsmolders - June 13th, 2018

Florida’s most precious  treasure, the 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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Drill baby, drill! There go the Everglades, sacrificed on the altar of the oil gods.

Posted by jsmolders - June 13th, 2018

Florida’s most precious  treasure, the 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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Our planet threatened. Cloning Galinda, gripping thriller, offers the facts…

Posted by jsmolders - May 18th, 2018

…and shows us how to fight back. Ride the roller coaster of successes and setbacks, triumphs and disappointments with Mary, a single mother and teacher who sees her town and her life threatened by oil giants forcing fracking into her community. Savor her victory! Read Cloning Galinda!

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“There’s no Planet 2…” The President (Macron that is) had it right, and CLONING GALINDA as well.

Posted by jsmolders - April 30th, 2018

=Cloning Galinda, is , according to  top reviewer Kirkus, an “intelligent novelization of a hot topic.”  The thriller takes you on a dramatic ride through the landscape of fracking and the tactics and  the maze of manoeuvres of oil giants preying on unsuspecting  citizens. In a little Ohio town a single mother and teacher  puts up a heroic fight for the well-being of her family against the encroachment of a major fracking company. She risks it all to save lives. Take the ride with her! One victory at  a time for those who care about the future of our planet, just like the president. Macron that is. 

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I sent a copy to SCOTT PRUITT of CLONING GALINDA because

Posted by jsmolders - April 19th, 2018

he might (or might not) want to read what his kind of policies will do to the environment and the folks who have to live in it. Cloning Galinda, a thriller called “an intelligent novelization of a hot topic” by top-rated reviewer Kirkus, describes the fight of simple town folks agains giants of the oil industry. It’s a gripping tale set against a dramatic background of corporate greed at the expense of the population.  The reviews are excellent and can be found on the websites of Kirkus, Clarion and BlueInk.

Get your copy at Amazon. Scott Pruitt has his.cover for Facebook.

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Cloning Galinda, “an intelligent novelization of a hot topic.” (Kirkus)

Posted by jsmolders - April 19th, 2018

EPA administrators might (or might not) want to read what theircover for Facebook.kind of policies will do to the environment and the folks who have to live in it. Cloning Galinda, a thriller called “an intelligent novelization of a hot topic” by top-rated reviewer Kirkus, describes the fight of simple town folks agains giants of the oil industry. It’s a gripping tale set against a dramatic background of corporate greed at the expense of the population.  The reviews are excellent and can be found on the websites of Kirkus, Clarion and BlueInk.

Get your copy at Amazon. EPA folks have theirs.

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Your town or city could be next! Even if you live near the Everglades. Cloning Galinda tells the gripping story.

Posted by jsmolders - March 27th, 2018

When oil giants come to town a few landowners get rich but their neighbors, fellow citizens, suffer the consequences of pollution, traffic congestion, social disruption and sometimes violent  disagreements between citizens.

Cloning Galinda brings you the heroic voyage of a small Ohio town teacher resisting the brute powers. She risks her livelihood,  her family, her life. Cloning Galinda is a thriller that will keep you turning the pages till the end. And makes you think about our planet.PICT0053

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Battling fracking giants battling suffocate small Ohio town. CLONING GALINDA. Floridians, wake up!

Posted by jsmolders - March 1st, 2018

Innocent villagers are the victims of a fight for superiority between two oil and gas giants.  Small landowners have to choose between fracking fees and royalties, and their way of life.  This is a story of a village that was triumphant, after heavy suffering. Cloning Galinda is a much-heralded thriller, a romantic novel set against the cruel background of corporate exploitation and greed. Join Mary and Joe,  the simple heroes of this epic battle. And enjoy their triumph.

Florida, wake up. Drilling has started in the Everglades!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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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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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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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...