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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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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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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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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...