Fletcher and Hollis are two competent yet unremarkable men working for an oilfield service company in south Texas when they quite inadvertently stumble upon an alternative energy discovery powerful enough to threaten the international oil and gas industry. They instinctively know it has the potential to change the world, make them wealthy beyond their dreams, and perhaps create a dangerous economic upheaval. Uncertain as to the best course of action, they struggle with a plan and ultimately reveal the discovery to three logical and viable purchasers. The responses are unexpected and decidedly hostile . . . spectacularly more brutal than they had remotely considered or were prepared to handle. In short, dealing with their discovery was well beyond their pay-grades, and their plans only unravel from there.
Rumors of the discovery insidiously circumvent the globe and are soon picked up by middle-eastern intelligence services which triggers a tsunami of violence, military intervention, and cover-up. Fletcher and Hollis are relentlessly deceived, manipulated, and hunted by powerful forces hell-bent on controlling the discovery that could eviscerate the global energy industry and fracture the international balance of power.
It’s all there. Discovery, danger, greed, violence, deception, disappointment, and hope.
The exciting twists and turns, and difficult philosophic questions will keep you cheering for the ruggedly individualistic underdogs while reinforcing your worst nightmares as to the willingness of big oil and governments to respond with force before understanding the implications of their actions. The business and political culture of the late 1980’s, geography, weapons, airplanes, and radio communications are accurately portrayed. The story is artfully interwoven with historical fact and will leave your mind swirling with important questions. Has this or something very similar already occurred? Could you trust your employer with something so valuable? Could you trust your government to protect you and do the right thing? And most importantly, could a couple of average men take on such powerful, ruthless forces and beat them at their own game without ending up in the morgue?
But then, life really isn’t a game when the international balance of power is at risk of massive fracture.