Don’t let Corona get you down! Read a good book: “BIRDS SING BEFORE SUNRISE”, Beverly Hills Book Awards winner,

Posted by jsmolders - March 26th, 2020

will keep you company as you curl up on the couch or in a quiet corner. Set in the high mountains of Peru, it leads you to and through the tricky maze of obstacles big oil creates against a pioneering couple starting a solar project at 13000 feet, where oxygen is scarce dangers real, and intrigue heavy. Go for the ride and discover an exciting part of the world where dirty play is just the same as in big oil’s high rise offices in Houston or Los Angeles. Enjoy!

Birds Sing before Sunrise WINS the Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition for political fiction!

Posted by jsmolders - November 22nd, 2019

I’m pleased proud to announce that my novel “Birds Sing before Sunrise” has won the prestigious  Political Fiction Award in the Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition.

“Birds Sing before Sunrise” is a story  about solar pioneers fighting the overwhelming power and resources of the oil and gas industry in the high Andes of Southern Peru. According to Kirkus, top reviewer of fiction novels, the dramatic setting and compelling characters make this book a believable and enjoyable read. The Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition’s jury apparently agreed.



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Fracking: its secret chemicals (medical treatment impossible) threaten within 2000ft from the well. CLONING GALINDA tells the story

Posted by jsmolders - November 2nd, 2019

A recent study by EPA in Colorado shows that dangerous chemicals threaten citizens’ health as far as 2000 ft from the well. We’re not just talking about the usual suspects, such as benzene or toluene etc, but also about unknown chemicals, secret ones shielded by a Cheney law. The oil and gas lobby in action…. Result: doctors cannot treat certain medical conditions created by the secret chemicals. Shameful.. CLONING GALINDA highlights the issues in a gripping thriller. The scene is set in Ohio’s fracking fields.

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UK reviewer delivers raving review and five stars on Amazon for “Birds Sing before Sunrise”!

Posted by jsmolders - October 11th, 2019

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Solar and wind are cheapest energy since 2017. “Birds Sing before Sunrise” has it right!

Posted by jsmolders - September 7th, 2019

Believe it or not, solar and wind energy cost about one third of nuclear and half of coal. “Birds Sing before Sunrise” tells the harrowing story of pioneers risking their lives for a huge solar project high up in the Andes mountains of Peru. The thriller has met with wide-spread acclaim and takes the reader to unexplored heights, physical and emotional ones. Reactions from excited readers in the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia are exciting. It’s a book about the future!

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Trump’s stock market performance is just average….

Posted by jsmolders - August 13th, 2019

S&P 500 in the first 644 trading days of each presidency

Ronald Reagan


George H.W. Bush


Bill Clinton


George W. Bush


Barack Obama


Donald Trump


USA spending ten times more for fossil fuel subsidies than for education. (Forbes)

Posted by jsmolders - August 11th, 2019

“Birds Sing before Sunrise”, a thriller in the Peruvian Andes, helps highlight the grip oil has on our lives. And how it can be loosened. Solar pioneers deal a major blow to greedy US companies who spoil the beautiful, pristine environment and use all the dirty tricks in their pocket to deal a setback to the solar industries. Just as Trump does by imposing gigantic tariffs on imported solar panels. Join our heroes, go to Amazon and read a chapter of “Birds Sing before Sunrise”. You might like it!

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75 jaar geleden was Ramsel (in de Kempen) bezet door de Duitsers. Met “Oogst van Oorlog” duik je recht Ramsel “van toen” binnen. Een spannende thriller.

Posted by jsmolders - August 10th, 2019

 Oogst van oorlog speelt zich af in de zomer van 1944 tijdens de Duitse bezetting in Ramsel. Bruno Van Dam is de enige huisarts in het dorp en behandelt iedereen, zowel verzetslui als collaborateurs. Allen weten dat ze terechtkunnen bij de gewetensvolle dokter, maar wat ze niet weten is dat hij een Joods weesjongetje en twee Engelse piloten helpt onderduiken.

De zaken worden gecompliceerd wanneer Eric, zoon van de dokter, wordt opgepakt door de bezetters en weggevoerd; naar een werkkamp veronderstelt zijn vader. Afgrijselijke behandeling en uithongering wachten de jongeman.

De dokter beslist de Gestapoleider in Ramsel om te kopen om zijn zoon vrij te krijgen. Maar dan komt plots de bevrijding door de Engelsen en wordt hij door de Ramselaars beschuldigd van verraad. Het Joodse jongetje en een Engelse piloot getuigen over de risico’s die dokter Van Dam gelopen heeft door hen maandenlang in zijn huis te verbergen; waarop het tumult luwt.

Maar hier begint pas het echte stormachtige verhaal.  De Engelse versie van dit boek, Harvest of War,” was selected als finalist in de Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition. 

Het boek is verkrijgbaar:

  1. via je boekhandel
  2. via de volgende links, gewoon clicken:



Voor de e-book versie : ga naar www.kobobooks.com, nederlands kiezen

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Posted by jsmolders - August 9th, 2019

Here goes Clarion, a reputed national reviewer:


“Birds Sing before Sunrise is high-minded thriller that builds upon political insights using excellently placed characters. Jan Smolders’s Birds Sing before Sunrise is a muscular political thriller set in the controversial milieu of the energy industry in rural South America.

Frank Anderson is an idealist. He believes in sustainable energy and believes that Earth can no longer rely on fossil fuels. That is why he is the director of the Renewable Energy Division at the PuentePetro Company of Southern California.

Frank is married to another idealist, Joanna, whose hero is John F. Kennedy. Joanna convinces her husband to take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in southern Peru—an opportunity that could enrich PuentePetro’s renewable energy division.

Problems in Peru are immediate. Joanna, along with the couple’s two daughters, is kidnapped by terrorists. Frank undertakes a private investigation to rescue his family. The investigation reveals to already cynical Frank that the terrorists are part of a larger conspiracy involving corrupt politicians, profit-obsessed oilmen in the United States and Latin America, and PuentePetro itself.

This thriller is lean and gets to the point in its first two chapters. Few words are spared in describing the characters: Frank, Joanna, and PuentePetro boss Mauricio are defined more by their actions than by their appearances. Joanna and Frank’s relationship is captured as supportive, based on love as much as on a shared commitment to the environment.

Peru is pictured as a bipolar state wherein the urbane and well-to-do in Lima rule over the Quechua people of Moquegua and elsewhere with authoritarian zeal. This problem is handled with expertise.

Frank’s one-man quest for revenge and justice follows a predictable path and works toward an unsurprising ending, though both are related with panache and literary flourishes, including invocations of Ernest Hemingway and hard- boiled pathos.”

Available on Amazon and many other sites such as Kobobooks.com

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Why is your life TEN TIMES more threatened by guns in the US than in Europe and almost the entire world?

Posted by jsmolders - August 6th, 2019

Mental health situations?  The US has no monopoly on mental health problems…

Video games?  The US has no monopoly on video games….

Guns? The US has….many many more per capita than almost any other nation

Do we need a sketch for Moscow Mitch so he gets it?


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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...