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An Eco-thriller! “With fracking as its nucleus ‘Cloning Galinda’ adroitly juggles corporate espionage, family, betrayal, romance and the greed that enlivens many a suspense story

Posted by jsmolders - November 14th, 2018

PICT0713BlueInk’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.

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.

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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Do we let fracking destroy Florida’s precious Everglades? “Cloning Galinda”

Posted by jsmolders - October 19th, 2018

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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The world unites on Climate Change. Trump’s USA is left behind. “Cloning Galinda” describes the drama.

Posted by jsmolders - October 10th, 2018

“Cloning Galinda,”  a thriller called “gripping  and intelligent” by top reviewers as Clarion and Kirkus, tells the story of an Ohio town that grapples with oil and fracking giants who overwhelm the locals with their power and bring them one human disaster after another. The town fights back! CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHTERS IN ACTION! Let’s hope Trump gets smart and joins the world again soon.

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Hurricane Lane battering Hawaii for the first time in 50 years. Is climate change a hoax?

Posted by jsmolders - August 24th, 2018

Oil giants want you to believe it  as they force  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.

 

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New Jersey housing prices sharply down! Because of Sandy, Climate Change. “Cloning Galinda” explains.

Posted by jsmolders - August 23rd, 2018

A thriller set in real life: revered or reviled, fracking is part of our life. Cloning Galinda tells us vividly how in an Ohio town some profit and some suffer. Some shrug their shoulders, but not the heroine of this thriller, Mary Jenkins, who risks it all to protect her family. “A gripping story.” It paints a picture of what really happens in fracking towns.

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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Too hot? Climate change to be blamed? “Cloning Galinda,” a gripping novel, should enlighten some of you!

Posted by jsmolders - August 10th, 2018

When greedy oil giants come to town citizens have a choice: make a fast buck (at the expense of your neighbors who have to put up with the destruction of land, environment, health and atmosphere) or fight back to avoid disasters that befell other towns. In “Cloning Galinda” this dynamic plays out in a small Ohio town. Heart wrenching decisions and situations  fill this story. Live it with the protagonists! Read the summary on Amazon!

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The Everglades are being violated by greedy oil giants with total disregard for the importance and beauty of Florida’ s wetlands.

Posted by jsmolders - July 26th, 2018

Time has come to face the consequences. 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,” a gripping thriller, 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.

Find the book on Amazon or with you book store. PICT0053

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Fracking invades the Everglades. A fact! Cloning Galinda tells you what will happen.

Posted by jsmolders - July 11th, 2018

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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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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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...