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Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled Houston refinery her company has just bought. But soon she must save it, and other refineries, from the havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life. As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, disloyal employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting c Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled Houston refinery her company has just bought. But soon she must save it, and other refineries, from the havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life. As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, disloyal employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting casualties, Robert Guillard, a corrupted idealist, tries to manipulate her through her vulnerable sister. Can Lynn save her sister, her thousands of colleagues, and herself?


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Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled Houston refinery her company has just bought. But soon she must save it, and other refineries, from the havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life. As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, disloyal employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting c Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled Houston refinery her company has just bought. But soon she must save it, and other refineries, from the havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life. As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, disloyal employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting casualties, Robert Guillard, a corrupted idealist, tries to manipulate her through her vulnerable sister. Can Lynn save her sister, her thousands of colleagues, and herself?

30 review for 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy

  1. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy by L.A. Starks is a well-written thriller that focuses on the refinery business. This novel goes beyond the usual thriller in that the reader actually learns a lot about this industry. The novel takes place in Houston, Dallas and Paris. Starks’ knowledge of the industry helped to shape this novel into a thriller unlike most. Lynn Dayton is an energy executive working to turn around a refinery her company just acquired based on her recommendation. Soon there is a 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy by L.A. Starks is a well-written thriller that focuses on the refinery business. This novel goes beyond the usual thriller in that the reader actually learns a lot about this industry. The novel takes place in Houston, Dallas and Paris. Starks’ knowledge of the industry helped to shape this novel into a thriller unlike most. Lynn Dayton is an energy executive working to turn around a refinery her company just acquired based on her recommendation. Soon there is a chemical leak and four workers are dead and one is seriously injured. Then accidents start happening at other refineries near Houston, Texas. More events soon occur at her refinery. Is this coincidence or is this the work of one or more saboteurs? As Lynn deals with resentful executives at the newly acquired company and works on the root causes of the profitability problems there, we find a strong female protagonist in a male dominated industry. She is both technically sound and has the ability to manage through tough situations. Besides these events, Lynn is dealing with a very ill father, a sister that suddenly left the Peace Corps and accepted a job in Paris that seemed to come out of nowhere, and a boyfriend that wants more from her. This is definitely not a fluff thriller. It is more technical than most, but, for me, that was nicely interwoven into the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned a lot. It is a fast paced, educational thriller. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    A thoroughly enjoyable read and whilst reading, I found out info about the oil industry. I guess many other consumers, like myself, take petrol, diesel etc., for granted and have no idea of all the processes involved in refining crude oil. Some readers may not enjoy all the technical info, but I did. At the beginning of each chapter, there was at least one technical term explained. Starks had obviously done thorough research for other content in the book e.g. the description of the buildings etc A thoroughly enjoyable read and whilst reading, I found out info about the oil industry. I guess many other consumers, like myself, take petrol, diesel etc., for granted and have no idea of all the processes involved in refining crude oil. Some readers may not enjoy all the technical info, but I did. At the beginning of each chapter, there was at least one technical term explained. Starks had obviously done thorough research for other content in the book e.g. the description of the buildings etc., in Rotterdam was excellent. Lynn Dayton has a problem on her hands. TriStar have recently acquired the Centennial refinery, but an accident killing four employees and seriously injuring a fifth, makes Lynn think that it was not an accident at all. Armando Garza, the fifth employee was recovering, albeit slowly, in hospital, but then dies suddenly when someone switches his oxygen tank to a nitrogen tank. Lynn starts to investigate, but has no idea who she can actually trust. A security video of the accident mysteriously disappears, so Lynn begins to wonder if perhaps either Dwayne, Riley, Reese, Jay, Jean-Marie or Preston, are some of the staff that may be involved. Robert Guillard lives in Paris and has offered a job to Ceil Dayton, Lynn's sister. Guillard is not as squeeky clean as Ceil thinks he is. Sansei is employing Guillard to sabotage the U.S.A. refineries and manipulate figures so that U.S. production will reduce and a demand for Sansei's inferior oil products will ensue. Guillard's man in the U.S.A is called 'Rabbit'. Rabbit and his assistant, are systematically sabotaging the refineries. Lynn's investigations are fraught with trouble. She is receiving threatening phone calls, has been subjected to potential life threatening accidents and to top it all, one of her suspects has been shot and killed. Can Lynn manage to uncover who the saboteur is, stay alive and make sure that her sister is safe in Paris? This is book #1 in the Lynn Dayton series and I will definitely be looking at reading book #2.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donald Grant

    Fiction can be educational or at least expose readers to information about a real subject they may not know and when done well, can make that education exciting. Two examples that come to mind are Tom Clancy"s "The Hunt for Red October" that opened the world to the workings of a nuclear submarine, or Michael Crichton's "Micro" which explores the science of microtechnology. It is an art to craft a novel combining facts with a fictional suspense story. L. A. Stark attempts this blend in her debut n Fiction can be educational or at least expose readers to information about a real subject they may not know and when done well, can make that education exciting. Two examples that come to mind are Tom Clancy"s "The Hunt for Red October" that opened the world to the workings of a nuclear submarine, or Michael Crichton's "Micro" which explores the science of microtechnology. It is an art to craft a novel combining facts with a fictional suspense story. L. A. Stark attempts this blend in her debut novel "13 Days - The Pythagoras Conspiracy". Unfortunately she doesn't pull it off. Anyone who has driven by or seen pictures of an oil refinery knows how complicated they look and it boggles the mind to imagine all the engineering that goes into building one. While Starks' knowledge of the oil business and its production is amazing she spends too much time informing the reader of that knowledge. Even as an engineer, I found it hard to stay interested in her technical dissertation. About three quarters of the way the book does take off as the story of who may be sabotaging the refinery unfolds and the writing is more about the characters. Stark does a good job of character development and weaves an intriguing story once she leaves the technical aspects of the refinery. This book shows that Starks is a talented author with a depth of knowledge of her subject. The book only suffers from a lack of good editing which seems to be an issue in a great many novels these days.

  4. 4 out of 5

    R.

    I found the book not only entertaining but educational. L.A. Starks made sure the reader understood all the oil refinery terminology. I liked how the author touched on various topics such as: a woman trying to work in a male dominated industry, money that is made and lost due to the many factors in the oil refinery business and, trying to have a high power job while juggling family and dating. I enjoyed the entire story and liked the tenacity of the main character Lynn! I look forward to reading I found the book not only entertaining but educational. L.A. Starks made sure the reader understood all the oil refinery terminology. I liked how the author touched on various topics such as: a woman trying to work in a male dominated industry, money that is made and lost due to the many factors in the oil refinery business and, trying to have a high power job while juggling family and dating. I enjoyed the entire story and liked the tenacity of the main character Lynn! I look forward to reading more books in the future by L. A. Starks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bruestle

    Let me start by saying that I was lucky enough to receive this copy from a giveaway in return for an honest review. If I hadn’t gotten this book from the giveaway, I most likely would have never heard of L.A. Sparks, or have the opportunity to read any of her books for that matter. So needless to say, I am super thankful! I absolutely LOVE finding new authors that fit my interests that are also incredible writers! I entered this giveaway specifically because I have a family member that has worke Let me start by saying that I was lucky enough to receive this copy from a giveaway in return for an honest review. If I hadn’t gotten this book from the giveaway, I most likely would have never heard of L.A. Sparks, or have the opportunity to read any of her books for that matter. So needless to say, I am super thankful! I absolutely LOVE finding new authors that fit my interests that are also incredible writers! I entered this giveaway specifically because I have a family member that has worked at an oil refinery for 35+ years. So I thought this would be really interesting....and I thought right! 4.5 stars ⭐️ is my actual rating. It would be a 5-star rating if the beginning wasn’t as slow. I can’t tell you how important it is to grip the reader’s right away! I say that because I almost stopped reading... For me personally, it was for a couple reasons. First, like I said, it started out pretty slow. And second, there were so many “terms” and characters being introduced all at once, and if you aren’t someone who has a background in oil refineries or engineering, it is a little bit hard to keep it all straight. So I started to worry that I wasn’t going to be able to understand the book enough, therefore it would be pointless to read...but I told myself to give it a few more chapters and see if it improves. And boy am I GLAD I did! Once I got through those tough beginning chapters, I was literally GLUED to this book! Not only did it keep me wanting to turn the pages, but it also offered such a fresh take on a mystery/suspense novel! I can honestly say that this is probably one of the best mystery books that I have ever read. I think there was only one spelling/grammar error in the entire book, and the writing was informative but still reader-friendly. I really enjoyed the way the author spun the plot so that you felt like you were there, right next to the characters as the story unfolded, which is a wonderful quality in a book! It literally kept you guessing until the very end and it had the perfect amount if suspense and hinted at things perfectly as well, without giving too much away. A simply fantastic read... L.A. Sparks has extreme talent and I look forward to reading other work she has written! I highly recommend you check her out! Thank you again for supplying me with this outstanding book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    This thriller is fascinating. It includes loads of technical details about the refining industry, engineering, chemistry, and so forth, as well as a host of characters. The protagonist is interesting and human and female (Yea!). The plot spans two or three continents. It's all good. It's a fantastic first novel from L. A. Starks, for sure. I read it in a day (we were having an inclement weather day here) and quite enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the next related novel. Probably the only neg This thriller is fascinating. It includes loads of technical details about the refining industry, engineering, chemistry, and so forth, as well as a host of characters. The protagonist is interesting and human and female (Yea!). The plot spans two or three continents. It's all good. It's a fantastic first novel from L. A. Starks, for sure. I read it in a day (we were having an inclement weather day here) and quite enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the next related novel. Probably the only negatives are that some people won't like so much technical detail (think of it as a techno thriller but the technology here is mostly industry specific - I loved it, but some might not), and I do still want to know how the bad guy managed to get so many people to do his dirty work (some were obvious, others not so much) which is a minor thing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maria Riegger

    Interesting background A fast paced read. What makes this novel really interesting is it is set mostly in Houston, the main setting being an oil refinery. The author has worked in the oil business and obviously knows her stuff. She explains how the refinery operates, including chemical components, the business side, etc. Those descriptions were fascinating.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    A riveting thriller with an oil refinery setting. I learned a great deal about oil delivery and refining. The conspiracy is as thick and opaque as crude oil and L.A. Starks slips the reader through it on skillfully oiled clues and dialogue.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tamra LeValley

    I really enjoyed this book even though it was just too technical to understand at times. '13 Days" is a story about Lynn Dalton and her need to find out why the refinery she is running and the surrounding ones keep having malfunctions that are killing people. As she starts piecing the puzzle together she finds out who she can and can't trust. The suspense novel has so many good qualities to it. The author did a fabulous job of laying out the detailed plot. It flowed perfectly from one set of circu I really enjoyed this book even though it was just too technical to understand at times. '13 Days" is a story about Lynn Dalton and her need to find out why the refinery she is running and the surrounding ones keep having malfunctions that are killing people. As she starts piecing the puzzle together she finds out who she can and can't trust. The suspense novel has so many good qualities to it. The author did a fabulous job of laying out the detailed plot. It flowed perfectly from one set of circumstances to another. The characters where written so well that you could actually visualize them. It really needed a "Refinery Methods for Dummies" in the front of the book. It was too detailed and technical for me to fully comprehend. I seemed to get lost easily during those portions. The writing was also so small and the book so heavy that I had to use a pillow to prop it up. Over all the book was a really good read and I learned quite a few things in the process. Prior to reading this novel the only thing I knew about refining oil could fit inside my full tank of gas.....nothing!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Pettit

    Loved it! Technical oil and gas thriller about a petroleum engineer, now executive Lynn Dalton investigating problems at a recently purchased refinery. Yes, murder and root cause analysis together. The novel takes place primarily in the greater Houston area and in Dallas. Having grown up in Houston and now working in Dallas, there are many places and references I'm familiar with. This adds quite a bit to the story for me. The story has great characters (very Texan, with one from Louisiana) and t Loved it! Technical oil and gas thriller about a petroleum engineer, now executive Lynn Dalton investigating problems at a recently purchased refinery. Yes, murder and root cause analysis together. The novel takes place primarily in the greater Houston area and in Dallas. Having grown up in Houston and now working in Dallas, there are many places and references I'm familiar with. This adds quite a bit to the story for me. The story has great characters (very Texan, with one from Louisiana) and the story elements have very detailed and vivid descriptions (very educational if you are interested in the refining industry). The novel is #1 in a series of energy thrillers. I will definitely keep Starks on my to read list. Kindle edition.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Young

    When I first saw a flow diagram of a refinery process at the beginning of the book, I started to think this book is not for me. I was wrong. A female executive vice president is trying to get a newly acquired refinery working properly only to encounter problems and deaths. As she investigates the cause, more problems mount and not just at her refinery. An unusual action thriller where you also learn about the oil business and Greek history.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy Ann

    I received this as a Goodreads winner. It is a good book. Sometimes too technical but is a good mystery.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tory Wagner

    13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy by L.A. Sparks features Lynn Dayton an executive with an energy corporation. She discovers sabotage at several of the refineries she administers and must determine who is responsible as well as limit any damage. The premise is interesting, but I found all the science jargon took away from the momentum of the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    "13 Days" is a thriller which unfolds within the confines of the cooperate oil industry. Lynn is a woman on the move; its rare to find females in her line of work, but over the years she has managed to prove herself to all her male coworkers. She has just convinced the company she works for to take over an oil refinery, and from day one of the merge, nothing goes right. All around here things are falling apart; literally and figuratively. In "13 Days," we follow Lynn as she struggles with accide "13 Days" is a thriller which unfolds within the confines of the cooperate oil industry. Lynn is a woman on the move; its rare to find females in her line of work, but over the years she has managed to prove herself to all her male coworkers. She has just convinced the company she works for to take over an oil refinery, and from day one of the merge, nothing goes right. All around here things are falling apart; literally and figuratively. In "13 Days," we follow Lynn as she struggles with accidents at the refinery which result in multiple deaths, death threats on her own life, disloyal employees, the declining health of her father, her sister's sudden move to Paris, the tension in her romantic relationship, and a conspiracy which seems to be intent on killing her. Thrillers aren't my favorite type of book. Often, I figure them out early on and then find myself bored. When I read this book, I certainly didn't figure anything out ahead of time...most of the time I found myself struggling to keep up with who was who. The oil industry is not something I know a whole lot about, other than that the price of gasoline is outrageous these days. The author spends a good deal of time trying to define key terms in the oil industry so that average joes like myself will understand what's happening. As a result, a lot of the dialogue between characters feels forced and unnatural. Other than that, the story is a good one..it transported me into a world I knew little to nothing about ahead of time..and it kept me entertained through the majority of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tom Donaghey

    Lynn Dalton, our central character, has many problems. She is a woman in the male dominated world of oil and oil refineries, she has struggled up the corporate ladder and gotten into the position of not only recommending her company buy up a failing competitor, but talking them into letting her helm that ship into better financial straights. She has not only her career to conduct but there is the matter of her father and sister to contend with. Within days of her taking over the Houston based op Lynn Dalton, our central character, has many problems. She is a woman in the male dominated world of oil and oil refineries, she has struggled up the corporate ladder and gotten into the position of not only recommending her company buy up a failing competitor, but talking them into letting her helm that ship into better financial straights. She has not only her career to conduct but there is the matter of her father and sister to contend with. Within days of her taking over the Houston based operation but the enterprise is best with problems, “accidents”, and a growing series of troubles not the least of which is several deaths. And there is Robert Guillard a corrupt member of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry. A bloc of Asian petro-chemical industrialists who have him on a strict time line backs Guillard and he must drive the American competition in submission within the 13 Days of the title, or be prepared for the consequences. A series of nifty plot twists and turns confront Ms. Dalton, and we root for her as she struggles to save her company and her family from the oily evil around her. One thing I like in my adventure/thriller stories is detail and a chance to learn more about a subject without having to crack open yet another text book. 13 days lays out detail after detail concerning the oil business that I found very illuminating, making this a very good Goodreads win.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Lynn Dayton has a stressful gig as an oil industry executive. She’s a strong heroine, driven to do her job well, and to do the right thing by finding out who sabotaged her refinery. There is a lot to like about this thriller. Lynn continues to put her life on the line, facing danger, not sure who to trust, as she tries to mend fences with her broken and jealous younger sister. Lynn’s also trying to support her father, who is ill. She’s on the go all the time, but has time for a little romance, wh Lynn Dayton has a stressful gig as an oil industry executive. She’s a strong heroine, driven to do her job well, and to do the right thing by finding out who sabotaged her refinery. There is a lot to like about this thriller. Lynn continues to put her life on the line, facing danger, not sure who to trust, as she tries to mend fences with her broken and jealous younger sister. Lynn’s also trying to support her father, who is ill. She’s on the go all the time, but has time for a little romance, which I loved! This lady needs some love in her life! The characters are well developed, the plot twists are interesting, dialogue sharp and well crafted. For me, there was a little bit too much technical information about oil refineries, but the story still kept me interested. And I want to read more Lynn Dayton stories. The lady is one smart cookie, bright and brave, and not afraid to fight for what she believes in. If you are into thrillers, you will like 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Problems plague a refinery along the Houston Ship Channel, which has recently been the subject of a hostile merger in the ever consolidating petrochemical industry. The old hands at the refinery know how the place runs, but are only slightly willing to accept the new reign of the female boss placed over them. A horrific accident with the most deadly-deadly component of the refinery process triggers responses from both the new management and the old guard. Neither realize that there is an externa Problems plague a refinery along the Houston Ship Channel, which has recently been the subject of a hostile merger in the ever consolidating petrochemical industry. The old hands at the refinery know how the place runs, but are only slightly willing to accept the new reign of the female boss placed over them. A horrific accident with the most deadly-deadly component of the refinery process triggers responses from both the new management and the old guard. Neither realize that there is an external force causing deliberate havoc, not from Houston, but from Paris. Not from another oil company, but from the depths of the French Ministry of Enery. It includes the the new refinery manager's kid sister. This is a book of intrigue and international conspiracy, which attempts to relate the day-to-day operation of a refinery, but misses the reality of how such places are fun by an international country mile. Good yarn, but keep your copy of Leffler's Petroleum Refining in Non-technical Language. L. . Starks should have read through before commencing to write this tale.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Interesting story. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Wasn't sure I'd like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Turned out to be much better than I anticipated. Lynn Dayton of Tri-Coast Energy needs to figure out who or if someone is sabotaging local refineries just as she is trying to make profitable her latest acquisition-Centennial. Not only does she have "accidents'? to contend with but she must find out if there is a traitor among her so-called friends Interesting story. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Wasn't sure I'd like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Turned out to be much better than I anticipated. Lynn Dayton of Tri-Coast Energy needs to figure out who or if someone is sabotaging local refineries just as she is trying to make profitable her latest acquisition-Centennial. Not only does she have "accidents'? to contend with but she must find out if there is a traitor among her so-called friends and co-workers. She is also battling a time deadline. And to further complicate her life, her sister Ceil seems to be in some sort of crisis. Lynn tries to help Ceil withouut worrying her sick father. Does Lynn figure out everything before time runs out? Is Ceil OK?Action packed story. Good ending. Took me a while to get to as I had a huge pile of TBR books.. 4 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debra Jeakins

    13 DAYS:THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY by L.A. STARKS hits the ground running from page one(day one) when Lynn Dayton executive vp of TriCoast Energy responds to an emergency at a newly purchased refinery. Lynn is a woman in a predominantly mans world of oil refining . For a refinery accident to happen now is not only disastrous and deadly for the workers , but for her career ! Four people have died in this accident and Lynn wants answers and wants them now! The pace of the book is breakneck. The char 13 DAYS:THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY by L.A. STARKS hits the ground running from page one(day one) when Lynn Dayton executive vp of TriCoast Energy responds to an emergency at a newly purchased refinery. Lynn is a woman in a predominantly mans world of oil refining . For a refinery accident to happen now is not only disastrous and deadly for the workers , but for her career ! Four people have died in this accident and Lynn wants answers and wants them now! The pace of the book is breakneck. The characters tough. The job deadly and getting even more deadly for Lynn who is sticking her nose into a murder mystery and someplace it doesn't belong! I received this book free from goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    University of Chicago Magazine

    L.A. Starks, MBA'83 Author From the author: "Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled Houston Ship Channel refinery her company has just acquired. But soon she must save it, and other plants, from the havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life. As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, traitorous employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting casualties, Robert Guillard, a corrupted idealist, plans to manipulate L.A. Starks, MBA'83 Author From the author: "Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled Houston Ship Channel refinery her company has just acquired. But soon she must save it, and other plants, from the havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life. As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, traitorous employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting casualties, Robert Guillard, a corrupted idealist, plans to manipulate her through her vulnerable sister. But Robert underestimates his prey."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Received a copy from Goodreads Giveaways. Except for all the technical details, I found this to be an enjoyable read. Enjoyed the plot and found it quite interesting. Characters were well developed. Overall a very good read. It took me into a world I know absolutely nothing about. Well worth my time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reese

    This was a great read. It was jam-packed with action while the plot and background was unique, engaging and detailed - everything I need from a good thriller. I can very easily see this being converted to a screenplay. I am looking forward to next novel!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christi Massey

    Really good thriller! I did long for a bit more character development, but overall it was an entertaining, addictive read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Conny

    I was a First Read Winner of this book and I was really looking forward into sinking my teeth into a thriller, but I just could not get into to book and gave up on it about 25% in. I hate when I don't connect with a book since I am pretty picky of the books I choose to begin with, and it was not that the writing was bad or the plot line, the author did a tremendous amount of research on the subject matter but I kept stumbling over all the technical talk which made me loose the rhythm of the read I was a First Read Winner of this book and I was really looking forward into sinking my teeth into a thriller, but I just could not get into to book and gave up on it about 25% in. I hate when I don't connect with a book since I am pretty picky of the books I choose to begin with, and it was not that the writing was bad or the plot line, the author did a tremendous amount of research on the subject matter but I kept stumbling over all the technical talk which made me loose the rhythm of the read. I am all for learning something new when I read a book, but all within reason, when I found myself rather picking up something else to read I figure it was time to walk away. I will try and give the book another try later, when my mind is maybe less otherwise occupied and I can concentrate better on it, having just gone through a death in the family I was looking for loosing myself in a read, and unfortunately this was not the book. I am sure L.A. Starks will have a bright future ahead.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Blair Scott

    It is obvious that LA Starks is knowledgeable about the oil refinery industry. She is an intelligent writer. However, I felt this series is bogged down with technical language that was hard, at times, to follow. It wasn’t until about 2/3 through the book that I began to care about the story and was able to follow the storyline of someone sabotaging the oil refineries. I believe that Crichton and Grisham, and to a certain extent Connelly, and Clancy have had great success writing about crime/ind It is obvious that LA Starks is knowledgeable about the oil refinery industry. She is an intelligent writer. However, I felt this series is bogged down with technical language that was hard, at times, to follow. It wasn’t until about 2/3 through the book that I began to care about the story and was able to follow the storyline of someone sabotaging the oil refineries. I believe that Crichton and Grisham, and to a certain extent Connelly, and Clancy have had great success writing about crime/industry/ fiction, while educating the reader. Just too much information and too much time spent explaining. But, in my opinion, Starks wasn’t successful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    I won this book on Goodreads. To me, the action was very slow, especially in the beginning, probably because I have little knowledge or interest in oil refineries. So much time is spend on background that little is left to move the plot. Besides the detailed information, the author relies on dialogue to further the action. This is not the job of dialogue. The characters are interesting and a bit unusual. The action does pick up a bit in the second half.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Decent tale of industrial espionage and sabotage. Also the author took time to explain a lot of the terminology used in refining oil products and the dangers involved. Learned something new and that is always a good thing when reading a novel. As this is the beginning of a series, not a lot of suspense involved.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol Turner

    I like techy thrillers, but they must also have protagonists I care about. This one missed that mark. I'm disappointed because I'm picky about the books I start and I really looked forward to this one, which was part of a GoodReads content. I like techy thrillers, but they must also have protagonists I care about. This one missed that mark. I'm disappointed because I'm picky about the books I start and I really looked forward to this one, which was part of a GoodReads content.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Quite a lot of information about the oil industry that I was not aware of. Interesting story that got into the 'thriller' part near the end of the book. Quite a lot of information about the oil industry that I was not aware of. Interesting story that got into the 'thriller' part near the end of the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Was not interested in subject matter,so made this book a hard, long read.

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