November 19, 2015

#Review Of Blind Thrust @Sammarquisbooks

Horrific earthquakes are devastating the Front Range between Denver and Colorado Springs in an area long believed to be seismically quiescent. They are being generated by ruptures along cryptic, mysterious, deeply buried thrust faults (blind thrusts) that, unlike many faults, do not break the surface during large-scale seismic events. Somehow the cause of the unusual earthquakes must be unraveled and the cataclysms stopped before they result in more carnage and devastation. But are they the result of natural tectonic adjustments, hydro- fracking, conventional subsurface sequestering, or clandestine operations?

Environmental Geologist Joe Higheagle is on a mission to find out the answer. But he soon finds himself in a deadly duel of wits against powerful forces. With his team of techie sleuths, Higheagle goes toe to toe against his adversaries while grappling to collect, analyze, and leverage the scientific data needed to prove his case. But at every turn he is thwarted by his shadowy enemy and, with the cataclysms worsening, he may not have enough on his side to solve the mystery and save Colorado from more devastation.

Can he solve the enigma of the earthquakes and gather enough evidence to stop those responsible? Will the tremors continue to wreak death and mayhem across the Front Range? Or will Higheagle and his outgunned team be defeated and ultimately crushed by their adversaries? If the earthquakes are not stopped, thousands more will perish and more towns and homes will be destroyed, leaving countless injured and homeless as well as untold financial damage across the Front Range. But can the resourceful Higheagle and his team stop those responsible? In the end, all they can do is try.


Samuel Marquis, a native Coloradoan, is a #1 Denver Post Bestselling Author. His books include "The Slush Pile Brigade," "Blind Thrust," and "The Coalition" (coming in January 2016). He works by day as Vice-President - Hydrogeologist with an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, CO, and by night as the iconoclastic spinner of historical and modern suspense yarns. His strong technical scientific background and deep passion for military history and intelligence has served him well as a suspense writer and provided the foundation for his suspense novels. He has been represented by two literary agencies (Cherry Weiner Literary Agency and James Fitzgerald Agency).

His first novel, "The Slush Pile Brigade," was a #1 Denver Post bestseller for fiction, and both "The Slush Pile Brigade" and "Blind Thrust" have garnered four- and five-star reviews from professional reviewers. Former Colorado Governor Roy Romer said, "'Blind Thrust' kept me up until 1 a.m. two nights in a row. I could not put it down. An intriguing mystery that intertwined geology, fracking, and places in Colorado that I know well. Great fun." James Patterson has compared Mr. Marquis's forthcoming novel, "The Coalition," to "The Day After Tomorrow," the classic thriller by Allan Folsom which appeared in the number three spot in its first week on the New York Times bestseller list for fiction and for which American publishing rights were sold for two million dollars. Donald Maass, author of "Writing 21st Century Fiction" and two novels, has compared "The Coalition" to "The Day of the Jackal." Other book reviewers have compared Marquis's WWII espionage novel, "Bodyguard of Deception," to the spy novels of Daniel Silva, Ken Follett and Alan Furst.

In addition to his suspense novels, Mr. Marquis is the author of more than 25 peer-reviewed professional papers and book chapters on groundwater contaminant fate and transport and environmental remediation. His second novel, "Blind Thrust," the first book in the Joe Higheagle Environmental Sleuth Series, was inspired based on his experiences in California and Texas as a Registered Professional Geologist in assessing earthquake hazards and fault classifications on behalf of various real-estate developers in environmental site assessments. His forthcoming novel, "The Cluster," the second book in the Joe Higheagle series, is based on his experience working on the Rosamond cancer cluster case in Southern California.

Mr. Marquis lives in Colorado with his wife and three children and he plays competitive lacrosse, hikes, and skis on weekends when he isn't writing. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in eleven states and recognized expert in groundwater contamination and hydrology, having served as a hydrogeologic expert witness in several multimillion class action litigation cases.

I so wanted to get into this one! The blurb drew me right in, however I found myself struggling to connect with the characters as well as the plot. The uptake was a little slow for me and in the end, I didn't make it through to the end. I dislike writing reviews like this, but for me this book just didn't have the flare I was looking for. 

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