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Global oil supplies begin to vanish without a trace. Society starts to crumble, and only geologist Alex Cave can save civilization from total collapse.

When his wife was murdered during a mission, Alex quit the CIA for a less stressful life as a geology instructor. At least, that was his plan.

While on vacation sailing the
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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published July 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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Teresa
Dead Energy is a page-turner. The premise is good. The mystery of the missing oil continues to build throughout the story, and the repercussions of what would happen seem plausible--that might be the most frightening part of the story.

Society starts to crumble, pitting human against human. There are enough details of the meltdown to give a person pause. McCorkill paints a bleak picture of what happens when the means to fuel our normal life is taken away from us. His description of what happens
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Bill
6 of 10 stars:

Dead Energy is a Sci-Fi/Cli-Fi/Mystery concerning the effects of a sudden lack of petrochemicals in the US. It's is clever and relates to old conspiracy theories which is a means to continue the series I suspect. Alex Cave is an interesting academic/CIA spy combo. We get to know him only superficially. The book could have had tighter editing and proofing.

Interesting, but not great.
Jola
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review also on www.jolasbookshelf.wordpress.com

'Dead Energy' is a great novel, perfect for a sci fi and thriller enthusiasts. The suspense never ends and I was very eager to know what will happen next. I also enjoyed the writing style, the story had a nice flow and if not for ordinary things that were calling to me, I would read this book in a day. I'll look forward to Episode 2!

Thanks to James Corkill for sending me an ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Christie
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christie by: Author
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David Evans
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DEAD ENERGY - An Alex Cave Adventure
By James M. Corkill.

This book in my opinion is best described as a sci-fi techno thriller. But whatever else it is, this gripping story unfolds into a true science fiction yarn.

From the outset I set about reviewing the story… rather than making comments about the grammar or writing style. I will leave that to more qualified individuals.

A rich quasi-religious sect the Mennonite becomes pretentiously involved in dangerous environmental matters. The sect is led
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Nancy Silk
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"One of the Most Exciting Novels I've Read This Year"

This is a fantastic adventure/thriller that will grab you right from the beginning. A crew member on an oil tanker, "Scorpio," puts out a mayday call screaming that something is wrong with the ship. It's located just inside the strait of Juan De 'Fuca in Washington state.and is headed toward a refinery. As Alex Cave is lowering the sails of his chartered 35-foot sailboat, he hears the mayday call and listens to the Coast Guard respond to the
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Roberto Mattos
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very entertaining story, very well written, that develops in a nice pace . When I was reading it, it reminded me the book "The Survivors" by Angela White in certain moments, mainly when the focus was on the army created after the chaos was in place. Also the NBC's TV-Series "Revolution" came to my mind, but this story is unique in a sense that the plot is directed to crude oil vanishing. Our hero is an ex-CIA agent named Alex Cave, that by coincidence witnesses the first case of crude ...more
Christie
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story. From science fiction to budding romance to doomsday apocalypse, this book has it all. The author does a great job of weaving the fantastical with reality, and bringing them together as a single entity. The author takes you on a roller-coaster ride from the very first page, and it doesn't stop until the last page. I couldn't put the book down; I was dying to know what happened next. The author really keeps you on the edge of your seat. The book is fast-paced and suspenseful.
The
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Kerri  Woman
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it going for book two

Good mystery, thriller. Loved the crystal energy idea, my son says it's possible in the future. The girls rocked it in the AOS camp. Total unexpected foo-bar flight in space.
Tony Calder
This is a science fiction novel, although it is written and paced more like a geopolitical thriller, and it is only at the end that it moves into more standard sci-fi territory.

This is the first in a series of novels featuring Alex Cave, and apparently Corkhill rewrote the ending when he returned to writing the series, having had a long break after this novel. The book is fast-paced and pretty easy to read, although Corkhill doesn't write romantic relationships all that well - perhaps that will
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Victoria Schwimley
My husband and I listened to this together. He's the sci-fi geek and I'm a fan of Paul Sorley. To me this had a Walking Dead survival feel to it, only replace zombies with aliens. Throughout the book you'll wonder how the individual stories tie in, but they all come together in the end. The concept is intriguing, the characters interesting. The most interesting to me was Harold, the meek man controlled by his wife. I could just feel throughout the story he would only take so much before stepping ...more
James M Davis
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good what if story of trying to live with out oil energy

The author tells a story of good action. He keeps on edge from the beging to the end. You keep wanting to know, what is going to happen next. The story line is so believable. This is must read.
Elissa
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to read in clumps: first a few westerns, then a couple of horror stories (and I HATE horror stories but sometimes they are so well done . . .), a pair of romances, a cozy mystery or three, and now I'm in a techno-thriller phase. Of course, to make it more interesting, these days most authors ignore genre and just write the SciFi/Romance/Dystopian Western Thriller of their choices. Aptly narrated by Paul J. McSorley (AUDIO), the story bounces from Boseman, Montana, to Alaska, to Texas, ...more
Amanda
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Randomly chosen book for me and it was a good choice. Definitely a page-turner. Crude oil begins disappearing at first from transportation tankers and then from the oil fields. Alex Cave has a heavy past that he doesn't want to shine the light on at all, but he is still within reach to the Director of National Security. Alex is actually sailing off the coast of Washington State and witnesses something with the tanker Scorpio. He hears their mayday request and is within sight of the tanker. He ...more
Emmy
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
What did you love best about Dead Energy?
Omgoddess! This was an incredibly fast paced, well written thriller sci-fi book! The characters were deep, educated, and held fast convictions of individual belief, however wrong or immoral some could be.
The characters dealt with pains, grief, unrequited love, and hope. Even the villain didn't lose sight of their goals.
The book had inklings of typical chaos, but the similarity ended at that aspect. The climax was unexpected and could not have been
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Mike Milligan
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oil? What Oil

With many of the storylines ending up now days with girls as the heroine, who is happy to fight everything and have a hot night and then rush out to save the world, Its actually nice to find a story with a male hero who it that traditional tall dark and handsome chap who rubs shoulders with world leaders, has a small spread in Montana (with a few head of horses, always turns the eyes of the ladies with his soft drawl and rustic looks, the of course, is called upon to please come and
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Christie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story. From science fiction to budding romance to doomsday apocalypse, this book has it all. The author does a great job of weaving the fantastical with reality, and bringing them together as a single entity. The author takes you on a roller-coaster ride from the very first page, and it doesn't stop until the last page. I couldn't put the book down; I was dying to know what happened next. The author really keeps you on the edge of your seat. The book is fast-paced and suspenseful.
The
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Kristin Johnson
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrill ride.

I enjoyed the adventures of Alex, Christa, Judy (love triangle), Menno Simons and the AoS. The AoS sequences dragged a bit for me because I was impatient to learn about what was happening to the world's oil and why it was being transformed into crystals. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but I will say I cheered for the heroes and found the ending a roller coaster into the stratosphere. High-octane and intelligent. I am glad James Corkill decided to rework the novel into the
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Kurt Springs
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An alien using a new energy source to make a point. Oil production disrupted. A group of survivalists under the control of a sadist. Alex Cave, a geology professor from Montana is on vacation on a sail boat when he finds a tanker derelict. The crew is missing and the oil is gone. As more oil goes missing, the Northwestern United States dissolves into chaos. Alex Cave must work while he can to find a solution before civilization collapses entirely.

Mr. Corkill has written an intriguing tale the is
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Shaun
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book provided an interesting twist on a present day scifi. I liked the premise behind the story and the beginning three quarters of the book were great. This book has some very typical hero type characters but it also shows some of the darker side of everyday people if pushed into a hard situation. There actually could have been a bit more focus on this darkness but it was a good mix for the most part. The story appeared to jump the shark a bit toward the end in a way that I didn't think ...more
Morgan James
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corkill's story of what could happen if our main energy source began to disappear is entertaining and plausible. It is a great read and I've already ordered the second book in the series.
Shohl
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story line with a twist.
Ron
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story set in the present someone is stealing the world oil supply and Alex Cave is determined to solve the mystery. Thriller with a SIFI element would definitely recommend this read
Sharon
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting

Wow i didn't want to put it down. Lots of action. I did not like the ending. Terrorism at its worst.
Ami
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this story is very good and I wavered back and forth betw three and four stars for it. I finally decided to round up. I did enjoy the book but it needs a good editing. I recommend it even though I did have issues with some of the more unbelievable parts (hiking over 80 miles instead of calling for help, for instance) and it seemed that every thing in the book happened within just a few days where, I hope, this much chaos would take a few weeks or even months. I hope you enjoy it ...more
Roger
Dead Energy (Alex Cave, #1), my first read from author James M. Corkill. Well-written and captivating with well-developed main characters reminding one of Christopher Cartwright’s Sam Reilly writings. I received an Audible copy of Pandora's Eyes (The Alex Cave Series, Book 5) back in March of this year & wanted to read the series in order so I bought this book. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).
Marjorie
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 1

What a great book. Makes the mind race with questions and thoughts, what ifs. So much to realize and explore. Loved it!
Kay
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every book in this series! Non stop adventure and some futuristic things, too.
Kathy
terribly dated. The main character escaped the soviet union a couple of years ago, still uses a home answering machine and the internet and mobile phones barley exist. Not really what I was expecting and not too impressive.
LaGina
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is a good read I did have a hard time getting into it. Some of the characters just didnt seem like they where developed very well
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Hello. I’m James M. Corkill, a Veteran, and retired Federal Firefighter from Washington State, USA. I was an electronic technician and studied mechanical engineering in my spare time before eventually becoming a firefighter for 32-years and retiring. I’ve since settled into the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, and I have a fantastic view from my writing desk.

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