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Oil by Jeff Nesbit
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Feb 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: christianfiction, forpleasure, forreview

Oil was an interesting novel. I've read a number of political thrillers in the last few years pertaining to the 12th Imam and stuff with similar themes. This story was interesting with a slightly different take on things, but in the end, the author set up a frightening scenario that could really happen. It seems like no matter which way you slice it, another major war will eventually come. The issue is how and when. That said, people who enjoy political thriller-type stories will like this, but also need to realize it's not a very paced novel. There is more about politics and getting in the heads of a number of people who know inside information and less about scenarios that make you hold your breath.

Nevertheless, I didn't skim this one and read every word. It was a bit slow moving at first, but the author was trying to set up all the players and their motivations. I can easily see this as a series and would like to read the next book. If you like Joel Rosenberg's political novels, you'll like this one. However, this author has a unique voice that is different from Rosenberg's, so he's not a knock off of another author's style. It seems like the author understands politics and diplomacy and how everything works better than most, and I'm sure his former job at the White House plays a part in that. For that perspective alone, it's a pretty fascinating read. And this author is fair to all sides. He doesn't slant one way or the other when it comes right down to it. Each character believes in what they are doing and each is passionate about it. Bottom line, I enjoyed this one.
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Reading Progress

February 17, 2012 – Shelved
February 17, 2012 – Shelved as: christianfiction
February 17, 2012 – Shelved as: forpleasure
February 17, 2012 – Shelved as: forreview
May 21, 2012 –
page 52
14.9%
May 22, 2012 –
page 73
20.92%
May 27, 2012 –
page 303
86.82%
Started Reading
May 28, 2012 – Finished Reading

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