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Unintended Consequences, By: Dave Edlund
by Nicole Marie Sorkin   
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Last edited: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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What if America was no longer dependent on imported oil? What if that miracle turned into an unimaginable nightmare?

On the brink of a discovery of unparalleled importance, the world’s leading petroleum scientists are being brutally murdered by a team of assassins led by two brothers who enjoy killing…and are very good at it. Their next target is little-known Oregon professor Ian Savage.

At first the murders go almost unnoticed. But as the death toll mounts, a secretive government agency speculates that the ultimate goal is to deprive the West of an unbelievable scientific breakthrough that would result in nothing short of complete energy independence. As the agency battles an army of mercenaries working for an unknown terrorist group, for Professor Savage’s son Peter, the fight takes an extremely personal turn. Thrust into this nightmare, Peter must become even more ruthless and ferocious than the assassins if he hopes to have any chance of saving his father…and his family.
From the steamy jungles of Ecuador to the cold waters of the North Pacific; through a harrowing high-speed chase across the Santiam Pass to the tense climax at Peter’s condo in Bend; Unintended Consequences is an adrenaline-packed thriller. If you enjoy the action of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt adventures and the suspense of James Rollins’ novels, you’ll love the rollercoaster that is Unintended Consequences!

 Unintended Consequences – a Peter Savage Novel is the first in a series of fictional adventures written by author Dave Edlund.   Abiogenic petroleum scientists are on the verge of producing oil from inorganic materials like rocks and minerals.  This scientific breakthrough could bring energy independence to the world and change the course of humanity.   What a celebration that should be!  However, could synthetic oil production be a catalyst to World War III?  Could OPEC nations – the cartel - be threatened by discoveries that would free mankind from oil enslavement?  Is there an international conspiracy to kill innocent researchers to deprive society of their knowledge?   A trail of assassinations from London to Alaska and now Bend, Oregon says “yes” to these questions.

Prominent petroleum researchers and scientists have died in the last eighteen months.  A London Professor was killed in his hotel room.  An explosion at a petroleum conference in Caracas, Venezuela has claimed the lives of forty-five people.  The deaths keep increasing.  Professor Ian Savage is the leading scientist at Oregon State University.  He and his colleague, Professor Sato from Tokyo Japan, are both under attack but they cannot fathom why.  They are close to the breakthrough they need to prove their theories.  This will also show the world how to produce synthetic oil from inorganic material.  Peter Savage is Ian’s son and a weapons expert.  Peter will need the most sophisticated guns he can produce to keep his father safe as he goes about his life work.  The United States Special Forces are also watching over Professor Savage’s lab.  They want to stop the violent attacks against Europe, Japan, and now the United States.  The violence escalates with each new discovery the scientists make.  Top-secret operations are ready to deploy on the enemy and Peter will stop at nothing to protect his father and his family.  This riveting adventure unfolds on a world stage across the United States to the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela and even to Moscow.

Author, Dave Edlund, has created a compelling, five-star novel filled with intrigue and mystery.  Unintended Consequences is written in third person narrative and a book that is difficult to put down. There are a few minor editing issues but they do not take away from this great story.   An expert in fuel reform products, Dave Edlund presents the idea that synthetic oil production could soon threaten the economies of oil-rich nations.  In retaliation those nations will kill to stop society’s progress.  A world war could ensue.  The story keeps you on the edge of your seat anticipating the laws of “unintended consequences” that energy independence, terrorist attacks, and conspiracies, could leave in their wake.  There are visible consequences and there are unseen consequences that Peter Savage doesn’t like, so, the story won’t stop here.  The next Peter Savage novel, The Devil of Darfur will be available soon.    

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