Review of ‘Fossil River’

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Starved for oil and on the brink of a nationwide blackout, the U.S. faces an uncertain future until a previously unknown fossil fuel deposit is found in a remote national park in northern Alaska. In a desperate move, the President orders the military to move in to secure the deposit for exploitation. What they encounter, though, is beyond anything they’ve ever before experienced; a colony of living fossils, the most dangerous predators to ever live, still live, and their territory happens to be where the oil is. They’re prepared to fight to the death to protect their nesting grounds. It’s left to wildlife expert and war hero, Scott Chandler, and paleontologist, Kimberly Fulton, to find a way to get the oil, while at the same time preserving these living remnants of a long-past age. Their quest is complicated by the rashness of the military and its belief that its weapons and machines can prevail against a predator that has had millions of years to evolve, and possesses the intelligence to be a more than formidable foe, and Fulton’s son, Ken, who is lost in the park with his girlfriend.

Fossil River by Jock Miller is a riveting thriller that tells the gut-wrenching story of their quest to find the kids and avoid a catastrophe. Filled with technical and tactical details that are sure to satisfy fans of military thrillers, this story also pulls back the covers on America’s addiction to fossil fuels and the hubris that can infect those in power who have never before had to face a foe they cannot defeat with force alone.

A page-turner with thrills and chills on every page. There were a few places where the author got his facts wrong; a Marine is never, ever referred to as a soldier – especially by another Marine, and Marines say Hoo-rah, not Hoo-ah, but these few glitches can be forgiven. After all, you’re supposed to suspend disbelief when you read fiction, and only former military people (including yours truly) would notice, or even care. The few flaws don’t damage a chilling tale that could someday be true – maybe. I give it four stars.

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