Review: The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty

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About The Abrupt Physics of Dying

Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists. Clay has a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, close to the company’s oil-processing facility, or watch Abdulkader, his driver and close friend, die. As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions. As Clay scrambles to keep his friend alive, he meets Rania, a troubled journalist. Together, they try to uncover the truth about Al Urush. But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is as it seems. Accused of a murder he did not commit, put on the CIA’s most-wanted list, Clay must come to terms with his past and confront the powerful forces that want him dead. A stunning debut eco-thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying is largely based on true events. Gritty, gripping and shocking, this book will not only open your eyes but keep them glued to the page until the final, stunning denouement is reached.

My Review

Incredibly enthralling read. It’s been a long time since an action packed narrative has commanded my full intention, talk about a white knuckle, nail biter ride. Action, adventure, greed, politics, even a subtle romance forms a rip-roaring plot. The narrative was so well crafted it felt more fiction than nonfiction. Hardisty paints such a plausible and vivid picture of avarice, murderous oil company Petro-Tex. The environmental damage caused by the greedy oil company is evoking, their disregard of human life is halting.

Stellar writing, the exotic and enigmatic setting of Yemen with full-blown description of environment, people and culture is absorbing. The exploration of the damage being done via scientific explanation proves Hardisty’s due diligence.

Clay Straker is fearless and determined. A hero beyond measure. A character in the thick of things and hardly breaks a sweat and remains cool, calm and collected. A man’s man with a dose of strength, sensitivity and sex appeal.

The ending was what I expected but a bit too abrupt leaving me gnawing at the bit until the next installment. A smoother ending would have been much more appreciated while complimenting the narrative fully.

Paul E. Hardisty dazzles, his strong writing and talent of a sharp narrative configuration impresses. A rising author worthy of notice, his future promising. I’m impatient for more from Hardisty and Straker.

About Paul E. HardistyPaul_Hardisty2-200x300

Canadian by birth, Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a café in Sana’a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and Director of Australia’s national land, water, ecosystems and climate adaptation research programmes. He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia with his family.

Published March 8th 2015 by Orenda Books (first published December 15th 2014)

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