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Book Title: North Slope|
ISBN 13: 9781453655733
The author of the book: Michael Parker
Date of issue: September 2nd 2010
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Michael Parker has written a compelling book about oil exploration on the North Slope of Alaska. Unfortunately, he also grafted into this setting a murder mystery. More unfortunate is his lack of an attentive editor.
I've been on oil rigs in Wyoming during the winter. It's cold and dangerous. Multiply that cold and danger exponentially, and it must surely be as Parker has described in North Slope. The scenes at the drilling camp, on the rig, traversing the Arctic range by bulldozer and dogsled are vivid and well structured. If this book had simply been about the struggles and terrors of drilling for oil in Alaska, the book would be worth four-to-five stars. His descriptions are that good. But the murder mystery is not. In a way, it's like an Agatha Christie whodunit, with a circumscribed set of suspects within a confined location - not a locked room, but a landlocked (but for a helicopter) setting. I don't find Christie's mysteries interesting, and I didn't find this mystery interesting either.
But the biggest problem with this book is the want of an editor. Coffee is always "piping hot." Words are missing as in the sentence, "McKinnon looked at him for seemed like an eternity." I'm pretty sure he's missing the word "what". The word "but" appears as "hut". I have no idea what this means: "The silhouette in the front left-hand oat moved..." Sometimes the word "river," associated with a specific river, is capitalized, and sometimes not. Words are strangely capitalized, such as "company" and "law" though without any context that would suggest capitalization would be proper. The pronoun "I" often appears as the number "1". Comparing two oilmen, Parker writes that "He didn't know which of them had been the best,.." A comparison of two should result in one being "better," not "best". Plots are too frequently described as "evil". In an unnecessary sex scene, the protagonist's lover "put both her hands around the hack of his head." Perhaps that should have been "back of his head," unless "hack" is a part of the cranial anatomy of which I'm unfamiliar.
The beauty of an e-book is that it can be edited and republished. I'd suggest Parker find the time to do that.
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Read information about the authorBrought up in London. Attended Sir Walter St. John's Grammar School for boys in Battersea until the family moved to Portsmouth in 1954. Continued education at Southern Grammar. Left school with no qualifications and started work as a Junior deigner at Twilfits (Corset/Brassiere manufacturer). Left after one year and joined the Merhcant Navy as a Steward. Two years later married Pat, my teenage sweetheart and went to work on a building site. Three months later I joined the RAF as an electrician. Left 16 years later on a redundancy package and worked in a food factory for a couple of years. Left and worked in the Middle East for a year. Then back to another food manufacturer (Mars) for 17 years until early retirement in 1996. Moved out to Spain with Pat in 1997. We have four sons and ten grandchildren.
I have written all my adult life with moderate success. My first novel, NORTH SLOPE was published by Macmillan in 1980. My second, SHADOW OF THE WOLF in 1984 by Robert Hale. My third, HELL'S GATE was published in 2007 by Robert Hale followed by THE EAGLE'S COVENANT (2007) and THE DEVIL'S TRINITY in 2008. This was followed by THE THIRD SECRET,in 2009 and then A COVERT WAR in 2010. My latest novel, THE BOY FROM BERLIN was released in December 2011, and has now been picked up by Harlequin who have purchased (leased) the paperback rights for North America and Canada. Harlequin have also released my thriller, THE EAGLE'S COVENANT in paperback.
Pat and I moved back to England in 2014.
Robert published my novel, PAST IMPERFECT, in January 2015. This is an romance with a hard edged back story
I self-published A Dangerous Game last year, and now have my latest novel, Where the Wicked Dwell, trying to pick up votes on Kindle Scout. Should be released some time in February.
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