Review done by Abby
About the Author: Sam Batterman is a software engineer in southeastern Pennsylvania. He also teaches computer programming at a private high school. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Sam and his family serve at Valley Forge Baptist Temple.
In 2007 Sam Batterman began writing his first novel-Wayback. It was published in 2009 and became the best selling fiction novel for his publisher. He has followed it up with Maximal Reserve in 2011.
About the Book: Petroleum exploration engineer Phil Channing uncovers the single largest oil reserve in history–and he’s only been employed for a week. The find is so large that it dwarfs all Middle East reserves combined, and lies so deep within the bowels of the earth that it can’t be reached by any conventional method. He discovers how to tap into this Maximal Reserve through research left behind by a college friend who was brutally murdered just before Phil took the job. The secret lies in the cryptic revelation of a complex of lava tubes on the southeast side of the Dead Sea known as Etsba Elohim–the Finger of God.
This knowledge provides the ability to reach this incredibly strategic resource and threatens to change the world’s balance of power and wealth in favor of the small nation of Israel.
My Review: I have to say that I was not quite sure what to expect when I agreed to review this book. I knew that it would be about the oil industry which intrigued me but I can not say that it is something I know a ton about-no more than an average American. Once I got started reading I realized that this was not an issue. This book is fiction, and while there are elements of this book that are based on fact it is a made up story. The details of the oil industry that I am not fully educated on were explained in the book so that was not over my head at all.
There was also some scientific elements in the book. The author describes himself as a “computer geek” and it is evident that he enjoys the scientific and technical aspects of geology. I thought that these things were explained in great detail which did help me understand them better, but at times it may have been a bit too much and got in the way of the story.
The story itself was entertaining. There is a lot of action and a good old love story. It is a quick and easy read and did not take me long at all to finish. I enjoyed it and wanted to find out how it was going to end. That said, I did find s0me of it kind of far fetched. I guess I am not a huge action movie and book kind of girl so maybe that is not my thing. Sometimes I found myself thinking “Really??? Is this really happening?”. But it is a fun story!
This book is “Christian fiction” which I have to say is a book genre that I have not really explored. The main characters are wholesome and good and the type of people that you tend to root for. Sometimes they may have been a bit too “good” but the good and bad made for an interesting story. There is some religion tied into the book but it is not preachy and I think that this book is something that you could enjoy weather or not you spend a lot of time at church.
This is a book that I would recommend to friends as a fun quick read. Perfect for summer reading!
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