Book Review: Maximal Reserve
Review by Beckie at By the BookPetroleum engineer Phil Channing has only been employed a week when he uncovers the largest oil reserve in history. Using the research of a recently murdered friend, Phil discovers the secret to drilling for it lies in lava tubes under the Dead Sea. But will this knowledge throw off the world’s balance of power?
Sam Batterman grew up in the 1980′s with a pocketful of quarters to play video games in one hand and a stack of computer magazines in the other. He holds a Computer Science degree from Bob Jones University and works as a Software Engineer in Southeastern Pennsylvania with his wonderful wife, Susan, and his two kids, Samantha and Parker. He teaches Computer Programming at a Christian school and enjoys seeing kids get excited about the technology he loves so much. Sam’s first novel, Wayback, has become the best seller for Deep River Books. Sam and his wife serve at Valley Forge Baptist Temple in Collegeville, PA.
Sam Batterman had me with the first chapter of his newest book, Maximal Reserve. The action starts with a life or death chase scene and really doesn’t let up until the end of the story. Phil Channing is a recent Masters graduate looking for the perfect job to combine his years of research with his goal to make a difference in the world. Joining the research team at Axcess Energy is a dream come true — a dream that quickly becomes a nightmare. Faced with killers determined to stop the research findings — the world’s largest petroleum source — from being made public, Phil and his fiancee, Lisa must be smarter and quicker than their assailants. The stakes are high — the economic balance of the world, and there are enough shady characters, corrupt politicians and professional assasins to make the most dedicated fan of action and suspense keep reading.
I love a story that sweeps you right up and keeps you turning the pages as fast as you can. Maximal Reserve is that kind of story. I even liked all of the scientific theories that were put forth in the book as background. Now, I am definitely not a scientific person (I graduated from college without any math and only 2 semesters of science), but Sam Batterman made this part of the book fascinating and easily understood.
So if you want a fast-paced suspense novel with enough questions to get you thinking about what our government, corporations, and scientists are really up to, pick up a copy of Maximal Reserve.
(I received a copy of Maximal Reserve from Bring It On! Communications in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)