In this romantic thriller Cassie Young is a rising star at a prestigious energy consulting firm when she discovers secret files that reveal the truth about the world's oil supplies; and, it's not good news. Soon, she finds herself locked in a game of cat and mouse that places her career and ultimately her life on the line. After reading her story, you'll never think quite the same way about filling your gas tank.
Cassie's transformation from one of the firm's true believers into a worried skeptic begins when she meets Victor Chernov, a former oil trader. Contrary to the public pronouncements of her firm and many official agencies, Victor says the world may start running dangerously short of oil--the lifeblood of modern society--within only a few years. In her search for the truth, Cassie uncovers evidence that convinces her Victor is right. But that evidence now makes her a target for those who desperately want to keep an unknowing world in the dark.
A startling reinterpretation of contemporary events, Prelude follows Cassie to the Canadian tar sands; to the heart of Houston, the energy city; to an offshore drilling platform; and to the streets and suites of Washington, D.C. in a journey that unlocks the mysteries of a substance that the world cannot do without.
A Peak Oil Novel We Can Relate To
By Dr. James V. Blowers "Jim Blowers" - December 7, 2010
I learned about peak oil in 1997 when I read an article in Futurist magazine. I started reading the literature, including non-fiction by Kenneth Deffeyes, Jim Kunstler, Richard Heinberg, and others. One would think that with cheap oil starting to run out someone would be out there doiong something. Instead, most analysts, economists, and politicians are saying we have plenty of oil for the next few decades. This annoyed me because I was seeing oil slack dwindling and oil prices rising during the Double-Zero decade. Apparently these authors were having no effect on public attitudes, although politicians and the media were going haywire over the issue of global warming.
People read a lot of novels, so maybe a novel is a better way of doing it. Jim Kunstler tried it first with "World Made by Hand". However, he described a post-apocalypse world in which Route NY 29 was a dirt road, electricity was on only 30 minutes each day, and so forth. People can't relate to this because... read more
A Very Intriguing Novel!
By Cathy Strickland - December 2, 2010
I just finished "Prelude" - a book which I was not prepared to like as well as I did. It is not the kind of book that I would normally read, but just having heard the author speak at a conference, I decided to read it. And I am so glad that I did. It is a spine-chilling, page-turner of a story with lots of intrigue, good guys and bad guys, a bit of sex, evil corporations - all the components necessary to make an intriguing current novel set in our nation's capital. I highly recommend reading this book -- not only a good story, but also a throrough education about the implications of peak oil.
Two levels of suspense in this book
By Peak Oil in Virginia "Richard" - January 18, 2011
Cassie Young, the central character of Kurt Cobb's novel, reached her job as an oil analyst for a big DC consulting firm with all the regular assumptions about how the world of energy works, and she's the rising star. (Don't worry - you don't spend any time watching people write high-priced reports on arcane topics. That would be a boring book!) She knows that there's lots of oil remaining to be produced, big companies know how to get it out of the ground efficiently, and consulting firms give their clients the benefit of their wisdom. As the book moves along, she discovers that all of the comfortable assumptions are wrong, but there's a good reason why she (and we) have been told these calming lies. As the book moves through a cat-and-mouse game with higher stakes than Cassie realized, another level of suspense begins to appear: what are the rest of us going to do with the information that Cassie's discovered? That's the story that is still evolving. Kurt Cobb has given a good... read more
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