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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Fracking War by Michael J Fitzgerald is an eco-political thriller. Jack Stafford has been in the reporting business for years. He leaves his job in California and goes back to his roots in New York, to The Horsehead Clarion where he got his first job working for Walter. Walter is still running the paper and he wants Jack to cover a column about hydro fracking. What starts out as a simple job reporting the facts takes an ugly turn when a group of protesters, who call themselves the Wolverines and have modeled themselves on the fictional story of The Monkey Wrench Gang, takes matter further than simple protesting. Jack follows the story, reporting on the problems caused by hydro fracking; the pollution to water, the illness and deaths to people, animals, and the inevitable increase in crime. The lies become more elaborate and the consequences more severe as Jack, with the help of Devon and Eli, pushes to get at the truth. Truth or fiction? You decide.
The Fracking War by Michael J Fitzgerald was one of the most gripping stories I have read in some time. This is a real human interest story, something so close to the truth that we should all be sitting up and taking notice. I loved the way that, although this is fiction, it is written as though the author were narrating a true series of events and that lent it an air of realism. I found the characters to be very well suited to the story and the plot was well laid out; it’s clear that a good deal of time and effort has gone into this book. I would urge anyone who has an interest in politics, human interest, ecology, and the environment to pick up this book – you won’t put it down until you’ve finished.