Geologist Trace Brandon’s serendipitous discovery of the long forgotten Sullivan Mine comes with more than high grade uranium and gold ore. When ex-con, and penny mining stock promoter, Cyrus “The Virus” McSweeny finds out about Brandon’s new mining claims, he formulates an underhanded plan to gain an interest in the mine.
To further complicate matters, one of Brandon’s shareholders, Richard Rosenburg, is into a New Orleans crime family for a cool million. And they want Rosy’s shares in Brandon’s new company˗˗Montana Creek Mining.
As Brandon begins to drill out the rich orebody, his shareholders start dying. And not from natural causes. The exotic nature of the murders catches the attention of FBI Special Agent Beau Monroe. But it’s the world class uranium grades that catch Hong Kong based Lei Chang’s eye. Chang wants the uranium reserves for his Chinese backed mining company. And he doesn’t care how he gets them.
Brandon is forced to forge some rather unorthodox alliances to maintain control of the Sullivan Mine . . . and to stay alive.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
May be more complicated, as I am usually juggling multiple characters within several sub-plots.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep the pace fast. Average readers have short attention span. Pull reader into story, and don’t let him come up for air…
Randall Reneau worked as a professional geologist for 36 years. He spent nearly twenty years in uranium exploration, followed by five years in West Africa exploring for diamonds and gold. He later managed silver and copper exploration projects in Mexico. Mr. Reneau served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Cambodia, and was awarded a Bronze Star, and two Army Commendation Medals. He lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.
DEADLY LODE is his first novel. The sequel, DIAMOND FIELDS, will be out in spring of 2013.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Book is based on my 36 years as an international geologist, and my tenure as CEO of several ‘penny-stock’ mining companies. When I related stories of my overseas adventures, and tales of some of our more ‘nefarious’ investor/shareholders, to friends, I was encouraged to write a book.