The Last Canary by R. Bruce Walker

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The Marcellus Shale has been called the energy play of the century -
five hundred trillion cubic feet of natural gas trapped within sixty
million invisible acres from upstate New York to West Virginia. But the
only way to get at it is via a controversial recovery technique that
involves pumping millions of gallons of toxic chemicals into the earth
called fracking.

When Deacon Energy sets out to tap into this
precious resource near the fictitious town of Parksboro, Pennsylvania,
they end up fracturing far more than the gas rich formations that hold
this unexpected treasure. They fracture lives, the community and the
promise of an independent energy future.

Perry Lovell is a
hard-driving Texas wildcatter who has been hired to punch the six major
wells of the Northfield Project. But when a reluctant landowner refuses
to lease up his property for development, the tough-minded driller is
forced to make alternative plans involving dangerous compromises.

Fahn is the proud patriarch of a family who wants nothing to do with
royalties and gas money. Instead, he is determined to preserve his farm
and a way of life for his son, a decorated veteran, who has returned
from Iraq and Afghanistan damaged and disillusioned.

Fischer is a popular college professor and prominent geologist who has
been retained to study the impact of the contentious recovery technique
being used to harvest the gas. But when one of his graduate students is
killed in a potentially related caving accident, Fischer finds himself
at the eye of the swirling storm.

Enter ardent environmentalist,
Anna Beth Tull. Violently opposed to fracking, she rallies her loyal
green minions against it at every turn. Introduce a greedy corporate
executive; a corrupt state senator; a biased television reporter; and an
ambitious local entrepreneur and chaos soon ensues.

By the
time this cautionary tale reaches its unanticipated conclusion, the
underlying tensions and undeniable irony of the story become obvious, begging the question: Is the cost of
development worth the ultimate price that it exacts?

Timely and
relevant, THE LAST CANARY explores multiple facets of one of the most
important economic and politically divisive issues of our time. Drawn
directly from headlines surrounding this controversial subject, it
attempts to inform and educate, while simultaneously weighing the dream
of energy independence against the human and environmental consequences
of achieving it.

About R. Bruce Walker

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R. Bruce Walker is a twenty-five year veteran of the advertising industry. As a copywriter, creative director and senior executive with several a leading global agencies, he has earned numerous accolades and awards for his work. Recently, he has turned his creative talents towards writing fiction. THE LAST CANARY is his second novel. It follows the release of his successful debut novel, JESTERS' DANCE, an industry opus that former Ogilvy & Mather Chairman & CEO Ken Roman likened to "the gin and vermouth of an adman's martini". Bruce currently resides near Savannah, Georgia with his wife, Lynne, and two irrepressible Labrador Retrievers.
Published May 31, 2012 by Telemachus Press, LLC. 412 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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