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Blood of the Dragon : Larry Howard

Thursday, June 23, 2011
America's most valuable resource, oil, is at stake. A strange strain of bacteria that thrives in an oxygen-free environment and is resistant to treatments is feeding off America's supply of crude oil. Iranian government agents have cleverly placed the bacteria in the oil fields, sending oil companies and consumers into a frenzy.

While a coup is in the works in Iran, the Chinese are hard at work testing the first of a fleet of 20 huge mobile factories that will produce synthetic crude oil using China's abundant supply of soft coal. However, putting this Project Dragon Blood into affect will double the world's carbon dioxide and have a disastrous effect on the increasing problem of global warming. A team of agrichemical experts are working diligently to find a new way to produce automotive grade ethanol and discover a newly issued Israeli patent. This incredible invention uses the carbon dioxide and water present in the air to make ethanol. The President of the United States, Thomas Garner, takes on the challenges and seizes the opportunities to save the world's economic and political stability.
Good Reads Summary
 Right off the bat, the reader knows he/she has chosen an interesting novel.  The cover is eye-catching and the concept is just complex enough to capture the reader's interest without being overly confusing.  The author touches on a subject, oil, that is very real to many people today.  The subject of the novel applies quite well to the current circumstances surrounding its readers, further drawing in readers.  The reader will not find the main character easy to get to know, it takes a few chapters for the main character to grow on his readers.  The setting is perfect, Iran; the novel has the complete set-up for a good, current read.  This book is fast-paced, the reader will not be bored.  The novel is recommended for adults/young adults who enjoy reading novels about concepts that apply to the world around them.

3 1/2 - 4 stars