Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists. Clay has a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, close to the company’s oil-processing facility, or watch Abdulkader, his driver and close friend, die. As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions. As Clay scrambles to keep his friend alive, he meets Rania, a troubled journalist. Together, they try to uncover the truth about Al Urush. But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is as it seems. Accused of a murder he did not commit, put on the CIA’s most-wanted list, Clay must come to terms with his past and confront the powerful forces that want him dead. A stunning debut eco-thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying is largely based on true events – the horrific destruction of fresh water and lives by oil giants. Gritty, gripping and shocking, this book will not only open your eyes but keep them glued to the page until the final, stunning denouement is reached.
I am a bit late to the party reading this book, but I am so pleased that I have read it.
It is a novel that grabs you and takes you on a journey to Yemen and into a world of corruption and lies.
The writing is very descriptive and the main character Clay is a fascinating man with secrets he keeps to himself. It is a an action packed thriller that will excite and thrill you to the bone. Bribery and danger are the order of the day and The Abrupt Physics of Dying is a brilliant debut that is full of twists and turns it will make you dizzy,
This is a brilliant tale and the writing is second to none, I can’t wait for book 2.