Geologist Trace Brandon has traded mining in Washington State for the sunshine
and warm waters of the Cayman Islands. For the past year, his only encounters
with crooks have been social, and no one has tried to kill him. But a phone call
from Cyrus “the Virus” McSweeny lures Trace into a dangerous new mining
project. This time the quarry is West African alluvial diamonds: rare and extremely
In the steamy backwater city of Monrovia, Trace and his partner, Will Coffee,
team up with expat mining engineer Gordon Watson and an Idaho potato-farmer-
turned-diamond-miner known as the “Mormon.” Together, they will make an
extraordinary find-what miners call a “First Water Stone.”
When rebels attempt a coup, Trace and his partners are caught up in violence and
treachery that threaten to engulf them all…
Reviewed by: Celina Cuadro
Randall Reneau's Diamond Fields is non-stop action, exotic places, and the adrenalin rush of high-risk high-reward. I could not put this down - this is the kind of read that eats up the miles of a long
trip. Despite lots of action and plenty of detail Mr. Reneau writes in an easy-to-follow style, and whether he was talking about equipment for diamond prospecting, negotiating with the village
headman, or insurgent tactical preparations, I could follow things just fine. Mr. Reneau's character Trace Brandon started getting a following because of the previous novel Deadly Lode, and picking
up this second book I was concerned I would not understand what was going on. Diamond Fields is independent of the first book however, and after enjoying this stand-alone story, I am considering
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Deadly Lode November 5, 2012
Deadly Lode hit high gear in the first chapter and never slowed down. Lots of action, great characters, multi twists and turns. If you are familiar with the mining business, you will love the book, if not,
you definitely will be by the end of the book. Besides being filled with shootings, cheats, crooks, bad guys, good guys, pretty women, really bad guys...Deadly Lode takes you on a step by step
“Deadly Lode is a timely page-turner in the style of Clive Cussler." - Ken Hodgson, award winning author of The Man Who Killed Shakespeare.
“The pace is fast, the dialogue snappy and deception lurks at every turn." - Sheldon Russell, award winning author of DEAD MAN'S TUNNEL.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Stuff November 5, 2012
I found Deadly Lode a wealth of information on mineral exploration and production. How it is discovered and then how it comes into production. I found the characters, trading in the shares of stock as
it hit the market, a clever study of human nature. "The good, the bad and the ugly." I am looking forward for more from Randall Reneau.
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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