What I truly loved about this book is that there was a little of everything within the covers of this little gem. The characters were complex and diverse in their own mutually exclusive ways and complimented the others well. The story was well thought out, had me wanting more and kept me intwined all afternoon. Not to mention the story had its series of twists and turns to get to the ending point.
While there seemed to be too many characters within the story at given points of the story, I did find myself going back a chapter to re-read, making notes with a pen and paper. I wasn’t sure which characters were who at first, but the puzzle pieces slipped in one at a time. What is great about this story is the ability to re-read, as many books do lose appeal after being read the first time. Lazos writes with broad horizons and reaches the stars in this intriguing, page turning story.
While I have yet to read any other books that belong to Lazos, I think she has spread her wings and created a genre within the fictional mystery, possibly further into the depths than we have thought.
Oil & Water was something I don’t think I would typically pick up. Based off the description: “When inventor Martin Tirabi builds a machine that converts trash into oil it sends shockwaves through the corporate halls of the oil cognoscenti. Weeks later, Marty and his wife, Ruth are killed in a mysterious car accident. Their son, Gil, a 10-year old physics prodigy is the only one capable of finishing the machine that could solve the world’s energy problems. Plagued with epilepsy from birth, Gil is also psychic, and through dreams and the occasional missive from his dead father he gets the push he needs to finish the job. Meanwhile, Bicky Coleman, head of Akanabi Oil is doing his best to smear the planet in it. From a slow leak in the Gulf of Mexico to the most devastating oil spill the Delaware River has ever seen, Akanabi’s corporate practices are leaving oily imprints in their wake. To divert the tide of bad press, Bicky dispatches his son-in-law and Chief Engineer, David Hartos to clean up his mess. A disillusioned Hart, reeling from the recent death of his wife and unborn child, travels to Philadelphia to fulfill his father-in-law’s wishes. There’s no such thing as coincidence when Hart meets Gil and agrees to help him finish Marty’s dream machine. But how will he bring such a revolutionary invention to market in a world reliant on fossil fuels and awash in corporate greed? To do so, Hart must confront those who would quash the project, including his own father-in-law. You’ll find murder, mystery, and humor as black as fine Arabian crude filling the pages of Oil and Water. The characters are fictional, but the technology is real. What will we do when the oil runs out?”
Psychic? Engineer? Dream machine? How does she mix fiction with the ideas of real technology? Lazos is an author to watch out for! You can find her work on Amazon in Kindle and paperback format.
My rating: 5/5 stars