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Dark Oil Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Nora James started her working life at age 14 in a bakery in Paris. She held a number of other jobs before studying law at the University of Western Australia and becoming an international resources lawyer and translator. She has travelled extensively, both as a child and adult, for family reasons, work and pleasure. She now writes novels and screenplays from her home in coastal Western Australia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and a menagerie of furry friends. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00EVAV71G
- Publisher : Escape Publishing (1 October 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 478 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,578,617 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Well written but lacking substanceReviewed in Canada on 21 January 2014
The idea of the book was interesting and the writing style was fairly good, but I couldn't get excited about the characters. They were all lacking dimension and interest. I didn't care whether Lara found love again or saved the day at work, I didn't really get to know her and what was revealed about her was a bit pathetic. So overall meh!
A romance on bottom of economic and politician human power struggleReviewed in France on 26 February 2014
I spend a very good time reading this book. An original love story in a dark side of our world ! We met some strong characters with their own feelings just like in the real world. So how people could live together if nobody can listen to the others ? That’s the magical human being ! You want to have a good time without brainstorming go ahead read this book!
More than a romanceReviewed in the United States on 10 December 2013
Don’t expect a standard romance from Nora James’ debut novel. Yes, it is a love story, beautifully portrayed against an exotic setting. However, it also features strong elements of adventure and suspense and this, combined with quality writing and in-depth characterisation, make it a standout in the genre. There’s a strong sense of authenticity about the vividly drawn African setting. The heat, dust, flies and corruption of the fictional third world country are all too believable. Sent there to sort out an oil contract, lawyer Lara Beckham and her co worker Jack Norton are confronted by issues that go deeper than the question of whether there is any chance of a future for them together. Their very survival is at stake. Dark Oil is an exceptional first novel that has left me waiting in eager anticipation for James’ next offering.
Not Your Average RomanceReviewed in the United States on 27 October 2013
In fact, there’s nothing average about Dark Oil. For starters, it’s set in the (fictional) country of Negala in Africa. This is not the side of Africa that tourists see. Though the setting is dark and gritty, the romance and characters are not. Lara is an experienced lawyer working in a hard industry where she’s thrown in the deep end. Then she meets Jack. The attraction between the two of them is beautifully rendered so that when you’re reading the story you can feel the pull between them. I felt for Lara for many reasons, most of which I can’t write down for fear of giving too much away. This is a beautifully written story with warm characters, twists you won’t see coming, and a heartwarming ending. In case you can’t tell, I loved it!
Load this one before you leave the airport! You won't be sorry.Reviewed in the United States on 11 November 2013
The author brought the several locations of this story to life for me; I felt the heat, the dust, and sniffed the smells of a miserable third-world part of our planet. It was as if the writer had had these experiences herself, they were so graphic. A good read, and an interesting story. Looking forward to her next.