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West Texas Crude: A Novel based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In the finest tradition of the theatre, a standing ovation is a cry for “more.” Consider this critique of West Texas Crude to be a clapping, stomping, standing ovation. Rick Marcum reveals convincingly the childhood trials of Alex Lohr. Desperate to escape the life he fears will become his, he commits one violent act that provides the way out, yet will haunt him for years. Marcum’s execution of Alex’s escape plan is a reminder of the direct, to-the-point, style of Pat Conroy, minus those long, wonderful passages of his that describe in detail everything from the landscape to its flora and fauna. It doesn’t take as many words to describe West Texas. West Texas Crude is a fast moving, multi-faceted tale of a young man’s journey from home, into a rough and tumble business life that has earned him both wealth and enemies. His escape into respectability as an English professor at a small, New Mexico university is unhinged with the brutal beating of Edwin Teba, a Cochiti Pueblo student and quantum physics genius who has become a personal friend. The protection of Edwin from his unknown assailants and the discovery of their motives, reveals a plot to steal scientific research. However, it also reveals much more about himself than he originally sought to uncover. More!