Oil and Corruption

Rated 4.40/5 based on 15 reviews
Oil and Corruption is a contemporary thriller about a nefarious plot within the global oil industry that is unwittingly uncovered and the global consequences that result. More

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About Gareth Flood

Gareth has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and England. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Film and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing, both awarded from the University of Auckland. He worked as a Marketing executive for a number of large multinational companies before returning to his first love of writing. His next novel is already in the planning stage.

Reviews

Review by: James Masters on March 10, 2013 :
4.5 stars
In “Oil and Corruption” by Gareth Flood, Oil Systems Analyst Jonathan Marshall is going about his business doing his job at an oil company when he notices some strange data. Not long after, two high-profile men are assassinated, and it all leads back to Jonathan’s oil company…and to him. With the help of some interesting support cast, he must go on the run, or become the next victim or a corrupt plot. A high-stakes game of cat and mouse that has all the necessary elements for thriller fans, and a few that you don’t expect.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cory Banyan on March 09, 2013 :
I liked this book. The unique storylines wove together nicely, and the tension stayed solid with no boring middle, and for the most part I was really impressed. Fans of the genre will enjoy it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on March 06, 2013 :
REally very good! I liked all the action and the fast pace. So many interesting characters who do crazy things, or have crazy things happen to them. Sometimes they are really over the top, but it works. The only way I can describe it is that they are exaggerated, but believable, if this makes any sense. Like how Falcus was, and “The Cajun”…I think my favorite was Captain Pink. (The line where he walks in clutching a latte like a live grenade cracked me up…I could picture it perfectly!) And there was an underlying darkly comedic tone that is unexpected in this type of novel, but I thought it worked. For me it was a great way to spend a few hours. Thanks!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on March 04, 2013 :
This novel by Gareth Flood reminded me of a weird mix between (are you ready…) “24”, “The DaVinci Code”, “Bourne Identity” and a tiny splash of “The Naked Gun”. Yeah, I know how crazy that sounds, but that’s what it seemed like to me! Some of the characters, and there are many in this book, were just so outrageous…awesome, but also almost caricatures. But they really made the story work in my opinion and gave it a really cool, unique flavor. I think Mr. Flood is a creative writer with a knack for writing these types of books. It’s a little more lighthearted than some thrillers, but it still has all the drama. Check it out!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Hastings on March 01, 2013 :
I thought “Oil and Corruption” by Gareth Flood was a lot of fun. I had zero expectations going in, other than I like political thrillers and action books. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got into the story! I was actually scared a few times for Jonathan, and laughed at some other places. I didn’t want to put down my Kindle until I had finished the book, and I thought the end was great and wrapped everything up nicely. I’d read more from Mr. Flood in the future, I think he has a great “voice”.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carla Biggins on Feb. 28, 2013 :
Crazy ride!! This wild and complex story line jumps all over the globe, from Paris to London, Kazakhstan, even Corsica and California! The action never slows down as Jonathan and Julie try to escape the people trying to kill them because Jonathan uncovered a scandal in the oil company he works for. I liked so many things about this book…the narrative, the unexpected action, the larger than life characters, and the non- stop thrills. Recommend to fans who enjoy a fast, exciting and entertaining read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mark Williams on Feb. 27, 2013 :
On the whole, I really liked this book. I though the beginning was a bit sluggish (not the prologue- that was great!), but once the story got moving (with the assassinations), it REALLY got moving. Reminded me a bit of a roller coaster in that regard. So jump on board, fasten your seatbelt, and get ready for a wild ride!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jesse Thomas on Feb. 25, 2013 :
There are 2 murders that happen right off the bat: one is to “Hoot”, the CEO of the biggest oil company in the world, and the other is to Viktor Masloz, Vice-President of the Russian Federation. When oil analyst Jonathan Marshall discovers the reason for the assassinations, it puts his own life in major jeopardy. The thing I liked about this book the most was that it never really took itself too seriously. There were a lot of funny and tongue-in-cheek- moments, and at unexpected times. I read it in a night and liked how fast paced it was. Recommend for fans of fast-paced adventure/thrillers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on Feb. 22, 2013 :
An excellent read! I really enjoyed the complex plotlines and the high-octane adventure and edge-of-death thrills. It was great and original from start to finish. GREAT characters that were a hoot to read. Looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on Feb. 22, 2013 :
I read this book in one sitting. It was great! I thought Jonathan was a great, unexpected “everyday” hero-type guy. The premise, although not entirely original, was written in a fresh and new way that kept me captivated from beginning to end. I knew I’d like this book just from the prologue and I wasn’t wrong! Overall a very good story. Lots of thrills.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Claire Middleton on Feb. 19, 2013 :
"Oil and Corruption” by Gareth Flood isn’t my normal type of read, but lately I’ve been reading out of my comfort zone and thought I’d give it a try. I’d so glad I did! It was far more exciting than I would’ve guessed, and I found myself flipping the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen. I liked how everything came full circle at the end, and how the story was set in different areas of the world. That was cool. This was a quick read with lots of exciting twists and turns.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jhonni Parker on Feb. 16, 2013 :
I was totally sucked up into the story almost from the beginning, and it managed to keep my attention until the end. I genuinely felt invested in the characters, and was anxious, sad, happy, over their fates. I felt that many parts were unpredictable, and downright unique, a rarity for me because I read so much. This author definitely has a good talent for writing plot and characters and I will look forward to seeing more from him in the future.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on Feb. 16, 2013 :
Fast paced, action packed, around the world excitement and danger. A high stakes game of power and oil exposes a dangerous corruption that sucks in “regular Joe” Jonathan Marshall into running for his life, literally. He works for the biggest oil company in the world, and sees something he shouldn’t. This book was interesting and held my attention from beginning to end. The plot was compelling and kept me on my toes. Recommend for fans of thrillers, suspense.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Feb. 14, 2013 :
Fabulous premise. I enjoyed the setup and there was great tension pulling the story forward. There were some great personalities that had a lot of potential and really came alive as the story progressed. Recommend for fans of thrillers and action.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on Feb. 13, 2013 :
I actually really liked this book. I admit this surprised me because at first I didn’t think I would – and only because I was thinking “what kind of an idiot keeps building a villa just so that the terrorists can blow it up?” I mean come on! Big world out there, buddy… move on. But although Mr. 3.64% is the first “quirky” character to show up, he certainly isn’t the last. This novel had some of the most interesting characters (with funny names) I’ve seen in a while. And a very entertaining read that I enjoyed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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