A suspenseful novel featuring a professional woman working in the masculine environment of coal mining. You will be taken on a mesmerizing journey that features environmental issues, a long-lost native American tribe, a hidden gold mine, and a potential cure for cancer. A series of plot twists and unexpected events will keep you engaged in this fascinating story. More
Environmental manager Mary Ann Hodges takes on a job to build a near zero-emission coal power plant and mine at a power generating and mining company in the Utah desert. She discovers a conspiracy to hide the truth about an illegal gold mining operation in partnership with an oil and shale fracking company which is threatening the region environmentally. Mary Ann goes on a desperate hunt for answers, drawing on spiritual strength for courage to overcome the nightmarish challenges of her boss that include kidnapping and attempted murder. Meanwhile, a Chinese alternative medicine physician is searching for a cure for cancer and teams with a physical anthropologist to discover the medical curative used by a hidden ancient American Indian civilization that is being impacted by the gold mining operation of Mary Ann’s unethical boss.
Like Backcut, my first novel about a female professional working in a male-dominated, energy-related industry, Backfill provides a thrilling environmental mystery enriched with well-researched technical information about modern power generation, coal mining, fracking, anthropology, alternative medicine and American Indian history.
Cynthia Soule Levesque has always loved science, writing, and foreign missions. After serving as a missionary teacher in Central America right after college, she combined her scientific curiosity and her passion for trying to keep the planet clean in a career in environmental management. She retired early, as God called her back to the mission field; she and her husband lived in China for four years, where she taught English at a college and at the registered Protestant Chinese church.
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