Big Fracking Mess


Fiction - Crime
316 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

C.C. Oil Company is running a fracking operation in Bison county, much to the locals’ dismay. Some try to sabotage, confront and expose the damage done by the operation crew, but receive physically brutal, fatal retaliation from the company’s hired guns. When a local rancher ends up in a coma, Sheriff Zeke Thomasen assigns the investigation task to his Deputy Sheriffs, Jim Taylor and Amy Hooker, while trying to fend off an Attorney General who’s all about politics, votes, and power. Lee Atterbury’s Big Fracking Mess is the fourth volume of the Jim Taylor and Buck series.

Even though I’m new to the series, and this is already the fourth installment, it’s a deftly written standalone. The plot is satisfyingly complex and its pace is quite swift. Few of the character names are eyebrow-raising; Chester Chesterton, Amy Hooker. I was amused to find out that Buck is actually a horse-I expected two seasoned cops with a bit of a Butch and Sundance kind of partnership. On the other hand, it's easy to love Buck, and he's better than a K-9. The characterization as a whole is solid, despite the number of characters.

Not all the antagonists are out and out bad guys. Chester Chesterton, president of C.C. Oil Company, is a desperate man. The fracking operation is the one that will save his current financial state, or so he thought when he made a bad choice by getting help from the wrong people. I understand why Zeke almost burst an artery several times when it comes to Jim, but it’s undeniable that he and Hook do a commendable job despite being labeled as the death squad. Overall, with its succinct narrative and sharp dialogue, Big Fracking Mess is the perfect title for this adrenaline-pumping, crime and suspense read.