In Eclipse Richard North Patterson cranks up the heat, as it were, on an already hot-button issue: the world's shameful and quite literally fatal attraction to fossil fuels. Thanks to Al Gore and his ilk we are all aware of the damaging toll petroleum use takes on our planet's natural environment. However, Patterson points out a fatal attraction in which the bunny-in-the-stewpot is much more immediate it is the murder of tens (even hundreds) of thousands of innocent men, women and children who have nothing more to do with oil than to live where it can be harvested. They may or may not stand in the way between world class avarice and its true love (oil). They may or may not even pose a threat. No matter - they are expendable. Their lives, and whether they live or die, don't mean a jot in the corporate and geopolitical worlds where oil is more sexy than sex; ...
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