Book Details

In this environmental tale, a young man with a heart for stewardship endures a showdown against an evil geologist bent on destroying nature.

Richard Armadale, a recent college graduate, begins working at an environmental consulting firm in southeastern Kentucky. He performs his assignments with great enthusiasm, determined to do whatever is best for people and the environment. However, he meets a very wicked man of high rank, a crooked “scientist” who plunders the earth for as much money as possible without regard to ecological consequences. At this villain’s directive, an empire-like energy company upsets the balance of nature, creating a clash between farmers and coal miners. Richard finds himself caught in the midst of this conflict and bears responsibility for solving a looming water crisis. Ultimately, he must choose sides – miners or farmers – and defeat the plans of the mysterious menace before environmental degradation spells doom for the countryside.

 

Book Excerpt


     I crawled under the metal fence extending across the stream. Reeling from cold water, I ran across the back garden, trampling on every green plant that was good for food until I attained sufficient warmth.
     Swinging over the second fence, I landed like a pole-vaulter, hands to the sky, and slid across bedrock further fractured.
     Around the bend, an older teenager carried an Airsoft gun.
     I held my hands high. “Whoa there, don’t shoot!”
     “I won’t shoot you, even though you look like some sort of field bandit.”
     “Who are you trying to shoot then?”
     “My friend.”
     “I hope Friendly Fire isn’t on.”
     The boy smiled and laughed.
     “Anyway, good luck finding your friend. Go for a headshot!”
     “I’ll try, but he’s too sneaky. What are you doing in our yard?”
     “I work for Murray and Affiliates. They’re an environmental consulting company. I’m assigned to make sure the streams are flowing properly for everyone around here.”
     He raised an eyebrow. “My mom says not to play in the streams because she doesn’t want me to get sick.”
     I placed a palm under my chin. “Huh. Well, tell your mom I’m just doing my best and that I’ll look extra hard for anything that comes up.”
     “That sounds like a cool job. I wanna do that when I grow up!”
     “I’m an environmental technician. It’s a pretty fun job.”
     We diverged along our separate paths.
     I skipped up the hillside and passed the swing to a verdant pasture, where I leaned against a maple tree.
     Late October displayed a fireworks array of floating leaves – red, orange, yellow, brown, some green and a few purple. I consumed a ham sandwich, corn chips, an apple and carrots, as well as water from my CamelBak.

 

About the Author

Ben Suhrie

Ben Suhrie graduated from Ohio University, reads and writes literature for fun, and has experience with geological field work. He enjoys hiking, rock climbing, swimming, ice skating, listening to music, and playing video games. At Odds With Each Other is his debut novel.