The Abrupt Physics of Dying
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The Abrupt Physics of Dying


Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists. Clay has a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, close to the company’s oil-processing facility, or watch Abdulkader, his driver and close friend, die. As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions. As Clay scrambles to keep his friend alive, he meets Rania, a troubled journalist. Together, they try to uncover the truth about Al Urush. But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is as it seems. Accused of a murder he did not commit, put on the CIA’s most-wanted list, Clay must come to terms with his past and confront the powerful forces that want him dead. A stunning debut eco-thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying is largely based on true events – the horrific destruction of fresh water and lives by oil giants. Gritty, gripping and shocking, this book will not only open your eyes but keep them glued to the page until the final, stunning denouement is reached.

Title:The Abrupt Physics of Dying
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:448 pages

    The Abrupt Physics of Dying Reviews

  • Christine
    Jan 14, 2015

    The Abrupt Physics of Dying could easily be called one man against a giant. It is the powerful story of Claymore Straker, a man who finds his moral compass and fights. Claymore versus Petro-Tex. David...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Jan 25, 2015

    I seriously cannot remember the last time I was this gripped by a thriller – pretty much from the opening pages it sucks you down into the tale and won’t let go – Fantastic writing, a very very ...

  • Meggy
    Mar 25, 2017

    Say action, guns, a guy with muscle and I am out of here. I'm the first to say no to action movies, or if I do accept to watch one, I end up bored to death because they all look and sound the same. Th...

  • Paul
    Feb 04, 2015

    The Abrupt Physics of Dying – Stunning Debut ThrillerThe Abrupt Physics of Dying is the stunning debut thriller from Canadian writer Paul E. Hardisty the debut book for new publisher Orenda Books. O...

  • Margaret Madden
    Jan 14, 2015

    Review by Declan Madden.This debut novel introduces the character of Clay Straker to the reader and is a story of industrial pollution in the Middle East. Clay Straker , retired from the South African...

  • Notty
    Dec 20, 2014

    This one was a hard one to read. I did enjoy it, and once into it, couldn't put it down! When you say that money is the root to all evil, this books explains it big time. I understand it's based on a ...

  • Jackie Law
    Feb 02, 2015

    The Abrupt Physics of Dying, by Paul E. Hardisty, is an action packed contemporary thriller set in the Yemen. It explores the hubris of the wealthy and powerful who believe that they are above the law...

  • David Reviews
    Feb 18, 2015

    This is an exceptional thriller that grips you from the very start. Our hero Claymore Straker, or Clay to his friends, is in mortal danger from page one. The story is told at a cracking pace and the a...

  • Snoakes
    Feb 28, 2015

    I did enjoy this one - it's a page-turner of a story and gallops along. I think it would make a cracking film if ever it gets the chance.The only reason I've not given it five stars is that thrillers ...

  • Tony
    Jan 13, 2015

    Claymore Straker is a man on the edge. A civilian in a dangerous land at a dangerous time. Kidnapped, held at gunpoint and lead into the depths of Yemen to be given an ultimatum by a man believed to b...

About Paul E. Hardisty

Paul E. Hardisty

For the past 30 years, Paul E Hardisty has worked all over the world as an engineer and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, and rehabilitated village water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Yemen in 1994 as the civil war broke out, and in Ethiopia as the Mengistu regime fell. In 2015, his first novel, The Abrupt Physics of Dying,