Oil Patch Quartet, The:
An Omnibus of Four Novels by John Ballem

9781896951898

ISBN 9781896951898 | 5.125″ x 7.625″ | TPB | $29.95

Category: Literary Novels, Historical Fiction

 
An omnibus of four novels (The Barons, The Devil’s Lighter, Oilpatch Empire, and Death Spiral) by John Ballem.

Oilmen from Texas and Oklahoma swarm into Alberta in the wake of Leduc No. 1, the “Last Chance Well,” that tapped into the vast reserves of oil under the rolling western plains. Wildcatters and promoters, colorful, larger-than-life, they work hard and play hard in pursuit of the fabled Black Gold. Local oil barons quickly join the Wildcat wells in the field, intrigue in the boardroom, sex in the bedroom, tycoons and corporate raiders, all drive an industry where the elusive prize lurks thousands of metres underground.

The search for that glittering prize draws men like tycoon Bill Crawford, staking his entire fortune on his wildcatter’s instinct for the big stake, his rebellious daughter, Debbie, determined to carve out her own place in the male-dominated patch, Luke Willard, standing on the drilling rig floor and daring to call the devil up out of the hole, Margo Jones, ruthless journalist who will do anything for a sensational story. Hearts are broken, fortunes won and lost, as they and their venturesome contemporaries seek their destinies through the tumultuous decades of boom and bust, and build the Canadian oilpatch into the international powerhouse it is today.

 

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“Taken together, the novels paint an invaluable picture of the Alberta oil industry from the halcyon 1950s through the tumultuous 1980s … But imagine you’re a scholar 200 years hence. You’re investigating the oil patch? Ballem’s books will communicate a greater sense of what it was like in these early days than any number of statistical surveys or even lively eye-witness histories.”
— Ken McGoogan, The Calgary Herald

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Ballem, John - was a Calgary author, attorney and oilman. He published twelve novels, a volume of poetry, numerous short stories and a legal textbook. (read more)

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Oil Patch Quartet, The:
An Omnibus of Four Novels by John Ballem
- John Ballem
ISBN 9781896951898 | 5.125" x 7.625" | TPB | $29.95

An omnibus of four novels (The Barons, The Devil's Lighter, Oilpatch Empire, and Death Spiral) about the tumultuous lives of those who built the Canadian oilpatch into the international powerhouse it is today. (read more)

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