April 15, 2011

Book Blurb Friday - 04/15/11

Lisa, from Writing in the Buff, is once again hosting Book Blurb Friday. Here's the pictorial inspiration (courtesy of Lynn Obermoeller):


Your task? Using no more than 150 words, craft a book blurb (using the picture above as your book cover.

Doomtown
Finkelmyer Industries is the largest employer in the small hamlet of Plainview. Over half of the town's residents work in the chemicals factory started by "Papa" Francis Finkelmyer. For seventy-five years, the Finkelmyer family has given back to the community through their many acts of philanthropy.

This idyllic setting is about to change. Unbenownst to plant Safety Officer, Stash Bunkovski, a dioxin holding tank is leaking into the town's water supply.Before long, anglers and the state Fish and Game Commission report that the once-plentiful trout living in Loyalhanna Creek are diseased or mutated.

Doctors' offices are soon filled with sick residents, most of them presenting with stomach ailments or quick-growing tumors.

Is this just an unfortunate industrial accident? Or are eco-terrorists to blame?

Can the EPA and Stash resolve the problem before Plainview becomes another Love Canal?

15 comments:

  1. Whoah! This sounds a very thrilling puzzle - I hope all comes out well in the end.
    Have you read 'Animal's People' by Indra Sinha? It's based on the Bhopal disaster of 1984 for which the residents have never been compensated.

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  2. Impressed with this - the sort of thing I'd be terrified to offer in case someone, somewhere said 'now you HAVE to write it'

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  3. Eco terrorists. Lol! I love your names and the mystery behind the whole situation.

    Wonder if the lawyers will soon have ads on t.v. saying, "Did you or someone you love ever live in the town of Plainview? If so, if they developed stomach tumors, please call now!"

    Have a great weekend!

    Kathy M.

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  4. Very believable story and timely for sure. Good use of prompt pic!

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  5. This is almost too real-like something on 60 Minutes-and it doesn't sound good for the town!

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  6. I love the idea of eco-terrorists. It's amazing the different things people see in the same picture!

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  7. A thriller, and so possible it scares me. My husband worked for a water company and the stories he told about possible bio terrorism would make you shiver.

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  8. Oh my. Those philanthropic Finkelmyers sounded fun until the whole thing got truly frightening. Sounds like a fantastic book.

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  9. Sounds so official and well researched!

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  10. Believable and scary, and pertinent to current events, considering what is going on in Japan. This is a book I'd read. I thought of the movies Erin Brockovich and China Syndrome, too. Nice job!

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  11. So well written, but these true events terrorize me!

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  12. I'm a mystery book fan and especially anything to do with ecoterorists who want to terorize a city. I remember the anthrax scare just after 9/11 and we were told to open our mail outside (just in case!) This sounds like it could come from any headline anytime. Good one!

    ~Jean

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  13. oh you did so well! Very contemporary and interesting angle!

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