H - SYNOPSIS
H: INFIDELS OF OIL
Politically, Socially, Emotionally Jolting
Sixteen-year-old Honduran refugee Marla is being prostituted by human traffickers.
The coyote truck she's captive in crashes on a desolate West Texas road. Jarringly,
the truck also harbors five armed terrorists. Taken hostage, Marla wonders if she will
ever realize her girlhood dream of basking in big-city lights -- any lights, in any city.
After a rudimentary H-bomb erupts half-a-world away in a Middle-
Eastern oil field, global war appears imminent.
Cultural beliefs and raw cowboy personalities fatally clash when terrorists smuggle
several obsolete Soviet hydrogen weapons into west Texas. Their mission is an all-
out nuclear-radiation assault on American oil fields. This border breach threatens to
permanently poison vast strategic U.S. underground petroleum energy reserves.
Facing constant turmoil from production costs, plunging barrel prices, and
predictions of a soon-to-be hydrogen-powered world; a handful of oilmen counter
attack. Grit-hardened, these small-town roughnecks reluctantly realize that they are
all alone with the enemy on the Texas desert. Under a looming cloud of nuclear
fallout, they defy the imminent demise of not just their individual careers, but
collectively their very lives.
Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers' Favorite
H: Infidels of Oil is the latest offering from Ray Palla. And if you enjoy thrillers where
the murderous band of antagonists gets their comeuppance from a gaggle of good
‘ole boy roughnecks, then Mr. Palla has a rollicking novel just for you. In a story set
predominately in the West Texas red-dirt wastelands, a band of oil company
roughnecks heading toward their next job site stumble upon a small group of Islamist
terrorists that are bound and determined to bring America to its knees by detonating
a number of hydrogen bombs in oil wells across the region. Will the terrorists be
foiled in time? Which nation is behind the attacks? Can the Federal government
keep the entire operation under wraps? Will the socially-awkward “Pad” find love in
the most unexpected of ways? And is the slow-roast brisket ready yet? Mr. Palla’s H:
Infidels of Oil will leave you hungry for more.
Set amid a backdrop of Texas barbecue, cold beer and enough swirling red dirt to
keep you squinting for the foreseeable future, Mr. Palla weaves a fascinating tale
that also manages to mix in many of the hot button political issues of our time as our
protagonists traverse the highways and byways from Midland to Monahans to an
explosive showdown in Orla, Texas. Mr. Palla blends a cast of characters that are
easily likable and could have been plucked from any honky-tonk between Amarillo to
Odessa, though he chooses to keep his terrorists opaque, leaving their origins and
personal mindsets in much murkier waters. For how can a Westerner truly penetrate
the mind of an individual willing to kill for their faith?