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Benjamin Bone has worked on oil rigs around the world. But he has had no assignments for months, his marriage is failing, and he feels like he is on the run from reality and responsibility.

He interviews for a job with an oil company in Houston, drilling a multi-million dollar well deep in the desert beneath the towering cliffs of the Yemeni plateau. Arriving back in London he spots a briefcase on the baggage carousel at the airport. He is sure it was left for him by a man he saw at the oil company offices.

He takes the case, unaware that by doing so he will be drawn into the dark intrigues of American politics and a terrifying future. Someone will do anything to protect its contents. He is sought by the police and must battle hired killers knowing that this insignificant oil company has no hope of finding oil.

With the help of Natalya Cheung, a travel agent he meets in London, he plans to flee to Yemen to find the truth. In a backdrop of impending civil war Benjamin is thrown into a world of feudal clans, ambitious politicians, corrupt company officials and people just trying to do their high risk jobs.

Can he find out what this company is really doing in Yemen before it is too late? He must do something fast or his first trip to Yemen could be his last trip anywhere. Confused, blamed and desperate Benjamin is on a collision course with disaster in a world where the power of oil knows no borders.

The Stream Lost in the Sand

by Michael Smith

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