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For Immediate Release:

May 8, 2020,


‘The Stream Lost in the Sand’ is a thriller about oil by the owner of the oil, gas, and activity forecasting company, Globalshift.

Michael Smith, owner of Globalshift, has written a dramatic fictional adventure set in the world of oil exploration, founded on his first-hand knowledge of the industry

Events take place in the 1990s, taking the reader on a thrilling journey from Houston to London, and to the Republic of Yemen - where an ordinary geologist struggles with corporate crime and corrupt politicians in the midst of a drilling project in the desert

Michael Smith, the author of ‘The Stream Lost in the Sand’, and CEO of Globalshift has spent most of his career working as a geoscientist and manager with oil companies and consultants. He has worked on oil and gas projects in nearly every region of the world.

Although his earlier writing was non-fiction, covering global issues of oil and gas related to geology, engineering and economics, he has now ventured into fiction, with a story drawn from real life experiences in disparate locations around the world.

“It is 1994. Benjamin Bone used to work on oil rigs around the world but has lately been running from reality and responsibility. Now he hopes an interview for a job with an oil company in Houston will get him back on track; a company that will soon drill a multi-million dollar well deep in the desert beneath the towering cliffs of the Yemeni plateau.

But instead of a job he ends up with information that he was never supposed to have; information that draws him into a terrifying world of corporate crime and American politics. His life is forfeit. Someone will do anything to keep him quiet.

With the help of Natalya he plans to flee to Yemen to find out the truth. And 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? Blamed and desperate, Benjamin is on course for disaster in a world where the terrible power of oil knows no borders.”

‘The Stream Lost in the Sand’ is available from Amazon at

About Globalshift:

Globalshift describes oil and gas - location, geology, history, and future. Its website offers insights into the oil and gas industry as well as histories and forecasts of future reserves, production and activity. All information and data is available free at

The company believes in a simple tenet - the world must reduce its use of fossil fuels in a changing world. To this end it encourages independent and realistic analysis of the future of oil and gas, unfettered by wishful thinking or dogma.


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