Environmental manager Mary Ann Hodges takes on a job to build a near zero-emission coal power plant and mine at a power generating and mining company in the Utah desert. She discovers a conspiracy to hide the truth about an illegal gold mining operation in partnership with an oil and shale fracking company which is threatening the region environmentally. Mary Ann goes on a desperate hunt for answers, drawing on spiritual strength for courage to overcome the nightmarish challenges of her boss that include kidnapping and attempted murder. Meanwhile, a Chinese alternative medicine physician is searching for a cure for cancer and teams with a physical anthropologist to discover the medical curative used by a hidden ancient American Indian civilization that is being impacted by the gold mining operation of Mary Ann’s unethical boss.
Like Backcut, Levesque’s first novel about a female professional working in a male-dominated, energy-related industry, Backfill provides a thrilling environmental mystery enriched with well-researched technical information about modern power generation, coal mining, fracking, anthropology, alternative medicine and American Indian history.
Sexual Content - 0/5
Violence - 1/5
Language - 0/5
Drugs and Alcohol - 1/5
Backfill by Cynthia so Levesque is a well plotted novel that I enjoyed from start to finish. For anyone who is interested in the environment you are going to love it. Mary Ann, the female lead is environmental manager. With the author's background the story rings very authentic. The premise of the story is that Mary Ann has taken a new job and starts to be suspicious of some of their activity and rightfully so. Mary Ann was a likeable female lead. At times I wanted her to be stronger and then did a self-check that I would have probably reacted the same way if things like that were happening at my job.
Another side story is a doctor is trying to find a treatment for cancer. And one of his colleagues is looking for a Native American Indian culture that has been lost. He thinks the Indian culture may have used a metal that was healing.
There were several characters in the book but it was very easy to keep them all straight. The secondary characters add another dimension to the story. Backfill is not an easy fast read. It's intelligent, educational and interesting.
Sexual content - this is not a romance book
Violence - murder, intimidation, scare tactics, kidnapping
alcohol - one of the characters drinks too much