Backfill By Cynthia Soule Levesque


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.