Rick Marcum - West Texas Crude: A Novel

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Author Rick Marcum will be in the store to sign copies of his book. There will not be a reading.

About the Book:

In West Texas Crude, a young Cochiti Pueblo student and quantum physics genius, Edwin Teba, has been attacked and left for dead. Edwin's college professor, Alex Lohr, soon realizes that he has a surprising personal connection to Edwin's family-someone he hasn't seen in over forty years. As a result, the college president asks Alex to help protect and defend Edwin's family. In the process, Alex learns that Edwin is involved in the creation of a revolutionary artificial intelligence with astounding potential. This special action means Alex must now put on hold his quest for inner peace and happiness. He has had a lifetime of struggling with his fears. So in his mind, the only way to totally eradicate his fear is to not just find the culprits but to kill them. As Alex considers all the potential attackers, we learn of his many financial successes and the transgressions he committed to enable them. Alex's life is also sprinkled with tremendous consequences. He has paid dearly for his many sins and only recently has he learned that “everything that looks good ain't always good for you.” Throughout his life, Alex has been exposed to evil in many forms, some more deceiving than others. And in West Texas Crude, we join him on his journey as he considers all the potential suspects. In the process, we learn the complexities of northern New Mexico, the pueblo people, and the Hispanic culture. But we also learn what Alex must do to find true happiness. He must confront the rage that lies deep in the heart of the man in the mirror.

About the Author:

Rick Marcum was born in 1948 in Abilene, Texas to a WWII soldier and his British war bride. Rick's father was a football coach, thus football was mandatory. Not always enamored with the sport, Rick did benefit from a football scholarship to Texas Tech where he earned a finance degree. 

As a government liaison for 22 years, Rick was involved in economic initiatives of DOD in Florida, and DOE, in New Mexico. One of his grants with the National Lab in Los Alamos New Mexico, involved an encounter with an eccentric scientist who claimed to have devised an artificial intelligence algorithm. This spurred Rick’s inspiration for his 2nd novel, WEST TEXAS CRUDE.

Rick’s first novel, MESSAGE OF THE LOCUST, was the result of his days as a scuba instructor and operator in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He is currently working on his third fiction thriller regarding German submarine activity in the Gulf of Mexico just prior to the beginning of WWII. 

Rick enjoys sunsets from his deck overlooking a beautiful bayou in Panama City, Florida with a gin martini, hoping to spot the occasional dolphin fin breaking the water's surface. Rick, and his wife, Johnene, are driven to traveling the world. Rick's favorite quote is, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

West Texas Crude Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781514429044
Availability: Available to Ship - Est. Delivery in 8-13 Business Days
Published: Xlibris - December 11th, 2015