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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Thrillers / Espionage
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Book I
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:344
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350954302

Otello's Oil

A Saga of Blood & Oil

by D.W. Layton

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"Otello's Oil" is a story of love, greed, and conflict at the beginning of the next decade. By then global demand for oil is up, supply down, and competition for what's left, keen. Jones fights to protect his family and his country. The Secretary succumbs to love and greed. In the end, she is betrayed by the man she loved.

Elliot Jones is a cross between Sam Spade and Jack Ryan. He's a no-nonsense Special Agent with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service who won medals for shooting at the Summer Olympics. The U.S. Secretary of State is in a loveless marriage. She has invited the Oil Minister of Kuwait to dinner in Georgetown followed by opera at the Kennedy Center. In Act III of Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, a shot is fired, but no one hears a thing. The Minister slumps in his seat. Blood oozes from his chest. The Secretary is only inches away. Was she the target? Was she in love with her guest? Jones is tasked with leading the investigation. He soon discovers that the Oil Minister was in the crosshairs of a global battle among the super powers for energy

"A high-speed thrill ride. I couldn’t put it down." 
--Mark Mahal, former Senior VP Finance EMEA, Ecolab

"Layton delivers a cleverly crafted plot full of twists and turns set against the backdrop of a future where energy markets are stretched to the breaking point. I can’t wait to read the sequel."
--John Gartman, former Senior VP, Hess Corporation.

"A fast-paced story of mystery and intrigue at the highest levels of the global diplomatic world. The settings are vivid and accurate, and the characters behave in ways that are believable, but still surprising. Absolute page-turner. Riveting."
--Amb. John Schmidt, former Associate US Attorney General and Chief US Negotiator Uruguay Round Global Trade Talks

"I really enjoyed this. Layton makes the characters and locations come alive. I devoured it."
--Dorothy Puhy, former Executive VP and COO, Dany-Farber Cancer Institute
About the author

As a young man Layton was greatly influenced by Jame's Michener's The Drifters. Thus, after graduating from college he traveled the world. A vagabond. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona. He stomped grapes with his feet in Greece. He pulled giant crab pots off the floor of the Bering Sea. After law school he attended Cambridge University in England where he obtained an advance degree in international law. After Cambridge he moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked in and out of government for over 35 years. During his career he practiced international law all over the world; often representing governments in disputes with other governments before the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Layton has always been interested in the arts, appearing in two operas at the Kennedy Center as a supernumerary, while also raising three sons. He and his wife of over 45 years split their time between homes in Florida and the South of France.

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Thrilling from Cover to Cover Otellos Oil is a thrill ride starting on page one. It wastes no time getting you hooked in mystery and true detective work from the start. Spread across international borders, it has a strong resemblance to James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan, all in one. It's an easy read and easy to finish one day. You'll be on the edge of your seat the whole book. Definitely book of the summer! Read more