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If a person invented a perpetual motion machine would someone kill him?
Maybe they already have.
John Crawley is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to penning his numerous novels, he built a thirty-year career in advertising, specializing in TV and Radio and helped build dozens of national brands. He has taught creative writing and advertising at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce), TCU, as well as guest lectured at North Texas University, SMU and LaVerne University in California. John is an award-winning photographer, an avid cook, a devoted husband and a guitar and mandolin picker. He occasionally finds time to fly fish and to ride his motorcycles. John is married with three children, a dog and two cats.
In the 1970’s, when energy was cheap and gas lines still a figment of our imagination, three engineers in the New Mexico desert discovered a secret hiding within the molecules of compounds hosting oxygen and hydrogen. As they coaxed the energy trapped inside out, they tripped over the laws of physics, which forbade perpetual motion from being a reality. What they invented would cost one of them his life, another one to go into a lifetime of clandestine hiding and finally the third to remain silent for over thirty years until his death.
What they invented became the substance of a great myth.
The invention; was it real or a hoax? Fact or fiction? Were the men who created it scientists or con artists? Only five people in the world know for sure. And two of them are dead.
Journalist Jack Lawrence traces the origins of the old myth back to the men who claimed to have created a free energy machine. And by merely uncovering the dusty facts of their past, Jack and his colleagues at a failing, daily newspaper are placed in harms way. Some people will give anything to get the story. Others will do anything to keep that story from seeing the light of day.
The Myth Makers, Crawley’s 11th novel is based on the reality that everything is not as you see it, even if you see it with your eyes wide open.
Review: The Myth Makers is the real deal. John Crawley has found a way to make an obscure piece of engineering history not only sexy, but page-flipping fascinating.
This is a work of fiction. Maybe. Or is it? The line between legend and reality is crossed so seamlessly and cleverly that the reader is delightfully never quite sure. And in the end…well, there lurks a real brain twister, to say the least.
Conspiracy junkies will lap this one up. Thriller aficionados will celebrate its non-stop action. Mystery lovers will find a rich complexity of story lines to untangle.
As readers follow the obsessed journalist on his quest for the truth, from the remote hills of Kentucky to the badlands of Idaho, they will find themselves challenged at every crossroads to uncover, along with him, the heart of “the story.”
Facts are weaved so subtly with fiction, science laced so deliciously with sex and adventure, that this writing is difficult to categorize. Except to say it is flawlessly accomplished.
John Crawley has written a real ball-bearing buster of a book.