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Brindle 24 by [Brown, J.J.]
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  • Language: English
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Brindle 24

Brindle 24 is a fictional story of a day in the life of residents of a small US town who have been drawn into the lure of money for leasing their land to allow fracking for natural gas to take place nearby.

For readers who don't know understand what fracking is about, this is a new technology, led by the US, of horizontal drilling deep into shale bearing ground to find huge deposits of natural gas locked into the rock, which is then released by fracking, or breaking apart the rock, with high pressure water and chemicals. Serious and disturbing health and safety concerns and major incidents have given rise to increasing controversy over whether fracking should be undertaken, and some countries, like France and Bulgaria, have already banned it.

Each hour of the day in Brindle 24 is a separate and self-contained chapter and story, very cleverly woven together to form an overall plot theme, so that key characters and families emerge, grappling with unexplained and invidious incidents which seem to be happening oddly and gradually around them. This is a close-knit community where outsiders are viewed with suspicion, so that when a scientific investigator, contracted by the fracking company, and his son appear, to look for answers, reactions are very mixed and in some instances frightening. All is not as it seems, as various emotions, secretive relationships and jealousies between the community and the scientist get overlaid with aspirations, hopes and fears of everyone concerned, with all kinds of subtle conflicts surfacing.
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J.J. Brown is a scientist and an author, and mixes the two disciplines together in a brilliant way, to give us Brindle 24.

Brindle should be an idyllic place to live, if one is a lover of the countryside. Brown asks us to visit an environment of beauty, of flowers, woods and lakes, of country-folk and their families and their animals, and she spins her tale about them over a 24 hour period. It soon becomes apparent that terrible things are being done to Brindle, as characterised by Beth, a girl with a prodigious artistic talent, whose drawings are both disturbing and visionary. As the hours pass the full extent of the environmental problems created by fracking are revealed, and one comes to care about the people of Brindle who are slowly being poisoned, whose lives and life-styles are coming to an end, without, seemingly, anyone in power showing any genuine interest or concern.

I found Brindle 24 an informative read, but the information is shared through characters one can care about; people whose lives are being hurt, and this makes the story powerful and moving. I so wanted it not to be true to life. I really wanted to discover this whole concept is totally fictitious and that we are all safe from such things. Whilst reading I looked at the beauty around me and wondered, 'Could this happen here? Could this happen to me?' and considering, if it were to happen, how such terrible loss and waste could ever be endured. So the piece moved me, deeply, and made me think and wonder and want to know more.

Overall the author has done a very very good job indeed. I trust her information, I like her characters, I was compelled and interested and involved by and in her story-telling, and I found her writing really very good. So this is definitely, for me, a five star read, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My only complaint is that the story is too short! 10 Jun. 2014
By Barbara Mulvey-Welsh - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a short list of “must-haves” in a story. One, I’m a sucker for a great opening. Two, it needs to have interesting and diverse characters. Third, and probably most important to me, it needs to have the ability to make me care about the character, positively or negatively, to keep me invested in the story. There is nothing I hate more when I’m reading than to find out that I don’t really care what happens to the people who populate the story. I’m happy to say that Brindle 24 meet all of my stringent criteria. In fact, I read half the book before I could force myself to put it down. This is one of those books that while reading I caution myself to slow down so I don’t finish it too quickly and then be sad that it’s over.

Brindle is a small town in New York State and author, J. J. Brown, populates it with quirky and interesting characters that I liked almost instantly. Ms. Brown simultaneously paints her characters with broad strokes and with delicate, precise details. Nuances that really bring them to life – a turn of the head, the lilt of a voice, the scent of the town – but trusts her readers enough to let them fill in some of the blanks.

The story itself takes place within a 24 hour span, the last day in the life of a town, as she teases on the book’s cover. During that day we learn that Brindle and its residents are being overwhelmed by the collateral damage of hydraulic fracking. This story could easily veer into a preachy, screechy mess but it’s a testament to her talent that Ms. Brown manages to present the science in a way that doesn’t seem forced or over-bearing and at the end, I was surprised to discover that I actually understood the process of fracking as well as the real cost to a community and its inhabitants.

At its core, Brindle 24 is a cautionary tale and it is told like one. The cadence of the story builds and culminates quickly. That really is my biggest complaint, that the story wasn’t longer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True edutainment 8 Feb. 2013
By Steph Boogie - Published on Amazon.com
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We hear about so much about fracking in the news so it's great that JJ Brown has decided to educate the masses through literature.

Brindle 24 tells the story about a town that has been devastated by hydraulic fracturing. They're devastated by the polluted water, the growing unlivable conditions, and the shameless greed of the benefactors.

There's so much to still learn about fracking and Brindle 24 does a great job of being very informative without beating the reader over the head with raw facts. Another thing to mention is how naturally the characters of the book give off a very relatable everyday vibe.

JJ Brown has offered a fine example of edutainment.

Brindle 24
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of environmental nightmare 3 April 2013
By creativepubtalk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brindle 24

Brindle 24 is a fictional story of a day in the life of residents of a small US town who have been drawn into the lure of money for leasing their land to allow fracking for natural gas to take place nearby.

For readers who don't know understand what fracking is about, this is a new technology, led by the US, of horizontal drilling deep into shale bearing ground to find huge deposits of natural gas locked into the rock, which is then released by fracking, or breaking apart the rock, with high pressure water and chemicals. Serious and disturbing health and safety concerns and major incidents have given rise to increasing controversy over whether fracking should be undertaken, and some countries, like France and Bulgaria, have already banned it.

Each hour of the day in Brindle 24 is a separate and self-contained chapter and story, very cleverly woven together to form an overall plot theme, so that key characters and families emerge, grappling with unexplained and invidious incidents which seem to be happening oddly and gradually around them. This is a close-knit community where outsiders are viewed with suspicion, so that when a scientific investigator, contracted by the fracking company, and his son appear, to look for answers, reactions are very mixed and in some instances frightening. All is not as it seems, as various emotions, secretive relationships and jealousies between the community and the scientist get overlaid with aspirations, hopes and fears of everyone concerned, with all kinds of subtle conflicts surfacing. They all know that fracking must be behind what they are experiencing and seeing but have a reluctance to confront the facts openly - until over 24hours all these suspicions and happenings come to a tumultuous climax.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. J J Brown is a master story teller and superbly crafts a suspenseful and tension filled thriller, combining an audacious fictional analysis of many things already experienced by US communities who have been immersed over the last couple of years in fracking activity on their doorsteps. The author has that rare skill of being a very able science-themed fiction writer, so although the book moves along at a fast pace over the 24 hours, not only are you made to think about the unknown and potentially dangerous environmental and human consequences of fracking, but clearly explained aspects of the disturbing science behind the chemicals used are drawn out within the tale, to enable the reader to learn as well as enjoy. In the UK, star-struck by the economic energy benefits now being experienced in the US, fracking is about to start big-time lubricated with tax incentives by the UK central government. I think Brindle 24 should be a mandatory read for everyone concerned with energy and the environment, including politicians and officials, before they all rush headlong into affirmative and premature decision making.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary Evil 16 Jan. 2013
By Sharon B. Buchbinder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been a fan of J.J. Brown's work for some time now. She and I both come from the world of science and medicine and we both weave material from that world into our fictional tales. Brindle 24 is the story of 24 hours in a little town in rural New York that has become a fracking center. What is fracking? According to one website, "Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside."

The various impacts of fracking on the environment, animals, and humans are described through multiple points of view: the scientist who works for the gas company, Henry Berger, the scientist's son, Adrian, Elizabeth Smith and her parents, the orphaned twins of a military mother, Mark and Matt, and Officer Joe. We begin the day with Henry and his son, Adrian, waiting to cross a highway clogged with water tankers heading to the fracking site. A school bus driver errs and a terrible crash ensues between a water tanker and the school bus. Officer Joe arrives on the scene and finds Mark and Matt beating on the truck driver. The cop sends the boys off to school and deals with the mess as best he can. His day does not get better.

Over the course of the story, we discover the once pristine local water is not potable; clean water must be brought in by jugs. The soil is toxic, so the plants, if they live, are inedible. The air is a mixture of methane, toluene, benzene, uranium, and other carcinogens used to fracture the shale and extract so called "clean natural gas." Pets are dying, people have leukemia, women have miscarriages, and in the end, the only sane response to the insanity is dealt by a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.

From the inciting incident to the explosive ending, this cautionary tale is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who believe that if we just close our eyes to the massive destruction of the fracking process that it doesn't exist. Once you read this book, you will come to see what fracking really is: an unnecessary evil. Brava to J.J. Brown for bringing this matter to a larger audience and hopefully to one that will take action.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The connection of all life... 22 May 2013
By physical graffiti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Brindle 24, we experience the last day in the life of a town. Brindle is a small town on the Marcellus Shale that has been overtaken by fracking. We follow some locals and even a few visitors to see how fracking impacts the community. A mere 24 hours span the course of the entire novel...yet the town seems familiar to us, the characters are so well crafted we feel we've known them all our lives, and the story unfolding before us leaves the reader completely captivated. Unfortunately the circumstances faced by the residents of Brindle are very much non-fictional. Author and scientist J.J. Brown lists on the book website, pages upon pages of research that went into investigating the hazards of hydraulic fracturing. Fiction mirrors reality as we read this book and learn disturbing facts about government regulations, environmental ramifications, medical gag orders, and the effect fracking has on plant, animal, and human life. Mutations are only the beginnings of the horrors as while reading one can't help but think of climate change, Keystone XL, and the myriad of other dangers our planet faces. Mindful that not everyone is a Doctor of Science, the science in the novel is explained in an understandable manner by J.J. Brown. The writing is expertly composed and flows smoothly. I highly recommend this book, not just to the environmentally conscious, but to anyone who appreciates great storytelling. I can't imagine anyone reading this book and not being affected by it. I've immensely enjoyed everything J.J. Brown has written, and this work I feel is her strongest yet.
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