This is Not a Drill: Just Another Glorious Day in the Oilfield Paperback – 8 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world. He has worked in the oil industry for fifteen years, re-locating every few years (old habits).When not getting into trouble on the rigs Paul lives in Perth with his wife and two motorbikes, visits his father in the UK and his mother in France, and is constantly flying to all corners of the globe.
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A) Admit you've used up all your good material and regretfully decline
B) Happily use all the other fantastic stories you've been holding back or
C) Regurgitate a few well-worn tales that aren't quite the pick of the bunch and take the money.
If you're anything like me and the author of this book, you will go for option C.
Paul Carter's style is very readable, but this sequel has even less of an oilfield theme than the first book. Here we hear flying stories from Paul's dad and his Air Force mates, Paul goes on an interesting but unexplained trip through Afghanistan, and we stray so far off track that much of it has hardly got anything to do with the drilling of the title.
So anyone expecting to read something with any connection to the oil industry will be disappointed, or at least confused.
Still, if you're looking for a rip-roaring, rollicking roster of drunken antics, tropical diseases and bad behaviour, you won't go far wrong.
The first book was very original and contained some great tales and escapades and I suppose I was looking for more here. In this one Carter tells a few more tales but mixes in some serious stuff and some views on the way of the world. Obviously the best tales got used in the first book and here is is looking to do something slightly different.
This is still very entertaining and readable but does not hit the highs of the first one.
If you buy this book don't read it in a quiet place, since you will frequently laugh out loud. I was getting some very funny looks from the cabin crew on my flight! Buy it!!
Sadly one of the characters Miguel left the oil field after spending a few days in a Yuzhno Jail for trying to smuggle Soviet medals out of the country... Some of the characters in this book are larger than life. Scary
They also enjoy macho posturing - hence the side trip to Afghanistan, a country that has nothing to do with the oil industry.
Don't believe every word of it. I work in the oil industry and was able to second guess the outcome of many escapades.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Equally as good as Dont tell Mum. Again funny, witty but gives a real insight into the oil industry. Another one I could not put down. Excellent books, both of them.Published on 18 Feb. 2011 by UKAussie
This book was compulsive reading with all the different situations he found himself in. A bit scary as my husband does this job too. Looking forward to reading the next one.Published on 13 Aug. 2010 by Heather Holmes
Read the first book (Dont tell mum i work in an oil rig) and continues to be hilarious. As a travelling contractor myself it really hits the button, would and have recomend to... Read morePublished on 12 July 2010 by dixie boy
Another chapter in the career of this oilfield worker. This follows on from the first book in the series Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: (She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2009 by J. Dorr
Having read Paul Carter's other book Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: (She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse) I bought this expecting a funny book but lacking the initial... Read morePublished on 10 May 2009 by Mr. A. M. Laffey