The Originators - a novel

by Charles Schwartz

Here is an intriguing story that explores the frightening truth about Man’s past to save his future. This compelling and engaging political thriller could be described as a “Da Vinci Code” for the energy industry, with historic scope and intricate twists right out of Irving Wallace. You will love The Originators, if you liked these films: All the President's Men: L.A. Confidential; The Last Seduction; The Element of Crime; The Usual Suspects; Breaking the Waves; Chinatown; A Man for All Seasons; Cold Mountain; Dancer in the Dark. Hyim and Leah Hopewell are on their honeymoon in the romantic city of Paris in 1889. In a fit of exuberance, they sneak onto the Eiffel Tower in the middle of the night, just as an electrical storm lights up the city. It's the most romantic night of their young lives. Hyim, a brilliant young physicist, can't quite explain what happens next. They are attacked by persons unknown. After a short struggle, Leah ends up falling over the railing, a 200-foot drop. The assailant escapes, but somehow, some way, Leah is still alive. As Hyim tries to go over the events in his mind, he eventually comes to the undesirable conclusion that there was more at work than the physics he had been taught in college. The Hopewells--along with their faithful servant, Li-Don--are soon catapulted into a world of violence and intrigue, where the concepts of friends and enemies have little meaning. Was Leah the target? Or is something more sinister at work? No one can be trusted. In a time when corporate interests are left unchecked and the industrial revolution is darkening the skies of Western Civilization, Hyim must find the answer to why there are so many people aligned against him. As he comes to understand the tremendous but disorganized campaign to destroy his research, he simultaneously realizes that his family is the most important thing in his life. In his search for the truth, he finds more than he bargained for as he starts to question his very existence. His answers have implications for all of mankind, but can he save the world from itself? A curious little box may hold the key. As a political thriller, The Originators is the story of how greed and violence collide with the reverence for life through the centuries, ever since civilization began.
"The big powers are trying to find alternatives to oil by seeking to draw energy from the sun or water. We hope to God they will not succeed quickly because our position in that case will be painful." —Sheikh Ahmad Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabian oil minister

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