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Rating: 5 Stars Global Energy Thriller. In L.A. Starks' newest thriller, "The Second Law," oil refining executive Lynn Dayton is confronted with a high-pressure alarm at her San Francisco-area facility. Initially thought to be a "computer glitch," Dayton and her team soon conclude the problem was caused by malware implanted in the refinery's control system...clearly sabotage. Meanwhile, another terrorist act is in progress. A giant U.S. oil tanker with a bomb hidden onboard slowly makes its way to a Gulf of Mexico offshore oil terminal. Events move quickly from San Francisco to New Orleans, Vienna, China and back to the U.S. in a compelling plot that features murder, intrigue, espionage and terrorism committed by agents acting primarily on behalf of foreign countries and their respective economic or political interests. Those who enjoy contemporary fiction based on current geo-political events ripped from today's headlines will enjoy and appreciate the technical detail, taut writing and fast-moving plot of "The Second Law." Highly recommended.

      -–Coast Guy, Amazon Reviewer

The Second Law ranked #4 on the weekly Oklahoma Bestsellers in Fiction from NewsOK!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. My first book by this author. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. I hope to read more books by this author.

      -–Darren Martin, NetGalley Reviewer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I loved that book because it was a suspenseful action packed thriller that should be read by our public officials.

      -–Michael Petkus, NetGalley Reviewer

A global conspiracy to disrupt American oil refineries surrounds energy executive Lynn Dayton in escalating threats to her employees, facilities, and eventually herself. In THE SECOND LAW by LA Starks, murder and mayhem follow Lynn to California, New Orleans, Europe, and South America as she tries to protect her company from Chinese hackers, American protestors, Russian assassins, and Philippino suicide bombers. Readers who enjoy real science and technology in their fiction will find accurate backdrops to this globetrotting mystery-thriller that gives a unique insider’s perspective on the petroleum industry in the US—and the ongoing battle to protect it from sabotage.

      -–Amy Rogers, ScienceThrillers.com

Here's an excerpt from a review by Midwest Book Review about The Second Law:

The result is a compelling thriller that's hard to put down, absorbingly powerful in both characterization and plot and filled with satisfying twists and turns that introduce readers to the world of not just refinery safety and operations, but high-stakes international intrigue between groups holding special government interests at the heart of their actions. Readers who enjoy stories of mystery, murder, mayhem and espionage will relish the intricate, complex yet highly accessible series of events The Second Law unfolds.

      --D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy

Strike Price (E-Book)

The Second Law

Texas Association of Authors Book Award Winner


Here's what readers and reviewers have to say about Strike Price, Lynn Dayton Thriller #2

“If you're looking for big business wheeling-and dealing, international intrigue, murder, mayhem and high-geared action, you've come to the right place.

Toss in a charming and nervy protagonist like Lynn Dayton and L.A. Starks' STRIKE PRICE is right on the money. Well-written, well-plotted and well worth a reader's time...”

      Carlton Stowers - - - two-time Edgar winner

“STRIKE PRICE takes the reader from Oklahoma Indian reservations to the streets of Florence, in an imaginative and well informed fusion of oil refining economics, Native American politics, and the potential for lethal mayhem in the global energy market.”

      Michael Ennis - - - author of New York Times bestseller, The Malice of Fortune

“Ms. Starks has an eye for detail and richly paints a picture of the Oklahoma landscape and its people. The insight given through the killers mind is especially riveting, as the reader will be far into the story before everything falls together and the killer is unmasked.”

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Here's what readers and reviewers have to say about 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy (Lynn Dayton Thriller #1):


4 Stars. “This thriller is fascinating. It includes loads of technical details about the refining industry, engineering, chemistry, and so forth, as well as a host of characters. The protagonist is interesting and human and female (Yea!). The plot spans two or three continents. It's a fantastic first novel from L. A. Starks, for sure. I read it in a day (we were having an inclement weather day here) and quite enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the next related novel.”

      Amelia - - - A Year of Reading Women


“A knockdown conspiracy. Starks has made an impressive debut with the command, passion, and insight of an insider.”

      Michael Lucker - - - executive producer, Lucky Dog Filmworks

“The characters are well developed, the plot twists are interesting, dialogue sharp and well crafted... I want to read more Lynn Dayton stories... If you are into thrillers, you will like 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY.”

      Beth - - - Pure Textuality


“Wow...I loved the whole plot because I found it to be unique. The characters were very realistic and I loved how the story is told from both the protagonist and villain's point of view.”

      Tina Chan - - - reviewer, The Book Landers


13 Days is a cross between Vince Flynn and Patricia Cornwell.”

      - - - reader


“This was a very fast-paced book! I couldn't put it down! It is a superb blend of the oil business, current events, and international intrigue. I felt like I was experiencing a front-page news story.”

      Kathy - - - international executive


5 Stars. “I pulled the book out this week and haven't been able to put it down. The story is well written with personal crisis, drama, suspense, and just a touch of a romantic struggle. The characters are well developed. I am anxiously awaiting a sequel by L.A. Starks.”

      - - - Sonia


Rating: Excellent “Author L A. Starks delivers an unstoppable thriller that put this reviewer in mind of bestselling novels of this genre over the last several decades, with the welcome addition of depth... When the reader turns the final page of 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY, it will be with an understanding and education gleaned smoothly and without strain or difficulty. This is truly a book which will linger in the reader's mind long after the final ending, as we wonder: “What if?” ... 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY is a thriller whose potentials are altogether too probable to ignore.”

      Annie - - - Euro-Reviews


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