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Here's what Midwest Book Review has to say about The Second Law:

The Second Law is a Lynn Dayton thriller revolving around a new challenge in Lynn's job as a top refining executive working in the busy San Francisco Bay Area. What seems like a puzzling computer glitch could turn out to be sabotage, and too many false alarms are undermining the safety warning system of the refinery, among other odd problems. Only this time the siren's warning isn't another false alarm, but a portent of the biggest disaster Lynn has yet to face: one which has roots in China and connections with California's oil history.

As the story moves to New Orleans, the challenges of risk management, Arch Webber's involvement as a top lease bidding specialist, and Reese's assistance in Lynn's investigation, it probes both domestic and overseas special interests, influences, and powerful forces that threaten not just one refinery operation, but the energy grid of interconnected power.

As near-deadly encounters with everything from bears and murderers escalate, Lynn begins to understand that someone has targeted not only refinery operations, but individual lives. Her encounters with hit men after her and whoever is with her and China's involvement in creating an oil emergency they could vastly profit from makes for a riveting blend of murder mystery and international espionage thriller.

Disintegrating safety systems, attacks, oil executive murders and traitors from within coalesce into a spellbinding story that moved between the San Francisco Bay Area, China, and New Orleans, exploring the special talents and interests of a host of intersecting characters whose lives are all dictated by special interests.

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.”

      Literary R&R

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


More 13 Days reviews here.


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