About The Book
Inspired by a series of true events and based on detailed research and personal knowledge of the history and geology of Venezuela, The Orinoco Uranium is a story of conflict and survival in WWII South America.
In the spring of 1944, a geophysical survey party detects a cargo of smuggled uranium on a stranded ship. Beached on the Orinoco River bank after a fierce storm, the ship was enroute from Nazi Germany to Argentina with radioactive metal stolen from a Berlin laboratory. The renegade German physicist behind the theft intends to use the cargo as a passport to a new life in South America.
American geologist Jerry MacDonald and his wife, Maria, are living and working in the scenic lakeside community of Maracaibo, a city of intrigue and espionage in neutral Venezuela. Looking for new oil felds, Jerry leads the geophysical survey party to the Orinoco River delta, deep in the South American wilderness. When he informs the American government about the strange discovery of the uranium upon his return to Maracaibo, the ensuing efforts to seize it by both Germans and Americans cause a violent encounter in the South Atlantic Ocean.
About The Author
Dr. Stephen O. Sears is a recently retired faculty member from the LSU Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering, serving from 2005 until 2017 including 6 years as Department Chair. He received BS and MS degrees from the University of Florida in Geology, and a PhD from Penn State in Geochemistry. Prior to arriving at LSU, Stephen Sears worked at Shell Oil Company, including assignments to the New Orleans office, as a geologist and manager. He is the author of over forty technical, scientific and general interest publications on geology, engineering and higher education.
Stephen grew up in South Florida, boating and fishing off of the Florida Keys and in the Everglades, hobbies that he continues to pursue today in south Louisiana. He became interested in the World War II German U-Boat campaign in 2001, when he was on an oil field vessel that discovered the sunken U-166, on the Gulf of Mexico seafloor in mile deep water near the wreck of the torpedoed freighter Robert E Lee.
Stephen Sears currently lives with his wife, Barbara, in Mandeville, Louisiana.
Indigo River Publishing, 9781954676381, 296pp.
Publication Date: April 4, 2023