From Thine Own Well by Norm Hamilton


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Noxious substances in the watershed brings a society to its knees; fracking by oil companies has taken its toll.

Canadian society has been altered, seemingly irrevocably; water resources have become scarce and individual freedoms cast off.

It is now 2036, only 24 years since the most devastating of a series of international accords, one simply known as The Agreement, set the precedent for many that followed – effectively causing the federal government to collapse into ruin and dependency on corporatist rule.

Unrestricted fracking and irresponsible mining practices have caused major watersheds and underground streams to become contaminated, the precious fluid – noxious.

The sole purpose of The Coalition, a regulatory body created by the world-wide conglomerates that took over the governing of the country is to ensure the profitability of its corporate members.

In Yukon, Canada’s far north, a baker’s dozen of unknown, everyday people and one dog are loosely thrown together in an effort to combat The Coalition and its impact on Canadian lives and the environment.

Join Landon, Nora, Galen and the others who, through no design of their own, have become the unknown hope for Canada’s future. Will they prevail in the small jurisdiction they reside in and set the bar for the rest of Canada?

Only time will tell.


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Author Bio:

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Norm Hamilton (1951- ) lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for 40 years. In December 2012 he retired and is currently on Vancouver Island with his wife, Anna, where he is meeting people and experiencing new adventures to write about. He trusts that retirement will afford him the time to delve further into his writing. This photographer, freelance writer, copy-editor, proofreader and novelist is currently enjoying Lake Cowichan, B.C.

Norm’s latest project is a novel titled, “From Thine Own Well,” a story about a dystopian Canadian society brought about by unrestricted gas fracking and irresponsible mining techniques. It all began with a FIPA agreement in 2012 that left the federal government open to lawsuits – that they lost. This book is available as a paperback on Amazon, and as an eBook on Amazon Smashwords, Kobo and other online retailers.

Norm has written one non-fiction book, “The Digital Eye.” It is a compilation of articles for people wanting to improve their photography skills or for those who want to learn digital photography. This book is available as a paperback on Amazon, and as an eBook on Amazon Smashwords, Kobo and other online retailers.


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My Thoughts:

I have been reading a  lot of Dystopian fiction lately and so far I have enjoyed all of them. This book came as a pleasant change from the more serious in depth stories i have been reading. The story is well written and focuses on how the general public was able to bring about a change without having to resort to violence. This really caught my attention and kept me going. The author has paid special interest to the drawbacks of mining techniques and has beautifully explained and highlighted the relevant points.

The characters are interesting and well crafted. They have diverse interests and the way everyone comes together to fight for what they want is wonderful. For once in this story, the public is not against The Agreement and The Coalition but instead they just want to set some things right. Polluting the environment is one of those things which is against the agreement as well. The people are able to make a valid case and bring their points across to everyone else and the government.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I am quite sure that fans of dystopian fiction will enjoy this and those who have not yet ventured into this genre give this book a chance.

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