by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy
His name was Remo and he was ready.
It's a Gas!
For years America has been supplied with oil from the Middle Eastern state of Lobynia. But there's a policy change when Lobynia's king is deposed by army Colonel Baraka in a bloodless coup. Baraka decides that American oil refineries are despoiling his homeland. Besides, he sees an opportunity to put the economic squeeze on by turning the oil supply off.
To find away around this shutoff, an American scientist devises a revolutionary new process to extract oil from the ground. Suddenly the scientist is dead. After all, Baraka has plans...But instead of acquiring control of a major energy market, Baraka buys himself a double dose of trouble.
First the is Remo. His assignment from the supersecret agency CURE: get the oil flowing again before the American economy grinds to a halt. The second dose of trouble is Chiun, Remo's amazing Korean mentor, whose family has held an ages-old contract to protect the king of Lobynia and Chiun takes his responsibilities very seriously indeed.
Review: He's baaaaaack! Nuihc, the renegade Master of Sinanju, that is. This time, the place of dead animals is one of Lobynia's oil fields, and it'll take all of Remo's skill to survive. I love the Nuihc books, he's their greatest early foe; the Moriarity to Remo and Chiun's Watson and Holmes. And any book with Nuihc gets an automatic extra star in my eyes. As a whole, the novel is fine. It's tightly written and fast-paced.
I give Oil Slick ½.