Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan President for life, looked about the packed room and then into the bright lights of the TV cameras. They were focused on him alone! For him the other dignitaries and the... More > Russian delegation were just beside him for show.
Today he was going to strike a blow at the hated Yankees! He was going to show them who held the power. He alone was going to bring them to their knees.
The Russians had presented him with a clear path. Their plan to gain control of the world oil market needed Venezuela’s oil production and Hugo had agreed to give it to them but at a price. The price was regional military power and the Russians had agreed to help him get it.
Things were about to change and not in America’s favor. He started his speech and the world changed forever!< Less
Everything would have been alright if the cops hadn't offered a damn reward! The $20 gold piece, a fortune in 1865, was too much for Sean to resist and he had to have it. Once it was in his hand... More > everything changed and it started that very day. Texas Tea is Sean’s story, adventure really and it has just begun. Recognizing that being Irish labels him in a negative way he changes his name to Kenny Greenwood and it is Kenny who arrives in Beaumont Texas. Eventually Kenny has a family, a prosperous business and is about to become very rich. Texas Tea follows the Greenwood family as they become oil barons and one of the wealthiest families in Texas. It doesn’t come easily, however, cutthroat competition, government intervention, an unfriendly takeover attempt and a family member all scheme to bring down the Greenwoods, some almost succeed! The story ends in 1972 when Reg Wolfson, Kenny's grandson, becomes the guardian of the family icon, the very same $20 gold piece reward that Sean had received in 1865.< Less
Mary is the story of a powerful woman in the early part of the 20th century Texas oil world. She is in the middle of an industry run by men who feel that a woman has her place and it certainly isn't... More > in the boardroom. Mary and her company, however, are too big to ignore.
The industry uses ridicule, manipulation and economic blackmail to try and stop her but her intellect and resourcefulness carry her through. All her enemies aren't strangers, one member of her family wants her destruction and he almost succeeds !
While this mayhem surrounds her life she manages to find a soul mate and produce a family which, of course, vastly complicates her life. Mary succeeds in ways that are uniquely her own as her story develops.
Mary is the third book of the Texas Tea Trilogy, the first volume is 'Texas Tea', the second is 'Amos'. Information on both of these novels as well as other works written by Edwy Stewart can be found at www.edwystewart.us.< Less