The Book

An Amazon Best Book of July 2014, The Fracking King is a novel about boarding school, hardcore Scrabble fanatics, and fracking. Now available in hardcover, for Kindle and as an audiobook.

The Author

James Browning lives in Pennsylvania and is the co-author of “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets,” a series of exposés  about the political expenditures of the fracking industry. The Fracking King is his first novel.

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The Fracking King

The Fracking King follows Winston Crwth, a high school Scrabble prodigy who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight to stop fracking in Pennsylvania. Truth is a rare commodity in politics, and the idea of “winning” a debate as cleanly and simply as you’d win a Scrabble game can seem impossible. But with the truth on his side, a jar of toxic “frackwater,” and the belief that he can win a Scrabble tournament whose first prize is a meeting with the governor, Winston creates a moment of devastating truth for her. Purchase online:

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Fracking in the News

Browning effortlessly translates his passion for environmental change into a rousing, witty, and enlightening tale of outsiders and Scrabble. That the author gets his environmental message across without sidetracking Win’s journey is a testament to his ability as a storyteller.
Publishers Weekly