Well, this this latest version of Jerry's novel launches by letting you know all about all the characters, and frankly I can't tell who the main character is anymore. And really, I don't know which is better: getting a fifty-page long textbook on oil derricks in chapter six or thirty-five pages at the start.
What I like best is that he has a technical editor now, someone who is an expert in the oil drilling trade, who is a little disgusted at times with Jerry's lack of knowledge.
I have to assume the editor who says "No!" is Jerry's father Ellis, a.k.a. "Grandpa Son" -- he was a roughneck. Of course, I'm imagining that because I've grown bored by imagining a relationship with Jerry through this book, and now I want to rope in my absent grandfather.
I imagine Grandpa Son would be proud that I already knew how to pronounce the abbreviation for blowout preventer. ("Bop.")
... but probably sad to hear I learned it from Wikipedia.