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Greenwar Hardcover – Jun 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Forge (Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312852614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312852610
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,763,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an "eco-thriller" or, in other words, a techno-thriller with environmental concerns. An award-winning website exists for this book at http://www.thuntek.net/~scg/gw/. At this site you can explore a multimedia sequence that introduces the characters, conflicts, and issues as well as extensive background material on the technical and environmental context.

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By A Customer on 19 Mar. 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book. It's an eco-thriller, based on a deep-sea energy generation platform whose engineering and economics seem far more believable than, say, NASA's chances of occupying a new space station on-time and on-budget; science fiction, but set in the *very* near future. There are good good-guys, and bad bad-guys, and good bad-guys, and bad good-guys: lot's of character development motivated by ethical conflict. There's also a generous dose of Man vs. Nature, handled, I thought, fairly well. Although I don't scuba dive, the underwater sequences seemed very believable.
I've reread this book several times now, and I'm glad I got it in hardcover. If you've gotten this far in this review, I think you'll like this book, too.
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Format: Paperback
Talk about misrepresentation! Tom Clancy is probably cringing at the use of his name in conjunction with this mildly written, some-what entertaining work. Totally predictable, with a dismail cliff-hanger (perhaps "ditch-hopping" is better) ending.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f093318) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x9f0abe94) out of 5 stars Good Book -- Read It Soon! 19 Mar. 1998
By Craig Milo Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book. It's an eco-thriller, based on a deep-sea energy generation platform whose engineering and economics seem far more believable than, say, NASA's chances of occupying a new space station on-time and on-budget; science fiction, but set in the *very* near future. There are good good-guys, and bad bad-guys, and good bad-guys, and bad good-guys: lot's of character development motivated by ethical conflict. There's also a generous dose of Man vs. Nature, handled, I thought, fairly well. Although I don't scuba dive, the underwater sequences seemed very believable.
I've reread this book several times now, and I'm glad I got it in hardcover. If you've gotten this far in this review, I think you'll like this book, too.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0ad2b8) out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller 7 May 2000
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Format: Paperback
This is a dandy adventure story. In the center of all the action is Gulf Stream, an offshore structure dedicated to research and "green" industry. Add a group of ecoterrorists determined to destroy it, a dedicated group of employees striving to save it from all enemies including economic difficulties, undercover agents, a hurricane, a bit of romance and a wayward octopus named Louis, and you have the setting for some interesting action. It has a nice mix of male and female characters, with Emma Took (who designed Gulf Stream) taking the lead. I had some difficulty sorting out all the characters at first. And despite the drawings of the Gulf Stream, I didn't always know where the action was taking place -- but that may just be me -- I never could read a blueprint. Overall a satisfying read which kept me from opening other books, and which would probably translate nicely into a film I would like to see.
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HASH(0x9f0ad330) out of 5 stars Great idea, okay tale 19 Nov. 2007
By Cecil Bothwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A thriller. This novel moves Abbey's MONKEY WRENCH GANG (Avon Books, 1975) into the future in a gripping tale of high tech good intentions and environmental activism. The good guys aren't always, the bad guys are really pretty decent, and the reader is left wrestling with subtle shades of grey -- while the characters wrestle with hurricanes, bombs, subversion and office politics.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0ad6c0) out of 5 stars Entertaining enough, but somewhat disappointing. 11 Aug. 2012
By Cissa - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Gould's writing for years, but had somehow missed this one. I was excited to get it!

And- well, it was an entertaining enough read, but ultimately pretty simple. And the one BIG question it raised- who, exactly, was funding the eco-terrorists- was not answered. BAD!

The eco-terrorists were the least-well-drawn of the lot. We have 3 idealists (of whom 2 seem to at least as interested in making stuff go BOOM than in the ideals), and 1 staunch idealist (who nonetheless got suckered into one of the most blatant agent provocteur schemes i have ever read in my LIFE, and who in defiance of all reason thought HE was in charge when it was clearly the AP). None of them worked as people; they weren't even coherent. I'm leaving the AP out because she was intended to be obscure.

The "good guys" were mostly better-written, else it would have been pretty boring, despite the exciting plotting elements. The scuba-diving stuff was nifty and accurate as far as I could tell- though it's been 40 years since I tried it. The hints of the tech in the deep-sea station were great! It would be wonderful if we could buy lobster and shrimp raised so sustainably; Gulf Stream 1 did a pretty good job, as described, of creating its own ecosystem.

So there was a lot to like. For me, though, a book this long needed additional complexity in the plotline(s). More about who was funding the AP and the eco-terrorists- and more conflict between the assumedly good-hearted eco-terrorists and the AP- would have helped... as did the office politics on the part of the good guys.

I'm not sorry I read it; I just don't know that I'd recommend it to anyone unless it met a particular interest of theirs.
HASH(0x9f0ad6f0) out of 5 stars Science Fiction Based In Reality 15 Feb. 2015
By Paul Glicker - Published on Amazon.com
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Steven Gould is one of the finest SF writers working today. All his stories grip your imagination and heart on every page. Working with his wife, Laura Mixon, has produced a science thriller that keeps you on the edge...Also, the locations used in the book are spot on. I lived in Melbourne, Florida; and the streets, buildings, restaurants and locales are real places you can visit! It tended to make the storyline a much more vivid experience. By the way, Gould's "Jumper" is a magnificent read, too. The film of the same name is only a very lame shadow, in comparison.
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