Posted by : atcampbell | On : May 18, 1999

Greenwar by Steven Gould and Laura J. Mixon

Ten people showed up for this meeting, which took place at a pool party hosted by Elaine Powell. Additionally, one person e-mailed in comments. Much of the evening involves splashing around, eating, and visiting, but we managed to work in a short book discussion while waiting for the delivery man from Mangia Pizza.

Greenwar is a fast-paced technological thriller involving terrorists who attack high-tech facilities in the name of saving the environment. The story is told from the viewpoints of three characters: Emma, the engineer who designed a facility earmarked for attack; Gabriel, a leader of the terrorist group; and Keith, an undercover EPA agent trying to stop the terrorists. The story starts in Texas and New Mexico, but most of the action happens in or near Gulfstream I, the offshore facility designed by Emma that is located off the East coast of Florida.

We all liked this book. The high-tech oceanic environment was unusual and well described. Several actions scenes are quite rousing, particularly a hurricane sequence near the beginning. The characters have interesting careers and hobbies, and they’re passionate about their lives. A few of us thought the high-tech, action-packed elements of this book would appeal to Tom Clancy fans, despite Greenwar having no military content.

This book did have problems. The many descriptions of office politics of Emma’s company were boring to some of us. The motivations of the terrorists are never adequately explained, which was dissatisfying.

Overall we enjoyed this book. When the guy from Mangia arrived, we stopped discussing and started eating.

— A. T. Campbell, III