They're about to save the world; they just don't want to get caught doing it.
Zeke, Milo, and Brandon are struggling to keep their environmental protest group, GreensWord, alive. It impresses chicks and sure beats getting jobs as corporate serfs in the real world. But their chief benefactor, movie star Matthew Barrington, threatens to cut off funding unless they stop global warming before his Malibu beach house slides into the storm-tossed ocean. In their desperate effort to save the beach house and their organization, the GreensWord trio is willing to try almost anything. No scheme is so illegal, so risky, or so outrageous they won't lend it an ear. But nothing is fast enough to stop global warming in time ... until they think of the unthinkable solution.
Fortunately, they've watched enough TV to think that they know exactly what to do to foil any investigation of their noble crime. And if their drastic solution to global warming means they also take out the reigning internet tycoon20and his monopolistic Seattle software company, that's just organic frosting on the vegan cake.
GREENSWORD is a dark comedy about the environment, extremism, stupid criminals, and the lengths to which people will go to avoid getting a real job.
One person can make a difference in the wo rld.
Of course, three people with a plan to stop global warming overnight can make a big difference.
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"Science fiction has always been a great vehicle for biting satire and social commentary--from H. G. Wells' The Time Machine right on up to Donald Bingle's engrossing GREENSWORD. Bingle is a terrific writer."--Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award Winner)
"I loved GREENSWORD. The characters made me laugh right out loud, but the actions of this group of half-cocked people, with a half-assed plan, had me gasping in horror as their implausible schemes became all too plausibly real. Suddenly, the twists of the chilling plot had me turning the pages, unable to look away from the macabre tale and yet still chuckling guiltily as the story reached its terrifying climax in a horribly real way. GREENSWORD is a darkly humorous, gripping thriller that combines environmental imperatives, terrorist activities, and sex in ways that still make me wake up in a cold sweat, months after reading the book, convinced that it could happen."--(Elizabeth A Vaughan, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Warlands trilogy)
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I'll make it simple - I loved this book, in no small part because Don Bingle is such an excellent writer. His stories read like a casual, funny conversation between friends, while still having a professional polish that many authors lose when trying to pull off this style. He is also one of those rare authors who can convey great meaning with just a few, carefully chosen words.
That said, this book had me laughing throughout (even when the laughter was salted with a good measure of cringing.) The world, as Don weaves it, is intimately familiar to the modern reader, and his subtle insights into the inanity of our society, perfectly set the stage for the harebrained scheme concocted by Zeke, Milo, and Brandon. Their ill-planned, knee-jerk response to the challenge of global warming reminds the reader all too well of the sort of media grabbing "solutions" to problems we so often see today. Don also does a great job of highlighting the madness of the "wikipedia" mindset, where a smattering of "close enough" information gleaned from the media is deemed good enough to make major decisions.
I also like that the action of the story never gets bogged down. You're always moving forward, like drifting on a calm patch between rapids on a river. It is definitely a "just one more page, THEN I'll put it down" book.
If you like the dark humor of authors like Christopher Moore, I definitely recommend this book. It's also a great book if you like "funny" that doesn't insult your intelligence or descend into cliché. Nice work Mr. Bingle!
PS: I totally disagree with the Publisher's Weekly review. The book definitely "amuses," no question there. As for "provoking", the constant intrusion of the shallow trappings of society into what are an exceptionally serious problem and plot (global warming and the "plan" they come up with) certainly fits the bill. You can't help but walk away thinking about this as you read this book.
GreensWord is a small environmental protest group that is dying; the only major benefactor Hollywood star Matthew Barrington has warned the members he will move his funding to a competitor if they fail to prevent global warming from relocating his Malibu Beach front property from sliding into the Pacific.
The trio who predominately make up the peaceful protest organization Milo, Zeke and Brandon fear they not only might have to work for a living, they no longer will be able to use Greensword membership to pick up impressed girls. Desperate they come up with a plan to save Barrington¿s beach house. They steal a nuke, set it off in Mt Rainer to activate the volcano leading to nuclear winter, and voila no more global warming. Based on TV crime shows, the threesome figure they can thwart the aftermath inept government investigation so they do not have to do time as that would crimp their Mojo picking up girls.
Although the government Katrina like response to prevent the ecoterror attack is too Keystone Cop to be taken serious, GREENSWORD is an engaging satire that lampoons extremists on both sides of the environment issue. Neither side worries about the consequences of their actions. Fans will enjoy the obstinate threesome as they plot to end global warming with an extreme counter surge, but alas the HSD response is so feeble it ironically defuses the ecoterrorist story line.