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Good writing spoiled by much ado about nothing
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2015
This is a beautifully-written book, literary, almost poetic. Characters are well-developed and evolve with the situations and dazzling settings. So why 3 out of 5 stars? One word: Weak plot. It's the future but nothing's changed but the climate. Folks still drive cars, use tablets, watch television, travel to their jobs, etc like 1980. Apparently all research into robots, nanotech, space, AI and biotech has ceased. This would be acceptable if the story was not flawed.
Our heroine, a reporter, writes a four-part expose of an oil family she blames for the world's ills. Like the awful "Day After Tomorrow", temperatures instantly soared, seas rose - all because of those oil barons. ****** Warning - Plot reveal ******* The oil company bad guy wants to meet our heroine and explain his side. She arrives, snarky and dismissive of his wealth but guess what? He's a shell collector like her, handsome, witty and sympathetic and she falls hard. Did I mention she's wearing a wire?
The FBI is spending lots of time and effort to prove our villain is....creating fake seashells. Just what every multi-billionaire would do for a little cash. I'd at least hoped for alien communication, selling secrets to China or building an army of androids. Anyhoo, he makes a deal: If she stays one week he'll tell all on the condition the story about his grandfather (a convert to saving the planet) does not run. She agrees and it's James Bondian ventures of magnificent planes, resorts, food and two new members of the Mile Below club. Along the way she befriends the bad guy's daughter who's mad at him. (ho hum) Alas, the piece runs, he gets mad, runs away and she follows to an underground laboratory (smile) where he and a team are genetically modifying ancient DNA to withstand the increased acidity of the oceans. For some reason this is illegal so they devise a plan. It works and everyone lives happily ever after.