I was a little lost by the narration and the way names were used in this novel but all in all it was a great read I found myself asking a lot of what if questions throughout the entire story I feel this is a well thought out story with a few minor tweaks to the narration needed The first or last name decisions should have been clear but it does not detract from the story too much. A Catastrophic Eruption Of The Yellowstone Caldera Threatens The Entire World S Biosystem, And Drives Earth S Desperate Residents To Seek Refuge In Any Of The Four Satellite Cities In Earth Orbit The Satellite Verdant Immediately Finds Itself Under Pressure To Accept A Forced Occupation By A Population It Cannot Hold, And Certain Doom Of Its Own Survivability But A Secret Group On Verdant Has A Plan Of Its Own You know that big super volcano under Yellowstone Park The one overdue for eruption The one scientists say could cause a second ice age when it does Well, Verdant Skies set in the near future when man made satellite space stations are in Earth orbit, and when Yellowstone does exactly that This sets the stage for a host of developments with a surprising twist in the relationship between Earth and the Verdant station.The sci fi is set in the near future, and kept pretty realistic or at least within the edges of currently scientific theory for the most part This I like I was one of those who started watching Babylon 5 for its mostly realistic sci fi.The characters are well developed, and the plot good enough to keep you reading Read it o Very good book I hoped to read There weren t many plot twists and the characters were pretty straightforward but I liked the story and I thought the future world was quite plausible and well constructed and I chuckled at the US VP. Verdant Skies is a story about huge habitat satellites than a century in the future that are considered almost sovereign countries yet are totally dependent on supplies from earth The eruption of the Yellowstone mega volcano chokes the skies of the world with ash and sets the stage for conflict People on earth desperately want to emigrate to the satellites, but they re already at maximum capacity.A sci fi novel absolutely must deliver surprise to be a really good, and yet the surprise can t be absurd That s a difficult balance, but this novel delivers It must also fully develop its characters without becoming a soap opera, which is another balancing act accomplished.I impose an additional requirement on a really good sci fi novel It must expand well beyond known science in a somewhat plausible way This requirement is satisfied as well.In addition, I appreciated the descriptions of how such a satellite would physically work, spinning at different rates to create artificial gravity and yet providing synchronization for docking ships I would have appreciated even such detail.On the down side, I disliked the references to global warming and sea level rise and a reference to twentieth century conspicuous consumption that sounded mildly Marxist But these were not significant to the story The main threat was the Yellowstone mega volcano eruption, which is quite plausible.Also I m not sure what to think about the several references to storage chips that I assume were something like present day SDHC cards In a hundred years won t everything be networked, not requiring physical media And also, on the character development front, there were absolutely no references to religion or spirituality That gives an implausible tint.As for format, I bought the EPUB version and was very pleased to not have to tolerate DRM This will be a consideration in all future books I buy.All in all, I found it an exciting novel. Cross posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews Far in the future, when mankind is struggling to reverse the damage he has done to the planet, the planet itself eventually retaliates in a decisive manner a cataclysmic eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera which fills the earth s atmosphere with volcanic ash The focus of earth becomes the 4 habitable satellites orbiting the planet So begins the drama that is Verdant Skies.I can probably sum up this novel thusly potential script for pilot two part movie introducing a new sci fi television series part Babylon 5 and part Star Trek Really There are a cast of characters all developed in an introductory way as if we re going to be joining them for a whole season and a two part action thriller that serves as a precursor for the actual series which would probably be named Verdant Pioneers , also the title of the sequel.All the characters are represented The fearless leader of the Verdant satellite with a proud career and a sad past, the sassy and perceptive second in command, the slightly less impressive chief of operations who has an inferiority complex, the smooth science consultant and the straight talking head of the science department, the president of the United States and a sultry diplomat who can mine information as well as she can turn heads Throw in a couple of daughters, wives, a couple of combat pilots and sundries and you have every space opera television series ever made But that s not to say that all I could murmur was derivative as I read Not at all To me, this was a refinement in ways on what already works well in this arena and it really was a very enjoyable and exciting read overall.The science used in this novel is interesting in that the author manages to present it in a pretty plausible way I won t go into details as it would spoil the plot, but I was impressed at the effort made to show us something that feels believable somehow even though it remains quite fantastic I felt myself imagining possibilities and this is a very good sign in a science fiction novel.Meanwhile, the plot is an exciting one with tension built up over two main crises Once the tension escalated to a certain level I found that pages almost turned by themselves and small chunks of time escaped me completely I love being lost in a book this way, so I m pleased to have had this experience with Verdant Skies Unfortunately though, I was sometimes taken away from this vivid experience by the aspects of the story that frustrated me the relationships.OK so sexual tension between various characters in a television series is not uncommon, but I found this aspect of the novel a bit off putting During the first half of the book, there seemed to be an excessive focus on how people looked During an unprecedented crisis, as tension is mounting, I felt like I was surrounded by characters that only wanted to have sex, watch derrieres and ogle boobies Relationship status seemed to be annoyingly present as well We get to hear about how this one hasn t had much success with women and how the other one doesn t seem to want women because of the tragic loss of his wife Let s not forget this one who could have been with that one were it not for meeting his wife, and how do you think that will turn out And although there wasn t a huge amount of sex, the scenes seemed to range from suggestive to bodice ripping intense to borderline erotica To me, it was all a bit much and tended to get in the way of a great story.Otherwise, the writing itself was pretty good and in general, the sentences flowed smoothly However, there was at least one paragraph highly annoying due to its almost verbatim repetition in several places he became aware of a high pitched tone, coming from seemingly everywhere around himit rose in frequency, until it was beyond his hearing, but not quite beyond his ability sense its presence And then that sense, too, went away.A small variation on these words appears no less than 6 times in the narrative I m not sure what the reasoning for the repetition was but the only effect it had on me was one of frustration.To summarise, some aspects of this story did impact my overall enjoyment However, I can t possibly give Verdant Skies less than 3.5 stars for the simple reason that I ve already mentally placed the sequel, Verdant Pioneers, on my to be read list I want to know what our fearless crew is going to encounter in the next episode So how could I possibly finish by saying that this novel is anything but a success
Steven Lyle Jordan wrote science fiction novels for over 20 years, but eventually abandoned the effort after failing to profit from his catalog of 18 books.
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- Verdant Skies
- Steven Lyle Jordan
- 04 August 2019 Steven Lyle Jordan