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About the Author

A self-confessed science fiction and fantasy devotee, Mel Keegan is known for novels across a wide range of subjects, from the historical to the future action-adventure ... but certainly MK is best known for the NARC series, featuring iconic characters Jarrat and Stone. Mel lives in South Australia with an eccentric family. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: GMP (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902852141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902852140
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,199,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Tolbert on February 26, 2001
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First, I must admit that I love the sea and anything to do with the sea, so the idea of a book about the world after global warming has eliminated most of the world's land masses which DOES NOT paint a gloom and doom picture appealed to me.
For those who like the technical aspects of science fiction, this book is full of speculation about how and why human civilization could survive a disaster of these proportions. The introduction of a new species of human, genetically engineered to breathe under water will strike many as implausible (scientists just aren't that good yet), however, once you accept the presence of these characters, the rest of the story falls into place. And, unlike some science fiction, this novel has a plot, complete with mystery, suspense, villians and heroes. Oh, and it has likable, well developed characters, too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Voss on February 1, 2002
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Aside from the editing problems, with grammatical and spelling errors, this book is an enjoyable read. The protagonists are well-adjusted, happy, friendly but with all the same self-doubts and insecurities we all have. Keegan's writing style is light, descriptive without being verbose, humorous where appropriate. It was a pleasure to find gay characters portrayed as simply an accepted part of their society, taking part in community life like we really do anyway (but can't talk about it at this time.) Even readers who dislike science fiction will be able to appreciate this story - the science is not overwhelming and is worked into the plot in good fashion.
The intense action scenes are fast-paced, the romantic interludes are gentle but passionate, the politic wrangling is low-key. This book made me smile a number of times; I put off any work-related reading for 2 short evenings to reach the end of the story. Worth the while.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maries VINE VOICE on February 24, 2002
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Having read Fortunes of War, I was really psyched for more Mel Keegan, but Aquamarine was a disappointment. It wasn't horrible - I read it, all of it, and it
wasn't painful, but it wasn't the kind of thing I just couldn't put down, either. Eric, the Aquarian, was the only character with more than two dimensions.
Although most of the novel is written from Russell's point of view, there is an odd place near the end where suddenly Eric is narrating, and it might have been
interesting if only Eric's voice had been just the tiniest bit different from Russell's. Unfortunately the character development just isn't there, so the romance
aspect was weak and I didn't really feel anything for the characters. It was hard to work up any real interest in them or inwhat happened to them, because the intensity of
emotion and the painstaking character development in Fortunes of War just doesn't exist in Aquamarine.
As sci fi, it also misses. The concepts don't "wow" you at any point, and the world seems more or less exactly as it is today except that most of it is under
water. It just doesn't have that post-apocalyptic feel to it. Life and culture don't seem to have been affected much at all, and the feel of the setting is more of a beach resort
than a man-made island suspended in a vast ocean. The fact that the world is under water seems somewhat incidental to the story, and the only thing of
interest is the fact that it has inspired the creation of the Aquarian race. This is perhaps the only original point in the novel; the conflict between Eric as
Russell's lab rat, Eric as Russell's lover, and Eric as a member of a minority race.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 15, 2006
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I really enjoy your books. I have all the books that Amazon has sold. I am sorry to see that they do not sell anymore. I really enjoy reading them. I did however found your new site so that I can order from them. At least I can keep up on your novels. Way to go Mel.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Sullivan on December 13, 2004
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A book doctor that is.

I'm a fan of Keegan's earlier work, but I believe his later efforts (Aquamarine, White Rose, etc.) suffer from the lack of a real editor. And I don't mean a copy editor. Unlike some readers I wasn't put off by British spellings, a few typos, etc. But I am put off by lackluster characterizations and a plot swamped by an author indulging his own philosophical ramblings and a tidal wave of non-essential detail.

In Aquamarine, plot and character pay the price of exhaustive world-building and research overkill. Somewhere along the way Keegan seems to have forgotten that the best plots are character driven. And in these novels particularly, which lean heavily on romance / sexual tension between the leads, the characters and their conflicts become crucial. Keegan is unbeatable at creating great characters with emotional and psychological depth, but his weakness has always been developing believable conflicts that make the romantic subplot truly gripping-and in this novel the weakness becomes crippling. The main characters of Russell and Eric simply do not engage, and there is no "romance." Any tension or conflict is instantly resolved, wrecking any kind of plot or dramatic arc.

As for the convoluted main plot-the action (Keegan's strength) is buried in pages of long-winded STUFF that doesn't advance the story a jot or enhance the characters an iota. Maybe Keegan is losing his critical inner eye, or maybe it's just hard for any author to be ruthless with his own work, but this is where a tough-minded editor could make a vital difference.

This is the first time I've left a Keegan book unfinished. And while I will certainly buy his next book, it's the third time in a row Keegan has left me frustrated and disappointed-not promising for future sales.
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