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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn (December 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849230234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849230230
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,244,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Tell's award winning poetry, columns, articles, and creative non-fiction have appeared in many periodicals, including The World and I, Mediphors, Arts Borealis, PKA's Advocate, Peninsula Poets, Northeast Outdoors, Detroit Jewish News, Detroit's Health Care Weekly Review, Hospitals JAHA, Modern Hospital, Hospital and Health Services Administration, Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and two United Nations sponsored poetry anthologies. His book length memoir, "Dementia Diary, A Caregiver's Journal," uses humor and compassion to tell the tale of his mother's long struggle with Dementia. It has won much praise from geriatric care professionals everywhere and is available for purchase from Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed this thoughtful, well-written story.
L. Jenkins
The possible future depicted, as well as near-future steps to get there, serves as a warning to all the results of corporatocracy.
Jason Fernsten
A great mix of excitement, mystery, and science fiction, with a little romance thrown in.
Bill Egherman

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Jenkins on September 6, 2010
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I enjoyed this thoughtful, well-written story. Thirsty Planet kept me turning the pages as the storyline cut back and forth from the very near future (about 12 years hence) to a future a hundred years later. The story speculates about some possible consequences of Global Warming and the indiscriminate consumption of the Earth's natural resources. The reader sees the world through the eyes of the characters. The future is a bleak place as the world teeters on the edge of oblivion. Chaos, starvation and thirst are the constant companions of all but the very wealthiest. The unchecked powers of greedy conglomerates who have taken control of the government with complete impunity and disregard for anyone but themselves seem believable and not that far-fetched to me. It's a cautionary tale that is also an exciting mystery. I agree with another reviewer - I think this story would make a great movie!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Colbert on July 13, 2013
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This could have been a great story if it were not so poorly written. How does an author consistently screw up something as simple as using the proper tense in sentence? Every time I started to get interested I was distracted by yet another grammatical error. I suggest the author invest in a writing class.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ann Cass on April 15, 2013
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I'm not entirely sure what the previous reviewers saw in it, but as a long term science fiction fan, I get totally freaked when the science is as sloppy as it was here.

One instance:Detroit is flooded to a depth of 15 feet? Detroit is over 500 feet above current sea level, and even if the Great Lakes overflow rather than shrink(the projected likelihood from faster evaporation because of loss of winter ice), a couple of new rivers cutting south through Michigan are much more likely than a stagnant pond.

And time travel? I'd better stop here. All I can say is that neither the character development or the plot that had occurred by about 85 page was enough to make me want to keep reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LovetoLoveBooks on April 30, 2013
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This book was interesting in its concept and the juxtaposition of the two time periods, however a lot of the eclat of the novel was lost in poor editing. There were tense changes that seemed arbitrary and distracted from the continuity of the story. Also the villains in both time periods were just too predictable and the ending too pat without an explanatory epilogue for how this 'earth changing' transition occurred.

I believe with better editing and more novelty in characterization this book could be memorable and achieve a broad audience. Think of an author like Phillip K. Dick who wrote of the future with an edgy and humorous use of characters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Snappe on March 5, 2009
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READ THIS BOOK, especially if you're concerned about global warming!!! Thirsty Planet is packed with suspense that is truly scary; clever, futuristic concepts that are fun to imagine; very believable characters who remain with you after you're read the happy end of the book. What a great movie this story would make!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Peltzie on February 17, 2009
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Thirsty Planet by Robert Tell is a mystery story. It is well written, suspenseful and captures the reader making it difficult to put down. It effectively floats between two story lines separated by 100 years that come together in a very unpredictable way. It uses an environmental theme some biblical allegory and combines futurism with a bit of science function to make a very strong statement .A great read and I hope it has a successor.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gloria on May 18, 2013
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This author needs more training. The story takes place in two time periods that join later, but not until the very end. It feels like it was written by someone with no experience. It could be rewritten by someone like Stephen King and then it would be great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John... on April 7, 2013
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You may recognize the conduct of some of the characters portrayed in this book! Grass roots revolt taking place 100 years in the future linked with conservation efforts in the near future. The time travel is a bit of a stretch, but who would've thought 30 years ago we would be where we are!! Good plot with well developed characters, Robert Tell is to be congratulated
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More About the Author

Before becoming a full-time author, Robert Tell was a hospital CEO, a hospital/health planning agency COO, and the owner of a health care human resources consulting firm. His graduate education in Public Health at Columbia University, and his years in hospital management, have influenced his novels, several of his short stories, and some unique, medically oriented poetry. Much of his fiction reflects his inside knowledge of the worlds of hospitals, doctors, nurses, and patients. As an undergraduate in English Literature, he discovered and admired the great British poets like Keats, Coleridge, Shelley, Burns, Blake, Donne, Wordsworth and, of course, Shakespeare. As a young writer, he began writing poetry in a (futile) attempt to produce work of similar quality. He did get some of it published and he even won some poetry awards but, in recent years, he has focused more on fiction. He thoroughly enjoys creating the colorful characters for his novels and stories. More importantly, Robert Tell loves hearing from his readers and fans about his work.