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Aquamarine Paperback – August 15, 2008
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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.
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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. But even that has not really been exploited to the fullest extent, and it
seemed there should have been a lot more tension between Eric and Russell and the directors of the Aquarian program. Eric's resentment over being treated
like a lab rat is never really expressed in more than dark looks and a bit of sulkiness, and it never really made sense to me that he and Russell just went along
with anything and everthing. It made them unconvincing.
As an adventure story, it has the same weaknesses as Ice, Wind and Fire and Fortunes of War. The plot is often naive, in that there are no real plot twists
and things always seem to go just a little too smoothly. I'm always waiting for something to go wrong, but it almost never happens. People are exactly what
they seem, and you can expect them to behave accordingly at all times.
Having said all that, if you liked Ice, Wind and Fire, you'll probably like this book too. It's a notch below Ice in craftsmanship, but basically the same kind of story. The love scenes (sex scenes) are a bit sparse, but the book is readable
enough if you can ignore the overwhelming number of typos.
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.
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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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.Read more