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Imminence: Highlands World in Crisis (Volume 1) Paperback – December 7, 2014
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About the Author
D. M. Trump lived in beautiful Colorado with his first trophy wife and within kid-sitting distance of their six grandchildren. His co-author and critic was a talkative, but not always understood, cat. At various times, Trump was a commercial fisherman, radio disk jockey, machinist, software developer, entrepreneur, and many other things besides. No matter what he wrote about, he wrote from experience.
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I took Andrew's advice to get an overview of the world at highlandsworld.info. There you will find that highlands is a collection of asteroids having a common gravity and held together by pylons. The asteroids have their own characteristics and the main action thread takes place on a center asteroids, one which has an ocean.
The nearest novel I can compare this to is Larry Niven's Ringworld, set in a Dyson "sphere". When I read Ringworld, I was confused by the character's motivation and where the action was taking place. Not so with Imminence. The writing is very clear. There are a limited number of characters and they are introduced slowly. The recommended highlands.info web site is very useful in getting a mental picture what the physical setting is about. You do not have to absorb everything on the site. Indeed, just knowing there is an oceanic world in the middle of asteroids held together by pylons will get you through the first 2/3 of Imminence. My comparison with Ringworld is Imminence is at least as inventive and considerable easier to follow.
There are several non-biological constructs here. I don't want to get too specific as to number or technological underpinnings in order to avoid spoilers. Let me just assert that you will find innovation in the conceptualization of these constructs. Despite the main character being a seaman, there is substantial technical underpinning which will satisfy those who read science-fiction for, um, the scientific visions.
Of note, I found the constructed terms very approachable. By constructed terms, I refer to the times an author has to use a new term or name. It simply would not do to have a nine-foot alien be named "Joe". Many authors will construct difficult to remember names or terms. I found the names used here both memorable and yet removed from the present world we share now. Several of the terms having a present meaning (e.g. tornado or knots) are carried over to this new words and given new meanings. If you remember the new meaning, great. If you blew past the explanation, no great loss. I like this touch as it makes the story easier to read.
There is point about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way when I wanted to stop reading. ... and I did for the evening. It was a moment of betrayal and criminality. it is not what I enjoy reading about. I don't want to say too much about the scene because saying so tells you too much about how the earlier part of the story will progress. Let me just say that if you come to a tough spot, keep going. The entire book is going to take several feints along the way. The grittier parts of the book are not covered in obsessive detail. Let me also add that about the 3/4 to 7/8 mark there was a grittier scene which was a real page turner.
I don’t usually read too many books, but this is one that I just couldn’t put down.
It’s really exciting and the interesting plot and details made me seem like I was right in the story myself.
I really enjoyed the development of the characters. I cared about their well-being. It seemed that many of the characters were very down to earth but they also had a lot of character that you could see developing and helping them to accomplish great things.
I had a chance to go to aniable.com and see all the intricacies on how the Highlands World was made. There are a lot of realistic details here.
It is truly a believable world. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Super job, David Trump!!