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A Tuesday lunchtime review: The Green Progression

L.E. Modesitt's 1992 collaboration with Bruce Scott Levinson, The Green Progression, is a non-SF work, a thriller set in the world of environmental politics and the last vestiges of the cold war.

Jack McDarvid is an ex-EPA staffer, now working as a consultant for a law firm that specialises in environmental law. When his boss is killed mysteriously he's plunged into a mix of real and imagined conspiracies that change his life. Mixed in with ecoterror and communist plots to destroy American hi-tech industry by burying it in expensive regulations, Jack will struggle to find a new direction of stagnating career and an end to his nightmares.

The Green Progression is a largely unsatisfying book. There's little resolution of events, and the morass of Washington politics is keeps bogging the story down. While the ecoterror sub-plot adds a little frisson to the story, it's not really necessary to Jack's story, and acts more to illustrate the complex issues that drive ecological and environmental law. At the end of the book your left with a feeling that there should be more, perhaps a series of novels that was never written.

If that was the case, then we should be grateful, as Modesitt has since produced some of the more interesting and challenging SF of the last decade. This book, however, can be left on the shelves of the second hand bookstore.
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