About the Book
Book: Silent Altitudes
Author: Michael James Emberger
Genre: Cli-Fi Thriller (Climate Fiction/Thriller)
Release date: March 30, 2021
The world looks up to the sky in hopeful anticipation as the Pennychuck Atmospheric Carbon Reduction System comes online. Finally the chance to eliminate global warming will be obtainable.
Within moments, something goes terribly wrong. Dr. Milford Pennychuck races to find the underlying problem that caused so much destruction. Yet when an assassination attempt and system sabotage blindsides him, he has to rely on a surprising ally.
Together they delve into a conspiracy deeper than they can fathom. As the system operates at progressively higher altitudes, the two scientists must find a way to shut it down…or die trying.
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I wasn’t sure if I would like Silent Altitudes, especially since it is marketed as a climate fiction book. I was worried about how the author would handle a controversial topic like climate change without alienating readers on either side of the topic. However, he did a great job of making it not be a debate or diatribe one either argument, rather I found it balanced, and the focus to be very much on corruption and what can happen when those in power cause more harm for their personal gain rather than solving or addressing the problem. And I loved it! I flew through it and found myself unable to put it down. In fact, is probably going to be on my favorites of 2021 list.
Besides stating that I loved Silent Altitudes, I am actually having a hard time trying to convey what I exactly enjoyed because it was pretty much everything. I am realizing I enjoy fiction that involves some sort of speculative aspect to it – I think that term can be used here, I don’t know. But what I mean is involves something like the System… which doesn’t exist but could, but probably not yet. If that makes sense. Although I hope nothing like the System is developed because I can just imagine how it could be abused and tampered with. If I could think of something somewhat similar (but not) is The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (as far as Sci-Fi), but in some ways this is a lot better.
Besides the speculative aspect of it, I also found the writing very addicting. Typically, I am not a fan of books told from multitude POVs, but the author makes it work and he does so in a way that I enjoyed. I also enjoyed getting to know most of the characters and their motives for the things they do, as well as their determination to survive, but also figure out what is going on.
I don’t know what else to say except I really enjoyed Silent Altitudes and I highly recommend it! I am looking forward to reading more of the author’s work in the future. 5/5 Stars.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Michael James Emberger is an author of thrillers and suspense, and he resides in Wilton, New Hampshire. He enjoys weaving narratives of conspiracy and misguided intentions around divisive topics. Where there is debate, there is always room for a villain with goals far out of alignment from either side. Michael is a graduate of Messiah College, where he studied Engineering and met his wife racing solar cars cross-country. When he’s not working on home renovations or writing, he enjoys visiting the ocean and exploring the majesty of God’s creation on the summits of New Hampshire’s mountains.
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Silent Altitudes is a Cli-fi (Climate Fiction) thriller set in the near future. I wanted to avoid the current political debates over global warming, so I went with the assumption that the world eventually comes to consensus about what to do. The United Nations rolls out an elaborate technological solution, but sabotage and conspiracy lead to disaster on startup day. That’s the type of angle I enjoy writing. Climate change is the backdrop, but this book is about family and survival and fighting against the greed and corruption that have laid good intentions to ruin. It’s about loss and hope and trusting that God is still in control even when everything seems hopeless.
A significant inspiration for this book was a phrase my daughter would say when she was little: “Hold you Mommy.” It meant she wanted a hug. I contacted Laura, a pottery artist on Etsy, and ordered a custom mug with that phrase as a Christmas present for my wife. Laura was a joy to work with, and our conversation led to me developing characters and themes that provided the heart of my story. I find it’s those little inspirations that make the biggest difference in my writing.
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