About the Book
Book: Silent Altitudes
Author: Michael James Emberger
Genre: Cli-Fi Thriller (Climate Fiction/Thriller)
Release date: March 30, 2021
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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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Emberger, Michael James. Silent Altitudes. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International, 2021.
I’d like to think that those in authority over us have our best interest in mind when they make decisions. However, I am not naive enough to think that that is what actually happens. Silent Altitudes explores what could happen when they don’t
Climate Change is a hot topic in our world – what is the best way to respond to it? I appreciated these words in Michael James Emberger’s note at the end “My intent in writing this story was not to address that debate but to explore the problems that can be created when the people trusted to provide solutions bring other priorities into the mix.”
Emberger did a fabulous job of crafting likeable (and despisable) characters – some who put others first and some who were very selfish in their motives. I do not know if the path to solving climate change described in the book is a scientific possibility, but the way it was used for personal gain probably is a real possibility. If people get nothing else out of this book, they should come away understanding that thinking people can NOT blindly trust the decisions of those in authority. I John 4 talks about testing the spirits as does I Thessalonian 5:21. I think that can also be applied to decisions being made which will affect our lives.
I don’t know if Michael James Emberger has another book planned – but I would love one that further explores the lives of the characters going forward. There is an epilogue which takes place three years later but I’d love to read what happened in those 3 years and beyond.
Silent Altitudes would be a great addition to the Science Fiction section of a K-12 Christian school library. I think that high schoolers and maybe some middle schoolers would enjoy this science fiction novel.
I received a complimentary copy of Silent Altitudes. This is my 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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