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Aquamarine

by Mel Keegan

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Typical Mel Keegan; this time thinly-disguised gay Bodie and Doyle are a marine scientist and his genetically-altered partner caught up in political upheaval in a post-apocalypse-by-global-warming-and-comet 21st century. Fun as ever; rather less sex than usual, though. ( )
  phoebesmum | Mar 14, 2010 |
Set in the future, the late twenty first century, some years after a natural disaster caused the sea levels to rise so that little land is left above the sea, Aquamarine follows the exploits of two young men. Russell (Dr Grant) is a hydrologist, Eric an Aquarian, the first of a new sub-species so far totally just fifty that can breathe under water. Russell and Eric live together on a man made island called Pacifica; devoted lovers, they have been together almost as long as they can remember. In this future world their relationship is remarkable only in as much as Eric is exclusively gay.

They get by on Russell's research grant and Eric's casual earnings as a diver and tour guide, so a lucrative offer to assist some shady characters in a salvage operation is tempting, but when they refuse Eric is kidnapped and forced into taking part. That is just the beginning of a tense, action packed adventure involving the two lovers along with a few more Aquarians, an adventure from which they might not all return.

Aquamarine is certainly an exciting and enjoyable read, the love between the two young men is never in question, they are loyal and devoted to each other, which makes their involvement in their assignment all the more nerve racking. The future world Ms Keegan creates is well developed so that one readily accepts it and puts aside any improbabilities. Unfortunately the tension created in the story is often spoiled as one tries to navigate the occasional typographic errors. ( )
  Bembo | Dec 25, 2009 |
horrible editing and a gay ole time

I didn't pick this book up for any in-depth discussion on such issues as global warming, homophobia, terrorism, sexual assault, substance abuse, body image, warfare, post-apocalyptical survival strategies, etc, though all of these topics are touched, albeit shallowly, upon in Aquamarine. I came looking for adventure, sci-fi specifically future time frame post-occurrence, gay characters (hard enough to find in regular fiction never mind sci-fi) not treated as freaks apologized for killed as punishment or writen as psycho killers.... And I got all that. And some tasty trashy sex. ( )
  taylorh | Apr 5, 2008 |
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