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Greenshift

(From the World of Ambasadora)

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Greenshift is a tale set within the world of Ambasadora.

Mari’s rare eye color makes her a pariah within Upper Caste society, which is why she prefers plants to people…except David, the former Armadan captain who shuttles scientists around on a refurbished pleasure cruiser.

But someone else is interested in Mari and her distinctive look—an obsessed psychopath who tortures an
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Paperback, 158 pages
Published October 10th 2013 by Dog Star Books (first published February 14th 2012)
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K. Ceres
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read Marked by Light, I slid easily into Greenshift, remembering the character names and their personalities. As one who actively seeks out books where the action starts on page one, I wasn’t disappointed. The book opens with a tense standoff between the captain of a gunship, David Anlow; a civilian ship; orders from a superior officer that are contrary to David’s instincts; and an old flame who decides to commit mutiny. Action, suspense, and betrayal. It hit all my buttons.

The book then
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Jennifer
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-star-books
Greenshift is a fast-moving tale set in the world Miller first introduced us to with Ambasadora. Although it does include some of the characters from that book it is a stand-alone adventure in its own right. Miller’s trademark sexy sci-fi is in full effect as the book centers on the blooming relationship between Captain David Anlow and the much younger Boston “Mari” Maribou who lives and works on the same ship as he does. Just as the two are really starting to get to know each other Mari finds h ...more
Carrie
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!
Kara-karina
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5
Greenshift is a novella which I've enjoyed just as much as Heidi's full novel Ambasadora.

We know David and Mari from Ambasadora, and I've never particularly liked Mari or understood what David saw in her... However, her character is very charming, youthful and brave in her own story.

Mari hails from a poor mining planet as an 18-year-old scientist, some sort of environmentalist who creates greenshift - arranges for sustainable food sources, gardens on the ships in space. She is a perky, nai
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J.L.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-2014
Disclaimer: I attended Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program with Heidi Ruby Miller and consider her a friend. I purchased my copy of this book through a charity auction at the Capclave convention (2013).

Chronology note: GREENSHIFT is technically a prequel to AMBASADORA: MARKED BY LIGHT, but the two books can be read in any order.

This novel is a science-fiction/adventure/romance that is not defined by any one genre. David is a classic former-military leading man, but Mari is *n
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Mei
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I couldn't stand the heroine!!! She's everything I hate in a heroine. She's stupid but she think she's intelligent, she thinks she knows better than anyone else!!! Arghhhh!!! Why, why, why authors continue to write about them????
She redeemed herself a little bit towards the end of the book, but it was too late for me to like her.
The hero was better, but I couldn't understand what he saw in her. Did he suffer from grandaddy syndrome? He's supposed to be 80 years old, but she falls for a 19 years
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Pam
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
After reading (and loving) Ambasadora, I was thrilled to read Greenshift, which delivers the fascinating back stories of David and Mari - things that were only hinted at, tantalizingly, in Ambasadora.

Here we learn what brought about David's separation form the military and we see David at his best, struggling to integrate into his non-military status aboard the Bard, giving in to his heart and allowing himself to admit just how important Mari is to him.

There's a thoroughly creepy plot which thr
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Andrew
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
For me "Greenshift" was an enjoyable introduction to the World of Ambasadora. This sci-fi story included an interesting plot, plenty of action and some well developed characters. I certainly look forward to reading more of Heidi Ruby Miller's work.

Tiffany
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girl-porn
Short, sweet, satisfying action/romance.
Emory
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heidi Ruby Miller is a multi-talented writer. Where most would say this in reference to her roles as a wife, educator, and an author; I wish to speak only in regards to her writing. Do not discount her other roles in life; I am sure that like other authors they very much inform her writing. Rather I want the focus to be on her craft. Where most excel in one or two specific areas of writing, in my opinion with “Greenshift” she excels in all.

I will allow the description in the listing do the heavy
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Marissa
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was gifted to me by the author and I am so grateful, and pleased to have read it!
This is such a fascinating world. However, this story was a prequel to the book I read first, Ambasadora, telling a bit more of Mari & Davids love story.
David and Mari compliment each other so well, boosting the other in all the right places. And although she is a young, tiny woman with even smaller skirts, Mari is a brilliant and strong chick who gives as good as she gets. David is still a bit of a myster
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Cary Caffrey
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read and loved Miller's debut novel Ambasadora, so I was thrilled to see that she had written a new book -- and one in the Ambasadora-Verse to boot.

If you haven't read Ambasadora, no worries, this book is a prequel, taking place one month before the events of Ambasadora (so, by all means read these books in whichever order you like).

I was very happy to see this prequel focus in on Mari and David, two of my favourite characters from Ambasadora. They deserve a book of their own and Miller gives
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J.
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, 2015
Science fiction romantic suspense, and you could call it a short novel or a really long novella. Up front, let me say the world-building and characterization both blew me away. Everything was beautifully thought out, including the space-water dock's security system, the politics among the security guards, and the interworkings of an onboard hydroponics unit with the ship's systems. More layers here than J.K. Rowling's finest, and I loved it.

There's a bit more romance here than I normally read, b
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Pippa Jay
The good:
Again, I loved the world building in this, the attention to detail and the portrayal of the characters. Heidi has a talent for making them so real. The writing is flawless and descriptive, and all the premises and reactions believable and consistent. The bad guys completely gave me the creeps, and I'm glad the torture scenes weren't more detailed - there was enough there for you to use your imagination, should you wish.

The bad:
The only reason I've rated this a touch lower than Ambasador
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Paul
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I must admit that I am not the biggest science fiction fan, but this is the exception. The character development is fantastic. I loved Mari & David and everyone else. The plot was phenomenal. I was hooked from the beginning. I related to the characters and couldn't stop reading as events unfolded. It has the sure sign of a great book for me. I rushed to finish it, so that I would know how it ends, all the while trying to take my time so that it didn't end. I desperately wa ...more
Critique de Book
The good:
Again, I loved the world building in this, the attention to detail and the portrayal of the characters. Heidi has a talent for making them so real. The writing is flawless and descriptive, and all the premises and reactions believable and consistent. The bad guys completely gave me the creeps, and I'm glad the torture scenes weren't more detailed - there was enough there for you to use your imagination, should you wish.

The bad:
The only reason I've rated this a touch lower than Ambasador
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Mike Mehalek
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Heidi Ruby Miller's Ambassadora prior to Greenshift so I was familiar with the world and many of the characters. Although this story was less intricate than Ambassadora (one storyline versus many storylines converging together in a --dare I say--brilliant ending), Greenshift very much fits the series that Miller is creating. The world she's managed to create is full and complete and utilized exceptionally well in both books.

What I find most impressive with Greenshift is Miller's ability t
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T.K. Toppin
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heidi Ruby Miller has the amazing ability to make you dive into the world she created and observe like the 'voyeur' bots she conjured up for the story. Greenshift is a sort of prequel to the incredible Ambassadora tale, and it was such a treat to meet up with, and get to know more of, David Anlow and Boston 'Mari' Maribu, as well as Sean. From the get go, the pace moves! No spoilers here, but if you love planet hopping, space crafts, incredibly thought out societal pecking orders, stuff called s ...more
Kenya Wright


I just found out that this is a prequel so I'm excited to read the rest in this series.

I somewhat enjoy sci-fi... but if it has romance in it then I'm GAME BABY!

This definetly had romance in it and yummy (but classy) sex scenes.

I really enjoyed the main two characters Mari and David. They were strong. No Doormat Diva or Jackass Hero. These characters were really well developed.


I will definetly be checking out the rest of the series.


Jacqueline
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent follow-up book to Ambasadora. This story stayed focused and flowed very nicely. I appreciated that while it is the second in a series, it did not spend much time recapping everything that was defined in Ambasadora. David and Mari’s story was better than I expected.
Jason Hodges
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great sci-fi getaway splashed with love!!! Miller has a way in pulling you in and keeping you there... I recommend this book...
Lydia Denny
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Greenshift is a simple story. Descriptions can be heavy and interrupt dialogue. Dialogue can be coarse and does little to distinguish characters from one another. Protagonists and their environments are flawless and beautiful and the anatagonists are not.

A short read that only took me two days to get through, Greenshift is a conventional romance novel with a popular sci-fi environment and a heroine who saves herself after victimizing herself. I'm personally disappointed that the relationship bet
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Shannon Eichorn
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me for being a space opera romance with kidnappings. While it has easy-to-grasp but still memorable worldbuilding, I found it vaguely predictable and the characters fun but somewhat unmemorable. It was worth the read and might be more endearing to someone inclined toward gardening or biology.
Shannon Eichorn
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me for being a space opera romance with kidnappings. While it has easy-to-grasp but still memorable worldbuilding, I found it vaguely predictable and the characters fun but somewhat unmemorable. It was worth the read and might be more endearing to someone inclined toward gardening or biology. Or having read AMBASSADORA.
Chris Bullock
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full of action and adventure - this is an excellent read. I would rarely give 5 stars, but this kept my attention throughout.
J.C. Cassels
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In AMBASADORA, author Heidi Ruby Miller created a fascinating, and highly detailed 'verse peopled with three-dimensional characters going about the business of surviving, falling in love, and navigating the intricacies of a complex and corrupt political overclass. Her second novel set in the same 'verse, GREENSHIFT, takes a smaller bite of her 'verse and explores the relationship between Armadan Captain David Anlow and botanist “Mari” Boston Maribu, both introduced in AMBASADORA.

Set prior to the
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Deanna Dee
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating 4/5
Geek rating 4/5

I had so much fun reading Greenshift! The story follows a few characters, David and Mary the primary ones, through an action-packed, romance-filled story that had me guessing up to the final pages. The characters are well-rounded and realized, and the plot is tight. Miller effortlessly weaves all the essential elements of a good story together.

At the beginning, I had a tough time identifying with Mari. She felt so naïve and young that, when her situation got bad, I wasn’
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Stephanie Wytovich
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
GREENSHIFT by Heidi Ruby Miller is a beautifully written blend of science fiction and romance by a skilled writer who can build worlds and transport readers to faraway realms at the turn of a page. The suspense created within the first chapter set the tone for a novel that balances the horrific within a plot that is constructed around themes of trust and empowerment. I like that Miller keeps her female characters strong and puts them in realistic scenarios where their intelligence is tested just ...more
Sunny
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The best review I can say about this book is that it make me want to re-read book one, Ambassadora. Have let way too much time between these two book, I forgot what a great story Heidi Ruby Miller tells. She has created an intriguing world of rebels, fraggers, controlling government, and scheming personalities. She tops it off with a deliciously attractive love story which both contrasts with and enhances the intrigue. I cannot wait to read the next book.
Tom
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heidi Ruby Miller delivers again. I like that the story started on the first page and it never stopped. There were a lot of human elements (tension, drama, conflict, pride, love, loyalty, friendship, and vile evil lust) thrown into her sci-fi world. Miller's sci-fi world is intricately put together yet simple to understand and quickly become immersed. This was an easy and enjoyable read for me.
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Heidi Ruby Miller uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. With degrees in Anthropology, Geography, Foreign Languages, and Writing, she knew early that penning fast-paced, exotic adventures would be her life. She's put her experiences and studies to paper in her far-future AMBASADORA series and her two new thriller series.

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