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Plato Crater

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The independent European base at Plato Crater is the Earth’s only hope for an end to the Helium-3 crisis if they can’t persuade Yesha Chen, Empress of the Moon, to trade. Every other Earth power will stop at nothing to seize control of the Moon’s lucrative energy supply.

Jonah Barnes would rather have stayed on the Moon with Yesha, the love of his life, than be back on Ear
ebook, 242 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Carleton Chinner
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Stjepan Cobets
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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My rating 3.9

The book “Plato Crater” by Carleton Chinner is a good story but somehow I miss something. I have a feeling that this action could extend for at least a hundred pages. Some things happen too fast. But no matter what, the book is easy to read and the story is interesting. Because of the lack of Helium-3 and the riot of the moon, the Earth sank into an energy crisis. Yesha Chen, Empress of the Moon sends his most trusted man and lover Jonah Barnes to re-establish trade exchange. Yesha
Shelley Nolan
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was initially confused coming in to this science fiction story as it is the second one in the series, but I eventually got caught up with the action. Although I think it would be beneficial to read them in order as it would help with orientating the reader in the conflict and which of the characters they should care about. Told from multiple perspectives, it deals with the aftermath of stopping the export of Helium-3 from the Moon, causing hardship to those on Earth who relied on the power sou ...more
Charles Remington
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Plato Crater by Carleton Chinner is an elegant science fiction tale set on our moon. After a bitter war supplies of Helium 3, a chemical vital to the Earth’s power industry, have been cut off by the newly independent Lunar colony. Planet Earth is in darkness and the situation is rapidly deteriorating with food riots and civil unrest becoming common across the globe. Jonah Barnes has been delegated by Yesha, the new Empress of the Moon to negotiate a trade deal with the Pan American Union to re-c ...more
Helen Mathey-Horn
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plato Crater tells many stories. One aspect was that the character's were not too complex to not be lost picking up the second book. It was easy to catch up with the character's and decide how you feel about them. Jonah could have used a little more digging on his back story but I'm assuming a lot of that came with the first book. (view spoiler) ...more
James Maxstadt
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit to being skeptical when I first cracked this one open. The Empress of the Moon? I ended up being pleasantly surprised.

Plato Crater has an extremely interesting premise. There are a lot of space operas and stories where the action takes place on far distant worlds, spread across galaxies, and so on. Then there are ones, like the Expanse series for instance, that bring the action closer to home. Plato Crater does that, but even more so. All the action takes place on Earth and the
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Plato Crater is a sci-fi novel that caters to readers that like politics, underhanded negotiations, and settings based on our very own moon! Once the export of Helium-3 is stopped, Earth is brought into chaos severely missing the product. Jonah is sent to negotiate a contract, Holly is a stow-away that gets stuck in the mix, while Yesha tries to control what's happening on the Moon and its colony.

The novel is a fast-paced adventure with wonderful story-building, multiple character perspectives,
Peta Culverhouse
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid second novel of the Cities of the moon series. It has the action and adventure of the first while exploring the social needs of those liberated from the first book. It was enjoyable and worth a read.
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Carleton Chinner is the author of the Cities of the Moon series of science fiction novels and a reviewer for the Australian Speculative Fiction Review. He is an Australian born writer who grew up on a remote farm in South Africa, where the trip to the town library was the highlight of his week. He devoured anything science fiction, fantasy and horror. And, when that wasn’t enough, turned to urban ...more

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