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Greensword: A Tale of Extreme Global Warming

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This is a dark comedy about the environment, extremism and the lengths to which people will go to to avoid getting a real job.
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Five Star (ME)
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Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
What if you had to save the planet? Not next century, not next decade, but now. What would you do? How far would you go?

A small environmental group, funded by a wealthy actor, is threatened by losing all their funding unless they do something NOW to stop global warming, so the actor's beachhouse doesn't slide into the ocean. There's only one plan that would work - but is it worth it?

GREENSWORD (subtitled "A Tale of Extreme Global Warming") explores this kind of fanaticism in a darkly funny - and
Paul Genesse
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing

GREENSWORD, a novel by Donald Bingle is one of those stories that works on so many levels. First of all, you hope to god it will never come true. The story centers on what a tiny environmental group is willing to do for the cause they believe in—stopping global warming.

You can read the GREENSWORD and just think about what’s happening on the page, but there’s much more there. Bingle examines the nature of the modern American thinking about how to solve problems today. You go for the quick solutio
R.G. Ziemer
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is there any hope these days of staving off global climate disaster? GreenSword has the answer. Unfortunately. In Donald J. Bingle’s “tale of extreme global warming”, this California environmental group is ready to pull the trigger on a scheme to reverse current climate trends overnight. The group GreenSword’s three all-too believable jamokes make the transition from non-violent protestors to the most reviled eco-terrorists in history, and for all the wrong reasons: Zeke wants to keep their weal ...more
Karl-Friedrich Lenz
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this book when researching for my list of global warming fiction books I recently started at my blog:

This belongs in the category of "books that propose a solution" in that list.

Let's list things I liked about this book first.

Bingle makes the three activists nuking Seattle look very much like real persons, with a lot of inner conflict. In the first half of the book, the reader doesn't know yet of their large-scale crime. Bingle manages to create sympathy for
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Donald J. Bingle, AB'76, JD'79

From the author: "GREENSWORD is a dark comedy about the environment, extremism, stupid criminals, and the lengths to which people will go to avoid getting a real job. Zeke, Milo, and Brandon are struggling to keep their environmental protest group, GreensWord, alive. It impresses chicks and sure beats getting jobs as corporate serfs in the real world. But their chief benefactor, movie star Matthew Barrington, threatens to cut off funding unless they stop globa
Donald J. Bingle
Jan 12, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I haven't listed any rating, since this is my own book, but I hope you enjoy this darkly humorous eco-thriller that skewers extremists on both sides of the global warming debate. See for more about my writing, including my other novels, Net Impact (a spy thriller that mixes cutting edge technology with real-world conspiracy theories) and Forced Conversion (a near-future, military scifi thriller about Earth after most of humanity has converted to virtual reality), as well as ...more
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Dec 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I must have read a different book, but I didn't like this one at all. It was supposed to be funny--and it wasn't. On top of it, I didn't like any of the characters which doesn't do much for me.
Mary Wilson
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good, could see a lot of it happening. The end was fast and a little anticlimatic.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Technically, I didn't finish the book. I gave up about page 86 due to a lack of plot and being bored by the characters. It would be interesting to read/watch the watch story as the screenplay it was originally supposed to be.
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Donald J. Bingle (sometimes credited as Don Bingle) is the author of Frame Shop, a mystery thriller set in a suburban writers' group, Net Impact, a spy thriller which incorporates real-world conspiracy theories, Wet Work, the follow-up adventure to Net Impact, GREENSWORD, a dark comedy about global warming, and Forced Conversion, a military science fiction novel set in the near future. He is also ...more

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