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Listen to the Birds (The Melt Trilogy - Book 3)
The third book is the charm, to paraphrase an old saying. I received an Advance Review Copy for free from the author. Having read the first two books in this cli-fi series, I knew all about the protagonists John Barrous and Lowry Walker. The third picks up a bit into Barrous's term as President of Antarctica. Because of climate change, Antarctica has become a refuge/resettlement target for those whose coastal cities have been flooded by rising oceans. Initially like America's Wild West, the continent is settling down--somewhat. If you haven't read the second book, you won't be fully up to speed on the tension between Walker and Barrous--former lovers. The latter was incensed by Walker's pushing him, successfully, into becoming the president. There are villains in this book as well as the first two--the conflict this time is with a religious zealot overstepping bounds and with a cabinet official with an alternate agenda. So, what we have is a mix of 1) politics, 2) crime/intrigue, 3) romance and 4) interesting descriptions of how people can adapt to a somewhat warmer (but still cold) Antarctica with technology that enables roadless transportation, growing crops and raising animals, etc. All-in-all, a feature-laden and well-written book.
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