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message 1: by Charles (last edited Mar 23, 2010 01:45PM) (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 156 comments Since everyone is concerned about the environment and global warming, a new subgenre for thrillers has surfaced. It’s been referred to as environmental, enviro or eco thrillers. Michael Crichton’s, “State of Fear”, might fit into this category. I suggested “State of Fear” as one of the books for the Goodreads Green Group’s Spring read. However, the recently released novel, “Green Power” by Charles Vrooman, truly represents this timely subgenre. Going green and bioterrorism are at odds with each other in this action filled thriller.
>Note: "Green Power" was one of five books reviewed by the Green Group for it's winter read.
Synopsis for Green Power:
After the renowned Microbiologist Dr. Ray Pendleton leads a demonstration to close down Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant, Ray is assaulted by two of Dirk Hendrickson’s fellow Delta Valley Militiamen. Ray survives the beating and is changed not only outwardly but it gives him the incentive to set up Methane Digesters as an alternative source of electrical power for Lodi dairies.
Dirk’s continued attacks on the professor and his projects results in a death threatening epidemic pointing to one of Ray’s methane lagoons as the cause. The infected patients are admitted to UC Davis Medical Center. Linda McCord, a lab tech at the hospital and former student of Dr. Pendleton, works with Ray to prove that the methane power source is not the cause of this spreading disease. Both Ray and Linda develop a romantic relationship while working together. Linda is devastated when Ray develops a serious infection from the bacterium causing the epidemic.

>>Note: What other novels fit into the environmental thriller category?

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I had been calling my writings eco-thriller but no one seems to know about that type of writing.
All of my writings deal with wildlife or animal rights. I put the animal rights issues in the subplot.

My first one, Wild Evolution, involves loss of habitate. The second one of the series, Wild Justice, deals with canned hunting facilities.
Of course, this genre may catch speed some day but it doesn't seem to have air in its sails yet.

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Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 156 comments I would have to agree with you to a point. The general fiction reader doesn’t seem interested in this new genre. However, I’ve found those interested in environmental issues are willing to read my book. As a mater of fact, the Ever-Green group of Goodreads chose my book as one of five novels to be read for their winter reading list. I’ve promoted my novel on other environmental forum websites and made a few sales. Look at my website and see the reviews from Sam at Goodreads and Johhny Electriglide – member of envirolink forum.

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Paul | 27 comments I would have thought 'State of Fear' to be anathema to most green advocates since it rubbishes most dearly cherished green beliefs.

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Is State of Fear a doomsday kind story?

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My novel, "The Mine",
is an "eco-thriller", based on the $200,000,000 Summitville Mine Disaster. I'm told the style is Grisham-esque, (which I guess is okay, but I'm tired of legal thrillers). "The Mine" is doing well on Amazon, available in several independent bookstores in the Pacific Northwest, and is available for the Kindle for $2.99. I have a giveaway running through July 31. This genre lives!

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M. Clifford (mcliffordauthor) My novel, The Book, is a dystopian, environmental thriller that's based on the premise of taking recycling to such an extreme degree that we outlaw all paper of any kind -- including books. Our society is paperless and completely digital. All information, stories, news, etc. is contained in a handheld "Super Kindle"-type device that everyone owns called THE BOOK. The government has been subtly, yet potently, censoring and editing the digital information without the knowledge of the general public. The hero of the story, Holden Clifford, discovers an inconsistency between the digital version of his favorite story and a rare paper page he stumbles upon. This brings about a great passion in him to discover the truth of what's going on and to put a stop to it. While on his mission, he is tracked down numerous times by government operatives that work for The Editors and Holden is brought face to face with what it means to be "recycled".
The Book by M. Clifford
Available in my eStore at:
Or on Amazon at:

Thanks for your time! Hope you enjoy it.

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Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 156 comments Novel Green Power now only $9.95

message 9: by Larry (last edited Aug 25, 2011 12:39PM) (new)

Larry Moniz (larrymoniz) Charles wrote: "Since everyone is concerned about the environment and global warming, a new subgenre for thrillers has surfaced. It’s been referred to as environmental, enviro or eco thrillers. Michael Crichton’s,..."

Charles, FYI I think you're overstating it as a new sub genre. There's Brave New World, 1984, and several others from the 1970s or (possibly) early 1980 that covered everthing from oceanic changes that affected world climate, famine and a rapidly descending ice age. Unfortunately, it's been too many years and I can't remember the titles.

Self-Promotion for Authors by Larry Moniz

Murder in the Pinelands (Inside Story) by Larry Moniz

message 10: by Larry (last edited Aug 25, 2011 12:42PM) (new)

Larry Moniz (larrymoniz) M. wrote: "My novel, The Book, is a dystopian, environmental thriller that's based on the premise of taking recycling to such an extreme degree that we outlaw all paper of any kind -- including..."

Sounds like an interesting fantasy/adventure story but does it really rise to the level of dystopian? Paper recycling has become a self-sustaining industry, and virtually all trees for paper are from planted stocks, I can't help but wonder if they'll even be needed as no one in the paper industry anticipated a drop in the need for fine office papers that would be brought about by the Internet Age.
There hasn't been a print paper shortage since before 1980 and there's hardly likely to be one now that many newspapers have gone/are going electronic. Even book publishers rely on recycled paper. Just my take on the situation.

message 11: by Simon (last edited Oct 29, 2011 12:25PM) (new)

Simon Rosser (sirosser) | 4 comments Eco-thriller fans can take a look at my new book TIPPING POINT, a fast paced adventure-thriller with an environmental theme.

With news recently out that the Arctic’s sea ice may be at its lowest ever recorded level following the summer 2011 melt season, Tipping Point is an adventure thriller that couldn’t be timelier…


When eminent climatologist Dr Dale Stanton - in the process of studying the Atlantic Ocean’s Thermohaline Circulation - is found dead in his London apartment, environmental lawyer Robert Spire is given the task to administer a large legacy left to global warming organisations. The job should have been straightforward, until a second climatologist, Dr Jack Bannister drops dead on the other side of the Atlantic.


Spire’s client - suspicious of her son’s death - asks him to travel to San Francisco to investigate Dr Jack Bannister’s death. Whilst there, he meets French Climatologist Professor Francois Trimaud who is working on a geoengineering project to seed the Arctic Ocean with an experimental substance - the aim, to prevent, or at least slow the Arctic’s melting ice. Spire soon discovers that someone has other plans for the region and wants the climatologists dead at all costs.


As evidence of increased glacial melt in Greenland and reduction in the Arctic ice mounts, Spire becomes determined to join Trimaud on the Mercure Blanc on a joint US/French expedition to the Arctic. He soon finds however, that the lives of all on board are in peril as he discovers a plan that threatens to push the Arctic to its tipping point and the Earth to disaster…

"Simon Rosser's scientific and psychological thriller "Tipping Point" is one of the best I have read in the past decade. He has a gift for fluent narrative, realistic characterisation and for creating settings that come vividly to life for the reader. He blends tension and suspense very successfully against the contemporary background of global warming and its sinister implications.
--Author, TV presenter and Priest Lionel Fanthorpe -

Simon Rosser, author of The A-Z of Global Warming draws on his experience to write Tipping Point, a pacey adventure-thriller with an environmental theme. With crisp dialogue and engaging characters, Tipping Point will appeal to readers interested in adventure thrillers with an environmental twist.

What the readers are saying;

“Tip top global adventure”

“Enjoyable action-thriller”

“Great yarn, couldn’t put it down”

“Well-crafted environmental thriller”

“Simmering suspense”

Please visit my website for more information - Enjoy!Tipping Point

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Simon Rosser (sirosser) | 4 comments Hi guys, my second eco-themed thriller is now out - IMPACT POINT.

Just after 7 AM on June 30th 1908 a massive air blast occurred over Tunguska in Siberia - the Tunguska event - caused by a meteorite or comet fragment. The blast released the same amount of energy as 185 Hiroshima nuclear bombs. The object is thought to have been around 120 feet in diameter. It will happen again, it's just a question of where and when...

Robert Spire, environmental lawyer, newly recruited to the UK's GLENCOM - Global Environmental Command - Unit is propelled into a roller coaster adventure through London, America and the Bahamas as he searches for the cause of some mysterious whale deaths. As the clues unfold, nothing can prepare him or the world, for the cataclysm that is about to unfold.

Roberts Spire's greatest adventure may be the world's last...


When the World's largest ever creature - a blue whale - dies in front of Robert Spire on his local Welsh beach, the UK's Department of the Environment and local population are ill prepared. When a second whale washes up dead on Myrtle Beach on the opposite side of the Atlantic, the scientific community starts asking questions.


Environmental lawyer Robert Spire; newly recruited to the UK's Global Environmental Command Unit - GLENCOM, flies over to South Carolina to investigate. Whilst there, he teams up with marine biologist Dr Sally Rivea, also assigned to the case. Meanwhile, ex-marine Travis Dexter is on the run in Nevada after he discovers the body of his employer - philanthropist Julian Smithies - murdered in his home. The only object missing; a recently discovered, rare and valuable meteorite.


On the island of Exuma In the Bahamas, four sport divers make a startling discovery at the bottom of Mystery Cave blue hole. Sixty miles offshore in the Caribbean Sea, drilling on the Proteus oil rig turns to disaster as the drill penetrates something hard on the ocean floor. Dr Rivea, at a loss to explain the high levels of the mineral olivine discovered in the whale's tissue samples, accompanies Spire to the Caribbean in search of answers, but what they discover doesn't bear thinking about...

"Si Rosser's new novel IMPACT POINT is an outstandingly good and enjoyable read. It welds mystery and adventure into a very well-written thriller. I recommend it 100%" - Author, TV presenter and Priest Lionel Fanthorpe

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Shared Machine | 3 comments We have just published our first in a series of eco-thrillers, entitled "Endangered Species".

Endangered Species, Book 1 "Diary of an Eco-Warrior" by Vaulte Kamish

On the surface, this is an action-adventure, comedy. However, we use satire to introduce a broader audience to important environmental issues.

The subject of this book is "mass extinction". The premise is that we are currently experiencing the planet's sixth major extinction event, precipitated by ourselves.

Our characters are kooky and dysfunctional, but they stumble across a monumental conspiracy that threatens our existence. It's up to them to save the world, despite their shortcomings.

We hope you check it out here on Goodreads!

Click here for more information on the project.

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Stephen Pearl (stephenp11) | 272 comments There are strong elements of this genera in my novel Tinker’s Plague. Give it a gander if you’re interested.
Tinker's Plague Tinker's Plague by Stephen B. Pearl

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Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 156 comments BOOK SIGNING for GREEN POWER
I have been invited to participate in the Gold Country Book Festival to be held at the Auburn Library on May 18, 2013. I will be available at the book signing event for my environmental/medical thriller novel “Green Power”

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Shared Machine | 3 comments Only a few hours left for our FREE book promotion, so act now!

Endangered Species Book 1 - unabridged version.

This is an Amazon April Fool's promotion (don't worry, it's real). But it ends at midnight PST.

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Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 156 comments I know I’ve posted a lot of information about “Green Power” on this thread, however, you can still find more information at my website:
Note: Especially, take a look at “Excerpts”.
Also:Don’t forget, you can still get signed copies of this thriller at Amazon for a 40% discount:

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David Manuel | 13 comments And for something completely different with an environment theme:
Killer Protocols
Clean Coal Killers
The Killer Trees

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Steph Bennion (stephbennion) | 182 comments I've heard this genre called 'Cli-Fi'. I think it's an awful name, but the Guardian in the UK has started using it.

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Stephen Pearl (stephenp11) | 272 comments I thought people might be interested in some of the articles on my webpage: . They were born of the research I did for my Post-apocalyptic, environmental, medical / political thriller Tinker’s Plague.

As an aside. The city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada uses methane generated from its sewage treatment to generate electricity. It’s nice to have something to be proud of regarding the place you live.

Tinker's Plague Tinker's Plague by Stephen B. Pearl

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Demelza Carlton (demelzacarlton) | 16 comments See, I guess I wouldn't call these books thrillers - though they contain plenty of action - but much of the plot is driven by environmental change in the marine environment.

So ecologically-driven fiction, or cli-fi, yes, but even with the ships and submarines sinking, they're still not thrillers in my mind...

Ocean's Gift (Ocean's Gift, #1) by Demelza Carlton Ocean's Infiltrator (Ocean's Gift, #2) by Demelza Carlton

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Jay Storey (jayallanstorey) | 5 comments My novel, ELDORADO, isn't technically a 'thriller', it's more of an 'eco-adventure', a dystopian story set in the future when a combination of dwindling resources and climate change have plunged western civilization into a new Great Depression.

Eldorado by Jay Allan Storey

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Campbell Wood | 1 comments I recommend The Life Engine, by Rick Baker. It's available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and so on. I just finished reading it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Well written with a taut plot and great environmental depth. You can read about it on Amazon.

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S.W. Lee | 2 comments I am new to the site and just found this discussion stream. My first novel is out! The Amazon Murders: A Rainforest Mystery (Book 1) is the title. My name is S.W. Lee. The book is an eco-thriller and is filled with interesting information about the Amazon rainforest. Here is the address for the book on Amazon and another to my website. For teachers, I have starting creating curriculum in case they are interested in using it in their classrooms. It is a book of fiction...but the theory of killing I propose has been endorsed by three scientists. Enjoy!

The Amazon Murders: A Rainforest Mystery (Book 1)

Illegal loggers are mysteriously dying horrific deaths in the Amazon rainforest. The color of the fluids expelled from the men morphs from red to cream as their internal organs disintegrate and mix with their blood. At a nearby compound a group of American educators and students including medicinal research scientists Dr. Stephen Elmore and Dr. Julia Cole help local law enforcement investigate the gruesome deaths. When three more men die nearby at the same time the scientists quickly discover whatever is happening is spreading.

The question of "who is the killer?" may be replaced by a "what." Could it be the local eco-terrorist group? Or could it be something from the deep, unexplored interior jungle-something that has yet to be identified by anyone?

Within days, four more men die violently. Can the grisly mystery be solved before the members of the compound also succumb to the killer?

With scientific authenticity, the reader explores nature while contemplating the secrets of the Amazon Rainforest, the battle of man vs. man, and the terror of man vs. the environment. Life will never be the same again.

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I'm currently working on my new "environmental-thriller" : A career-oriented journalist-woman investigates a mysterious organization that offers weekends in space while imminent global climatic disaster causes planetary hysteria. It should be out in a few months. I have a blog detailing the process :

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Anne Ipsen | 9 comments Steph wrote: "I've heard this genre called 'Cli-Fi'. I think it's an awful name, but the Guardian in the UK has started using it."
I love 'cli-fi' and am not much into thrillers, but have enjoyed sic-fi since a child. I now call myself a 'cli-fi' writer -- so much better than 'speculative fiction.'

message 27: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 16, 2016 11:33AM) (new)

Hi Anne! Can you tell us some of your book titles that would fit under the cli-fi category? Thanks!

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Ryan Hyatt | 2 comments Interesting category. Here's one, STAY YOUNGER LONGER, available on Amazon.

By 2046, California has emerged from a catastrophic earthquake as a shining star among nations, providing sustainable technology and hope to a dying world. The breakout Republic is caught in a power struggle between China, triumphant in the Oil Wars, and the United States, desperate to maintain its global spotlight.

Not everyone is convinced the Golden State is evolving into the paradise its leaders promise. Dick White is an earthquake orphan whose childhood wanderings lead him to Venice Beach as an adult, where he tries to make sense of his reckless bachelor life. His news column, Utopian Schemes, pokes fun at the Eco-Socialist regime, which he believes is transforming the ascendant Republic into a police state.

Dick is dragged into controversy when he covers the funeral of Maggie Droeger, famed actress and wife of the Los Angeles district attorney. Maggie was a Euphoria addict, and the popular nanonarcotic, widely used to stave off aging, is becoming a source of public concern. Maggie's high-profile death spurs rumors that Euphoria is a biological weapon designed to kill users, and soon Dick's efforts to uncover the drug's true purpose may save or destroy countless lives, including his own.

Set in a future rife with strife, Stay Younger Longer explores a world where hearts and minds become the final battleground for progress.

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Anne Ipsen | 9 comments NoelieFiction wrote: "Hi Anne! Can you tell us some of your book titles that would fit under the cli-fi category? Thanks!"
Only my work-in-progress, "Green Valley"--the rest are historical (even my memoirs!)

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