When bike messenger Jonie Larson is killed by a hit and run driver, a jury decides it was an accident and the driver is only charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Her friend and lover, Cara Robertson, feels different, and is determined to prove that the arrogant PR boss, Greg Palmer, is a killer. Jonie was an anti-pollution activist, and the fact that Palmer represents some of the largest corporate polluters, makes for a potentially explosive confrontation. Added to the mix is soon-to-be counterintelligence agent, Police Constable Stephen Conner, who develops an emotional attachment to Cara and her paraplegic boss.
When Cara travel from the UK to New Zealand to meet Jonie’s family she encounters a group of committed eco-activists who are prepared to do anything to stop the rape of the planet by the oil companies. Worried about her safety, Stephen follows her, only to find that Palmer and his clients are also active in the southern Pacific and Antarctica, with plans that could spell ecological disaster. Moreover, they’re willing to do anything to protect their business interests.
Revolution Earth by Lambert Nagle is a riveting tale of people committed to their side of contentious issues, and willing to go to extremes to express that commitment. A tale that addresses profound issues, and the excesses on both side of the environmental debate, it also takes the reader into the inner recesses of individuals trying to survive against incredible odds. We see the story from many points of view, which only serves to increase the tension and mystery, as Stephen tries to protect Cara, and deal with his growing attraction to Ginny, a beautiful woman who works for Palmer and is caught between her loyalty to her boss and her sense of right and wrong.
Questions of right and wrong—and whether the means to reach even a justifiable end are in fact acceptable—are dealt with in a hard hitting manner that will make you think. Even the good guys in this story have stains, while the bad guys, though rotten to the core, have some logic on their side. Once you start reading, it becomes impossible to put this book down until you reach an end that will leave you breathless.
There were a few formatting issues, but they weren’t significant enough to detract from what was a fascinating read, so I’m giving it five stars.