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Riebeckite

By: O. R. Lea
Narrated by: Natalie Hammond
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Summary

An asteroid strike on the moon has left it with a ring of deadly spores that are drifting down to Earth.

Growing up under that moon, Tahira promised her childhood friend, Zareen, that tackling the crisis would overcome the national divisions that separated them. Tahira is now a biologist for a corporation constructing experimental towers, which force the spores, known as "riebeckites", to germinate into harmless colonies. Rumors of riebeckite colonies taking sinister flesh-eating forms among the ghettoized Iranian communities are dismissed as propaganda invented by those opposed to Azeri occupation.

But when Tahira makes a discovery linking these stories to the Skyscrubber towers, her findings are inexplicably suppressed, and she is framed as a terrorist. In a race for her freedom and her life, Tahira has only one person she can rely on: Zareen, now an Iranian freedom fighter. Together they must escape Azeri police and Iranian militants, and survive the horrifying next stage of the riebeckites’ development. Only if they expose the truth can the world unite against a danger which has been gathering at its feet while everyone was watching the sky.

Riebeckite combines suspense and conspiracy with heart-in-mouth action sequences and nightmarish encounters, all in an immersive near-future setting, and, at its core, is a heartwarming story of friendship against the odds.

©2021 O. R. Lea (P)2022 O. R. Lea

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"Every tree casts a shadow on it's own roots..."

Two young friends separated by political division when only eight years old, only one, Tahira, living a life of relative luxury and security. But she never forgot Zareen. decades later, Tahira has become a biologist, working for the As more like her father before her, researching marine life and the effects on the earth's waters of the blue particles which shower down from the moon after it had been struck by an asteroid. If breathed in, these particles can make people very sick, but little is known about the effects in the sea. Third intends to find out.

This is an unusual premise for a science fiction story, especially as it combines with the ever present tales of political tensions. Set in the near future, it highlights the stresses between the have and the rejected whose only crime is to be born the wrong nationality. But it is not a heavy book: the story races through unexpected action, creating vivid pictures in the mind. The charactets, too, are well presented, very different but both with the same intense core. Certainly worth reading.

Narration is by Nathalie Hammond, whose soft, mid timbre tone is at first a surprising choice. Plus her reading is slow. But with a slightly speeded up playback, she is superb, being totally absorbed into the story and it's protagonists. She fills her presentation with just the right level of emotion, fusing brilliantly with the written word and keeping the reader constantly involved. A fine overall performance.

I was fortunate in being able to freely download it complimentary copy, at my request, via Free Audiobook Codes. My thanks to the rights holder. Unusual, relevant, well crafted science fiction and the first, presumably, in a new series. Recommended.

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A true science fiction !

WOW
what a brain with such an amazing imagination the author O. R. Lea have created a whole new kind of a story unlike any which I’ve ever thought was possible.
Such a beautiful surprise
Which was hard to put down even for a small break.

Natalie Hammond narrated each of the characters perfectly creating a beautiful audiobook.

Loved this and

Without a doubt
fully recommend for all !!!


Oded Ostfeld.




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Excellent, would highly recommend

A great story idea, well executed, very well written and narrated, everyone should read this.

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Amazing and would recommend!

it has been a while since I have sunk my teeth into something exciting and this was definitely exciting!

They author had no trouble conveying his vision and imagination.

This book had me invested in multiple aspects and I'm greatly looking forward to the sequel, which I also hope is narrated by Natalie Hammond, who managed convincing accents and emotions!

Amazing and would recommend!

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Full of character and tension

I wasn't prepared for how good this audiobook would be. It's a great book, narrated in such a way as to make the characters' personalities shine. I'm a very picky listener, especially when it comes to accent (sorry), but I loved the narration here.

The core strength of the story is in the relationship between two women, I think, and it's a complex, cute and rewarding one. I mean, all the characters' interactions were pretty cool and I loved all of our 'good' cast. There was a lot of humour scattered throughout as well.

Up next is the science, and the main plot, and I found that a fascinating thread throughout. It was far better than I expected going in (not because I had low expectations, but because I'd skimmed the blurb and forgotten about it prior to listening). It's sort of like an Earth-bound Project Hail Mary with seemingly lower stakes and more originality to the characters. The build-up is intriguing and the action is intense. I absolutely recommend it if you're out for a good listen/read.

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