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GREENSWORD Press Release

by Don and Linda Bingle on Jan.26, 2009, under Donald Bingle, Donald Bingle Family

I’ve been typing away today, trying to convince libraries that promoting GREENSWORD as part of their Earth Day activities is a good idea, so it seemed logical to post the press release for you guys, too.  Here it is, along with the cover of the book.

Greensword by Donald J. Bingle: Book Cover

GREENSWORD: A Tale of Extreme Global Warming by Donald J. Bingle (Five Star; ISBN 978-1-59414-728-9) 

They’re about to save the world; they just don’t want to get caught doing it.  

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 global warming before his Malibu beach house slides into the storm-tossed ocean.  In their desperate effort to save the beach house and their organization, the GreensWord trio is willing to try almost anything.  No scheme is so illegal, so risky, or so outrageous they won’t lend it an ear.  But nothing is fast enough to stop global warming in time … until they think of the unthinkable solution.

Fortunately, they’ve watched enough TV to think that they know exactly what to do to foil any investigation of their noble crime.  And if their drastic solution to global warming means they also take out the reigning internet tycoon and his monopolistic Seattle software company, that’s just organic frosting on the vegan cake.

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.

One person can make a difference in the world.

Of course, three people with a plan to stop global warming overnight can make a big difference.

Reviews: 

Booklist (spoilers omitted):

A novel about three slacker environmentalists may seem an unlikely vehicle for edge-of-the-seat suspense, yet Bingle’s satirical ecoterrorist thriller just might haunt readers’ nightmares for days. Zeke, Milo, and Brandon are twentysomething conservationists whose only claim to fame, aside from a little TV footage spotlighting their faltering environmentalist organization, GreensWord, is their dubious relationship to action movie star Matthew Barrington. Desperate to save his lavish Malibu beachfront property from global-warming-induced surf damage, Barrington cuts GreensWord a million-dollar check, stipulating that its recipients do something about the ecological crisis immediatelyTheir ensuing, hare-brained schemes to put the money to good use only generate legal woes until they hit upon one that seems fool-proof ….  Needless to say, nothing goes quite as planned, and Bingle’s storytelling acumen makes the scenario all too chillingly plausible.

Library Journal:

Zeke, Milo, and Brandon, members of a tiny ecoprotest group called GreensWord, aim to stop global warming before the beach house of their prime (and only) benefactor, actor Matthew Barrington, slides into the ocean. When Barrington threatens to cut off their funding, the enterprising trio steps up its timetable and changes its agenda from painting … roofs … white to deflect the sun’s heat to a plan that rivals the worst nightmares of everyone living in the nuclear age. The author of Forced Conversion demonstrates his talent for dark comedy in the style of Kurt Vonnegut and Victor Gischler. Bingle takes aim at both sides of the global warming controversy, addressing global complexities in comedic trappings for a cautionary tale that belongs in most libraries.

Hugo and Nebula winning science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer:

Science fiction has always been a great vehicle for biting satire and social commentary — from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine right on up to Donald Bingle’s engrossing GREENSWORD.  Bingle is a terrific writer.

Conservative commentator Joseph A. Morris:

Donald Bingle’s GREENSWORD is great science fiction, but it is also raucous political satire.  With irony and wit worthy of Jonathan Swift, he exposes the fundamental conceit that drives extremists of all kinds:  Absolute conviction that all the accumulated, hard-earned, wisdom of the past is nothing in comparison with the light bulb that just went off in their heads.  Bingle is a master story-teller and his stories are worth telling.
 
Elizabeth A. Vaughan, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Warlands Trilogy:

I loved GREENSWORD.  The characters made me laugh right out loud, but the actions of this group of half-cocked people, with a half-assed plan, had me gasping in horror as their implausible schemes became all too plausibly real.  Suddenly, the twists of the chilling plot had me turning the pages, unable to look away from the macabre tale and yet still chuckling guiltily as the story reached its terrifying climax in a horribly real way.  GREENSWORD is a darkly humorous, gripping thriller that combines environmental imperatives, terrorist activities, and sex in ways that still make me wake up in a cold sweat, months after reading the book, convinced that it could happen.   

About the Author: 

Donald J. Bingle, a Chicago attorney, is so committed to the environment that he arranged to be born on Earth Day sixteen years before it was even founded.  He is also the published author of two novels and more than twenty pieces of short fiction in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comedy genres.  He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and the St. Charles Writers Group.  He was also the world’s top-ranked role-playing gamer for more than fifteen years.  For full details about his writing and gaming, see his website at www.orphyte.com/donaldjbingle.  He is available for interviews, seminars, readings, signings, writing panels, and book club chats.  Contact him at orphyte@aol.com.

Donald J. Bingle GREENSWORD:  A Tale of Extreme Global Warming ($25.95; hardcover)

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Happy 2009!

by Bingle on Jan.01, 2009, under Richard Bingle Family

Happy New Year!

We just got back from spending the day with the folks, Marie and Wayne, and Karen and Lee Mitchell out at Marie and Wayne’s house. This was a slight change in tradition this year, spending New Year’s Day visiting instead of trying to keep everyone awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve. There was lots of food, some napping (you know who you are!), some football watchng, lots and lots of dog petting, an “alphabet scavenger hunt” outside, and a couple of games of Apples to Apples. All in all a good time.

– Rich

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