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Ron has always felt a special affinity for our unique planet. A long-time California hiker, many of the experiences within Opalescence are actual occurrences.
on Nov. 25, 2014 :
The book had an interesting start, and I had high hopes for it, but after the time travel occurred, there was a strange rambling chapter focusing on Tom (husband left behind), I stopped after skimming through that chapter, as it was not doing anything for me, and I still had hopes. I came here, and read the two existing reviews, they got me thinking maybe there was something worth reading. So I read some more.
The story improved slightly, but relies on many improbable plot devices to support itself. When the scene jumped back to Julie in the time machine, I read the first couple of paragraphs and I just could not read anymore.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 19, 2014 :
OPALESCENCE tells a story of the future turned back into the distant past, leading humanity from terrible dystopian conclusion to a hopeful renewal in tune with Nature. The two heroes, Tom and Julie, adapt to a wonderful world that turns out to be California 15 million years ago. This world is rich with land and sea creatures, and many ecological settings beautifully drawn by a very knowledgeable author.
Our two heroes survive many trials in this novel wilderness setting and also, in the denoument, overcome a powerful villain who, ironically, was sent as Julie's bodyguard. My favorite of our heroes' many adventures involves the domestication, each independently, of a dog-like Aelurodon, and a Hypohippus, three-toed horse.
At the heart of this adventure are the lush life and dynamic geography of California in the middle Miocene. The many sketches of the heroes' encounters are both lovely and lively. I'd gladly get a ticket to travel to that same opalescent place.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2014 :
If you want an exciting adventure story with scientific heft and philosophical depth, read Ron Rayborne's debut novel, "Opalescence." It's set in a near-future of overpopulation and environmental collapse, when the human experiment seems a colossal failure and there's no way out -- except for time travel to the unspoiled Earth of 15 million years ago. Scientist Julie Pine is sent back to the Miocene, along with a bodyguard, Jaqzen, who represents the greedy, rapacious side of humankind that brought about the crisis in the first place. When they don't return, Julie's husband is sent in search of her. Because of a control-room shootout between rebels and the fascistic government, Tom lands at the right time in the past but at the wrong place -- 600 miles away from where Julie and Jaqzen are. He must hike the whole length of what will become California, surviving its terrors and savoring its beauties, before the showdown that will determine what kind of second chance, if any, the human race is going to have.
A natural storyteller as well as a dogged researcher, Rayborne keeps us turning the pages even as we learn about this fascinating lost world.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)