Tenembras by ms mary ellen wall
An Elise t'Hoot Novel

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We’ve just turned the calendar to the next century. Picture Tenembras, a Mars-like landscape with barely sufficient air to breathe and dry as cinders. Here, millions of Earth’s political exiles must endure the sweltering heat and dust, and the tight control of tyrants. Although CO2 threatens to choke the citizen, Colony ships called “Buses’ bring more every few months. Elise, an AWOL from the last Bus, has smuggled friendly, tree-like aliens to Tenembras while outsmarting and outrunning those tyrants. Elise must find a way to show the talented alien Amigos’ worth, to convince people they deserve to live and to survive another day.

Hiding out in the original agricultural domes in cahoots with the Canadian agronomist Alain and police chief Barto, Elise grows a bold plan. Mining is the Amigo’s specialty, so Elise gambles much on having the Amigos mine the vast wasteland for the metal ores Tenembras’ industry desperately needs. We learn ordinary humans can work with the aliens, to the delight of Barto and many ethnic Russians. With her multicultural exile friends, Elise works hard to make the fortune needed to give the Amigos a chance to live in peace; she also by necessity exposes them to more people and increases the risk for all involved.

Author Mary Ellen Wall’s tale of a possible near-future can stand alone though it continues the story begun in The Distant Trees. Here the Amigos TaaTaa and his daughter LeeLaa work with the humans, pulling water from aquifers as well as pulling copper and other metal from the sands. Are they a biological threat or the best friends we could have? Tenembras asks important science-oriented, social and ethical questions in a fast-paced narrative that is sometimes suspenseful, often humorous and always entertaining.

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Mary Ellen Wall was born and raised in Kentucky. After a lackluster year of college, she sailed the seas in the US Navy as a nuclear machinist. From camping in the Canadian wilderness to blundering into an anti-American rally in Cairo, Mary can't stop exploring the Earth-the wildlife, the natural and man-made edifices, and the fascinating array of cultures. When not travelling, she brews her own ale, tends her orchard, paints canvasses, keeps a little ceramics studio, bakes her own rye bread, and generally continues her education in her log cabin in a marvelous hardwood forest.
Published May 8, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 430 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wall’s (The Distant Trees: An Elise t’Hoot Novel, Pre-Elise, 2012) Kentucky roots and pride help illuminate her heroine and the folksy, fast-moving narrative, which pits greed and oppression against ingenuity and the basic goodness of humanity.

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