Colin Greenland has a somewhat unique style in that he tends to act as if some of the discoveries made in the last century never happened, or were wrong. For example, in all three of the books I've read, the canals on Mars exist, and were made by ancient inhabitants of Mars. In Harm's Way, he goes one step further, and writes about a reality in which sailing ships are used to travel the space between planets, and hot air balloons go from Earth to the Moon. He also has steam trains with their tracks laid across the sky. It's really kind of fun. I loved the first two of these books I read, but both of those are out of print. I only finished Seasons of Plenty because I hate to read a book part of the way and stop, and I kept hoping it would get better. I'll probably read the next book in the series, since two of the three novels I've read so far by Greenland were very enjoyable, but I sure hope it's better than Seasons of Plenty.