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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Neptune Chronicles
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:189
  • eBook ISBN:9781483518817


Book One of The Neptune Chronicles

by Vic Warren

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"Saffron" tells the story of Jamie Edmondson, a passionate environmentalist and diver whose restless heart is tested when he’s called to investigate strange marine mammal sightings off California’s Big Sur region and discovers a race of underwater humans. “Saffron” is a powerful story built around the strong emotional hook of the destruction of the world’s oceans. When the Neptunes (as humans call them) surface, Jamie realizes that their race is slowly dying and their youth are born deformed due to extreme ocean pollution. The Neptunes develop a sincere bond with their human friends, hoping things will change, until they realize that they are going to be exploited by political and corporate powers.

Four Stars!

Reviewed By Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite

"Saffron is the first book of The Neptune Chronicles by Vic Warren. To call Jamie Edmondson an environmentalist is like calling a vegan a picky eater. He's got his views and he sticks to them religiously. Then everything, and I mean everything, changes when he starts out on a special expedition. The discovery of a kind of merpeople living in the ocean shocks the world, and brings out the kind of hateful crazies that only something or someone "new and different" can drag from the backwoods hole they inhabit. The Neptunes are telepaths, which could potentially threaten human dominance on the food chain, but unfortunately for Jamie, he's just fallen in love with one of the Neptunes.

This is the second book I've read from Vic Warren. I was expecting a lot and I was not disappointed. The Neptunes are a unique race and much more realistic than some of the other "merpeople" books that I've read. This was also my first male POV that I've read in terms of paranormal, cross species romance, so that was something new and fun for me. Vic Warren has great skill in writing his characters, making them original and interesting. Although the dialogue dragged in a few parts, I felt very invested in all of the characters and their interacting relationships. Saffron is a fun and intelligent romp in the world of pseudo-scientific, inter species politics. Wow...say that all at once! It was a fun and fascinating read and I can't wait to read more in the series."


Jamie Edmondson is friends with nearly everybody, as long as they don’t disagree with his strident views on the environment. When he leads an expedition to the discovery of a new race of humans who live under the sea, things change. That’s when he meets some really bad people who don’t like humans that aren’t human. A present-day epic adventure that takes place on the California coast. We call them Neptunes, and this race of telepaths threatens everything we humans stand for. When Jamie falls for a beautiful young Neptune, he discovers that when you’re underwater, no one can count your tears.

About the author

ABOUT VIC WARREN AUTHOR OF SAFFRON, STAIRWAY OF THE GODS, HONG KONG BLUES, THE QUARTZ AND THE RIVER With a phenomenal career that started out writing and designing over 100 children’s books published with Scholastic and McGraw-Hill, as well as a Clio award-winning advertising career, Vic Warren was ready for a new writing challenge. His second novel is Saffron, a sci-fi adventure that reads like mainstream fiction and deals with the discovery of a race of underwater humans off today’s California coast. Saffron is the first in a new series of books Warren is calling The Neptune Chronicles. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Warren worked as an advertising executive in the travel industry for 30-plus years. He is a recipient of a Clio award and is best known for creating the Alaska Airlines Eskimo logo. His experience with Alaska Airlines opened many doors for him in the travel and tourism industry and he started his own company called Turning Heads. He also became a book packager, editor, designer and writer in collaboration with several illustrators, producing more than 100 children’s books. He attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, majoring in graphic design and art direction. Warren is an avid traveler to Asia, Europe and the South Pacific. In his first novel, Stairway of the Gods, Warren took the legendary story of Japanese officer, General Tomoyuki Yamashita—who is rumored to have buried priceless spoils of war in the Philippines just before the end of World War II—and turned it into riveting fiction. Warren’s tale of skullduggery unfolds on the slopes of the Banaue rice terraces when an earthquake reveals Yamashita’s treasure, and Joan and Paul Webster are stuck on the mountain. When Joan is faced with trying to keep the discovery secret, they find themselves confronted with deceit, betrayal and murder. His third novel, Hong Kong Blues, is a Hitchcock-style thriller about a newly-married couple being chased by two Hong Kong Triads, who want to learn the last words of a man who died in their arms. Early readers liked the characters so well that he has started a spinoff series called The Inspector Kwong Mysteries, and he has finished the first two books: The Quartz and The River. He is currently at work on Book Two of The Neptune Chronicles, Girl on a Dolphin. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Laurel, and their three-legged cat, Oscar. To learn more about his novels, Stairway of the Gods, Saffron and Hong Kong Blues, please visit his website, The Art of Adventure, at www.vicwarren.com.