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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

An exhilarating cautionary science fiction thriller

In 2016 in Barcelona, the religious fanatics still hold four hostages snatched several years ago. USAF Captain Lily Brooke, British military officer Piers Michaelmas, NASA scientist Gary Boyle; and Helen Gray are losing hope of ever regaining their freedom, but each vo...
In 2016 in Barcelona, the religious fanatics still hold four hostages snatched several years ago. USAF Captain Lily Brooke, British military officer Piers Michaelmas, NASA scientist Gary Boyle; and Helen Gray are losing hope of ever regaining their freedom, but each vows to help one another through the ordeal and if they ever become liberated afterward. Affluent Brit AxysCorp security CEO Nathan Lammockson pulls off the impossible by rescuing the foursome after they were held for several years.

However, during their captivity, the world has radically changed as the water levels have reached pandemic flooding leaving whole countries beneath the sea and high points as exclusive property for those who can afford it and security. In a desperate gambit as he expects the entire land masses to go under the water, Nathan has moved his operation to the high Andes Inca capital of Cuzco where he has hired experts to build a new Queen Mary, he dubs Ark 3. He chooses who lives and who dies. In four decades, the ocean average depth above sea level rises exponentially as flood walls costly are overwhelmed. Nathan's dream of Britannia ruling the waves again may happen, but outside of Ark 3 there may not be a human alive much longer as the end is near.

Obvious extrapolation of global warming and a theory on the mantle containing more water than the crust and with a nod to Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, FLOOD is an exhilarating rapidly rising cautionary science fiction thriller. The section titles tell much of what is happening as the mean sea level of 1.5 meters in 2010 rises to 1800-8800 meters above sea level between 2041 and 2052. The cast is solid with an ensemble of many more critical players than the five above. Though somewhat repetitive as cities and countries constantly drown, Stephen Baxter hooks his audience with his no hope for humanity tale; as the bible turns out to be a false prophet re the pledge to Noah never again by sea.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on March 22, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Death by Water

Baxter has a talent for destroying the earth and all the works of mankind. This book, like several others of his, finds a new way to rid the world of humanity. This time it is nature itself that rises up against us. There was a real story, available on Google news, of a...
Baxter has a talent for destroying the earth and all the works of mankind. This book, like several others of his, finds a new way to rid the world of humanity. This time it is nature itself that rises up against us. There was a real story, available on Google news, of a vast underground sea being found beneath China. Baxter was able to take this news item, and transform it into a destroy the earth story by linking it to a small group that we follow up to the end. There are a few elements of hope tucked into the story, but if you are searching for a redemptive novel of human triumph, this is not the book. On the other hand, if you enjoy reading about the consistent failure of human society to adapt to environmental change, curl up with a Baxter novel. After reading, review your impulse to move to a mountaintop and build an ark. I keep reading his books and then wonder what I learned or experienced. Good for a rainy day read.

posted by Patricc on July 11, 2009

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Not worth the money

    I was overwhelmed with details and the storyline left a lot to be desired. It didn't really build up the characters and the plot if there was one, was very weak. There also wasn't any follow-up to identify if the "save mankind" efforts had succeeded.

    This is the first Stephen Baxter book I've read and am not sure I would purchase another. I felt like putting the book down many times during the week and moving on to my next story.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    I wonder if this book wouldn't have been stronger if it followed

    I wonder if this book wouldn't have been stronger if it followed a single character as they experienced the world succumbing to a flood. Baxter has his protagonist conveniently flying all over the world to show a big picture look at the world's demise. This seemed forced and unbelievable to me. I found the book boring and put it down 300 pages in.   

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Did not like it

    It was a ok book but i realy did notlike it at all started good but ended stupid

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Boring and offensive!!

    Holy cow, if I hadn's purchased this book I would have quit reading it after the first 100 pages. It read more like a textbook than a thriller novel. The characters were boring, frivolous, and whiny. Also, being LDS, I was very offened at the Mormons being portrayed as militant and the constant F word being used to describe the Mormons. What if I had written the fu....(insert Stephen Baster's religion here). A waste of time and money.

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    Posted September 17, 2009

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