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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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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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 ...
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.

posted by MrsTisch on June 29, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    Boring

    Story fell on its face. Characters are repetitive and will bore you to death.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Slow!

    Happened to read "Ark" first, and this offering is not nearly as good.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    Absurd but Strangely Compelling

    Melting all the worlds ice would cause a serious enough flood. Magic water from the substrata is just... silly. Why couldn't he have chosen a 'plausible' explantion like an ice comet that drifted slowly into earth orbit and proceded to break apart into small enough units to melt when entering atmosphere?

    I think what got me to read this book was the excellent description of London in the first few pages. He is very good at setting an English scene that matches my experiences in the UK. Well he is from there but he did a really good job with Houston too. He made me care about the characters, which is the only way I could make it through.

    Water is an essentially incompressible fluid and 5½ miles (8800 m) of water pulled out of the crust would leave a 5½ mile void space. Since the void spaces below would not be as uniform as the water above, if you could get the water out we would probably see deeper oceans and taller mountains.

    If there had just been some magic...

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