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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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  • Posted March 22, 2009

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    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 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

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    This really could happen, people! It's happening already...

    Baxter is a master of vocabulary, and all of his books are highly educational. He can be ploddenly scientific at times. These books seem written especially for the nook, where dictionaries, wiki, and google are only a tap away for quick verification (and I was shocked by how accurate his research was....even the names and places were relevant and accurate). Might be a bit much for readers that want an easy quick-read feel good book. Sets the stage for the second book "Flood', perfectly, must read the sequel to get the whole story.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Apocalyptic, a little sci-fi, a lot of realism

    This is the first book I've read in a long time that I could not put down. Great plot interesting and well-written characters, a mix of apocalypse, science, and sociopolitical drama. After reading this and the Ark (#2 in the series) I logged on in hopes of finding a third book in this series. I hope Baxter writes it soon.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Riveting

    This thriller hit close to home. The story was believably scary. At each chapter I could imagine this truly happening. The richness of the characters made the story just that more poignant. I will be looking for Stephen Baxter's next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Terrifyingly Exciting!

    Baxter takes us on the adventure of a lifetime, literally, following the entire life stories of several individuals as they adapt and take risks in a world which is flooding. The book was wonderful with just enough science to make it real. I recommend this book to anybody who like science fiction. I want to see a movie made from this book. It would be awesome.

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