Flood

Flood

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by Stephen Baxter
     
 

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Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this. The world they have returned to has been transformed-by water. And the water is rising.

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Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this. The world they have returned to has been transformed-by water. And the water is rising.

Editorial Reviews

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"A largely old-fashioned disaster tale presented with spectacle and efficient pacing."
-Locus

"A gripping near-future allegory of global warming."
-BBC Focus

"Bold, compassionate, exhilarating, wrenching stuff."
-Niall Harrison, Internet Review of Science Fiction

Sara Sklaroff
While Baxter doesn't spend a lot of time on individual psychology, he deftly captures the way people as a group delude themselves into thinking that things are going to be okay, even when clearly they are not. In that sense, the story is horrifyingly believable.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

In an engrossing, daring and occasionally overambitious novel, Baxter (Weaver) narrates the final 42 years of dry land on earth. Four political hostages are freed in Barcelona in 2016, and their stories through the years show the attempts to save the planet even as rapidly rising ocean levels wipe out major cities. USAF Capt. Lily Brooke works with billionaire Nathan Lammockson to build a haven, while oceanographer Thandie Jones attempts to determine the causes of the flooding. Baxter skips ahead years at a time, often eliding major conflict resolutions, character development and deaths; this choice disrupts the storytelling but smartly underscores the isolation in which the characters often operate. Readers who push through will be rewarded with a fascinating apocalyptic vision-but little resolution-a nice setup for a sequel. (May)

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Library Journal

Four hostages freed after five years of captivity by a Spanish extremist group vow to keep in touch. But with the oceans steadily rising and governments, corporations, and determined individuals battling for a solution, the hostages find themselves caught in currents of intrigue and politics. The best-selling author of the "Time's Tapestry" series takes a familiar doomsday scenario and gives it an unexpected twist of mythical proportions. The first of two books, this sf horror thriller presents hard science and theoretical plausibilities in a visceral and immediate style. A new postapocalyptic sf classic that should appeal to fans of disaster fiction and Kim Stanley Robinson's eco-trilogy (e.g., Forty Signs of Rain).


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451463289
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
708,251
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"A largely old-fashioned disaster tale presented with spectacle and efficient pacing."
-Locus

"A gripping near-future allegory of global warming."
-BBC Focus

"Bold, compassionate, exhilarating, wrenching stuff."
-Niall Harrison, Internet Review of Science Fiction

Meet the Author

Stephen Baxter was born in Liverpool, England, in 1957. He holds degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University; engineering, from Southampton University; and business administration, from Henley Management College. He’s a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

His first professionally published short story appeared in 1987. He has been a full-time author since 1995 and is currently Vice-President of the British Science Fiction Association.

His science fiction novels have been published in the UK, the US, and in many other countries including Germany, Japan, France. His books have won several awards including the Philip K Dick Award, the John Campbell Memorial Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany) and the Seiun Award (Japan) and have been nominated for several others, including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Hugo Award and Locus awards. He has also published over 100 sf short stories, several of which have won prizes. He can be found at stephen-baxter.com.

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Flood 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Patricc More than 1 year ago
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.
GotZombie More than 1 year ago
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.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story fell on its face. Characters are repetitive and will bore you to death.
pphunkdelux More than 1 year ago
This book started strong but ended weak. I found the last 100 pages or so to be pretty pointless. It became more of a sociology lesson, but not an interesting one. It was predictable. Aside from that it wasn't bad and I'll most likely end up reading the sequel as I do believe the idea has promise.
MrsTisch More than 1 year ago
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.
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
Just could not get into this story. There were too many things going on in it. Very technical also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a ok book but i realy did notlike it at all started good but ended stupid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happened to read "Ark" first, and this offering is not nearly as good.
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Enjoyed this book and couldn't wait for its sequel Ark to come out.
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Thought provoking, enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book in store and read the back. I decided to download it as well as the sequel because both intrigued me a great deal. When I started Flood, I zipped through it longing for more which made me glad I had already downloaded the sequel. I found this book to be plausible in how the floods started. The basic story line was excellent but I found that throughout the series that characters you were wondering about were often a foot note in what happen to them. The book painted a vivid picture of the future through the characters eyes.
sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
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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webwench More than 1 year ago
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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