Aquarius Rising: Book 1 - In The Tears Of God

Aquarius Rising: Book 1 - In The Tears Of God

by Brian Burt

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ISBN-13: 9781771150903
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,197,583
File size: 483 KB

About the Author

Brian Burt works as a software engineer/architect in West Michigan, where some of his most bizarre and twisted imaginings wind up in system design specifications. His wife and three boys (ages five to fifteen) tolerate his strange imagination and constantly inspire new flights of fancy, whether they mean to or not. He enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, Wii Fit, horseplay, red wine, and local micro-brews (so hopefully the virtues balance the vices, more or less). At every opportunity, he uses his sons as an excuse to act like an unruly child (which is why his wife enjoys rum, school days, and migraine medication).



Brian has published more than twenty short stories in various markets, including print magazines, anthologies, and electronic publications. He won the L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award in 1992 for his short story, “The Last Indian War,” which was anthologized in Writers of the Future Volume VIII. His story “Phantom Pain” received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Tenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. He’s a card-carrying member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This is his first novel-length work.

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Aquarius Rising: Book 1 - In The Tears Of God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Laurenreads1 More than 1 year ago
Author Brian Burt has penned a most captivating Sci-Fi tale in an aquatic world where the life forces consists of hybrid beings and a rebuilt city within. But of course a read wouldn't be a true page turner without there being some type of conflict. Burt is masterful in bringing on an outright battle quite worthy of popcorn. With Ocypode on the front line, It's the Aquarians who are battling against annihilation and plague against an enemy that they didn't see coming. No spoiler, but it's specifically the thrilling climax that makes this book a real must-have. I'd love to see this title up on the big screen.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
What awaits in Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God is actually Book 1 of a projected trilogy - so be forewarned. The setting is the future, when global warming has resulted in the strangest of human adaptations: human-dolphin hybrids ('Aquarians') who built reef cities when human cities drowned under the world's rising waters.  This world is facing a new threat from an enemy with an invisible destructive weapon who leaves no survivors and no apparent purpose for his bloodbath. Only the half-human, half-Aquarian Ocypode the Atavism knows why this is happening - and only he and his companions have any hopes of stopping it. In a world where adaptation has saved some semblance of humanity, is another major shift required to return humanity to its roots? One scientist thinks so - and he'll do anything to thwart the virus that mutated humanity and changed the world. Sci-fi and thriller readers can anticipate gripping action set against the backdrop of a world that isn't quite done changing, quasi-humans that aren't quite ready to give up their last vestiges of humanity, and Aquarian survivors who struggle to keep their new world alive. Without a sense of purpose, realism, and believability, the entire premise could fail, lost in a sea of description that neither compels nor involves. Aquarius Rising gives close attention to detail, and this is one of its strengths; one that marries the mystery and struggle with insights on how genetic manipulation has created a strange new world, revealing facets of this world. There are surprisingly few sci-fi novels that delve into possible water worlds of the future, in comparison to those that journey into outer space. Arthur C. Clarke and a handful of others come to mind - but even though Dolphin Island comes close, Aquarius Rising is a beast of another color. Its greater attention to building characters, exploring the motivations of a destructive mind and scientists who have 'saved' humanity by mutating it, and providing a thriller genre overlay that keeps readers involved and guessing actually places it a cut above Dolphin Island and its classic waterworld contemporaries. Readers who enjoy a hefty dose of psychological drama in their science fiction stories will be the best audience for Aquarius Rising, which creates a believable, absorbing world spiced by the motivations and madness of all its characters.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Aquarius Rising 1: In the Tears of God I sometimes wonder if there are any new ideas out there.  So many movies, TV series, and even books are retellings of old stories, and even though some of those are well done, we (at least me) want new, different and exciting - and feel disappointed when we spend our time watching or reading something that is just like everything else. THIS book.  This book is like nothing else I've read.  I love science fiction, love science fiction that looks at what our planet COULD be like in the future, especially with some of the crazies that are out there.  This is an apocalyptic world different than what I have seen before and it's exciting, seeing this new species, learning about the history and the lies - and every moment of this story is exciting.  I caught myself on several occasions holding my breath, fingers crossed, hoping that this character or that character would make it through. The characters are written really well, the setting is interesting and creative, and the author's words are eloquent (i.e. "We call them dirt-swimmers and plant our gardens on their graves.  What right to scavengers have to be so haughty?" and "Traces of Astoria echoed only in the mournful rhythm of a heartbeat or the melancholy music of a thought).  This is a series I can't wait to continue, an author I am going to keep my eye on - and definitely a top favorite of this year. Favorite characters: Sky-Swimmer and Tattered-Flukes.  They are creative characters and great fun to read about.  I also like Ocypode, Auriga and Rhincodon.   Favorite quote: "Ocypode retraced his path through a maze of crumbled Human dreams and liquid shadows." Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Dr-Bob-Rich More than 1 year ago
I am glad that this is the first book of a series, because I want to make sure to read the sequels. Unremitting tension, vivid description that doesn’t get in the way of action, realistic emotional presentation of very strange humanoids, incredible technical tools made believable -- what more do you want in science fiction? The back story is: climate change has cataclysmically changed earth. One genius released a virus that changed about 10% of humanity into an aquatic version; another released nanomechanisms that stripped carbon dioxide from the air. However, something went wrong and this led to even worse disaster. I won’t give away the plot by telling you what the problem was. All that is in the distant past. Now, there are adapted humans in the sea, off earth on the Moon and Mars and in orbital stations, on land, and under it, all of them modified to suit their particular environments. And one man is determined to re-engineer things back to the way they were. He will stop at nothing, including murdering anyone in the way of his plans, by the thousands. The story is revealed seamlessly through the point of view of people caught up in the conflict so that I, as reader, identified with them and got caught up with their adventures. There is even a bonus. I am an obsessive editor, and get annoyed with most books because of the many technical faults. I must congratulate Brian on how “clean” his writing is: nary a typo. This book deservedly won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really shows how our world is in a downward spiral.  Love the visuals.