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Flood Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2010
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The main characters are not particularly heroic, and their antagonists are not particularly villainous, at least in intention. That makes the story all the more believable.
I've read a number of Baxter's novels, but I found this one the most engrossing, and it hasn't yet left my thoughts in the two weeks snce I finished it.
I was (despite the fact that I am a firm believer in the reality of global warming albeit not completely convinced that it is all man-made) delighted to see a sea level rise disaster scenario that DID NOT put all the blame on atmospheric CO2 and global warming. Baxter's mechanism for the sea level rise was novel, and I found the maps of how our current world map would change following different increases in sea level fascinating.
Since there was nothing that anyone could do about the problem itself, the plot was about how governments, corporations, families and individuals coped with the ever-encroaching sea. These parts of the story were well thought out and sped by.
There were also plot holes - some big enough to drive the Queen Mary through.Read more ›
The hostage story was a bust since it was only a trick to gather four disparate people. The reaction to their rescue was eerily "off". Even shocked people should have been at least happy. It would have been a much better technique to follow two or three groups around the globe than trying to keep up with all the various meanderings. I never figured out what they were doing - dashing from Nepal to England to the U.S. And they were all so darn boring - cardboard cutouts of characters.
The idea that no one notices rising sea waters is ludicrous. Even predictions of rising waters makes headlines and that's without an extra millimeter. No one seems to do anything except governments and rich capitalists. One irritating habit is Baxter's continual bitching about plutocrats, corporate barons and the filthy rich while using their wealth as a basis for deliverance. Anyhoo, a corporate zillionaire builds an Arc on dry ground a la Noah. Not a bad idea until you consider the time and effort spent in replicating a plush Queen Mary cruise ship!
Why, with the end apparent, a floating huge city could not be build in 25 years is a mystery. And if they can build a faster-than-light engine in a generation, why not nano transformers that would change water to hard materials? My grade - C-
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Interesting read but it could have been streamlined to make it more interesting. Worth reading.Published 5 days ago by Sherrie Thomas
held my attention, not one of my favorite Baxter novels but an enjoyable read. Could have used more details on the problem solving side of the storyPublished 23 days ago by Daniel Brancaccio
Just could not get into this story. There were too many things going on in it. Very technical also.Published 25 days ago by 224perweek
I was disappointed, I really expected better from Stephen Baxter, I am wondering if more of these authors are using ghost writersPublished 1 month ago by Mitch
I can identify with the reviewer that wrote she or he could not stop thinking about the book. I can't either but not because it was so good, which I must emphasize I think it was,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by RoniH
I thought this was entertaining and worth the time. The character plot lines worked and held my attention until the end.Published 6 months ago by Peter H. Carlson
Apocalyptic, full of science and imagination, cosmologically deep, relentless. Baxter at his best!Published 6 months ago