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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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Most of the comments about Flood could have made about nearly any hard science fiction novel: cool science, mediocre characters. But anyone who has read a novel by Baxter (or Arthur C. Clarke, to whom he is often compared) will already be expecting these characteristics from the genre. Reviewers indicated that Flood was an engaging novel despite these expected limitations and that at times, it even overcame them. But when critics were left in awe, it was never from a character’s actions but from the setting, a world gradually coming to understand that it is doomed to drown. Baxter will continue this story in Ark, due out in 2009.
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I thought this was entertaining and worth the time. The character plot lines worked and held my attention until the end.Published 18 days ago by Peter H. Carlson
Apocalyptic, full of science and imagination, cosmologically deep, relentless. Baxter at his best!Published 23 days ago by "king_niall"
Apocalyptic fiction that draws clear characters who seem like the people at work. There is enough real science in it without becoming too much for those of us who can get... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kay
Some good ideas here and interesting science. Was a bit disappointed with all the telling rather than showing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Reeder
Boooooriiiiiiiinnnng. The synopsis sounded exactly like something I would love - apocalypse by water - thinking Waterworld but better - FUN! But no. Read morePublished 1 month ago by itsjustme
I enjoy Baxter's books. they have great prose and I like the fact that he, as an author, never seems to speak down to the reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cds