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The Apocalypse Ocean [Kindle Edition]

Tobias S. Buckell , Pablo Defendini
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Humanity continues to gain control of the Forty Eight Worlds as they deorbit wormholes and join the many worlds and civilizations together. But as they do so, they must deal with the horrors of past injustices as humanity forms new societies out of the wreckage of the old.

And some of those horrors aren’t content to rest. Kay, who has rescued herself from a hellish life dominated by uncaring alien creatures, seeks bloody twisted revenge for what was done to her.

And a new force is not happy about the manner in which the Forty Eight worlds are reshaping themselves. In fact, it’s about to put a stop to it all.

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  • File Size: 1880 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANZT49K
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  • Lending: Enabled
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST read this! December 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a fan of the SF writer Tobias Buckell ever since I met him at a convention. He's a cool dude, and writes fairly hard-boiled SF novels. He first came to fame with Crystal Rain, set in a world colonized in part by aliens who wanted to be worshipped as ancient Aztec gods - human sacrifice and all. This was to be Book One of a five-book series. Alas, after three books, his publisher suggested they move on, and Tobias did so. But he still wanted to write Book Four and Book Five, and had fans willing to read it. So he did a Kickstarter project (full disclosure - I contributed) and the result is Apocalypse Ocean. This novel is now available to the general public as an ebook.

Buckell has done something I am striving to do in my own writing, namely write loosely-connected sequels, such that a reader can start with any book in the series. I believe Buckell has succeeded in that goal with this book. Set on Trumbull, a human-colonized world that has fairly recently become independent of alien domination, the book features Buckell's recurring dreadlocked agent of general chaos Pepper, one of his "daughters" Nashara and a criminal mastermind named Kay.

Trumbull is a world where trees emit a flammable mist, which rains down and coats buildings and people like napalm. Oh, and there's a dead zone, an area in which all unshielded electronics fail to work. Lastly, an unknown "thing" called a Doaq is running around at night, eating buildings and people. It is, in short, a nasty place; interesting to visit but you wouldn't want to live there.

I've admitted my bias - after all, you don't donate to a Kickstarter project unless you like the work - but Apocalypse Ocean is one hell of a good read! Buckell starts the action early, and it never lets up. Not only that, his worlds are not the stereotypical clean rooms of old-school SF; they are real, gritty places inhabited by believable aliens and people. I highly recommend you read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a blast! December 17, 2012
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Lots of mystery, spookiness, surprising heroes, ambiguity, a bit of opposition to tyranny. All the basic ingredients of a good sci fi tale. Buckell does a good job of blending modern nanotech/singularity memes with a world that still contains real human beings who have to deal with the scary monsters that resulted. This is one of a series, but each of the books is quite independent of the others, so you can safely read them in any order. I'm looking forward to the fifth book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckell's best Book Yet February 13, 2013
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Apocalypse Ocean gave me the connection to place and characters of the first book in the Xenowealth series, Crystal Rain, while also containing easily as much action and adventure as the other two, Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose. I think this is Buckell's best book yet.

The book starts with some of the classic tropes of a fantasy novel - young beggar queen of a dockside town is watching a dangerous looking interloper from the rooftops; she has arranged for him to run into trouble so she can observe what happens. A scared little pickpocket in her gang is intercepted months later by a warrior looking for that earlier transient, hoping to meet with his boss, seeking information. He escapes her as the rain starts, but she hunts him back down and the meeting is arranged.

But this is not fantasy, this is hard science fiction. The two warriors are cyborgs who helped found the Xenowealth, named Pepper and Nashara. Nashara has clones of herself that live purely as AIs, one of whom, Piper, runs one of their spaceships. The local beggar queen, Kay, is a rare survivor of the Caretaker class of genetically altered humans who were slaves to the alien Nesaru until the League liberated them - but not before the Nesaru killed many of them in an attempt to hide the evidence. As a Caretaker, she has been bred to be hypersensitive to human expressions - she can read people, and thus control them. Her family managed the other classes of slaves - the Runners, the Luminoids, the Ox-Men. That type of control, using other people as tools, is her special skill.

Kay has not yet figured out her goal in life, but her current goal is simple: to stay free of Alien dominance. And that goal is threatened; an Alien with a wormhole for a mouth is terrorizing her city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! January 31, 2013
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I can't recommend this enough.

I just can't.

It's that good. Tobias Buckell has become one of my writers to watch. The Apocalypse Ocean is just a lot of fun and the only thing wrong with it is that it came to an end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pepper Returns! December 17, 2012
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Pepper lives and still kicks butt! This a great addition to the Xenowealth series and starts answering some of the questions raised earlier in the series. I missed the patois from the earlier book. I was delighted to see Pepper and Nashara return and I'm enjoying the tantalizing glimpses into what could be behind those wormholes. I can't wait for the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story January 24, 2014
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Interesting premise and a great knack for presenting psychological insight. I am eager to read his other novels. Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction January 12, 2014
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Buckell is one of my favorite authors writing today, and this series continues to offer a great mix of awesome characters and insightful speculation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wait rewarded April 28, 2013
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It has been a while since Tobias Buckell wrote a book in the Xenowealth universe, but Pepper is back, in terrific form. This is a full length novel, with a great beginning, middle and end. For those of us who enjoyed the previous three (Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose) this just reinforces our regard for Buckell's wonderful story telling. If you liked this one, buy the other three now! You'll become a fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Far-Fetched, even for Science Fiction
I've read a lot of sci-fi in my life. Even for sci-fi some of the concepts in this book were really far-fetched. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Patrick Trotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure
Buckell again takes us on a tour of the future, through a world in which Caribbean ragamuffins fight for humanity. Very nicely done space opera.
Published 20 months ago by Dr. F. S. Ledgister
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting.
It was an enjoyable read. No real surprises in the plot but it was worth the time invested. It had some slight grammar and editing errors but they weren't too distracting. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joshua K Nielsen
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
if you liked the first three in this series you will like this one. That seems like enough said for word requirements.
Published 20 months ago by delaware
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and imaginative story
I enjoyed this story. The blend of high tech and low tech makes an enjoyable read. I read all of the stories I could find in this sequence from the author.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was the second book I had read by this author (the other being a companion novella The Executioness written alongside a novel by one of my favorite authors Paolo Bacigalupi)... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Adam Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than its predecessors
This is another great entry in the mongoose series. I like the attention to character, detail and pacing. It's a great read.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new Pepper book
This book reminds of the the first book in the series, in that Pepper doesn't appear until the middle of the book. But that doesn't make it any less of a book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Georg Trimborn
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More About the Author

Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He now lives in Ohio.

He has published stories in various magazines and anthologies. He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of The Future winner, and Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist. His work has appeared in the Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies. His novel Ragamuffin was nominated for the Nebula and Prometheus awards.

You can visit his website at

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