- Paperback: 628 pages
- Publisher: American Book Publishers (November 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0833030477
- ISBN-13: 978-0833030474
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 684 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do, however, have one concern. I stumbled upon the book while looking up the ISBN number for Haynes' Owner Workshop Manual for Honda 2-valve Twins (1977 - 1985) -- and I got to thinking... Perhaps running across ISBN# 1 85010 359 3 in Rand's "A Million Random Digits" wasn't a coincidence -- perhaps some of the digits aren't that *random* at all. I don't mean to be an alarmist--and I certainly don't bandy about charges of plagiarism lightly--but if you will, please note this excerpt from the author's tender preface:
738 9377504 03478 47589 43 705 47309 67490 27348 57490 57443509 37405 40978 39794 "31847 57303!" 57049 325740 57403 7509347?
Now, we can't help but notice a completely different "voice" littered throughout the book. For example, in the opening of the penultimate chapter:
704478 489 705 47390 278 574409 3705 978794 9847 57303 57049 32740 574035093 473
Or the crassness in the "bedroom" scene:
473268978 971 23473 3785 [expletive] 3434987 3490809 34709 34908 40700 34087 439874 97835
And after the embarrassment (we'd all rather forget) concerning Wm. T Metzger's otherwise breathtaking "Table of 10,000 square roots: Gives square roots up to 4 digits on the basis of the square roots arranged in consecutive order 1 to 10,000 and the numbers ranging from 1 to 100,000,000" the publishing world can't afford another snafu.
As the story unfolds in the "parallel world," the result of a union between a fallen angel and a human and the tragic result of that forbidden love is revealed in graphic detail as their off-spring is resurrected. Neptune, ruler of the underwater merworld, foolishly unleashes the full force of his anger in response to his daughter Serena's love of the human, Gabe. Serena's willingness to leave the merworld and to sacrifice her powers for Gabe in disobedience to Neptune's rules, the Ancient Man's rules, and the rules of nature led to Neptune's anger. The result of his unwise reaction and choice then led to the unleashing of powerful forces he could not control or contain. The Ancient Man, in response to Neptune's choice, releases the off-spring of the original "sin of disobedience" between the angel and the human, wreaking havoc that threatens to destroy the merworld and beyond. Neptune and Serena have no choice but to seek forgiveness face-to-face from the Ancient Man before the grave harm they have caused can be contained and set right. The survival of their world depends upon it. The ill-fated lovers learn through the tragic consequences of their desired union that there is a higher value and that they must put others and their community above their personal desires. Only then will they all survive. Gabe's wisdom motivates Serena to change course in time to help rescue her world and his as well.
Meanwhile in the real Earth dimension, the star-crossed lovers, George and Audrey, transition from the "first bloom of love" to making mature choices better suited to who they are as individuals, to their values, and to the reality of their lives as the summer unfolds. Once Audrey leaves the island at summer's end, she chooses to follow her father's wishes and values for her life. George chooses to be true to himself and the man he has become over the course of the summer. He decides in the end to make his own choices for his life rather than to become Audrey's and her father's reinvention of him to suit their wishes and their value system.
Both journeys of the two pairs of lovers are skillfully woven, along with some minor complementary tales. "Tide Walker," like the first tale, held my interest throughout. It's a good read.
But after reading the book a while I started seeing a pattern. I did extensive research to prove my theory. After hours of mathematical modeling I conclusively proved that there is a set of numbers in this book that it not only a pattern, but is outright sequential!
The top corner of each page (left corner on the left side pages, right corner of the right side pages) was a list of sequential numbers from 1 to 628, all in a row. No numbers are skipped. Even the prime numbers are included! At first you don't notice this because there is only 1 number on each page. But as you advance through the book you notice that the numbers keep advancing by 1 every time you turn the page.