The Waters of Chaos is the best book I've read in the past year. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes Dan Brown or Clive Cussler -- but who wishes that the works of those authors had a little more intellectual weight. The authors of The Waters of Chaos are two internationally known scholars who are remarkably good storytellers. The novel fuses two basic stories and switches back and forth at key moments, creating a series of cliffhangers. I'd groan at each shift but then would be crushed when the narrative resumed the original story thread. I finally stayed up most of one night to finish the novel because I couldn't endure the suspense any longer. Perhaps other readers will catch a stunning plot twist before I did - the foreshadowing certainly is there - but I did a 2 a.m. forehead-smack at that point. This is an outstanding book, made all the more compelling by the accuracy of its science.