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Flood by Stephen Baxter
Review by Andrew Brooks
Roc Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451462718
Date: 05 May 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Stephen Baxter's Flood is fast, smart and entertaining; fans of post-apocalyptic literature are going to be reading and rereading this novel for years to come, assuming Baxter's premise doesn't come true in the near future. Baxter has put together a very well thought out story, mixing all the ingredients required for a near perfect disaster tale. A dash of characterization, a sprinkle of cool future technology and the star of the show, the ominous-run-for-your-lives disaster which propels the book along at the speed of an overflowing bathtub. Donít expect four hundred foot tsunamis here, as Baxter paces the rising of the earth's oceans over forty-two years. In fact this is one of the only disaster/apocalyptic novels Iíve read in which most of humanity isnít wiped out within the first hundred or so pages of reading. In that regard it allows Baxter to really flesh out his end game event so to speak, while also exploring the characters and their relationships to each other over the course of years. Simple terms: this equals good if you like the characters, bad if not.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Next year. Sea levels begin to rise. The change is far more rapid than any climate change predictions; metres a year. Within two years London, only 15 metres above the sea, is drowned. New York follows, the Pope gives his last address from the Vatican, Mecca disappears beneath the waves. Where is all the water coming from? Scientists estimate that the earth was formed with seas 30 times in volume their current levels. Most of that water was burnt off by the sun but some was locked in the earth's mantle. For the tip of Everest to disappear beneath the waters would require the seas to triple their volume. That amount of water is still much less than 1% of the earth's volume. And somehow it is being released. The world is drowning. The biblical flood has returned. And the rate of increase is building all the time. Mankind is on the run, heading for high ground. Nuclear submarines prowl through clouds of corpses rising from drowned cities, populations are decimated and finally the dreadful truth is known. Before 50 years have passed there will be nowhere left to run. FLOOD tells the story of mankind's final years on earth.The stories of a small group of people caught up in the struggle to survive are woven into a tale of unimaginable global disaster. And the hope offered for a unlucky few by a second great ark ...

(Source: Roc)

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