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Written By:Stephen Baxter - 2008

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Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this...

They world they have returned to has been transformed—by water. And the water is rising.

As the water continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And finally the dreadful truth is known: Before fifty years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run...


"Horrifyingly believable." —The Washington Post

"A fascination apocalyptic vision." —Publishers Weekly

"Strong imagination and a capactiy for awe abound in the work of Stephen Baxter."* Now the bestselling author puts both of those attributes to work in a novel as frightening as it is plausible...
*The Times of London Literary Supplement

"Deeply scary." —BBC Focus

"Compassionate, exhilarating, wrenching." —Niall Harrison, Internet Review of Science Fiction

"A page-flipper... it will give everyone pause to think." —SciFiDimensions

Acclaim for Flood

"Bold, compassionate, exhilarating, wrenching stuff." —Niall Harrison, Internet Review of Science Fiction

"[Flood] shows flashes of the brilliance that continues to guarantee Baxter's place as one of the most inventive writers that science fiction has ever produced." —SF Site

"A gripping near-future allegory of global warming. At times Baxter's narrative is as relentless as the inexorable waters, but that, you suspect, is his idea." —BBC Focus

"Flood has an increasing sense of gravitas and even, by the end, a genuine weight of mourning. It's actually a novel that gains in power as it goes along, and as it becomes increasingly apparent that no miracle technofixes are in sight. A largely old-fashionded disaster tale presented with spectacle and efficient pacing." —Locus

"A central narrative that's as relentless as a Panzer sweeping across lowland France in 1940. Amid huge events, the author still finds time for the intimate, the human-sized." —SFX Magazine

"Covering events from the UK to the US, from Australia to Tibet, this is a comprehensive disaster novel that has a very global feel... an homage to human survivability... deserves to sit high on the blockbuster shelves." —SFFWorld

"The ever readable Baxter has a page flipper in Flood. It will make you fidget in your beach chair this summer. It is not just a literary comeuppance for climate-change deniers; it will give everyone pause to think." —SciFiDimensions

"A superbly enjoyable SF novel, although those living close to the sea may feel a bit nervous after reading it." —The Wertzone

"[Baxter] retains that uniquely easy way of dramatizing scientific possibilities into an engaging survival narrative while throwing in some satirical barbs." —Starburst

"A realistic, frightening survey of a future world consumed... provides a bold saga reinforced with strong characterizations throughout... riveting." —Midwest Book Review

"Baxter has produced in Flood a tremendously enjoyable read about a fascinating disaster story, close to our hearts in an era of rapid climate change. He portrays the tragedy and courage of his characters amid the vast residue of floating rubbish and personal tragedy." —The Specusphere

"[Baxter] takes a familiar doomsday scenario and gives it an unexpected twist of mythical proportions. The first of two books, this sf horror thriller presents hard science and theoretical plausibilities in a visceral and immediate style. A new postapocalyptic sf classic that should appeal to fans of disaster fiction and Kim Stanley Robinson's eco trilogy." —Library Journal




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