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Penguin, May 5, 2009 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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. The world they have returned to has been transformed-by water. And the water is rising.

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User Review  - bensdad00 - LibraryThing

An extreme look at rising water levels and their effect on society. While grounded in sci-fi, the story is so inconceivable that it borders on the fantastical. An extremely long story arc and the slow pacing led to this being a difficult read, but the strength of the story kept my interest. Read full review

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User Review  - Pinniped23 - LibraryThing

I now want to read everything written by Stephen Baxter. I love apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels and was so excited when I saw this in a book store. I was surprised when the lady at the store ... Read full review

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Stephen Baxter was born in Liverpool, England, in 1957. He holds degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University; engineering, from Southampton University; and business administration, from Henley Management College. He’s a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

His first professionally published short story appeared in 1987. He has been a full-time author since 1995 and is currently Vice-President of the British Science Fiction Association.

His science fiction novels have been published in the UK, the US, and in many other countries including Germany, Japan, France. His books have won several awards including the Philip K Dick Award, the John Campbell Memorial Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany) and the Seiun Award (Japan) and have been nominated for several others, including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Hugo Award and Locus awards. He has also published over 100 sf short stories, several of which have won prizes. He can be found at stephen-baxter.com.

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