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Official Review: Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide

Post by Kappy » 15 Sep 2015, 16:20

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide" by Brian Burt.]
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Blood Tide (Aquarius Rising, Book 2) (2015), by Brian Burt, is a 259-page science fiction novel available as an e-book. The novel incorporates issues such as doomsday weapons, mutually assured destruction, preemptive strikes, espionage, civil war, artificial intelligence, faith in the wisdom of nature, climate change, bioengineering, genetic manipulation, suicide, genocide, mind control, and most of all, revenge and its consequences. The author includes sufficient exposition to allow you to enjoy the book without having read its predecessor, which won the EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction.

Revenge is a recurring theme in the Aquarius Rising novels. The author succinctly tells us why vengeance is so absurd: it merely serves to "even a score that can never be evened, because every scorekeeper maintains the tally in a different way."

This story is set on planet earth about 200 years in the future, after nanotech machines designed to combat global warming accelerated it instead, devastating the land. The novel features an ensemble cast of characters, mostly humans, human-dolphin hybrids (Aquarians), and human-Aquarian hybrids (Atavisms). Numerous Aquarians want to destroy human "dirt-swimmers," and many land-dwelling humans despise Aquarians. Two Atavisms seek to prevent continuous vindictive wars by forming an alliance with the ex-wife of the now-deceased mortal enemy of the undersea world.

Among the protagonists is a "cyber-ghost," the essence and memories of a dead human brought to life, so to speak, by a computer; one character calls it "a cyber-psycho with a split personality." The antagonist is an Aquarian who committed suicide, but continues to live, in a way, and controls a zombie-like army of Aquarians and humans. There is plenty of suspense in the story. You can't be sure who will live, who will die, and who will turn to the dark side.

Often, SF books focus excessively on technology, and introduce an inordinate number of new words that can confuse readers. Rest assured that this book is not like that; the narrative is focused on the characters, while smoothly incorporating scientific details that enhance the tale.

This exceptional book has easily earned 4 out of 4 stars. The fast-paced story includes timeless topics such as loyalty, trust, guilt, betrayal, forgiveness, atonement, redemption, and life after death. Mr. Burt writes clearly and concisely, with first-rate grammar. He avoids the gloomy atmosphere so common in post-apocalyptic novels, and paints a remarkably vivid picture of his undersea world, which includes numerous intriguing organisms, such as sentient living reefs and vampire squids. The tension builds to a gripping climax, but the victors do not gloat afterward.

One characteristic of the finest SF, such as the Aquarius Rising novels, is that you can enjoy reading the book even if you are not a big science fiction fan. The author has a well-founded confidence in his storytelling abilities, and does not resort to sensationalism to attract readers. This book includes no profanities or explicit sex, and the violence is not excessively gory, so it is suitable for readers of all ages. This is a great book for nearly everyone.

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Post by gali » 16 Sep 2015, 07:18

Sounds interesting. Thank you for the well-written review.
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Post by Kappy » 16 Sep 2015, 09:44

gali wrote:Sounds interesting. Thank you for the well-written review.
Thanks for the kind words, gali. I was amazed at how many topics the author was able to smoothly incorporate into a mid-length novel.
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Post by Tanaya » 19 Sep 2015, 09:43

Often, SF books focus excessively on technology, and introduce an inordinate number of new words that can confuse readers. Rest assured that this book is not like that; the narrative is focused on the characters, while smoothly incorporating scientific details that enhance the tale.
This was the perfect thing to mention. Sometimes I stay away from science fiction books (though I love the genre) for this very reason. Great review!
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Post by Kappy » 19 Sep 2015, 15:00

Tanaya wrote:
Often, SF books focus excessively on technology, ...
This was the perfect thing to mention. Sometimes I stay away from science fiction books (though I love the genre) for this very reason. Great review!
Thanks, Tanaya. I feel the same way.
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Post by ananya92 » 21 Sep 2015, 00:04

Wow, the book as woven in a good number of themes; it sounds really fast paced. Excellent review!

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Post by hsimone » 21 Sep 2015, 17:49

Wow! This books sounds extremely interesting and intense. I'm not usually a science fiction type reader, but after this review, I might be willing to give it a chance. Great review!
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Post by Kappy » 21 Sep 2015, 21:11

ananya92 wrote:Wow, the book as woven in a good number of themes; it sounds really fast paced. Excellent review!
Thanks! I was really impressed by this book and its predecessor, which I also reviewed.

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hsimone wrote:Wow! This books sounds extremely interesting and intense. I'm not usually a science fiction type reader, but after this review, I might be willing to give it a chance. Great review!
Thanks! SF includes virtually every other genre of fiction: adventure stories, thrillers, murder mysteries, horror stories, etc. If you avoid SF you are missing a lot of great books.
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Post by literarycat » 25 Sep 2015, 12:55

Very well written and informative, thanks for sharing.
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Post by Kappy » 25 Sep 2015, 15:10

literarycat wrote:Very well written and informative, thanks for sharing.
Thanks. It was an enjoyable read.
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Post by anonanemone » 30 Oct 2015, 14:54

It sounds like the author has managed to pack a lot into a short book! The characters make the story sounds like a type of cyberpunk, which isn't usually my thing. This series does sound worth adding to my read list. Thank you for such an informative review!
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Post by gali » 01 Nov 2016, 09:07

Sounds like this book is as great as the first one. I like it that the narrative is focused on the characters and manags to incorporate scientific details at the same time. Good job on the review!
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Post by bookowlie » 01 Nov 2016, 09:29

Great review! "A cyber-pyscho with a split personality"....very intriguing! I am glad you mentioned that the story is character-focused. Too many sci-fi books don't develop the characters in favor of too much emphasis on the futuristic special effects.
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 01 Nov 2016, 10:18

Wonderfully written review! This seems like a very well developed story worth the read! I may have to check it out. :) Congrats to the author on BOTD! :)
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Post by Sarah_Khan » 01 Nov 2016, 10:29

Great job on the detailed review :) sounds like an enjoyable book for sci-fi fans!
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