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Today, I will review, In the Tears of God by Brian Burt which surrounded by dihydrogen monoxide, water – lol.
On an Earth ravaged by global warming, human-dolphin hybrids called Aquarians have built thriving reef colonies among the drowned cities of the coast.
Now their world is under siege from an enemy whose invisible weapon leaves no survivors. Only Ocypode the Atavism—half-human and half-Aquarian, marooned in the genetic limbo between species—knows why. Disclosing the reason could be as deadly to Aquarius as the Medusa plague itself.
Ocypode and his comrades must face the perils of flight into the open ocean, a friend’s betrayal, a killer storm, a lethal kelp forest haunted by mutant monsters, and a fundamental challenge to their most cherished beliefs if they are to have any hope of saving Aquarius from destruction. They must enlist allies of the most unexpected sort from the most unlikely of places. Even then—when confronted by rogue scientists determined to resurrect the land by slaughtering the sea—it may not be enough.
From the start of the book, I honestly didn’t catch the flow of the story. It begins simple and I’m quite not accustomed to the setting and the characters are quite not what I expect. But as time flies, my radar got to it and I succumb to the entire storyline.
The scenery is in the future theme set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world which due to the global phenomenon event that causes human adaptations turning them into amphibians or hybrid between human and a dolphin who called also as ‘Aquarians’. Aquarians built their habitat, the reef cities, underwater where old civilization lived and I’m amazed at how each city have a different name though some have been destroyed which sadly affected me cause it all of a sudden.
Ocypode as the one who has the knowledge on what’s going is my favorite among the characters. He is valiant and devoted though he considered himself just plain. And being an Atavism is like having a poisonous spider over your neck ready to kill you ‘cause that’s how he must face his destined mission to know by his fellowmen the truth.
This book deserves the best with its fantastic description of another world under the sea and every reader anticipates the thrills and action in the backdrop of the world which not yet done evolving, quasi-humans who still have a hope of their own kind and Aquarians whom never gonna give up on the new world they live in. Every one of the characters will gain your sympathy and a bond will rise between you and them.
If you have some hefty dose of liking in the field of science fiction then you gotta try reading this – will definitely make some underwater experience!
Ready to dive in the next book!
Brian Burt became addicted to science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories as a boy while reading to pass the long hours spent driving to and from swim meets around the Midwest.
His love of fiction evolved into a desire to tell his own stories, which sometimes got him into trouble. (“I swear, an alien ate my homework!”)
Instead of pursuing a writing career, he got into computer programming because that was, by all accounts, more “sensible.” While on a consulting assignment in Dublin, Ireland, he became sufficiently inspired by the magical scenery and the rich literary tradition to try writing his own short stories. He had more than twenty science fiction and fantasy tales published in small press anthologies, genre magazines, and online publications over the years. Along the way, a short story entitled “The Last Indian War” won the Gold Award (grand prize) in the Writers of the Future Contest, and a dark fantasy story called “Phantom Pain” received an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. These encouraging experiences finally gave him the motivation to try his hand at a full-length novel.
That debut novel, Aquarius Rising Book 1: In the Tears of God, won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction. Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide has now been released as well from Double Dragon Publishing, and Book 3: The Price of Eden is well underway. This trilogy of novels stems from Brian’s passion for environmental themes, exploring a potential future in the wake of accelerating climate change when a disastrous attempt to reverse global warming goes horribly wrong. The series focuses on human-dolphin hybrids called Aquarians who have built thriving reef communities among the drowned human cities along the coasts but are caught in an escalating struggle with human scientists determined to restore the continental wastelands at any cost.
Brian is married to a brilliant woman, a former software engineering colleague, who has long been his first reader and most trusted editor. He works as a cybersecurity engineer to pay the bills and lives in Plainwell, Michigan, with his wife and three sons, a corn snake named Jake, and an aging white German shepherd named Sif (after Sif the Great Grey Wolf from the Dark Souls video game franchise). His sons named the dog; Brian hasn’t seriously played video games since the Pac-Man era.
Brian enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, horseplay, red wine, and local craft brews (so hopefully the virtues balance the vices, more or less). At every opportunity, he uses his boys as an excuse to act like an unruly kid (which is why his wife enjoys rum, school days, and migraine medication). He hopes to keep writing speculative fiction novels with environmental themes, improving as a storyteller, and building a like-minded audience to visit imaginary worlds with him.
Thank you for reading!