Blood Tide by Brian Burt

Blood Tide

byBrian Burt

Kobo ebook | August 7, 2015

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Sequel to Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God, winner of the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction:

Megalops is an Aquarian, a human-dolphin hybrid who lives in one of the many reef-cities that thrive beneath the waves on an Earth ravaged by climate change. Some of the Humans who cling to the barren lands blame Aquarius for their plight and unleashed the Medusa Plague that entombed Megalops's wife and daughter in stone. Tormented by that loss, Megalops dedicates everything to avenging his murdered family, no matter what the cost. He unleashes a Vendetta Virus as cruel and lethal as the Medusa Plague, a bio-weapon that transforms living Humans into Aquarian corpses.

Ocypode — one of the heroes who stopped the Medusa Plague — and his band of Human and Aquarian allies battle desperate odds to prevent Megalops from committing an act of genocide that will escalate into global conflict, dragging the Earth's other humanoid species into the chaos. War demands sacrifice. If Mother Earth and Mother Ocean wage war against each other, will anyone survive?
Title:Blood TideFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 7, 2015Publisher:Double Dragon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771152540

ISBN - 13:9781771152549

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great to buy In a world where friendly Aquarians are threatened by a plague that turns them into stone, there lives a lonely Megalops, stricken by grief and loss, seeking revenge. His wife and child pass away in such a tragic way leaving Megalops angry and resentful. Megalops is a biosculptor working to restore the Juno reefscape. He works alongside his friends Makaira, Auriga, and others. Megalops develops this mechanism using neuroplasmic storage creating an Aquarian Mutagenic Virus. The power he achieves can infect the DNA of humans and change them into Aquarians, subsequently killing them, as the human cells cannot conform to it. Once the news of this potential threat of genocide reaches the Boreios, the Elders decide to banish Megalops from not just his own home, but from everywhere he knows. This vendetta against the roughe Redeemers was not allowed. Megalops instead, turns darker, and this inflames his evil plan. Instead of being banished he feeds himself to a brain reef and takes control of it. Anyone that is penetrated with this also becomes under his control, and by doing so, he starts a war against humans. I found Blood Tide to be a nonstop action thriller story containing, love, loss, sacrifice, determination, and regret. The author has managed to comprehend a thorough planned and detailed plot of a story that is consistent and leaves no questions left for the reader. The precise nature of the whole story was written so well that I did not feel like I was supporting either side of the war. I felt compassion for Megalops, and I felt sorry for his victims, all at the same time. In my opinion, only a great writer can manage to induce the reader into loving both the evil side and the good side of their story. For that, I give Brian Burt a tap on the back. There are many science fiction analogies and vocabulary which none science fiction fans may find this book to be confusing or hard to follow. I believe if you read the book twice then you will feel more in control and possibly understand it better as it is complex. I felt that the content of the book is not suitable for young readers and there is forcible violence, abduction, rape, explicitly written death content and suicide dominating the book. As Ocypode, Sapiens and the cyber- Ghost attempt to stop Megalops, many twists and turns occur in the story, keeping the reader intrigued. I liked the fact that when Aquarians died their thoughts, knowledge and memories were preserved in the reef. This way those who lost their lives would always still be, in a way, living. I recommend this book to any science fiction fan and anyone that likes a good full on action saga. Written by Jeyran Main
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revenge and Survival on a Future Water World Book Two of the 'Aquarius Rising' trilogy shows that in a truly superior trilogy, the second book may hold an ability to stand alone but ideally will be chosen after the first is digested, only because the characters, setting, and crisis so exquisitely portrayed in In the Tears of God are smoothly continued here, with such a background. Here the ruined reef cities of Book One are being rebuilt in the aftermath of the deadly Medusa Plague that threatened to turn all creatures to stone, and the grief felt by the survivors has taken a deadly turn as insanity threatens Megalops, whose wife and daughter have become statues in a grim Aquarian memorial to the victims of Medusa. With any deliberate act of destruction there arises the potential for revenge and further chaos - and so a retaliatory virus aimed at the humans who nearly destroyed their world promises a massive devastation in return. In such a scenario, adaptation embraces not just survival but the impetus for revenge and so it appears that reef and human worlds alike are poised for a final blow that will make the rise of the oceans seem like an inconvenience in comparison. Protagonists from Book One are rapidly re-introduced here in an approach that will especially, immediately engross prior readers with familiar characters. From the strategy of using a civil war to an opponent's advantage to psychic battles for control, the characters in Blood Tide are facing some of their greatest challenges to survival yet - from one of their own. Readers should anticipate a heady combination of action and intrigue based on the events of Book One, in a post-apocalyptic setting that questions heroes, leaders, and a looming war between Mother Earth and Mother Ocean. Based in a world that's survived climate change, the impact of loneliness, life-or-death decision-making processes, and the effects of ongoing conflict illustrate the very different challenges of handling interactions between two worlds almost inhabiting the same body of Earth, making Blood Tide a top recommendation for readers who like 'climate change' dystopian stories with more than a dose of philosophical reflection paired with nonstop crisis mode style action.
Date published: 2015-09-09