Baxter has penned an excellent, unique fin de siècle tale snatched straight from the headlines, and he strikes the perfect
balance between the scientific and human aspects of the story. It's hard
to put this one down.
Our world is in jeopardy, and all life is about to be wiped out by massive flooding as, one by one, population centers are consumed by rising oceans. The only hope for survival and a solution rests on four people who spent the last few years isolated from the rest of mankind as hostages of Christian extremists in Spain. The fresh perspective and personal connections forged in their shared hell may just be what's needed to save humankind from the floodwaters. (ROC, May, 496 pp., $24.95)