WHEN THE OCEANS RISE…THE TRUTH DROWNS
It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.
Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.
But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society.
All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.
But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.
In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?
Buckle up, buttercups.
Holy macaroons. These book didn’t mess around. Action, more action, gun fights, action, car chases, sieges, action–I felt exhausted after reading this book. The adrenaline spiked hard, even from the opening chapters. And it just built from there.
The world-building was phenomenal, though truth be told, I would have liked to have seen more of it. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the parts we did, especially the trash collecting (you’ll understand what I mean once you read it!), and I appreciated how plausible it was. Especially with Max and the food truck–I work at a charity, so that part resonated soundly with me. And that intricate detail concerning people’s responses to the world crumbling around them cinched the world-building for me beautifully.
The plot was very character-driven–Hogan and how he reacts to the situations he finds himself in propels the story forward. Which was wonderful, as I found myself respecting the cop-turned-scavengar-turned-NSC candidate. His sense of justice and morality threaded through the narrative, often times warring with his instinctive need to survive, which created a wonderful friction that I gobbled up as if it were dressing on Thanksgiving Day.
Some characters did feel flat though. Jake, for example, seemed to be the token greedy, self-serving character, and I would have enjoyed sussing out his motivations more and finding some depth within him (for all the bad guys, actually), but overall, I enjoyed the characters and their interactions. And this might be a personal thing…or a weird one, I suppose, but why on earth was everyone taking their clothes off? The shower scene, yeah, ok, but to use technology? To take part in a welcoming ceremony? It became a running joke as I read, keeping a tally of how many times people were naked (because, you’d think, with the unbearably scorching sun, they’d cover up so as not to be burned, but I digress).
Still, I enjoyed it! Definitely a Kingsman: The Secret Service meets The Matrix with some Mad Max tossed in for good measure. It was such a polished narrative, definitely deserving 4 out of 5 stars!
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way sways my review or opinion of the novel. Thank you Clive and John for the opportunity to read and review it!
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