Wow! Steven Gould has written another thrilling novel! Set in a near future of flooded continents and floating cities, once the story starts to run it just does not stop. Social consciousness, ecology, romance, and an abiding love for the Bard are cleverly woven together with personal submarines, fast ships, and flying bullets. The characters are well thought-out, both in their descriptions and their interactions.
As in Mr. Gould's previous novels, there's a unifying theme; in this case, underwater travel. And if the protagonists aren't diving in a submarine or swimming their way to and from danger, they're zipping back and forth in boats on the surface. Also as in *Jumper* and *Wildside*, a large government agency, in this case the INS, figures prominently in the plot. The scary thing is, I find this part of the scenario an all too plausible extrapolation of present-day events.
Foodies, beware: there's a restaurant in this book that ought to be real, and I hope someday I find myself in it.
Now that I've read this book, I'll just have to keep on rereading it, and *Jumper*, and *Wildside*... until the next Steven Gould novel comes out!