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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (4 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595521126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595521128
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,125,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria David is a 55-year-old former civil servant and teacher. A keen writer in her twenties, she has only recently returned to storytelling after caring for her Mother until her death four years ago. Victoria lives in Oxford where she runs her sugarcraft shop and cares for her elderly Father.

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By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
Dolman is set to a background of concern over climate changes, with a Government who believe that we are rapidly heading for disaster. With this in mind, they are secretly running two projects.. the first is to design underwater cities to live in, and the second is to design a genetically modified human, capable of living underwater.

There is a theory that humans and dolphins share a genetic past, and so this becomes the animal of choice for the resultant hybrids. Sebastian James, a genius geneticist, is the chosen scientist for this particular project. He is completely obsessed with his work, and is disliked by most people who come across him.

The book, however, starts away from these projects, and is set in Scotland. The first four chapters introduce us to some great characters, and their relationships, and I felt immediately pulled into their lives. We catch glimpses of the projects, as they do, but the emphasis is on the characters.

Chapter five takes us back to 1990, where we start to learn more about the projects - it has a different feel to the first chapters, but once again pulled me straight in. Victoria has a descriptive style, which pulls the reader into the day to day happenings, and she also writes some very believable and likable characters.

This is definitely the part where the story falls into the `Science Fiction' category, and my main criticism is there's a point when one of the character's actions seem a little rushed and unbelievable. Once past that part, however, the story picks up again. If the book was set a few years in the future, this part may have worked better.

That aside, Victoria has some great ideas, which on the whole, she's able to carry off well.
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By Steph Ball on 9 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I'll start by saying....this is not normally the sort of book I choose ...BUT WOW....I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It has a really clever story line and it is brilliant how each character is introduced and woven into the fabric of the story, so that even though you know its fictional, you feel drawn into a world that becomes totally believable.A wonderful tale of one person's sight into somewhere into the future, that becomes a total obsession, even to the extent that they will kill to achieve their goal, and how others get drawn into his world..you feel that you take that journey with them, admiring the scenery and having a real sense of being there as it all happens,the characters become real and you feel their sadness and their joy.... WELL DONE Victoria..hope to see more of your work soon.
This would make an marvellous film!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. M. Hawkins on 5 July 2008
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This is a really enjoyable read. For those who are uncertain about sci-fi this is more fiction than science! The story is a neat way of surviving global warming with love, life and murder along the way.
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A truly gripping novel. Just when you think you are one step ahead of the author, there is yet another twist.

Written with understanding and passion the storyline will have you gasping out loud. The more the reader becomes engrossed in this book the more they will realise Victoria David's plot may not be as far from what could be happening now as we would like to believe. Utterly brilliant.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. R. Smith on 30 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a really different read.
This book would make a fantastic movie.
Obsorbing,Gripping,Often shocking,excitement,wit,charm,romance,
It,s got it all,Could not put it down.
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