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  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843958936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843958935
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further thirteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Mr Bad Face, Fiddleback and Nowhere Near An Angel. His short stories, novellas, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of the highly-acclaimed Cinema Macabre, a book of fifty horror movie essays by genre luminaries. Forthcoming work includes a Hellboy novel entitled The All-Seeing Eye and another book in the immensely popular Doctor Who range, published by BBC Books in the UK.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bluesarat on 5 May 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been a while since I have enjoyed a truly good horror story..this book combines apocalyptic elements with an excellent classic twist,well plotted and engaging,plenty of well developed characters,paced to the I must turn the next page reader,I was thoroughly engrossed from start right to the end.I don't wish to give away any of the plot so as not to spoil the pleasure for the next reader--ie turn your own pages and find out!! ,this book is a must read for horror fans and my next step is to search for other books by this author!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By scribe on 17 Feb. 2008
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Generally, I quite like Morris' works. Sadly, the Deluge left me empty. The problem is the lack of satisfactory resolution to the issues around which the story revolves. Just what did cause the flood? Precisely what are the aliens/slugs and exactly where did they come from? Because these questions are left unanswered, the book ends on a very disappointing note. Without answers, this book is little more than a below-average post-apocalypse tale of survivors' hardships (which, quite frankly, is below Morris' talents). I would be happy to learn that this is the first book of a trilogy or something, but there was no indication that this was the case.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2009
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Okay, apocalyptic has been done by many authors from Herbert to Wyndham. However that doesn't mean I don't want to read some new takes on the subject and lets face it, if we want to read new books with apocalyptic themes then we have to stop moaning about comparisons which are basic to all survival stories and just enjoy the tale. Most of the reviews on here would have put me off but having read other books by Morris I wanted to read this one and wasn't disappointed.

I've often thought that Mark Morris could have quite easily been a kid at my school...he just seems to remember all the things I do from childhood. (Was it just co-incidence that he used the names Greg and Abby in this novel? Or did he, like me, watch the 1970's series Survivors?) It would make sense for him to use his experiences as a child because they often stay with us and influence our fears as adults.

Other than there being a band of survivors with similar problems, this story is different because it links in an alien aspect to it... as if they didn't have enough to cope with.

The story begins with London (possibly the world!) being flooded and focuses on Steve and his daughter Abby who are in a flat high up in a tower block. They sit out the night until morning shows them the horrors of the night. When they can, they decide to make their way north to Scotland encountering friends and foe along the way...including an unrecognised life form to threaten the survivors.

The Deluge is fast moving and very readable. I liked the style of writing, mostly third person but some first person in the form of a diary.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bunder on 2 April 2009
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The Deluge shares the same great staples of the genre as Survivors and Earth Abides: loss, foraging, social breakdown and survival after a cataclysmic event. These traditional elements are coupled with a new threat from strange, mysterious creatures that appear after the flood that look set to become the new top of the food chain predators.

But while the characters are likeable and engaging and the book is fast paced and a real page-turner, the ending does leave a little to be desired. Not so much in the overall arc of the characters, but rather because it is missing some explanations - like where have these creatures come from. Maybe it's not really necessary to the presented story, but it would have been nice. Hopefully Morris will address this in a sequel.

Very enjoyable book. Would make a good film.
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My first encounter with Mark Morris was with Toady, when it first came out. Since then I have read a couple of his Dr Who books, but this was my first return to his horror tales.

The story is gripping and takes you straight into the action. The characters are sympathetic and you are rooting for them all the way.

As the book progresses, there are times when the cast swells and it becomes a little harder to keep all the names straight, but this doesn't detract from an exciting tale.

The ending is entirely fitting with a book which starts with an explained apocalypse, and although open ended, it leaves the reader with plenty to occupy their minds.

A great book, really well written. Highly recommended.
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By jose on 8 Oct. 2013
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The Deluge is exactly what it sounds like. The UK is covered in water, one is not sure if it includes other countries, but definately the UK.

Abby and her father are in London when a very heavy storm occurred, they are in a flat high above the ground and the water is virtually up to where they live.

After a while the water recedes and the land is left with very few survivors and plenty of dead bodies. No one at land level survived. Abby and her father along with two elderly neighbours decided to make their way to Scotland, on the way picking up a few others.

What happens next is a test for survival.
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