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The Incredible Tide [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Key

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Book Description

A castaway on a rocky island is captured by a gang of evil men

He was born Conan of Orme, but Orme is no more. When nuclear war causes the oceans to swallow up the Western world, Conan escapes by chance, washing up on a craggy, desolate isle. After years of privilege, island life is a hard adjustment, but he grows strong—learning to fish, to make fire, and to befriend the birds. On moonless nights, he screams into the darkness, tortured by a loneliness he cannot overcome. One day, a ship appears on the horizon, and Conan believes himself saved. But for this young survivor, trouble is just beginning.
The ship belongs to the New Order, cruel rulers who are rebuilding Earth through brute force. They send their new slave to the cutthroat city of Industria, intending to break his spirit. But Conan finds power on the island, and with it, he will remake the world.  

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (29 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #562,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey Conan (and Key) fans! I've actually read this! 8 Aug. 2001
By Aehrynne - Published on
I *finally* got the chance to read this rare book! Here's a brief synopsis: Sometime in the future, mankind has managed to practically destroy the world via magnetic weapons, which have caused most of the land on earth to sink into the sea. Five years after "the Change," the survivors are trying to rebuild. One such survivor is Conan, a 17 year old youth who managed to live on a barren rock island all alone. One day, he is "rescued" and taken to Industria, a communist-type state desparately searching for a Dr. Briac Roa, a scientist with knowledge that will give them power to make their city-state run, and to also defeat any other remaining country.
Half a world away, in the remnants of Western society called High Harbor, Conan's friend (and Roa's granddaughter) Lanna, must help the settlement leaders defend the Harbor from Industria, as well as from taitorous, wild youths. Conan must find Dr. Roa and escape Industira in time to help defend High Harbor!
This is such a Cold War era novel (written in 1970, I think)! As a Political science major, I found the detailed account of Industria's political/social/economic structure pretty interesting... very much a communist society. Those from High Harbor are called Westerners, and acknowledge the presence of God, which the Industrian Dr. Manski can't understand.
I thought the book was pretty good, but this is one of the rare instances where I think that the TV version is better. I'm referring, of course, to the 1978 Japanese TV series Conan: the Boy in the Future. There are *tons* of differences, the main ones being that in the book Conan and Lana are older (about 17 vs about 10), and they don't meet until the end (in the book, they did know each other before the war). Also, the novel takes place 5 years after the war, in the TV series its 20 years; actually a pretty significant change. Overall, the characters are more likeable in the anime, in my humble opinion. Jimsy and Captain Dyce are barely in the book, and Miss Monsley's character (Dr. Manski), is pretty different. To give the novel credit, its a LOT shorter than the show, so it couldn't go into the depth that the series did. Its a pretty decent, quick read, and a neat story that provided a great springboard for an awesome animated series. If you weren't sure that Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, etc) was a genius, read the book, and watch the series! I'd recommend them both!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing... 17 Feb. 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on
A shame so much of Key's books are out-of-print--he wrote some of the best environmental science fiction ever. A direct influence on Hayao Miyazaki.

If you can't hunt down a physical copy of this one down, and don't want to spend a hundred bucks online, you can read it's entirety here:

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From inside the dustjacket: 21 Nov. 2010
By Brimble - Published on
This haunting story happens just a little ahead of us -- after warring nations has caused a cataclysm and most of civilization has been swept away by the rising waters of a great flood...

Time began for Conan when he was twelve years old. Then, when the incredible tide swept over the earth, he was cast away on a small, remote island. Seabirds have been his only friends. Alone in the wilderness of water and mists, somehow wrestling life from sea and rock, he has existed for five long years. But there was a voice once...

When a rescue boat, gray and ominous, appears on Conan's small shore, he learns that few human beings are alive -- but that his own people are still at High Harbor. And in Industria, a crumbling cliff city of frightened slaves, the facists are trying to organize all survivors under the flag of the New Order.

Whether the gentle people or the fascists will prevail -- whether Conan will find the source of the mysterious voice that guides him -- whether the brave escape across unchartered oceans can succeed... these are questions that will keep you reading, fast, to find out how the story ends.

But, after you finish reading, you may find the story doesn't end. It echoes remains. Alexander Key writes about the future as though he had been there -- and and come back to warn us about the present.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing science fiction novel. 22 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on
The Incredible Tide is a departure for Key, set in a traditional science fictional future, where technology (and smog) are worshipped. It's also an adventure story, and a coming of age tale, aimed a somewhat older readers than most of his books. A different sort of read, and quite absorbing.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please reprint 4 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I searched for this book for 4 years. I've always been a great fan of the japanese cartoon named "Conan, futureboy" which was inspired by this book in 1978. In my opinion, this is one of the best sci-fi stories ever told, by far the best ever told by a cartoon. I'd really love to read the book, I expecxt it to be even greater.
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