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on 11 February 2008
Maelstrom, starts at the very point Starfish finished. Lenny Clarke, the meltdown madonna was far enough away from Beebe Station when it was destroyed by a nuclear strike designed to halt the potential threat of the Behemoth Virus. Unfortnately that strike caused a tidal wave that destroyed much of Nam Pac, resulting in the deaths of millions. After crawling 300 miles accross the sea bed she arrives on the North American Pacific Coast to be greeted by tens of thousands of refugees, the disease ridden and drug addled masses of the asian world who are faced by an impenetrable wall of watch towers and floating armoured spy drones called "Bot Flies".
What Lennie doesn't know is that she is carrying with her a doomsday virus that threatens wipe out the entire biosphere. With a desire for revenge for her past abusers she sets out across north America, spreading the disease as she goes.
Bot that's not all that's spreading, in the "post internet" world called Maelstrom, a "Meme" that is equally deadly is gaining power.

Watts takes a nice Noir twist in his second Rifter Novel, the dialogue is snappy and it's darkness comes throough in bucketloads. In comparison to starfish which was set almost entirely in Beebe station, theres a lot more going on over a much wider area. The emphasis is more on the action than the brooding internal dialogues of te first Novel.

A great read for any Cyberpunk Fans.
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on 28 March 2010
I bought this while I was still half-way through the first book (Starfish) and it did not disappoint.
Unfortunately the concluding books in the series seem to be out of print. There are a few second-hand copies about, but they are owned by a bunch of greedy pikers who are holding out for ridiculous money.
Still, I'm going to the author's home country (Canada) in the summer so I might be able to find a copy there.
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on 28 June 2008
Maelstrom is the sequel to Starfish and carries on pretty much at the exact point that the previous book left off. I'm not entirely convinced by the author's technological extrapolations, but that's a hazard of reading fiction involving a subject that you're an expert in. No doubt my mother has the same problem with books whose crucial plot elements involve embroidery. Again, a good beginning and middle is let down by its ending. And again, the scene is set for the final installment in the trilogy.
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