Review of Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide

Blood Tide

The Recommendation

Fans of sci-fi thrillers and stories about what happens after the world comes to and end will all find something great to love about this one!

The Review

I was blown away when I picked up this story, because I love underwater sea stories almost as much as lonely planet stories where people are trying to survive in hostile environments. I liked the strange and exotic sea-life that added an extra level of depth to the story.

The antagonist was interesting, if a little bit over-the-top, and at the very least it was interesting seeing just how powerful he was compared to everyone else. The technology was clever and interesting without being too specific or too vague, which was something else I appreciated.

I'm a fan of good sci-fi, and this one captivated me from the outset. It didn't change the game or anything, but it did a really good job of telling a fun and interesting story about the world in the distant future and the darker sides of humanity.

The Rating


Megalops is an Aquarian, a human-dolphin hybrid who lives in one of the many reef-cities that thrive beneath the waves on an Earth ravaged by climate change. Some of the Humans who cling to the barren lands blame Aquarius for their plight and unleashed the Medusa Plague that entombed Megalops's wife and daughter in stone. Tormented by that loss, Megalops dedicates everything to avenging his murdered family, no matter what the cost. He unleashes a Vendetta Virus as cruel and lethal as the Medusa Plague, a bio-weapon that transforms living Humans into Aquarian corpses.  Ocypode -- one of the heroes who stopped the Medusa Plague -- and his band of Human and Aquarian allies battle desperate odds to prevent Megalops from committing an act of genocide that will escalate into global conflict, dragging the Earth's other humanoid species into the chaos. War demands sacrifice. If Mother Earth and Mother Ocean wage war against each other, will anyone survive?

About the Author

Brian Burt writes both short and novel-length speculative fiction. His short story "The Last Indian War" won the Writers of the Future Gold Award and was anthologized in Writers of the Future Volume VIII. His debut novel, "Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God," won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction. Book 2 of the Aquarius Rising trilogy, "Blood Tide," won the 2016 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for Science Fiction.