Price of Eden, by Brian Burt

Price of Eden, by Brain Burt book coverGenre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Published: 2017
Reviewer Rating: four and a half stars
Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths

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This is the third and final book in Brian Burt’s Aquarius Rising series. I read the first two, which I enjoyed quite a lot, but I would have to say the climax of the trilogy is the best of the three. This is a hard book to classify, because it is so inventive, one is tempted to call it fantasy, but since many of the deadly issues that befall the heroes are both caused and cured by technology, I will have to stick with the Science Fiction tag.

In the future, most of the lands of the Earth have been scorched and humanity has branched off into several sub-species including the Aquarians an aquatic race and Talpidians who are a race of subterranean mole people.

Ocypode, the sea witch, Sapiens, and the other underwater dwellers are part of a group labeled The Heretics. All they wish is to keep their races alive and pursue peace, but with almost every side and every race fighting and killing each other, this could prove to be a difficult if not impossible task.

Ocypode, the one hailed as storm slayer, must use his cunning and courage to pull out every trick and use any angle and resource he can think of if they are going to have any chance of saving not only his race, but others as well.

I like how the heroes tended to solve problems more often with brain than brawn. Even when fighting was required, their only chance of success was to convince the various groups to join the cause, so even then, it came down to a delicate dance of well thought out words and actions. I also like how everything was tied into the climax. All former characters appeared and played important roles in this end game.

I think Burt has a well plotted out and imaginative world and there is little to throw sticks at here. If I had to find fault, it might be that a few times the heroes solved issues with technics not discussed beforehand. Sort of along the lines of, “We can stop this from happening with our blah gismo.”

Overall this is an inventive novel, which has little in common with others in its genre. I recommend this book to all lovers of Science Fiction and Fantasy for that matter. Ocypode and his allies are very likable. You suffer with them while hoping they will make the impossible happen and survive. I will be very interested in seeing what Burt might take on next.

Michael Griffiths

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