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Now, several years after his death, it's Patricia's business and her city. She's a wealthy woman, on the city council, well known to local INS commander and the New Galveston police. But none of that will help Patricia when she stumbles across a recently sunken freighter that has dozens of bodies chained up in its hold and clear evidence that it has been fired upon by an INS ship. Patricia's evidence of a rogue operation within the INS brings her together with Thomas Beckett, a government investigator assigned to the case.

Romance blossoms while they pursue and are pursued by the killers, into the heart of the conspiracy. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about Blind Waves , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 14, Nancy rated it it was ok Shelves: sf-fantasy. After the brilliant Jumper , I really looked forward to this underwater adventure by Steven Gould.

While the premise was intriguing, the story was rather a disappointment. The plot started to pick up pace after the early boring submarine scenes, but the science was nearly non-existent, the mystery was predictable and the romance was pathetic. It was a novel that didn't fit neatly into any genre, yet it failed miserably at all of them.

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The quotes from Shakespeare were irritating and the dialogue b After the brilliant Jumper , I really looked forward to this underwater adventure by Steven Gould. The quotes from Shakespeare were irritating and the dialogue between the characters didn't flow naturally to me. While several reviewers seemed to be bothered by the use of Spanish words, I found it to be well done.

Some good ideas, like the politics of INS and racism issues were very interesting but not developed well enough. View all 4 comments. Apr 09, Deborah Ideiosepius rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi , marine-and-oceanic , wordpress , reading-challenge , thriller-action. Blind wave is set in a future where a devastating event caused a sudden breaking and melting of ice caps. And a consequent foot rise in seawater in an event known as the Deluge.

It this future world we follow Patricia, who runs an underwater salvage business operating out of the floating city of New Galveston, where instead of moving inland, thousands of people built floating 'hexs' and created an floating city. In fear of her life, Patricia broadcasts the recording of the even and proceeds to flee INS, a quasi military organisation that was created to handle illegal immigrants.

This was a very interesting, at times thrilling book, fine science fiction of the best sort. I loved the descriptions of how society changed with the rising sea level, I loved the descriptions of the sunken cities that Patricia and the submarine travel through and the submarine itself. The hypothesis of the floating hex cities, their organisation and success was fascinating as was the sinister development of politics and military to handle the Deluge.

All of these were very, very well done. Things I did not love also existed however: First, as a non American I was not familiar with the places described, no biggie, as the plot increasingly spent time on the well described floating city. Also, that rigid American independence when it comes to measurement The writing inched its way around Fahrenheit's and feet as they do. I rarely bothered to look them up, so I often had little understanding of what the author was getting at. I was fine with depths and ordinances, which often do use imperial, but a lot of the rest I had to just ignore.

As it is a well structured story this was a bit of a pity. Similar but worse; I know that Spanish is a big part of American culture, beautiful language that it is I do not speak it at all.

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In Gould's future world, Spanish is obviously a unofficial second language which most of the characters lapse into regularly. A lot of the time, you can tell what they are saying by context, sometimes I had to google to figure out what was being said and other times I just skipped it.

I am still a little aggravated by some of the things I know I did not get, because Google translate was not, at the time, available to me. Now, I have thoughts and opinions about this: If I have purchased a professional book, I may well need internet to help me along. If I have purchased a recreational book, for fun, in English, I should not have to have an internet connection to understand the plot. The other thing which grated on my reading experience and which got worse, not better as the plot progressed , was Patricia.

She started out really well and I enjoyed her as a character, but, as the relationship between her and Thomas progressed, she became less and less believable as a woman, let alone as the woman from the first few chapters. Apparently as proofreaders they had helpful suggestions along the lines of "Women do not act like this Steve! I, also, thank Melinda, Sage, Pati and Sally, without whom I am sure I would have enjoyed this book a lot less, however I think they either needed to say "Women do not act like this Steve!

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So, at the start of the book I enjoyed the character of Patricia more, and at the end that of Thomas eclipsed her and that's ok. I now want to include a somewhat scathing review of the cover art, but don't read it if you don't want to, it does not affect the story in any way view spoiler [ My copy has the same cover as the review book; a babe sits on a small submersible, with a drowned city in the background.

First, the good; the drowned city washed in blue is very effective, consistent with the story line and draws the eye. Then the sub, well conceived, well drafted, nicely thought out, all but the fact that, at a similar depth to the buildings, all the red should be absent; deep water filters out the red spectrum first, as any intelligent person knows and as the author makes quite clear. The worst part however, consistent with classic sci-fi art, is the babe. That part is so idiotic it is hard to know where to start: Let us start with depth, assuming we are Huston, the point of the story most relevant to the image , The tallest building in the city is the JPMorgan Chase Tower, which rises meters 1, feet and the author has mentioned the Deluge took the sea level up about feet.

At meters, this chick is diving with bare skin insert roflol. Her pneumatic chest is a G or H cup that is not so much restrained as framed by the Lara Croft style singlet that is apparently all she needs to defend herself against the icy cold water. The diameter of the waist would make a classic Barbie look pregnant and is circled by a pointless belt where a weight-belt would be on a real diver. Actually, it might be that a Barbie was used as a model; that would explain the lycra highlights on the legs only on the legs that gleam from a nonexistent light source in an impossible way.

All the complaints about the lack of blue shading and the presence of red colour are also relevant to the chick. Incidentally, Patricia is described as flat chested, it is a plot element in fact. H cups are hide spoiler ] The author often has little input into the cover anyway, and on the whole it could be worse.

So, despite mocking the cover and the wobbly female characterisation, this has been a very well written, very well conceived, quite thrilling science fiction book. View all 3 comments.

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Aug 18, Mitchell rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , science-fiction , library , own , liked-reviews , four-star. A fun re-read. It was fun to have a ya style book but with older protagonists. And interesting to see a relatively early drowned world. And to recall that when I read this at first I probably wouldn't have thought of the US government as being evil as plausible. Looking forward to meeting the author on Saturday. The book has a lot of underwater stuff and a bunch of untranslated Spanish. And it kind of ends fairly abruptly.

But it basically works and is worth reading. And it would be awesome to s A fun re-read. And it would be awesome to see more stories set in this world. Let me explain. As far back as Jules Verne and H. Wells, Science Fiction gave a purview of where society was heading not only by extrapolating it into the technological future, but by creating a microscope by which to view contemporary issues. Dick are excelle 'Blind Waves', by Steven Gould is reminiscent of the golden age of Science Fiction, that is, rather than being futuristic, it is a work of speculation.

Dick are excellent examples of recent memory. Gould in this sense poses the difficulty and challenges a society deals with in the face of ecological disaster, and in this case it is with facing an increase in the sea levels caused by the de-icing of the polar caps, creating flood zones around the ocean's coasts, in this case the areas around Galveston with the area in dry land just outside re-named New Galveston Texas. The other element added to this is the immigration and racial problems.

White Supremacy has not only regained momentum, but has reorganized mafia fashion, infiltrating governmental law enforcement FBI and all branches of the military. Their actions are the catalyst for the story as the heroine of the novel, Patricia Beman, underwater salvager in the uninhabitable zones, finds a cargo ship with passengers abord, apparent victims of murder. From here on out, the novel acts more like a crime story than a science fiction one. While there is a sense of suspense throughout the novel, there are some things that can be elaborated along the way to add depth to the story and the plotline.

For example, very early in the novel, Patricia comes in contact with Thomas, an officer in the INS, an agency which Patricia is more than suspicious about. Having been shot at and vigorously pursued by an INS Fastship, the Sycorax, and having found evidence of a horrendous crime not to mention the memory of her father, who was lost at sea, the victim of sinking himself , there is more than enough evidence for her to be cautious.

But with the meeting of Thomas, an almost 48 hour relationship, sex and all, coincides with her trying to stay alive, saving the citizens of her district, and solving a crime. It seems a fascinating idea of global warming encroaching on civilian live and a worsening immigration problem due to loss of real estate for a book pages to encompass. In the end, I would say this novel has promise, but has missed opportunities for being a great Science Fiction story.


This novel has mature themes of race relations, immigration, diminishing resources, and a police force that is troubled by an insurgence of militaristic white supremacism. Yet, it achieves only to aspire to certain flash-pan imagry and prose that script writers of many action drama shows in Hollywood are capable of. And so, with some regret, I give this book a three stars. Jul 24, Icarus rated it liked it Shelves: speculative-fiction.

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  • It's okay, but nothing special. It's like a slightly less goody Dirk Pitt novel. Plotting good as usual. I find the interspersing of foreign words aggravating as it breaks the flow. Mar 28, Peter Goodman rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction. This is an earlier Gould, and either he had not yet found his stride, or this is what he does. They build huge floating cities made of reinforced cement that bob gently on the coastlines, while the cities are not far below: Houston, Galveston, New Orleans, etc.

    But not all the world has done as well, and there are millions of refugees who want to enter the USimmigrants, who are captured and deported, or placed in huge prisons one is called the Abbatoir. The culture is Tex-Mex. Technology is slightly more advanced than currently. Entrepreneurs mine the drowned cities for artifacts and equipment. Oil leaks are searched out and to mined or sealed. The Immigration and Naturalization Service is the second largest armed force in the country. Patricia runs a small diving-mining operation, using a mini-sub. One day she finds an oil leak that is coming from a small freighter that has been sunk by artillery, and that is full of bodies.

    As she tries to get home with this knowledge, she is pursued by an INS ship that apparently wants to destroy her, for some reason. INS Lt. Thomas Becket is called to investigate. Turns out there are some big time crooks and crookedness going on; they solve the problem and fall in love. Actually, rather thin and predictable. Other than the water and the submarines, not much out of the ordinary.

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    • Gould tries to spice things up by adding a lot of Shakespeare for no apparent reason. Mar 18, Jeffrey Grant rated it really liked it. This is the first standalone book of Gould's that I've read and I'm happy to say it retained it's appeal for me.


      His focus on creating well developed characters who don't behave like idiots in order to create drama is always something I appreciate. This book had a few more downsides for me than the "Jumper" ones. First, the beginning is overloaded with minutiae of how the diving and submersible works. The author is himself a diver and I think he let his obsession bleed into the text overmuch, th This is the first standalone book of Gould's that I've read and I'm happy to say it retained it's appeal for me.

      The author is himself a diver and I think he let his obsession bleed into the text overmuch, though I'm sure real divers will appreciate the attention to detail. Second, the relationship seems a bit That said, it seems like the protagonists' relationship goes a bit farther than makes sense given two middle-aged, successful adults with previous relationship issues.

      Lastly, there are parts of the dialogue that take place in spanish with no translation or contextual explanation most of the time. It came off a bit like watching a movie where there are brief interludes of another language but no subtitles appear; you dont' lose the overall story, but it's frustrating nonetheless. That said, the book was still a good story, with a believable setup for the post-melting US and realistic attitudes and motivations for all concerned parties.

      Sep 23, Matt Mazenauer rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Quick sci-fi read fans, Gould fans. Surprisingly quick read, it feels good to have a book really catch you - it's been a while for me. In fact, this probably gets an extra star just for how it broke my readers block, because in reality it has some pretty rough spots. The ludicrously unbelievable and sudden, and shoved-in romance is distracting, especially when compared with the more realistic sci-fi parts. Also, despite most of the action taking place in this futuristic floating city, I have no picture in my head of what the pla Surprisingly quick read, it feels good to have a book really catch you - it's been a while for me.

      Also, despite most of the action taking place in this futuristic floating city, I have no picture in my head of what the place looks like Lastly, the "quoting Shakespeare" quirk of the main character goes from sporadic to ominipresent towards the end. Like, several paragraphs per page of Shakespeare quotes. Good thing the bad guy's plan referred to Shakespeare as well, in the most obviously planted part of the whole book. Regardless of these problems, Gould nails an interesting portrait of a future world, which is the one part of the book fully thought out.

      And desite borrowing a little from tom Clancy's writing stlye in the sub action scenes, they, too, were pretty great. I'd recommend it mildly, only if you're really inthe mood for this sort of book, or perhaps are a big Gould fan - maybe his writing style is just particularly palatable to me, even the bad parts, though this is really nothing like Jumper. Apr 07, John Loyd rated it it was amazing. Blind Waves pages by Steven Gould. The ice caps have melted, sea level have risen by a hundred feet causing coastal cities to be flooded, massive numbers of refugees and the INS has become a branch of the military.

      The story starts with Patricia Beenan on a salvage mission finding a sunken ship with dozens of dead bodies. The story is a mystery, who were the victims in the ship and who killed them. Patricia in Blind Waves pages by Steven Gould. On one such operation, Patricia discovers the wreckage of a ship which has clearly been very recently sunk, and the holds of which contain, to her horror, dozens of bloated corpses.

      What's more, it is apparent that the types of shells used to down the vessel are standard INS ordnance in this waterlogged dystopia, the Immigration Service has become a highly powerful arm of the American military. Who are these unfortunate people, and why would our government have committed such an atrocity, if in fact they did?

      Patricia narrowly escapes being run down herself by an INS cutter, but just before the chase ensues, she manages to post a video clip of her awful discovery to the internet, which, in addition to almost every news media outlet in the world, brings INS Criminal Investigations officer Thomas Becket onto the scene. Incorruptible and stalwart, Becket has all of the noble ideals of his namesake, and so it's absolutely no surprise at all when Gould introduces an INS admiral who takes on the role of nemesis and tries to get Becket to cover up the case.

      It's also no surprise at all when Gould has Becket and Patricia fall in love almost instantaneously upon meeting — indeed, it's as if a voice bursts out of a P. But hey, it's an entertaining potboiler, and there's nothing wrong with those if you're in the mood, is there? Gould does make charming and likable characters out of his two leads, and you care about them enough as you follow their story that you're perfectly happy to throw up your hands and go with Gould's reliance on formula. Gould does a cool job of gradually unfolding the mystery of the sunken ship, too.

      And the introduction of such themes as racism and isolationism gives the story a respectability that helps to offset its more banal conventions. Blind Waves may not be Gould's best book, but it is one and this is most apropos, considering its subject matter to take to the beach.