Eventide, Water City

Soho Crime (The Water City Trilogy, Bk. 2). Jul. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781641294317. $27.95. SF
Eight years ago, Akira Kimura saved the world by faking that a meteor was about to destroy it—and that she had the solution. Now she’s dead, and so is the daughter who killed her. Or are they? The nameless antihero of McKinney’s series believes that both geniuses always had aces up their sleeves, and after all, he knew them best. As much as he remembers anything correctly, now that he’s pushing 90 and his memory is failing. But Akira manipulated him once, and does so still, predicting everyone’s behavior except her old friend’s stubborn determination to save his own daughter at all costs—no matter what Akira and her daughter might try to convince him to believe. This fast-paced, noir-ish follow-up to Midnight, Water City is a propulsive thriller filled with cinematic scenes. As this near-future Earth is threatened with destruction yet again, one man struggles against the tide with everything he has, never certain whether he’s fighting for or against the doom that awaits the world.
VERDICT Recommended for those who love sci-fi thrillers and near-future postapocalyptic wild rides.
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