By Peter Watts
Lenie Clarke-rifter, avenger, amphibious deep-sea cyborg-has destroyed the area. as soon as exploited for her mental habit to risky environments, she emerged within the wake of a nuclear blast to serve up vendetta from the sea ground. The horror she unleashed-an historical, apocalyptic microbe known as ßehemoth- has been unfastened on this planet for part a decade now, devouring the biosphere from the ground up. North the US lies in ruins underneath the thumb of an all-powerful psychopath. electronic monsters have taken Clarke's identify, wreaking havoc during the decimated remnants of anything that used to be referred to as web. Governments have fallen around the globe; warlords and suicide cults upward push from the ashes, pledging fealty to the Meltdown Madonna. All simply because 5 years in the past, Lenie Clarke had a ranking to settle.
But she has discovered anything meanwhile: she destroyed the area for a fallacy.
Now, cowering on the backside of the Atlantic Ocean, rifters and the technoindustrial "corpses" who created them cover from an international in its demise throes. yet they can't conceal perpetually: whatever is monitoring them, down among the lightless cliffs and ditchs of the Midatlantic Ridge. the results of previous acts achieve inexorably in the direction of the very backside of the realm, and Lenie Clarke needs to eventually confront the mess she made.
Redemption does not come effortless with the blood of a global in your palms. yet even after 5 years in purgatory, Lenie Clarke remains to be Lenie Clarke. there'll be results for somebody who will get in her way-and worse ones, possibly, if she succeeds. . . .
ßehemoth: ß-Max is the 1st of 2 volumes. the tale will finish in ßehemoth: Seppuku.
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A gull flew across his field of view, open-beaked. Lubin thought his ruined ears might have heard a faint, tinny bird-scream, but maybe that was his imagination. He heard very little these days, beyond a distant ringing that seemed to come from the other side of the world. The sky. Somehow, he must have made it. He remembered hanging in the water like a torn mass of seaweed, unable to scream, unable to move without screaming. His body must have been instantly transformed into one continuous bruise.
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