By Peter Watts
Lenie Clarke-rifter, avenger, amphibious deep-sea cyborg-has destroyed the area. as soon as exploited for her mental dependancy to harmful environments, she emerged within the wake of a nuclear blast to serve up vendetta from the sea ground. The horror she unleashed-an old, apocalyptic microbe referred to as ßehemoth- has been unfastened on the planet for part a decade now, devouring the biosphere from the ground up. North the USA 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 was known 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 rating to settle.
But she has discovered whatever meanwhile: she destroyed the realm for a fallacy.
Now, cowering on the backside of the Atlantic Ocean, rifters and the technoindustrial "corpses" who created them conceal from an international in its demise throes. yet they can't conceal endlessly: whatever is monitoring them, down among the lightless cliffs and ditchs of the Midatlantic Ridge. the results of earlier 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 continues to be Lenie Clarke. there'll be results for somebody who will get in her way-and worse ones, might be, if she succeeds. . . .
ßehemoth: ß-Max is the 1st of 2 volumes. the tale will finish in ßehemoth: Seppuku.
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