When Sam hears that the storms along Scotland's east coast, there's only one thing he wants to do - catch the surf. Missing out is not an option. Taking his board out to sea is full of risk. The storms are even heavier than Sam expects and he doesn't escape unscathed. Nor do the local towns and beaches which are left battered, damaged and covered in the detritus of the sea, including some rather strange looking rocks the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. It becomes clear that the local councils will need help in tidying up and the Surfers Against Sewage step forward to restore normality. In the storm's aftermath, however, there are a series of unusual events. First of all, there are the missing dogs, followed closely by the disappearence of some young children who were last seen playing on the sand. Not to mention the unusual noises that have been keeping people awake at night. Talk on the streets of Dunbar is that it's Black Agnes returned to take revenge. Others fear environmental catastrophe. Still more cite ancient visions of the end of the world. Fusing elements of crime fiction, science fiction and adventure stories, this is a book that entertains and stimulates thought in one exciting read. "I would recommend to all." Johnny_S "A compelling tale. Highly recommended!" Ignite, Amazon Top 500 reviewer "Aesop is applauding." AJ Hayes "Atmospheric sci-fi." Nicola Millsread more
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Not sure whether this should be called a series of interconnected short stories or a novella, but in any case, Bird uses it to promote an environmental message. Actually, I found the story, concerning the mysterious disappearance on the Scottish coast of dogs, children, and adults to be more compelling than the ultimate message. Bird has a knack for creating out-of-kilter characters who are fun to watch, and the Scottish setting is very well done--at least it adds an element of exotica for this American reader! There is a nice bit of John Wyndham type science fiction here as well.read more
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