The Flood

By Maggie Gee

In this apocalyptic novel by means of Maggie Gee, President Bliss is dealing with a tough scenario with accepted brio, yet after months of ceaseless rain the town is sinking less than the floods. the wealthy are secure on excessive flooring, however the bad are becoming damper of their packed tower blocks, and the fanatical "Last Days" sect is recruiting millions. . . The government--eager to distract recognition from a overseas struggle it has waged--announces a awesome urban Gala. yet now not even television astrologer Davey Lucas can expect the intense climax that ensues.

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