"The evening before, our people had walked down to the falls to see from this purity to the usual black oil and muddy cream and soapsuds where once there had been a clean river and clear blue ocean. But on the fateful morning they were awakened by strange sounds and mighty clamor from the direction of the town—motor horns, gunshots, hooters, wailing sirens—a fearful racket my mother called it—and all hastened to the falls to look.
"What they saw was a pink river far below, and beyond that a pink ocean all the way to the edge of the world, and motorcars dashing hither and thither in the town to crash and smash, and distant screams; it was a madness. And then as suddenly all was still.
"It was your mother's father, a man wise about all life, who raised his right hand then and cried, THE GREAT LORD ALGA HAS STRUCK AT LAST, and all the others from both sides of the lake cried after him, The Great Lord Alga. But his was the first voice, and he was the Lord's interpreter."
"A shrewd, unsetting post-Doomsday tale." —Kirkus Reviews
A NOVEL OF THE FUTURE
RED TIDE DESTROYS MILLIONS OF FISH ALONG SEACOAST...
such were the headlines in American newspapers at the very time the hard-bound edition of this remarkable novel appeared. Subtitled, "A Novel of the Future," David Walker's THE LORD'S PINK OCEAN seemed to be coming true in the very present. But the "red tide" of mutated algae slowly went away—that year. But will it come again? Soon?
Such, as the Columbus Dispatch wrote, is the "ultra-topical" background of this fine novel. It is the story of two feuding families isolated in the last fertile valley of North America after the world's oceans have turned toxic and the lands grey with total death. David Walker, author of the bestseller Geordie, is truly, in the words of the New York Times, "an engaging storyteller."