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Adrian follows up his 2001 novel, Gob's Grief, with another blend of fantasy and straightforward fiction. Although Adrian boasts an impressive r?sum?, having just finished his pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and now matriculated at Harvard Divinity School, his newest attempt fails to impress. That said, the premise is wonderfully imaginative: a children's hospital is the only building intact after a massive flood, and everyone who was inside before the storm survives and is now floating above seven miles of water. The patients, parents, doctors, and others must then form a new community inside the destruction and in the face of impending doom. Throw in a few supernatural occurrences, and you have a novel riddled with biblical references and philosophical musings, which would be intriguing if Adrian had allowed readers to indulge in the wonders of this idea. Instead, he spends too much time trying to wow us with medical jargon, which slows the pace. Sadly, not recommended. Stephen Morrow, Columbus, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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