What Goes Around Comes Around
by Alexander Bugaev, Ellen Alexander
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Pub Date 31 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 08 Feb 2024
"What Goes Around Comes Around" is a riveting tale of high-stakes exploration and unforeseen consequences set against the backdrop of the dangerous and mysterious Red Sea.
The story follows Alex, a dedicated marine biologist with a unique affinity for the sea and its mysterious depths. A series of mysterious deaths in the vicinity of the small town of Obock, Djibouti draws Alex and his team into the perilous waters of the Red Sea, where they discover an unimagined world teeming with secrets and unknown dangers.
Among the coral gardens and shipwrecks, Alex and his team discover a series of underwater caves housing a peculiar species of octopuses, later named 'Octopus sapiens.' What sets these octopuses apart is their apparent high intelligence and a strange ability to influence human minds, a trait that gradually reveals itself as the fatal factor causing the mysterious deaths.
Their investigation takes a dramatic turn when they uncover the presence of a radiation-contaminated container on the seafloor, responsible for the accelerated growth and intellectual development of these octopuses. The increasing radioactivity poses a dire threat not just to the marine life but to the team as well, leading to a nerve-wracking race against time as they struggle to find a solution.
Simultaneously, the story explores the ethical and moral dilemmas that arise from this discovery, especially when it's revealed that these octopuses require high levels of radiation to exist and multiply. The revelation of these advanced species and their potential risk to human life propels the world into an unprecedented predicament, pushing the boundaries of international diplomacy, and raising existential questions about the perils of uncontrolled scientific development and environmental abuse.
Packed with suspense, marine science, ethical dilemmas, and geopolitical tension, "What Goes Around Comes Around" combines the thrills of underwater adventure with thoughtful commentary on our responsibility towards the planet and its lesser-known inhabitants. Will Alex and his team manage to contain the octopus menace? Can humanity navigate
this new challenge? These questions and more unfold in this thrilling marine adventure.
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Average rating from 6 members
I love the ocean and think it’s a terrifying place, so this book does a great job in using the marine biology and being able to explore the depths. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and thought it worked with the story being told. I loved the adventure going on and being able to read this book and characters.
Packed with suspense, ethical reflections, and geopolitical tension, this marine adventure skillfully blends underwater thrills with thoughtful commentary on humanity's responsibility to the planet and its diverse inhabitants. In this riveting narrative, "What Goes Around Comes Around" explores the delicate balance between scientific progress and environmental preservation, leaving readers on the edge, questioning our impact on the world's lesser-known ecosystems.