Midnight,Water City By Chris McKinney

Scifi noir, seacscrapers, asteroids, lefe extension machines, puzzles, and a ton of other interesting elements that continue to bubble up from deep….Wow!


Year 2142: Earth is forty years past a near-collision with the asteroid Sessho-seki. Akira Kimura, the scientist responsible for eliminating the threat, has reached heights of celebrity approaching deification. But now, Akira feels her safety is under threat, so after years without contact, she reaches out to her former head of security, who has since become a police detective.

When he arrives at her deep-sea home and finds Akira methodically dismembered, this detective will risk everything–his career, his family, even his own life–and delve back into his shared past with Akira to find her killer. With a rich, cinematic voice and burning cynicism, Midnight, Water City is both a thrilling neo-noir procedural and a stunning exploration of research, class, climate change, the cult of personality, and the dark sacrifices we are willing to make in the name of progress.

Now for the review:

Midnight, Water City was a thoroughly imaginitive and easy to be engaged in read for me. This artistic take on a possible future earth reality was full of uniqueness. When it starts, we are quickly descending to the ocean floor with the main character.

Reaching the depths, not to sneak into some secret experimental base, or, to find an ancient magical alien artifact, nope, just to check on a friend. A friend who is remembered as a savior, after an effort to save the planet from a hurtling, icy chunk of angry rock, unexpectedly succeeds. So, it’s a house, underwater, as are most homes and apartments, after the flooding, and the decline off the planets air quality, were resulting from side effects of saving the earth.

He had become somewhat worried, and wanted to make sure she was okay The gritty old man, retired from a security career that entailed personally keeping his friend, and previous employer safe from the many threats that might arise when your humanity’s most famous, and powerful person to have ever lived,

I was able to get an early audiobook of this through the LibroFM ARC program (offers copies in exchange for honest reviews) I somehow snuck into. Very cool to get an early listen, as I’ve not seen mention of this anywhere. Being an audiobook, I definitely would be remiss in neglecting to give a shout out to Richard Ferrone, who did a great job as narrator for this book, well done!

Unique, original, with a far in the future, SF mystery noir that pushed genre boundaries and entertained all my moods while satisfying my urge to be lifted out of my daily existence and into the realm of awe.
I could say that as far as relations to other comparable titles, Stormblood by Jeremy Szal would be a good match, especially when comparing the two audiobook editions. Not because the content, but for the feel, and that includes the narrators. Midnight, Water City and Stormblood are voiced with strong, on the raspy side of things that held the story and brought the people to life.

Thank you for visiting my site and checking out the review for Midnight, Water City. I was provided a review copy through the LibroFM ALC program in exchange for a fair review. Take care out there everyone.

About the Author

Chris McKinney was born and raised in Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu. He has written six novels, including The Tattoo and The Queen of Tears, a coauthored memoir, and the screenplays for two feature films and two short films. He is the winner of the Elliot Cades Award and seven Ka Palapala Po’okela Awards and has been appointed Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.


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