When a dolphin leaps and dives, she punctures the surface of the world and makes a ring of water. This ring spreads outward until it mixes its peaks and vales with the ocean waves.
The change is infinitesimal. The change is real.
About Come the Eventide
A century has passed since the fall of humanity changed the natural landscape. The oceans are poison, and a fraction of Earth’s magnificent creatures remain. The only surviving humans squabble over limited resources as they cling to a fragile peace. Yet in this bleak landscape hope lives on in Earth’s other intelligent life. It all begins when Septielle, a seven-armed octopod, has a vision of a world restored—a world she will not live to see. Inspired by her vision, a dolphin named Muriel shoulders her mission and enlists any humans who will listen—including Anadare, a young islander with an ax to grind against the oppressive ruling class of tourists turned bureaucrats. An invasion of cannibalistic pirates complicates things as they declare war on a world that rejects them.
As tensions rise to a crescendo, islanders, tourists, and pirates alike must put aside their differences to send Muriel on her greatest journey yet—beyond the sea, beyond form, beyond time itself.
In his first novel, Chris Riker conducts an opus in voce giocoso that grins at the inevitable, but reminds us of the heart that all life shares.
Praise For Come the Eventide
“Come the Eventide is an interesting book set in the future – where mankind has destroyed our home (plant Earth) and are struggling to survive in a landscape that is hard to imagine. This is a topic that hits home especially now as we see our planet suffer from our actions. All of the ways that humans destroyed our planet are still alive and present after the catastrophic events – greed, jealousy and inequity, as it seems we tend not to learn from our past mistakes. The story is told from two viewpoints – humans and animals.”
“An original and unique novel of life after the destruction caused by humans. Humans, dolphins, and octopodes work together for survival. Told from all characters POV, whether human, dolphin or…I love any books that relate to water and ecology and the creatures that live there. I was entranced, enthralled, disgusted and horrified, tense and frightened, hopeful and dismayed.I didn’t see the twist in Chapter 14, but it makes perfect sense. And I love it. I read Come Eventide by Chris Riker in one sitting…because I had to know. I read slower than normal, not wanting to miss a thing. I had to concentrate to follow and be surprised.”
“Come the Eventide by Chris Riker was a brilliant read that combined many different genre elements into a beautiful and entertaining story. At first I was worried I would get confused will all the different plot elements, but they all fit together perfectly like a puzzle with no loose strings left behind. Overall I loved this book and I really liked the character Anadare.”
“Chris Riker gathers all readers together in this book to explore where we are at in our mindset about the environment. He brings to us a fantasy story that goes into great depths of the human race and their roles that they can play in making a difference. This book did a great job in exploring this topic and it does make you think about what we can do more to change our mindset and what we think about the environment. This includes perhaps envisioning a different world altogether. The writing and imagery helped exhibit his exceptional writing style. The storyline flows very nicely in this book and I enjoyed a good balance between guessing and finding answers! Overall, this book is one I would recommend to readers who share a passion for caring for our earth and inspiring themselves and others to do the same”.
“Come the Eventide by Riker is a brilliant take on an apocalyptic world. However, one cannot classify this book as being merely dystopic. The book has elements of hope, positivity, and dreams, despite the digressed world that the characters find themselves in. Septielle and Anadare stand out amongst all the characters, and are the most endearing of the lot. The narration is engaging and the pace is gripping. I just couldn’t believe this was Riker’s debut novel.”
“Come the Eventide by Chris Riker was a well written book that takes place after the fall of humanity, yet the book is not depressing like the Walking Dead and other end of the world media that drags on with no end in sight. Rather, this book is filled with hope that stays true even in the face of the ruling class and cannibalistic pirates. I loved how the role the ocean creatures and humans played in this book!”
Mr. Riker’s imagination of how he sees the Earth in the near future was fascinating. There are some twists in the story I did not see coming. I would recommend it for readers who are interested and / or passionate about climate change and seeing the possible side effects of what will the world look like in the future. I would be interested in seeing what the next book written by Chris Riker would be like.