‘…As a weapon it could be even more effective than a neutron bomb.’
‘…You may recall that was designed to minimise any material damage while killing the humans on the battlefield, but this water seems to manage all of that together with the effective seizing up of any industrial plant without apparently damaging it.’
‘…Let’s toast, the perfect weapon.’
Still Water may be fiction but any threat to our water is very real – the book ends with a conservationist refrain – ‘We are all downstream!’
It is Professor Groves, advisor to the UKs new Foreign Secretary, who punctuates the action by setting out the issues with some clarity;
General Goncharenko, a retired KGB man, explains how the still water can be applied as a weapon;
But it is the Professor who best highlights the crisis that this still water will accelerate.