Series: Dimension Space Book 1
Author: Dean M. Cole
Narrators: R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan
Publication Date: April 3, 2017
From the publisher—
Earth’s last man discovers that the last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed novels, you’ll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.
Can humanity’s last two unite?
Separated by the gulf of space, the last man and woman of the human race struggle against astronomical odds to survive and unite.
Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is a highly intelligent, lazy man. After a last-ditch effort to reignite his failing military career ends horribly, Vaughn becomes the only human left on Earth.
Stranded alone on the International Space Station, Commander Angela Brown watches an odd wave of light sweep across the planet. Over the next weeks and then months, Angela struggles to contact someone on the surface, but as she fights to survive aboard a deteriorating space station, the commander glimpses the dark underpinnings of humanity’s demise.
After months alone, Vaughn discovers there is another. Racing against time, he must cross a land ravaged by the consequences of humankind’s sudden departure.
Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela – the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity’s disappearance – survive until he does?
I have to say I expected to like Solitude but I didn’t expect to be so wrapped up in it that I stayed up all night to listen to it. I literally couldn’t sleep till I knew what was going to happen in the next 30 minutes and the next and the next. I’m usually content to play an audiobook while I’m in the car running errands and then again the next time I go out but that was not going to happen with this one.
There’s not a lot I can say without running afoul of spoilers so I’ll just hit the high points. Solitude has been compared to a few movies, The Martian, Gravity and I Am Legend, the latter because of the last man aspect, not because of the vampires. The comparisons are not illogical but the kicker here is that we have the supposed last man on earth and the stranded astronaut in the same story and that increased the tension a hundredfold.
Another highlight is that, in most post-apocalyptic stories, the few people we care about have to cope with scavengers and killers but, this time, Vaughn knows he’s the last man so he has no worries other than where he’ll find the next bottle of beer and can of beans…and, of course, the knowledge that he’ll probably go crazy with such total aloneness. He’s especially affected by what happened to his mother and his friend, Mark. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Vaughn, Angela is slowly starving to death on the space station and running a hopeless radio loop looking for someone, anyone. Granted, there are quite a few helpful coincidences but, then, that’s true in a lot of science fiction, particularly of the apocalyptic sort.
The structure of this book alternates between Vaughn and Angela and the narrators, as you might expect, do a great job with this. Both R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan have well-deserved excellent reputations as narrators and they most certainly did not disappoint with their clear tones, perfect pacing and their evocation of emotions. They had a great deal to do with my love of this book and my high anticipation of the next one. In the meantime, Solitude is going on my list of favorite books read in 2017.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, June 2017.
About the Author
License to kill revoked by the government, he traded in his attack helicopter for one of the transport ilk. When not weaving tales of alien apocalypse and redemption, he spends his days flying terrestrial aliens in IFOs (Identified Flying Objects) known as helicopters. No longer authorized to dispatch aliens he settles for dropping them off at oil rigs around the globe.
On the six months of time off his paying job affords, author, biker, and fellow Sci-Fi geek Dean M. Cole travels with his wife, builds airplanes and custom choppers, and writes his next tale of the apocalypse.
About the Narrators
And audiobooks? Even worse. Those were for people too lazy to read (not to be confused with those like himself who didn’t want to read to begin with).
R.C. eventually got older and wiser (he was always good-looking) and eschewing his capricious convictions fell head-over-heels with reading. Not just to learn words like “eschew” and “capricious” so he could use them in a bio line, but because someone was actually going to give him money to do it.
Note: R.C.’s gorgeous wife and three beautiful children begged him not to make this his official bio. Clearly he misunderstood.
Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.
After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.
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