Friday, 30 June 2017

Solitute by Dean M. Cole Audiobook Tour and Giveaway!

Author: Dean M. Cole
Narrators: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
Length: 8h 50m
Publisher: CANDTOR Press
Genre: Sci-Fi

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?

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About the Author: 
Author, world traveler, and combat pilot turned commercial helicopter pilot Dean M. Cole writes from locales as remote as Equatorial Guinea and as romantic as Paris's Champs-Elysées with his trusty sidekick and beautiful wife, Donna. A combat veteran, he flew Apache Attack Helicopters in the US Army's First Cavalry Division. 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.
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About the Narrators:
From an early age Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS Voice Arts Award-winning audiobook narrator R.C. Bray despised reading. Truly hated it with a passion. 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

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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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Review:
This sees two separate stories being told, one by a woman who is stuck on a space station and one by the last man on earth, when the apocalypse happened! 

Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is testing a new invention and is disconnected from the planet with his friend, when they lose all communications with everyone. They have no clue what is happening and are stuck in the machine till they can manually open it, but air is running out quickly!! They eventually get out but Vaughn's friend is killed and he goes into a spiral of loneliness. During the lonely months, something niggles at Vaughn and he keeps thinking of the slogan "what can Brown do for you". He keeps thinking it's something important when suddenly he remembers something that the last person he talked to said. It clicks with him then and he remembers reading something about Commander Brown who is on the Space Station. He immediately tries to contact her to see if she is still alive. 

Then we have Commander Angela Brown who is on the International Space Station when she sees some sort of light moving across the globe. She is contacted by someone who tells her that anyone inside the ring of light seems to have disappeared. They can't contact anyone, and the ring of light is expanding. She is told to abandon the Space station with her co-workers and come back to earth in case it's an electronic failure, but things don't go her way and she is stranded up there by herself. Stuck in a space station that is slowly degrading and with dwindling supplies, Angela sends out a recording twice a day, every day. After months of nothing, she is resigned to her faith when she is contacted by someone named Vaughn. How will the last two people on earth reunite?

So this book was brilliant!! I absolutely flew through this and didn't want it to end. My heart was in my mouth the whole way through because I couldn't see how things could work out!! This author has such an amazing imagination!! You are brought into the apocalypse pretty much straight away and your attention is solely focused on the two characters and their journeys. I loved this because you easily become invested in both their stories and find yourself echoing each of their sentiments. My heart broke for both!! 

Plot wise, it's intriguing and scary too. Scary because of the epicenter of the light, that place freaks me out because of what it can do!!! The authors descriptive writing just made the whole story pop. The science behind it was easy to understand and believe and just made the story real. His characters development was amazing, considering both of them are alone for most of the time. I was blown away by his writing and this story. I'm thinking there will be more in this series because of the ending, and I seriously can't wait!!! This is definitely one of the best I've read so far this year. Brilliant. 

R.C Bray and Julia Whelan are two of the best in the business. R.C Bray is just amazing and really knows how to perform any book he reads. He never fails to deliver and always makes a book so much more enjoyable. As for Julia Whelan, she is equally amazing. She is easy to listen to and has an impressive array of tones and cadences. Both of them brought this book alive and I couldn't think of a better pair to narrate it. 

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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6 comments:

  1. Excellent review! I really enjoyed reading the review! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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    1. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the book. It's so good.

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  2. This is a really interesting premise!

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    1. Such a great book. I'm so looking forward to book 2.

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  3. I need to get into audio more.

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