When an unrelenting universe threatens to end Earth in an instant, one man could make a difference....
In a small North Carolina college town, a disillusioned math professor, Drew Bauer, discovers the sun is dying. His abandoned research could hold the key to survival, but he needs more information, and he needs help against the growing conspiracy to stop him. Trenton Smith, a sadistic billionaire who plans to sacrifice Earth for his own survival, attempts to isolate and control Drew. But Drew escapes with his engineer pal, Joe Sandusk. They plunge into a dangerous cross-country trip to a secret NASA facility where Drew falls for a scientist, Liza Maddox, whose uncertain loyalty could sabotage all their efforts. Almost out of time - and with Smith's forces closing in - Drew, Liza, and Joe race down the California coast to save the world.
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"Like ants in a glass farm..."
I listened to this book several days ago and am finding this review difficult. I received a complementary copy from the right's holder, via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review and it is not an easy task to give one when conflicted. So I guess I had best simply put forward a few observations.
Firstly, I really enjoyed the book. As a thriller, it was quite exciting on more than one front. Firstly, the task - save the world. Certainly something we'd all be rooting for and hope will succeed whatever the odds. Secondly the personal.- will our hero survive? If so, how, when so much is against him? And he was an amiable character I wanted to succeed.
Then there was the novel idea: a self depreciating physics professor caught up in the ultimate survival attempt. A very nice touch. And this, our hero, was also well defined, a three dimensional character
However,, even allowing for a very large bite of the suspension of disbelief belief cherry, the solutions proposed (sorry if I am vague, I don't want to give anything away) seem totally impossible. And the bad man Smith, and his ongoing actions, defies all credibility. I didn't much go for the instant love scene, either, given the gravity of the situation. But perhaps, here, I'm simply showing my prurience.
So, enjoyment tempered with total incredulity.
The author was also the narrator, often a mistake as the professionals can usually do it so much better. At first I found Mr. Swan's voice, pleasant though it was, too depressingly downbeat. But as the story continued, the voice seemed to fit the characterisations and his conversational dialogue was certainly good.
So, I am left with internal contradictions. Exciting, yes. Ultimately believable, no. But as I first stated, I did enjoy this book. You will need to read it yourself to make your own decisions. Sorry.
- Norma Miles