Clayton Shepard is 249 miles above Earth when the lights go out.
He has no communication, limited power, and an unbreakable will to survive.
His one goal: find his way back to his family.
Shepard is an astronaut on his first mission to the International Space Station.
When a violent blast of solar magnetic radiation leaves him stranded in orbit, he's forced to use his wit and guile to find a way home.
He has no idea what he'll find when he gets there.
SpaceMan is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian tale that tells the survival story of a man and the family he left behind. It's written with the help of former astronauts, NASA team members, and well-respected astrophysicists that give SpaceMan a unique sense of detail and desperation.
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"Tell me this is a dream."
The International Space Station is at half strength and two of the three astronauts are outside conducting emergency repairs when it is caught up in unexpectedly violent magnetic storm. So begins the nightmare for Clayton Shepherd, the one man left aboard. With all communication lost, he cannot tell if his companions are still alive, has no way to seek help from Houston, or even know what might be happening on Earth below him, and to his family there. For a short while he will be safe - but not for long.
This is a remarkable reworking of the often-too-similar (even if excellent) post apocalyptic stories which tend to follow small groups of people battling to survive over time as the situations worsen and social breakdown as well as hunger force people into ever increasing barbarism. Instead, this book concentrates on Shepherd's dilemma in his isolation as his space station hurtles onward at five miles per second, and the experiences of his wife and two children caught up in the aftermath of the coronal mass ejection back on Earth. And it covers only the first few hours. The characters are fully three dimensional and the whole scenario feels very real. The confusion felt, the pain of loss and fear for loved ones who cannot be contacted is palpable whist the decisions made by the astronaut of only ten weeks experience are real hold your breath stuff. Kevin Pierce's narration adds to the feeling of verisimilitude, his impeccable reading, his distinctive voicing of the various protagonists and his perfect pacing of the book make this a superb performance, no histrionics just solid story telling.
My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of Spaceman, via Audiobook Boom.. It was well written, informative, unusual, very exciting and perfectly narrated. Although complete in itself, there is ample room for another, continuing story and I will definitely be looking out for it. An excellent book and one I have no hesitation in recommending
- Norma Miles
One for the newbies?