Author: Dean M. Cole
Narrators: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
Length: 8h 50m
Publisher: CANDTOR Press
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?
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.
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
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.
This was such an entertaining adventure! The plot was intense, the characters very believable the narrators were excellent as well. I really enjoyed my time with it.
First part of the books focuses on what phenomenon generated the life extinction from Earth, but as well on the qualities and flaws of our main characters. While in space, Commander Angela Brown tries to understand the origin of a light wave that seems to cut communications with parts of the world. Stranded on the International Space Station, she struggles to survive with few supplies, hoping that someone will answer her radio messages.
On Earth, army aviator Vaughn Singleton cannot understand what could have possibly happened to cause the disappearance of humanity. Together with his astronaut buddy Mark, took part in an experimental fight. They were both (technically) in space at the time the world ended, which lucky for them – meant they survived the apocalypse. Shortly after, Mark is killed in an accident, so Vaughn must learn to survive on his own.
Until they come in contact with each other, we learn more about the characters. I was mentioning in the beginning that Angela and Vaughn are two people with their own issues, with their own flaws. The interesting part was how they both came to accept the loneliness and how they dealt with being the only survivors. When they finally find each other, the focus will be on bringing Angela home and for that, they combine their knowledge and hopes.
The intensity of the story follows a less than usual trend. We start in full action, we have a moment of accommodation, then another intensity spike. I loved that! The narration was exceptional, if not more! R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan were more than perfect for the roles. Their voice when in line with the excitement of the action and went even beyond that. Funny thing is this is exactly how I would have imagined Angela and Vaughn’s voices to sound like: one is kind and gentle, but determined, when situation asked, the other is a little rough around the edges but strong and brave as well.
This is the kind of book one can write pages about. It made me think about what we are doing to ourselves and to our planet and much more. If it were not for some chapters where I felt the action was dragged and my hope for hearing both narrators interact, I would have gone with my 5 stars. I cannot wait for the new book in the series! This was yet another great tour that I was lucky to be part of!
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