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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While I might compare this to The Martian (which I absolutely loved, FYI) -- Tom Abrahams' SpaceMan was different. Where in The Martian he was stranded on Mars because of a storm, this story follows an astronaut who is aboard the International Space Station when a massive CME (coronal mass ejection) plunges the station into darkness.
The narration for SpaceMan was done by the amazing Kevin Pierce, who kills it as always. I've said it a bunch of times, but he really has the perfect Post-Apocalyptic voice. I was so pleased to find out that Pierce and Abrahams were teaming up again for this book (and hopefully series). Pierce is able to provide the perfect narration to Abrahams writing style.
The story itself, as with all of Abrahams' stories was perfect. The pacing and writing just flowed so effortlessly. I put this audiobook on last night and wanted to listen for a half hour or so -- I ended up listening for almost 2 hours. And even today, I couldn't put it down. Listening on my way to work, on my lunch break, and any other time I could find time.
The combination of a Post-Apocalyptic world and astronauts is such a fresh and unique point of view, I couldn't get enough. Thankfully, there will be more -- with Descent being written as the next story in this series. Also, if you're curious -- the entire story does not take place in space. You also get to meet his wife and child and a few other people who are around the family. The back and forth from space to Earth was also really different and made the book feel that much more real.
The main character, Clayton, made me laugh numerous times throughout. The way that he kept himself from freaking out or from losing it was so humorous (I won't ruin it here, just know it's funny). And the ability to make a person laugh when the person they are reading about is in a dire situation is a rare commodity.
Overall, the fresh take on post-apocalyptic fiction -- mixed with the humorous main character make SpaceMan an incredibly enjoyable book, and honestly easily a contender for the best book I've read this year (out of 150+).
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I enjoyed the book more when the scenes were taking place on Earth. Kevin did another outstanding job. I'm interested to see how the next book unfolds. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
This was not the standard Post Apocalyptic Tale where a CME(coronal mass ejection) happens and the lights go out. The lights do go out but it starts in space at the International Space Station. That is what made this the most enjoyable. It added a whole new element to the normal story of the end of the world.
My favorite character was Clayton. He was an American engineer astronaut when the event happens and he wants to save the 2 others with him and get home to his family on earth. That is some deep blue hero stuff right there.
Kevin Pierce knocked it out of the park again. He should be a national treasure for this genre. He brings a story to life like no other person can. I have picked up audio books based entirely on the fact that he is the narrator. He is just that good.
When Clayton was going outside the station to try and see if the others were alive and he missed his hook up to the next connection and was floating free from the station. I was utterly terrified for him.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
Wow, what an amazing story and it marries two of my favorite sci-fi scenarios, being stranded in space and a post-apocalyptic thriller. Clayton Shepard and two fellow astronauts are docked at the International Space Station when a catastrophic solar blast hits the earth, taking the entire planet “off grid” and deals a fair amount of damage to the space station and its inhabitants. The story builds just enough tension in the space odyssey segment and then switches gears and paints a pretty terrifying picture of what’s transpiring at the same time on earth.
Clayton Shepard’s wife Jackie has been holding down the fort at home when the apocalypse hits and she’s no wallflower when the going gets tough Jackie gets tougher and her only priorities are keeping her family together and reuniting with Clayton. Even though the connection between Clayton and Jackie is told strictly through flashbacks, the strength of their bond is undeniable.
My favorite character in the book is Nikki, my shero, look up the word kick ass and her picture should be there! This is one woman you want on your side in the apocalypse. This Audiobook has stellar writing and great supporting characters that you care about, I can’t wait for the next installment.
If you’ve ever listened to a Tom Abrahams audiobook, chances are you’ve heard Kevin Pierce narrating and there’s a reason, he’s one of the best, especially in the sci-fi genre. You know you’re going to get a first-rate audio production and he’s that rare narrator who does an outstanding job fully voicing all of the characters, you never get lost wondering who’s talking, each character is distinct and Kevin Pierce makes it sound so effortless.
Buy or credit this book is a definite add to your library!
This audiobook was given to me to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review, thanks, Audiobook Boom!
A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
“Sapaceman” by Tom Abrahams is a distinctive blending of various space-based survival movies such as “Gravity” and “The Martian” with additional apocalyptic or dystopian storylines happening back on Earth. The book was interesting and entertaining; however, I could not find anything that was truly new or different from others in the survival genre. The book is wonderfully narrated by the renown Kevin Pierce having nearly 300 narrated books to his name on Audible. Be aware this book is also the first in a series of books. It ends with many of the story’s plots unanswered along with a few cliff-hangers so if you enjoy it, be ready to dive into the rest of the series if you want all the answers. On a side note, if you enjoy disaster/apocalyptic stories along with Mr. Pierce’s narration, make sure to check out the Disruption series by R. E. McDermott; you will not be disappointed.
The story opens in a very breathtaking way, like the movie “Gravity”, 249 miles above our big blue planet with astronauts servicing equipment when the unimaginable occurs. A large blast of solar magnetic radiation crates an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) wreaking havoc not only for the astronauts, but the entire population below. In a split-second Clayton Shepard’s life is turned upside down and he needs to discover a way of surviving alone and ultimately get back to earth reuniting with his family. This becomes a life or death challenge with nearly all communications severed due to the solar storm. The author does an excellent job of creating tension and emotional effect and his characters are well developed. One example was Clayton’s drive to bring back the bodies of his friends instead of leaving them to the coldness of space. His actions often revealed his selflessness even when his own life was at risk.
The book shifts between Clayton’s efforts of survival to events taking place on the planet where everyone, including his family, begins to realize the serious nature created by the solar event. No electricity, no cellphone service, no law, and airplanes falling out of the sky keeping people busy and the story’s level of action and excitement always peeked near maximum. People quickly begin to form groups whom they feel they can trust, but this becomes a harder thing to do as conditions worsen. People quickly realize they do not know everything they believed about even their own neighbors. With the lack of communication, people on Earth do not know what happened and things becomes more understood as the book unravels.
The author either knows about his subject matter or he did a good job of researching it. I did not have to suspend belief as with many other books where they wanted more flash and flair than substance. For me, this made the book more realistic and enjoyable. One thing that I would have liked to have seen less of would have been the author’s many references to more modern or past events, trivia, or humor; the book takes place in 2020 so not that much in the distant future, but they seemed to pull me out of the story. I also thought the author did a disservice with some of his representation of religious people in this book, it may change in later titles in the series. The story at one point covers what would best be described as a mob fringe cult, however the author portrays them as nearly all people who hold such religious beliefs.
It will be no surprise to those who know the narrative works of Kevin Pierce that this is another professionally recorded audiobook. As with all the material I have listened to of his, he does an outstanding job with this book. He easily narrates both male and female characters without incident. His reading is clear and reading pace is just right.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
I love sci-fi and fantasy. Addicted to audiobooks!
I've read many apocalypse-style books, and many start to sound the same after awhile. Spaceman by Tom Abrahams is not one of those. With a unique take on the genre, Spaceman tells the story of an Astronaut - Clayton Shepard - trying to get back to Earth after a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) knocks out all power on the International Space Station.
To add to the tension, the CME has also knocked the Earth back to the Stone Age - at least to some extent. The link between NASA and the ISS is broken, and Clayton Shepard is completely on his own.
Throughout the book, we also get to follow the troubles back on Earth as we see Shepard's family and friends struggle to come to terms with their newfound reality.
The first in a series, Spaceman does not disappoint. Good writing and excellent narration by Kevin Pierce bring this story to life. It was a real "page-turner" - I stayed up late just to finish it. I was voluntarily provided a review copy of the audiobook, but would not have hesitated to spend a credit on it. Really well done!
Love? Not sure that is the word, but I did enjoy some of the technically correct aspects of the story. The reactions of the earthbound folks seem somewhat over the top, but that is not surprising, given the precept of the overall story.
The Martian, and most EMP related dystopian novels.
Any of the space scenes were entertaining.
Moved? The scene at the truck stop was interesting.
Not a bad offering, on balance. Derivate to be sure, and certainly fits the genre, but Kevin P does his usual fine job of performing, and clearly the author has done some research.
I did obtain my copy of this book in exchange for an objective review.
The story never slowed down it was sit on the front of the seat and hope and pray for the family, well everyone involved but you really get invested in the family.
The science part of the sci fi is there it is not too overwhelming, I never felt lost in the definitions.
I love that you are seeing what happens with each group separately simultaneously with the other groups. Each faces unique things to overcome.
When Clayton is talking to himself and realizes that he is but keeps doing it. But I tend to need to talk to myself for intelligent conversation.
When she is at the guard shack talking to someone finding out what is happening (she hopes) to her husband in space.
I really wish I had noticed part 1 of a series. Left me waiting wondering what will happen to Clayton Shepard but also the world. I was gifted this book for a honest review.
I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.
I found this book very unique. Loved the story and the writing style. Fast paced and easy to listen to. I was never bored. Always love a different take on post apocalyptic books. Very enjoyable.
Kevin Pierce is a favorite of mine. He is always perfect for this genre. Wonderful performance.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Always searching for that next great adventure to dive into... preferably while society collapses and all hell is breaking loose!
Originally I was worried that this novel would ONLY be about how astronauts would survive in space during chaotic times. Luckily the author did an amazing job piecing together the struggles of some incredible characters on Earth along with the brilliantly researched struggles an astronaut might face on the ISS.
As a CME knocks out the critical infrastructure on Earth, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station tries to figure out how to get back to his family FROM SPACE!! Meanwhile on Earth, planes are falling from the sky, food is running scarce, and family members are trying to get back home.
The writing is fantastic, as is par for the course in any on Tom Abrahams' series! Kevin Pierce really brings the characters to life! I only stopped listening to get some sleep and immediately continued to the very end when I woke. Can't wait to continue the series!
* This audiobook was provided to me at no cost by the author, narrator or publisher, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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