In the heady, slow-burning sci-fi adventure Superflare, the planet Earth has just been scorched by seemingly endless days of devastating radiation from space and the only survivors are a bunch of cave-diving scientists and a plucky astronomer and his crew. The two motley groups join forces and attempt to cross the notoriously unforgiving Sonoran desert in the American Southwest, while expounding on their own scientific and life theories along the way. Narrated with palpable enthusiasm for the unfolding critical journey by Brian D’eon.
A solar eruption bakes the Earth in lethal radiation for 10 days. In the American Southwest, the only survivors are a group of spelunking scientists, and an astronomer’s entourage who had the foresight to hide in the abandoned mines of Bisbee, Arizona. In need of food, supplies and water, the two groups undertake a perilous trek across the rugged beauty of the unpeopled Sonoran desert.
This one starts off not too bad ... perhaps the author was inspired by One Second After? The whole EMP thing - this time by solar flare - is getting real old. When the sun burps for a few days, it appears everyone but our intrepid crew in the mines is killed. Not only that, their are no bodies. What's up with that? Where did they all go? If you're hoping for an explanation, you're outta luck. Actually, if you're hoping for a plot, you're really SOL. After our little band of adventurers comes up for air, that's pretty much it. Oh, there are HOURS of misogynistic philosphy lectures, mostly by the Frenchman - and a few made me laugh. The only redeeming grace of this story was the low price. It feels like the author has some writing ability, but this is a very tentative work indeed. The narrator was fine. Can't recommend.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The premise of this novel is good. I was looking forward to a good survival tale. This is a rip off! The author spends hours describing every scientific theory and thought. Then he goes on about art, dragon flies mating, butterflies etc.. The thought of every character is described ad nauseum. nothing relevent to the premise is dealt with. Why are all human life extinguished by radiation but all other life survived. Birds and frogs are most sensitive to solar disturbance, but here nature is beautiful and earth has cleansed itself. Do not waste your time
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This audiobook was lacking in two major areas: story and performance. The story was dragging right from the beginning. I think of the first chapter or two to be like the first act of a movie. It should be broad and set-up the premise of the rest of the book. Unless you are a very gifted author like Tolkien, you should focus on setting up the story before delving into minutiae. Alec Sand has a great concept for a story, but I could not get to it. The second problem, the performance, became abundantly more annoying in the second chapter. The chapter has two Eurotrash pseudo-journalists hanging out at bars trying to pick up chicks. The performance made it impossible to differentiate between the two characters. To make it worse, the accents he gave them made it seem more like a Saturday Night Live skit. After an hour and a half of this, I can't take it anymore. I am going to delete this from my MP3 player. I feel like I wasted a perfectly good Audible credit on this junk. Goodbye Superflare!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I thought this was a dreadful book. It is not what I call science fiction, perhaps I have missed the point but the cover and description led me to believe this would be a classic post apocalyptic facing adversity story and it isn't.
The superflare certainly happens and the 2 groups survive by being underground.
The rest of the book is mainly one of the characters talking endlessly about the neediness of women and sex. I fast forwarded part of the book and this was only about an hour and a half into it. One of the characters was droning on about picking up women in bars it wasn't interesting or funny; the first couple of minutes I could accept if it had been relevant it's just that it went on and on and on.
Later I was so bored listening to the same man going on about exactly the same stuff and sometimes even speaking the same dialogue used earlier in the book that i fast forwarded more to get passed him speaking.
If the characters actually crossed a desert it must have been quick because I missed it completely and then when the 2 groups finally meet the book ends. I have given it 1 out of 5 because I can't give it a zero rating. I would like my money back on this one!