Clayton Shepard is 249 miles above Earth when the lights go out....
All he wants is peace. All he finds is war. Marcus Battle is a wanted man. No matter where he goes or what he does, he can't escape those who aim to kill him....
After a massive wave of disappearances, 26-year-old CIA analyst Everett Carroll finally believes what he's been told about the biblical prophecy of the rapture....
When Grace goes away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that his daughter could be stranded miles from home....
Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world's population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He's alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child....
Rick is like many Americans. He's concerned with what he sees on the news, and how the country seems to be ready to tear itself apart....
When a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes' problems are just starting....
As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan....
The EMP hits. The lights go out and silence roars. Society is on the brink of violent chaos. The only way to survive is to get out, away from the cities and into the wilderness....
An immense coronal mass ejection, the likes of which the modern world has never seen, blankets the Earth and destroys the power grid worldwide....
In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure....
For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages....
Assistant District Attorney Dillon Stockdale is on the phone with his daughter when an EMP obliterates the entire electrical grid of the United States....
Society crumbles after an EMP attack, and the terrifying nightmare has only just begun....
In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710....
Lauren Russell often wondered why her father had been so adamant about teaching her skills that most other fathers wouldn't even consider teaching their daughters....
A college student in Knoxville. An Irish couple on their dream vacation in Orlando. A bank robber in an Atlanta prison....
Clayton Shepard is lost, cold, alone, and determined to find his way home.
But he's landed on a planet he doesn't recognize. Earth isn't the same place he left months earlier.
There is little light, no heat, and limited communication.
As he works to find his way back to his family, they cope with the struggles of a new reality and a quickly devolving society.
What none of them know is that the radioactive blast that plunged their lives into darkness was only the first one.
More is on the way.
The first book in this series was my top audiobook of 2016. It just felt so much different than all of the other post-apocalyptic books I'd read (and I read a lot of them). The space aspect was a new one that I'd honestly never considered -- mostly because the reason for the apocalypse in other books relate to something happening on Earth caused by us. This wasn't your typical everyday run-of-the-mill EMP. It was a CME Coronal Mass Ejection that causes all of the power to go out.
After crash landing on Earth -- Clayton has to find out where he is and is instantly thrown into surviving. Clayton's wife and child are back home, also trying to adjust to this new way of living. The story flips between them and a few other characters. Some bad guys and some government people who are setting the stage for book 3.
I was really worried about this book because of how much I enjoyed the first one. I rarely ever get that tingly sensation from a book -- so Descent had a lot to live up to. I knew that Abrahams couldn't continue to write about space and Clayton's struggle aboard the failing ISS. So, with that in my head, I dove into this head first hoping not to smack my head on the bottom.
I didn't, and this book was just as enjoyable as the first one. The action has moved from space down to Earth, but Clayton is in an almost as inhospitable place as before and has to find his way to safety before he can even consider heading home.
Abrahams sprinkles a lot of different things in this book that if I were to list here would make it sound completely disjointed and unorganized -- but he makes it work. He was able to weave these separate stories into one cohesive unit, making Descent an enjoyable post-apocalyptic thriller.
PA fans will find a lot of elements that they are used to in this, and a few that they aren't (I think). Abrahams is one of the best writers in this genre, and I will continue to buy his post-apocalyptic stories if he continues to weave stories like this one.
The saddest part of my review is that I basically can't write any details about this book without spoiling things. There were a lot of parts that I wanted to bring up while writing this, and I knew it would either spoil the first story a little or definitely spoil some of the surprises in this one.
Kevin Pierce voiced SpaceMan and is back for Descent. Providing the perfect voice for the main character and the perfect tone for this novel is just part of a Kevin Pierce narration.
Overall, Descent wasn't jaw-dropping amazing like SpaceMan, but it weaves a great post-apocalyptic story that you'll be upset if you miss.
I was given a free copy of this book, it has not affected my review.
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Tom Abrahams again creates a gripping down to earth tale of survival. What a great follow-up to book one. My only complaint is it was over too fast. Definitely leaves the listener wanting more.
Outstanding performance by Kevin Pierce.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Again, a riveting book. My only complaint is that it ended with a cliffhanger. When is the next book coming out?
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was a very well written and performed continuation of the Spaceman series. It picks up right where book 1 leaves off and it is great all the way through. We are introduced to some new characters while the others still are struggling to make their living in this new powerless world. The very best part about this book is the subtle Canadian humour hidden throughout the book, such as the quote :...drinking Molson Golden". Not to mention the laughing out loud montage of jokes our main character provides us while actually being in Canada. The first book of the series provided the back story and the second provided an ever adventurous post apocalyptic cross country roadtrip. Our main character and his other new partner in crime introduced in this book mesh well together and make a great team. The performance was very solid and kept consistent with book one's characters. Great job all around and cannot wait for the release of book 3 to find out what's in store for our characters next. Also, Canada is not all that bad with our politeness and the endless amount of jokes we provide. Ehhhhhhhhh!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
did not appear in the first volume but without warning they show up here. Can't explain how or why without a plot spoiler (actually, I can't really explain how or why PERIOD). It's not the alt-rightish screed of some of these post-Event books ; it's prepper stuff. Anyway, the first volume had the interesting and fairly well executed premise of a destructive solar event stranding an astronaut on the ISS with typical dystopian chaos back on earth. But this one takes stereotypes in character, speech,behavior and entropy just a bit too far. A bit irritating that the narrator does not distinguish between long and short A article. Bonus points for typically kind Canadians. How do you get a Canadian to apologize? Step on his foot.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Just Listened/read book 2 The SpaceMan Chronicles. Loved it the characters were believable and likeable. The story " a when it happens, not an if it happens ". And sadly yes people will behave very much like those in the book.
So do yourself a favor Read and enjoy the series. Also Mr Abraham's is rare among most writers. He does what he said he would even though he is extremely busy,a kind caring person whom I respect very much.
Book 1 was great. Book 2 started well enough but suddenly took a wrong turn. What was a good storyline but got tied up in cliche ridden and tired tales of government plots aided by Freemason conspiracies. What was an adventurous post EMP book slowly sank on under its own morass of anti go trump intrigue. Sad. I had to put it down.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
More time on Earth this time can't wait to listen to book 3. I almost want to go to Denver.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
Yeah the first book was pretty good. Second book (this one) - suddenly every character is intellectually handicapped.
This is one of those books where the plot only works if every single character acts consistently stupid, makes poor emotional choices and even worse logical choices.
It's like an episode of Lost (the TV show). The drama only works because no one acts like a normal human being. Instead of talking to each other the characters choose to run through the jungle, trip over things, and shoot at each other. That's Lost, and that's this novel.
Descent is a disappointing follow up to Spaceman and only works as "theater of the mind" if you shut off your mind and punch yourself in the head.. several times.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Descent?
This book was so similar ti the 1st book that I feel that I should not have purchased it. there was virtually no new information in this sequil
Would you recommend Descent to your friends? Why or why not?
No just read Spaceman
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Descent?
Most of the book as it is the same as Spaceman
1 of 3 people found this review helpful