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  • Surviving the Theseus

  • By: Randy Noble
  • Narrated by: Michelle Marie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Surviving the Theseus

By: Randy Noble
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Regina, trained to find the dregs of humanity, trained to kill, is forced into vacation because her peers are getting murdered.

At first, the massive cruise vessel she chooses as her resort destination seems...tolerable, and then, in the span of a few hours, everyone disappears, thousands of passengers vanish.

As Regina explores the ship, not only does she discover pile after pile of clothing and no bodies, she finds a fear not felt for years. Although she cannot know for certain something is there, an ominous orange light appearing out of nowhere leaves little doubt some unseen thing hunts her. And all that is just the beginning.

It is a time of restricted space travel so enforced that almost nobody can veer off course, but nobody knows why. They're about to find out.

Get ready for a sci-fi/horror/thriller roller-coaster ride.

Author's note: This novel contains strong language, violence, and a sexually described event. If this novel were a movie, it would be rated R.

©2010, 2015 Randy Dean Noble (P)2021 Randy Dean Noble

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3.5* - good characters in this story

As other reviewers mentioned, the first part of the story is definitely more slow-paced but then the action starts to pick up. One of the things I liked most about this story was that the author gave us some insights into the backgrounds and thoughts of the secondary characters. I wouldn't say that I agreed with some of the heroine's decisions, I could certainly understand how her early life shaped her into the person that she was during the story. I think there were two main reasons why I didn't give a higher rating for this story, and these would be entirely subjective on my part. First, I'm not sure about the timing and circumstances when we finally learned about the aliens. It took a long time before we finally learned about the aliens and their purpose - I think I would have liked less of the room-by-room, corridor-by-corridor description and maybe more plot/action surrounding the reveal. It was like, steady, steady, steady, a little more action and tension, then a little more, and then an avalanche of reveal, and the cutaway to the end. I think I would have liked to have savoured the reveal a little more, I guess, to absorb it better.
Second, the ending of the book seemed to veer into another story entirely (with full-on plot action/tension that was unrelated to the alien menace that consumed nearly all of the main story). It was like the ending of the main story should have been the the opening scene of the sequel - it seemed out of place at the ending of the main story. In other words, it seemed to me that there were two separate stories happening with our heroine in the book. The places where the two stories merged was at the beginning (giving us the circumstances for her being on the ship in the first place), and her violent encounters on the ship with the henchmen. To me, the alien story was the predominant one by far. But at the very end of the story, suddenly the other story thread came back to life in a big way, and then the book ended. I don't know, to me it just seemed like the flow/balance/pacing suddenly went out of whack at the end. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, but maybe a more subtle cliffhanger would have fit better, with the full-on violent scene at the very end to be placed at the beginning of the sequel. Anyway, the heroine and secondary characters are interesting, as is the potential for a sequel. I'd be curious to see how she eventually (in a sequel) deals with the threat from the secondary plot line in this book. There's also the hint that romance might be in store for the heroine, and I like that kind of tension, too.

The narration was good. I think my personal preference is for more resonant narration voices, but this narrator did a good job with dialogue as well as exposition.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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