• 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 m