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Solitude (Dimension Space #1)

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From the Bestselling Author of the Sector 64 Series!

I Am Legend meets Gravity and The Martian when Earth's last man discovers that the last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed, page-turning novels, you'll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.

Can Humanity's Last Two Unite?

Separated by the gulf o

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Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published December 29th 2016 by CANDTOR Press
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Chris Smith
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don’t know why there are so many positive reviews. I read a lot of sci-fi and this was complete garbage. The plot was unoriginal and formulaic. There was little to no character development and the action scenes were overdone.

I kept waiting for something original and interesting to happen and continued to wait the entire book. I kept felt like I was reading some poor mash up of plot lines taken from the movies Castaway and Gravity, combined with The Martian.

The vocabulary of the author seemed
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AudioBookReviewer
My original Solitude audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

I had the pleasure of reviewing Dean Cole’s Duology of Sector 64. This made me extra super excited to have the chance to listen to Cole’s newest, Solitude. I have seen ads running in different places that calls this a cross between The Martian and I Am Legend. I know, right?! This got my interest doubly piqued. But, I don’t think I would have compared this to I Am Legend. Because, well, there were no zombie
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Steve
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Empty World
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the only person left on Earth? Ask yourself, what if you had no contact with anyone on the planet, no way of knowing if anyone else survived because all transmissions are nonexistent. What would you do?
This is exactly what Dean Cole wrote about in Solitude. He’s got a theoretical Physicist who, by luck (or was it?), misses her shuttle ride back down to Earth with her two companions and two aeronautical engineers testing a new inven
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Shawn Holman
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it but didn't *really* like it. I felt like it was using The Martian as its template and so it felt very familiar because of that. Disaster happens. Find a solution. Everything goes wrong. Find another solution. Everything goes wrong. Find another solution. Everything goes wrong. Rinse and repeat for 300+ pages. I think some of that is exciting - The Martian got it right. But this was every single page and I got tired of it and just wanted to get to the end. That said, the plot of the st ...more
Joshua Gayou
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the spoiler-free review of the book Solitude by Dean M. Cole. For the full review including spoilers, see my site at:

https://joshuagayou.wordpress.com/201...

It is important to note that I listened to this story in audio book format, so I'm including a rating for the performance of the narrators.

Writing: 5/5 Stars

The proficiency of Cole’s writing suggests that he is a person either naturally gifted or incredibly focused on perfectionism. The writing itself is natural and effortless both f
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David P. Duffy
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mediocre SciFi Story Poorly Told

"Solitude: Dimension Space Book One," has a mediocre story, that is poorly told by its author, Mr. Dean M. Cole.

The near-time story, follows the two (2) MC's, lone survivors of an event, that has made all life, other than plants, disappear from Earth. One character is on Earth, while the other is stranded, alone on the ISS. The planet-side male MC, belatedly discovers the orbiting female MC, embarks on a haphazard rescue mission, as the energy event centered at th
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David
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
There's a TV comedy series called 'The Last Man on Earth' in which, as the sereis starts, the central protaganist believes that he's the last man alive after an epidemic has wiped out the rest of humanity. As the series progresses, however, we keep discovering more people alive, right up until the end of the first series when we discover his astronaut brother is still alive on the International Space Station.

Swap a brother for a female stranger and actually have the central character as the last
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Jim Strasma
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise, and more to the story than I expected before reading it. Think of "The Martian", except with more disasters, more swearing and eventually a love story. I'd wondered how the author would explain there only being two humans left, one male and one female, and how that could be enough to restart the human race, but it turns out there may be more to the story - certainly more than this first book answered.

I was glad to see implications of the disaster worked out, and also the Mac
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BookLoversLife
This sees two separate stories being told, one by a woman who is stuck on a space station and one by the last man on earth, when the apocalypse happened!

Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is testing a new invention and is disconnected from the planet with his friend, when they lose all communications with everyone. They have no clue what is happening and are stuck in the machine till they can manually open it, but air is running out quickly!! They eventually get out but Vaughn's friend is killed and
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Alexandra
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Cory Patrick
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Worth your time. I try to think of ways to make a review helpful. If you want something like The Martian, An adventure with good character development and intrigue this is for you. If you're looking for a fantasy novel disguised with space ships...well this ain't that, but it's good so read it it anyway.
Dusty Sharp
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Dean M. Cole states right on the cover that this is book one in a series, and indeed the story contained therein does set the stage for what promises to be a compelling extended story. That said, Solitude: Dimension Space Book One could very well stand on its own as a single installment post-apocalyptic thriller. Of course we’re left wondering what caused the apocalypse, and where the survivors will go from here, but the events of the first book are brought to a tidy, satisfying conclusio ...more
Donna Backshall
Solitude gave a fresh and original look to a well-used scifi theme. Was it entirely believable? Of course not, but it was fun and intense. Since I found the audio version irresistible -- come on, it was read by superstar narrators RC Bray *and* Julia Whelan, for gosh sakes -- I devoured Solitude like it was Haagen Dazs in danger of melting. I enjoyed it thoroughly, wanting to lick the bowl clean.

It was disappointing how quickly it dropped off, however. In the audio version, you just tune in and
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Thomas Allen
I listened to this as an audiobook.

Guy does something stupid and endangers himself. Guy does something else stupid and endangers himself. Guy does something else stupid and endangers himself. Suddenly guy does something super smart and miraculous and fixes it all. Then guy does something stupid and endangers himself. And so on and so on and so on.

Dean M. Cole REALLY wanted to recreate the feeling of Andy Weir's The Martian. But this book just does not get there. It seems like the Mr. Cole only k
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Scott
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Solitude” is the first book in the Dimension Space series, authored by Dean M. Cole and the Audible narration is performed by two narrators, R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan. If you blend The Martian, Castaway, and an apocalyptic disaster theme into a single book and you get something resembling “Solitude”. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride ultimately focused on survival with enough suspense thrown in to keep you on your toes. If you like detailed stories having space, high action, strong relatio ...more
Matthew Wentworth
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
A fair concept, I suppose; however, I didn't realize it was possible to make an apocalypse so boring...

Certainly a "Martian" wannabe (the narrative even goes so far as to mention the Weir novel by name), it never reaches that same level of intrigue and the characters don't even come close to the depth and likability of Mark Watney.
Michael
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
A modern take on rescuing the princess story. Lacked character development which caused the reader to not be emotionally invested.
Susan
Commander Angela Brown has become stranded in space on the International Space Station (ISS) even as a strange light wave races across the Earth, cutting communications with the ISS. Meanwhile Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton and his astronaut friend Mark are test flying a new, cutting edge vehicle that can potentially lift itself up into orbit. When this phenomena hits their area, they are disconnected from the Earth in this vehicle. You can imagine their horror when they land and find no human or ...more
Elena Alvarez Dosil
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dean M. Cole. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

On board the International Space Station, Angela Brown and her crew observe a strange phenomena which seems like a ring of light swiping the Earth. They get a transmission from mission control informing that they have lost contact with Europe, where it seems the light has been originated, and
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Lilly Charysma
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
[I have received the audiobook version, by taking part in a blog tour hosted by Audiobookworm Promotions]

This was such an entertaining adventure! The plot was intense, the characters very believable the narrators were excellent as well. I really enjoyed my time with it.

First part of the books focuses on what phenomenon generated the life extinction from Earth, but as well on the qualities and flaws of our main characters. While in space, Commander Angela Brown tries to understand the origin of
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Josh Levine
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“What can brown do for you” holds new meaning now…

This was a story (audible edition) that I stumbled upon through R.C. Bray’s Facebook page. Needless to say, this was well worth the credit I spent on it. This is, by far, the quickest I have listened to an audiobook (completed in 2 days). I was drawn into the story right from the beginning and found myself actively seeking time to listen to it (much to the dismay of my wife).

I won’t re-hash the story as the description does a fine job of that, b
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Tom Wurzbach
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
*** spoilers ***

I wish it was possible to give a book two different ratings. There are a lot of positive reviews for Solitude and several excoriating ones. Both review types are well deserved. It's an easy, afternoon read. I enjoyed the story and the female character, and the twist at the end, while very much out of left field, was just unexpected and twisty enough to hook me for book two.

I finished the book, and I'll read the next one because I want to know what happened to everyone. Any time
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Brian's Book Blog
See my full review of this and many others at Brian's Book Blog

What. A. Story.


I honestly didn't even see the comparison to The Martian and I Am Legend (I try to not read the synopsis of a book that I'm pretty sure I'm going to love) -- but that is a great combination of exactly what this story was.  I hate copying exactly what is written in the description on Amazon, but when it's right, it's right.

Dean M. Cole can write! Every time I thought "okay, this is it, he's got it!" or "she's got it!" h
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Ryan H
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this story left me speechless as it was totally new and different and I loved every single second of it. It was equal parts creepy, sarcastic and fantastic. The two main characters were excellently written and developed but also excellently performed and voiced by two of the best audiobook narrator's in the business. This book grab me right at the beginning with the excellent descriptions and scene narration. It kept my attention the entire book with its creepy vibes, mood lightening and wi ...more
Michelle
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a rather fast read.
The concept of being the last two humans in the world is interesting alone, but having them separated by space (literally) made for an exciting triller. I'll admit my pulse quickened a few times while reading, however I also wish there had been a few more plot twists for added intrigue.
Angela's general attitude towards making things work and remaining positive made her chapters enjoyable. I initially did not like Vaughn's character at all due to his c
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Olivia Farr
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Solitude" was an okay book about the apocalypse and the two individuals left alive after it. I thought it moved a bit slowly overall and felt that the characters were not fully explored in terms of their lives/personalities. We follow Vaughn on Earth and Angela on the international space station, as they watch the world end in the blink of an eye (a wave passes by and all animals/humans disappear). Can they reunite as the last two humans in existence? While an interesting plot, I was not invest ...more
Amy
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of post-apocalyptic fiction and Martian
It's always refreshing to read an apocalyptic page turner. It's written on the model of overcoming disaster after disaster to get to the prize at the end. In this case, the prize is uniting the last 2 living humans: an astronaut on a space station and a helicopter pilot (luckily of opposite genders). I never knew how handy it would be to be a pilot if you're one of the last people left on earth, but the plot definitely demands it here. And since the author is a helicopter pilot himself, the book ...more
Jeff Rivera
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good start to an interesting series. While this one establishes the overall mystery, the main focus is on the struggle of the two main protagonists to connect. I really enjoyed the journey both characters took through the story, but I was left wanting big time in regards to the overall mystery. I guess there's plenty of time to explore that going forward, and I probably would have felt put out if they rushed through the story's first major predicament.

I'm really interested to see how this prog
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Tim
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
You got the feeling that the author was desperately trying to recreate the martian by Andy Weir, but doesn't quite pull it off, the story is not good enough at suspending your disbelief.

The overcoming of life threatening technical hurdles by individuals by hacking systems is the dominant storyline just not quite believable enough...

If you liked The Martian - I know you have read it if you are considering this, then it's ok but if you are looking for something as compelling as that you will proba
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Lukas Lovas
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Lots of explosions does not a thriller make....

By which I am trying to say, that this book was shallow, the main plot twist was always an explosion of some sort (or possibly a random tornado...because why not?) and the science....let's just say that the comparison between this book and the Martian I saw earlier is a grave insult to the writing of Andy Weir.

I am rather sad I've spent so much time reading this, expecting it to suddenly get better. I could go on and make a list of all that is wron
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Author Dean M. Cole, a combat helicopter pilot turned airline first officer, has written multiple award-winning apocalyptic tales. The audiobook for Solitude, book one of his newest series, Dimension Space, is the only science fiction title to be a finalist for both the 2017 Voice Arts Awards and the 2018 ABR Audiobook Listeners Awards. Previously, IndieReader named Dean's first full-length nove ...more
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