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Lost Solace by Karl Drinkwater
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it was amazing
bookshelves: action, 2019, audio, favourite-sf-or-fantasy, best-narration, s-f, reviewed, thriller

( Format : Audiobook )
"Only pure focus keeps you going in the darkness."
There is a legend, denied by the authorities, that sometimes ships will disappear later to reemerge, changed. The Lost Ships. Following one such rumour, Opal steals an experimental vessel making alterations to the onboard AI, and heads out into far space search of what might be there and finds what appears to be the luxury passenger liner, The Solace, lost 14 years before, hanging seemingly read and lifeless, already caught on the edge of the gravitational pull of a neutron star. Something about it, however, is odd as Opal prepares to try to gain access to explore.

This thrilling and claustrophobic novel is unusual in that, essentially, there are only two characters, Opal herself and the modified AI of her stolen ship, who she has named Clarissa. Any other appearances a very few and brief. The story is told through the conversations between these two main protagonists, their evolving relationship and the battles to survive. Marisha Tapera narrates, her lovely voice building tensions and excitement as well as character building as she very closely follows the nuances of the text in pacing, intonation and tonal variation. A superb performance.

One oddity noted is the numbering of the chapters which work not from one to twenty eight but in reverse from twenty eight to one, completely committing chapter number eighteen. Whether this is a simple mistake, although I doubt this, or there is a significance I failed to unravel, it added a tiny frisson to the strangeness of the book.

This is the first novel from author, Karl Drinkwater, that I have read and it certainly wi!l not be the last. I am truly grateful to the rights holder of Lost Solace who at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It is one of those very occasional books to which I wish I could award an additional star of excellence beyond the normal five star rating. The story was intense and involving, a perfect melding of book and narrator, and though complete in itself, left me wanting more.
Excellent, and recommended to anyone with a S.F. leaning.

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Reading Progress

February 1, 2019 – Started Reading
February 2, 2019 – Shelved
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: action
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: audio
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: favourite-sf-or-fantasy
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: best-narration
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: s-f
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: thriller
February 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Karl (new) - added it

Karl Drinkwater Hi Norma, many thanks for this lovely review!

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The sequel is going to be available as an e-book on 14th April 2019, and the print book some time later. As to another audiobook, that depends on the super-talented Marisha Tapera! :-)
Thanks again! I really appreciate it when people take the time to leave a review.

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