Astronaut Clayton Shepard is 72 days into his first space mission when a coronal mass ejection disrupts everything on the International Space Station and on Earth. His wife, Jackie, is home in Clear Lake, Texas near Houston when the lights go out and everything stops working. Rick Walsh, a family friend, has the Shepard’s son, Chris, with him and his son, Kenny, on a camping trip in Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas when a red aurora appears overhead. How has their world changed now that it has been plunged into darkness from the EMP caused by the solar storm? Will Clayton make it back to Earth and to his family? Will Jackie and her neighbors come together during this time of crisis? Will Rick get the boys safely back home?
Abrahams first novel in The SpaceMan Chronicles, SpaceMan: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller, takes a unique approach to the post-apocalyptic story by focusing on an astronaut stranded in space. The story is told from the prospective of Clayton, Jackie, and Rick. These characters are compelling and relatable. The sense of urgency keeps the pace in the fast lane. With several heart stopping moments you won’t be disappointed.
I will admit to skimming over some of the technical details of the ISS to get to the human side of the story. The details were necessary to understand the difficulties Clayton is having trying to get back home. The reality of the situation has not set in yet for Jackie and she is not thinking long-term. I can see her situation turning ugly in the very near future. I’m not sure what Rick’s role will be in big picture. But, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
5 out of 5 stars.