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A fast paced, interesting sci-fi twist on The Old Testament stories in Genesis. Like a fractured fairy tale, the author has kept the basis of the stories true to form but retold them in an inventive and unique way. His use of the original biblical names gives you some foreshadowing of what's to come but how he brings it about and develops it is exciting and fresh. His characters are well developed and easily draw you in. You feel sympathy for Adam, wanting to show his sons he loves them all but unsure how to do so. He is so taxed with humanities survival and the demands of leadership that he has forgotten how to be just a Dad. Your heart also breaks for Cain. His lack of self esteem, nativity and longing for love leads him on a disastrous road and causes him to fall prey to Lilith's manipulation. I think the character I liked best was Seth. His gentleness, strength and loyalty makes him very likeable and you can not help but root for his survival and reconnection with his love. The narrator of the audiobook fit the characters well and did a great job of both male and female voices. This story has action, excitement, some great twists and a unique take on an old tale. I received the audiobook from the Author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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The last survivors of humanity travel aboard the Eden looking for a new world where they can settle and thrive. They have been traveling for some years, discarding worlds that were not good enough for various reasons, but they are approaching another planet,and this seems to be the one. A series of incidents on the ship make the crew think that somebody is trying to sabotage the trip, but why? Based on the biblical story of Adam and Cain with a sci-fi twist, this story is greatly enjoyable.
If you are not into biblical stuff (I am not), do not let the names of the characters make you avoid this book. The only drawback is that you will know how some of the characters will end up, but the story is beautifully written, and the characters, as usually with Chaney, are solidly built. There are quite some characters in the story, but they are alive and their dialogs feel natural and fluid, so we get them to know them all well and recognize their different voices. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Cain, and I found Abel extremely annoying, one of those people who need to complain and argue without listening to the other's reasons. Chaney is especially good at picturing characters and he went beyond the biblical characters here to create a totally believable story.
Steve Barnes did a wonderful job here. I have already had the pleasure of listening to him in Transient Echoes, but I think he even did better with Their Solitary Way. The narration was very good and the voices were varied.
I have made a promise to myself, and that is that I will read anything that I can grab from J.N. Chaney. I would recommend any of his books to anyone who would enjoy science-fiction with solid characters and an interesting and well told story.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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