Surviving the Theseus

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.
Mature Content:
The novel contains strong language and violence. There is also a sexually described situation by a character. This novel would equate to an R-Rated movie.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011080906
Publisher: Randy Noble
Publication date: 08/09/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 309 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

I grew up on movies, couldn't get enough. I'll be a movie junkie for the rest of my life, no question. Books came after, and then writing, my imagination spurred at a very young age from the wonders of the silver screen, the small screen, and now the multitude of options available to us. Movies, books, and video games are my go to entertainment sources. And I almost always listen to music when I write, typically alternative or instrumental. And what do I like? What inspires my stories? I couldn't pick a favorite movie, there's just too many. Genre-wise I'm all over the map, but preference toward action, science-fiction, and horror. Some movies I love, off the top of my head as I write this, are: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, Aliens, The Matrix, The Shawshank Redemption, Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow, Saving Private Ryan, Dark City, Apollo 13, Glory, End of Watch, Drive, Dredd, Serenity (and the Firefly series), The Dark Knight, Jaws, Seven, Minority Report, Inception, all the Harry Potter movies (and the books -- love them), The Thing (1982), and Tombstone (so many more). Regarding the Harry Potter books: There doesn't seem to be a lot of men who get into these (that I know) but these stories take me away and I can re-read them again and again -- for me, they bring back the magic of childhood. Stephen King (although I haven't read anything from him lately) has many stories that I enjoy, Robert R. McCammon, J.A. Konrath, Black Crouch, Margaret Atwood, Dean Koontz, and there are many more, basically anyone who can tell an intriguing story that grabs me from the get go. My hope is you'll enjoy my stories as much as I do when I create and nurture them. I've only one novel at this time (I'm working on another) and it gestated in my head for a long time; they don't let me go until I get the words out so I think about them for a while, projecting in my noggin in an infinite loop until it's realized. My goal is to take you, the reader, away on a trip, a journey, and hopefully one you care about as I do when I write. Calgary, Alberta, Canada is my home, and my desire at this moment (and has been for a long time) is to write my stories for a living. I haven't gotten there yet, but I'm working on it one word at a time, and, with any luck, I'll get a fan or two who enjoys my particular brand of story telling.

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Surviving the Theseus 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
Randy Noble brings science fiction novelty into an epic mystery of evil alien encounters in his book, Surviving The Theseus. SOAD, an acronym for Search Out and Destroy, trains and equips officers licensed to kill as they police the distant future corridors of space, keeping law and order among travelers in various space vessels. Regina Valensky, a SOAD officer, is taking a vacation aboard a luxury space cruise ship called Pyramid One when she gets duped, drugged and drawn into a mystery of death beyond ordinary comprehension. She investigates a perplexing occurrence where the entire crew of a spaceship in route to an inhabitable moon sized planet simply disappeared, leaving only their clothing behind on the ship's decks -- as if they stripped and vanished. What has caused such odd forensic evidence? How can this have happened to the entire crew, gone without a trace? With her own crew of a dozen skilled pilots and professionals, Regina embarked on a SOAD ship designed with an invisible cloaking shield to unravel the facts of the strange occurrence, or likely die trying. Granted any sci-fi enthusiast by now is familiar with scores of storyline scenarios involving space travel among distant moons and planets. However, just when you think you've seen everything technology can manifest, Randy Noble comes up with some clever "inventions." So clever that perhaps he should seek a patent for some of them! For example, two technologies Gene Roddenberry brought to all of us, which were great for plot elements but contrary to Albert Einstein's theories are warp drive and teleporting (beaming). Randy Noble skillfully steers clear on going beyond ordinary physics by having his spacecraft travel fast but not faster than light. In this novel, the ships also need to stay within corridors of a matrix, or lanes in space designated by cleverly designed markers, "floating matchstick" type of devices. Only SOAD ships can take "shortcuts" through the grid of interplanetary travel. Other spacecraft attempting to go beyond the designated areas allowed for travel by the markers result in their engines becoming instantly inoperative, their vessels stranded, and forced to wait for law enforcement to come by to pick them up for prosecution. Another technology I found fascinating was the "Magnetic tube" used to transport people from a ship in space to a planet's surface. Described by Randy Noble as a beam of energy, a tube is approximately like an elongated hula-hoop, extending from the ship to a precise distance of about 4 feet above the surface of the ground below. The magnetic tube extends from the ship with two cascading energy fields - the outer one moving in an opposite direction to the inner one. A person would enter the tube and like an elevator be carried to a portal to the end for exiting at a safe point onto the surface of the planet, or moon below. The two fields of energy would then reverse to provide a lift back to the ship. Although a bit challenging of a ride, it made for some compelling theoretical physics thinking, in my amateur scientific reasoning, about the possibilities of novel ways humans may solve problems which as yet do not exist. Technology aside, Surviving The Theseus develops suspense while Regina's colleagues are picked off, one by one, by an alien force that only can be seen at times as an orange glow of light, not taking a form necessary to target and destroy. ...
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Regina Valensky is a trained Search Out and Destroy officer – a SOAD. When her peers are getting murdered, her superiors forced her to go on vacation. She decides upon the space cruise ship, Pyramid One. At first, the massive cruise vessel she chooses as her resort destination seems to be a reasonable choice. However, in the span of a few hours, thousands of passengers seemingly disappear. Surviving the Theseus by Randy Noble is an intriguing sci-fi fiction combined with horror and suspense. The thriller element swirls around the piles of clothes without bodies and a strange orange light. Regina Valensky is an interesting lead character even though I didn’t instantly connect with her. As the story progresses, readers do get to see the other side of the tough SOAD female officer.  There’s never a monotonous moment in Surviving the Theseus. When the action scenes take breaks, they are straight away replaced by intriguing clues being gradually revealed as the characters get deeper into the mystery. The writing style is not the most paramount that I have read, but it is clear-cut and its simplicity alone is enough to make the reading flawless. The plot’s unpredictability is heightened by the twist of the missing people. All in all, Surviving the Theseus is an enjoyable read. Its premise is definitely the strong point of the story. It would be grand to see this story comes alive visually. Perhaps Randy Noble would be interested in making it into a film or at least transform it into a graphic novel.
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