A Witty Sci-Fi Story
4.75 out of 5 stars
I liked this book before I even picked it up. The front cover and the quote really dragged me in and then just the idea of “what would and interstellar caveman be?” intrigued me, so I was hooked. Thankfully my enthusiasm for the book before starting it was well met. The story was insanely well told. Even though it’s listed as a comedy – it was so much more.
Colin Douglass was an interesting main character. He was a bumbling insurance agent who had a very average life before things took a turn. The irony of it all is that Colin is basically afraid of science fiction and he’s thrown into a future of science fact that he has to live and contend with. On top of that there’s a bunch of people who want to poke and prod him… or worse.
I mentioned earlier that this book was about so much more than the comedy and it was. There was some really interesting cues from society today (and a worry that we could very easily slip back into a backwards society again). The thoughts and feelings that Colin had towards said group were right on par with the average thoughts of most humans today and it was interesting to watch the forward study of life as much as the backward.
The title is dead on, too. Interstellar Caveman fits him exactly. He wasn’t as far removed as the cavemen where to modern humans but he it probably felt like it. Colin’s “partner” throughout his new journey is Dr. Tyresa Jak (and don’t you forget to call her Dr. Jak) was interesting and a completely unique character to me. She was far removed from the “typical” human and had a hard time understanding and empathizing with Colin. I found their interactions both grating and interesting (neither in a bad way).
The narration of this story was pretty good. There were a few times that West’s choices bugged me (mainly yelling “ow!” when someone would get hurt in the exact same way every time). But, he was a great choice nonetheless. He was the perfect amount of British to become Colin without being too British for an American audience to understand. He definitely helped bring an already great book to life.
You think you’re struggling to find your place in the universe?
Consider poor old Colin Douglass, a terminally ill insurance agent who awakens from centuries in cryogenic freeze to find Earth is a devastated wasteland. Now, he’s being pursued by a homicidal interstellar tourist board, and calculating insurance dividends is as outdated as making stone axes.
Sci-fi-hating technophobe Colin embarks on a desperate struggle to find a cure for his illness, as well as a place for himself in this strange new galaxy where toilets talk back, and door handles are a long-forgotten relic. Only by teaming up with his rescuer, hard-boiled, space-traveling archaeologist Tyresa Jak (that’s Doctor Jak to you), can Colin hope to succeed before time runs out.
Along the way, this galactic odd-couple must evade the Erd Tourist Board – a powerful mega-corporation which will do anything to ensure the mythical Earth stays mythical – and deal with a crackpot religious cult who not only possess a cure for Colin’s illness, but who also believe there is more to this caveman from Earth than meets the eye….
Don’t miss the start of this side-splitting intergalactic adventure. It’s perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Space Team.
Interstellar Caveman Narrator: Steve West
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
Series: Interstellar Caveman #1
Published by Audible Studios on November 19th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
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