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My life has been one of finding what I would love to do for a living.
I tried university soon after high school, film and video major, but was not ready so I dropped out.
I had a strong desire to work in the film industry, in some capacity, for many years. After dropping out of University, I thought I would opt for film school, instead of the drawn out University method of teaching one about making films. But the expense of it turned me off, and it never happened.
After a few years of crappy, minimum wage jobs, I needed to do something so I decided to go back to University, but as a Computer Science major. I graduated in 2000 and have worked at a few companies, currently in the health industry as a Programmer/Analyst. It's not something I want to do for the rest of my life.
I always thought it was movies I was interested in, but it is the creation of stories where my passion lies. If I'm not writing it, I'm thinking it, over and over in my head, playing it out. I've written some short stories and one novel so far. All my short stories are free to download.
Acknowledgments: Thanks very much to Karen Kindrachuk from www.solepurpose.ca for the awesome Surviving The Theseus cover design.
on Feb. 22, 2014 :
I picked this book up off Smashwords because it had gotten high ranking reviews, and they said some very positive things about this story. Though it took me awhile to read it, I am glad I finally sat down and did so because Noble has crafted a really good tale.
The primary strength of Noble's writing is his action scenes. Each one is painted in the perfect level of detail, not too much, not too little. You get the general gist of what is going on while being able to observe what is happening around the main combatants. Be in gun battles, being chased by unknown things, or hand to hand, Noble has really found a good balance in each situation.
Another element of this story that was well done were the characters. Despite there being one or two moments where I felt a character broke their role, each person comes across as realistic, and their motives are understandable and easy to relate to. The only character I had a bit of an issue with was Regina, who is a weird mix of being a cold killer yet emotionally unstable in regards to those she kills. She was a fine balance, though I found she worked better when she wasn't internally trying to justify her actions continually. (though they did add a certain level of depth, and perhaps insanity, that she may have needed for the job she had)
The others, especially the crew sent to find out what happened to Pyramid, were beautifully done. The right amount of details were given for each character so that the reader would care about them, and the character tension levels were done well with interpersonal dramas between them. Seeing more of them would have been nice, but wasn't needed, all things considered.
Noble's story in this book is well put together, and once you get past Regina running around for most of the beginning (including a scene involving a immersive video game which could have easily been cut and the book would have lost nothing) it gets better. In fact, once the story hits its stride, it turns into a fast paced science fiction-horror story that will drive you to continue reading. However, as mentioned, you have to get through some slow material/unneeded material first.
I really enjoyed 'Surviving The Theseus', more so than I thought I would. There were elements, often with Regina, that had my blood pumping and really pulled me into the story. Noble has crafted something really interesting here, has done a fantastic job with the mysteries of what is happening on the Pyramid, and the final reveal wowed me.
If you are a fan of science fiction or horror, I suggest you pick this book up.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Marcia S. Byerly
on Aug. 08, 2011 :
This book is a fast paced sci-fi adventure that keeps you in suspense until the very end! The original idea, details and characters made for a fascinating story that was very believable. A great read for those who appreciate the unexpected. I have downloaded Randy's other books also and look forward to reading them.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Ruth Ann Nordin
on Feb. 01, 2011 :
Regina, a SOAD officer, is on what's supposed to be a vacation when she wakes up and realizes everyone on the space cruise ship is gone. All that's left of them are their clothes. Since she's used to danger and fighting, she arms herself and prepares to fight whatever enemy is responsible for this. She runs into two people who may or may not have the answers as to what is going on, and I really enjoyed snippets of the conversation where Regina overheard the man telling the woman they needed to tell Regina but the woman refusing to go along with the idea. Meanwhile, there's a group of people who are given the task of finding the space ship Regina is on, and when they get on board Regina's ship, some of the dots start connecting up because Regina's two companions (and I use that term loosely) are finally beginning to talk.
I won't give away anymore because it would spoil it, but this is a great thriller. Wondering what in the world was going on kept me going back to my Kindle to find out what would happen next. The invisible enemy tracking them down and the strange orange light that would periodically show up were definite pluses. This book is action packed so there's never a dull moment. The reason all those people disappeared was actually an unexpected twist which I enjoyed a lot.
As for character development, Regina had significant changes to her personality. It was intriguing to watch her gain feeling and softness. I can't say more without spoiling the end of the book, but I was satisfied with the ending and how she ended up because it revealed so much about how she got to be how she was in the first place--and some people would label that as 'cold'.
My final thought on this book is that it's for adults only. Mature themes, sexual and violent, are in here, and I would give it an 'R' if this was a movie.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2010 :
I used a coupon to 'buy' this book, but I would have gladly bought it! I plowed through this thriller in no time at all. This author has a way of creating suspense and keeping you flipping pages - it's hard to quit reading!
Space/sci-fi stories aren't normally my thing, but if this were ever made into a movie, I'd definitely go see it. There are some very imaginative tools and gadgets in here I'd like to see Hollywood reproduce!
I enjoyed the characters, diverse and interesting. Well written Mr. Noble! I was thoroughly entertained.
(reviewed the day of purchase)