White Sun Press
on July 3, 2013 :
Wow, interesting book...and so not what I expected, I have to say! I don't want to say too much about it, because really, this is a mystery, if wrapped in a science fiction/UFO packaging. I will say it's not exactly an easy story to read in some ways, although it's an extremely fast read, meaning, a definite page-turner for me. Once I got sucked in, I couldn't stop reading until I knew what had happened, and what was really going on, in terms of the unfolding mysterious events. I really doubt much of anyone will be able to guess the ending. The basic premise is that Cass, who lost her husband and young son in a car crash only a few years earlier, becomes obsessed with UFOs, and joins a local chapter of folks who claim to have had similar experiences, or who just happen to have an interest in UFOs. Through them, Cass gets involved with a group of UFO-ologists, and things only get weirder fromm there. Cass is an easy heroine to sympathize with. She's got a lot of emotional stuff to deal with, and you can't help but sympathize with her and her plight, which really carries you through the rest of the story, even as it also makes it harder to watch her try to cope with some of the bizarre occurrences. Very well done...I will definitely check out more of this author's work!
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)
on June 28, 2013 :
Cassiel Carmichael was dragging herself up through the depths of depression, sure she would never be happy again. Five years previously she had lost her husband Mike and their four year old son Michael in a dreadful car crash. They were on their way home from the Adelaide show where they had had a wonderful day, but the weather was terrible, heavy rain and storms, but with only a short distance to go, Mike was sure he was fine to keep driving. When she woke in hospital, in unimaginable pain, little did she know her life would never be the same again.
Cass spent most of her days working in Woolworths as a check-out chick, and most of her nights walking, trying to keep the nightmares at bay. So when she saw what she was positive was a UFO hovering above her, she was stunned, startled but excited. In the months that followed she tried to find out all she could about the phenomenon, and she met some like-minded people. Rhys and Graham were two and night after night they watched the sky, without success.
But the night the UFO descended on them, the pain and heat in their bodies was intense; suddenly Rhys woke in an odd sort of room, strangers as his companions. The aliens who attended their needs did not speak, but communicated through thought processes. What had happened to them? Where were Cass and Graham?
The aliens informed them that the people in the space ship had been rescued as massive disasters destroyed the earth. They would be taken to a new world where they could start again, rebuild their lives and regain their futures. But things don’t add up. What was happening? What was wrong?
This book was amazing! I don’t usually like the whole alien/UFO/extra-terrestrial type of story, but this was so different! A wonderful concept, with a twist at the end which was so shocking! I loved the story, and would highly recommend it to all.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
on May 12, 2013 :
Loved it. I'm not a real sci-fi fan but this one had me to the end.I didn't want to put this one down, so much so I read it in a day. A good easy read.I'm looking forward to the next one.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on May 7, 2013 :
One of the best books I've read in a long time. I was kept at the edge of my seat throughout and could not put it down.I felt like I knew Cass and felt her pain and joy. I am looking forward to reading more outstanding books from this author.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on April 30, 2013 :
When I opened the advance review copy, I had this idea in my mind of Sci-Fi that we all tend to have. You feel like you know what will happen, how it all ends. We all know what people will write if it's about aliens and spaceships.
Not so with Lifeboat.
This was another "read in one go" book for me. I began and didn't want to stop. Cass is so easy to relate to, even if you aren't of the "aliens visit us" mindset. She is a normal woman, with a tragic past, who just happens to have seen a UFO. She reacts in the way anyone would, wanting to know if what she saw was real and wondering if some of the "UFO nuts" out there aren't so crazy.
Ok, so some of them are.
The progression through the book, Cass's history and abduction are all interwoven nicely making it an easy read. Twists and turns pull you forward, leading to the sort of situation in which it's 4am and you should have gone to sleep hours ago.
Turning that last page, bug-eyed and wide-awake again, it was definitely worth it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)