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The Hole

Hard Science Fiction
Written by: Brandon Q. Morris
Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins

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A mysterious object threatens to destroy our solar system. The survival of humankind is at risk, but nobody takes the warning of young astrophysicist Maribel Pedreira seriously. At the same time, an exiled crew of outcasts mines for rare minerals on a lone asteroid.   

When other scientists finally acknowledge Pedreira's alarming discovery, it becomes clear that these outcasts are the only ones who may be able to save our world, knowing that the Hole hurtles inexorably toward the sun.

©2019 Brandon Q. Morris (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 2019-10-11

I really wanted to like it

This isn’t hard sci-fi. It has more of a YA feel to me. When I think of hard sci-fi I like to go full nerd on it this wasn’t it for me. It’s a bit of a light weight.

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  • R. Frazier
  • 2020-07-02

Just OK. Won't repeat it. Won't do more this auth.

I actually find it hard to know what to say here. I don't usually write reviews if I love a book, since those usually have lots of other reviews. But, if I don't like the book, then I'm more likely to write something. In this case, I didn't love this one and didn't hate it. I won't repeat it, and I won't pursue others by this author. I want to make everyone aware that Audible does have a return / exchange option. I would encourage people who REALLY don't like a book to return it. However, this one was entertaining enough and provided enough of an escape while listening to it, that I am not returning it.

I do not wish to put off people who might enjoy this, as there are obviously many. But, I'll try to explain my reasoning.

Let's get the hard sci fi thing out of the way. The cover image specifically says it's hard science fiction. There is a big controversy in the comments about whether it is, or isn't. I don't really care about that. I grew up on Star Trek and Star Wars. I like space opera. Now, in my opinion, good space opera science fiction has whatever plot devices required to make a good coherent story. So, if you need faster than light travel, which you do for a space opera, then I don't care if our current scientists THINK that's impossible. You cannot ever prove an impossibility. You can only prove what IS possible if you achieve it.

HAVING said that, if the story includes some real proven scientific things, I can appreciate that. So, this book has lots of cool scientific things, and lots of cool scientific SPECULATION about black holes. Don't flame me for that. EVERYTHING we know about black holes is speculation, since we've never been close enough to one to measure, analyze, and test it ... and we probably never will.

OK, what else? The book has some decent world building, some decent narration, and some decent characters. The black hole plot even threatens the entire population of Earth. But, for reasons I cannot quite identify I just couldn't get really concerned about the characters or the plot.

The book has some foul language. It's not incredibly pervasive, but it's also not trivial. It adds nothing to the story, and makes me less desirous to read the story. If it were a movie, I'd say between PG-13 and R rated.

There is some sexuality in the book, although not an explicit sex scene. Again, this adds nothing to the story. If I wanted that, I'd go get a book that specifically has that. I don't need it in my sci fi. I don't mind romance though. I wouldn't let a young child read it.

There are lots of international characters, with lots of odd names, and odd accents. Not a big deal. Some might actually like it. I found it a little disconcerting at times.

I'm not going to tell you whether they save the Earth. But I will tell you that the ending is VERY strange, a bit anti climactic, and has some strange players which seem to come out of nowhere and have no context.

That's the best I could think of to say. Hope it helps.

Ron

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  • Matt Dick
  • 2020-03-22

Unique plot with real quantum physics insights

The plot to this book was very unique. Also I felt I was leaning interesting things happening in the quantum physics community. The character development was on par with most sci-fi books. I’ll be checking out more of his book.

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  • Bob Scheetz
  • 2020-02-25

Maybe I should have rated it 5 starts

Very good. Hard science. Even though"way out there", Morris made it believable. I will read his next book.

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  • 2020-02-06

Dribble...but cool cover art.

Went out on a limb only because it was listed under ‘hard science fiction’...the only thing hard science was the rock mining. Cultural context is boring and contrived for the purpose of plot development. If you don’t know what you’re talking about...walk around it...don’t pretend you’re an expert.

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  • TechMan101101
  • 2019-10-02

Clear and full of REAL Science

Just about all of the “Science Fiction” stories now a days are more Fantasy then Science. But not books written by Brandon Q. Morris.
Mr. Morris shows us that it is still possible to learn about REAL Science and then pass that knowledge along in an easy to understand and entertaining fashion. Combine that with the GREAT auditory skills of Daniel Tomas May and you have a FANTASTIC REAL Science Fiction book.