The newest high-concept dystopian thriller, by author Réal Laplaine, is a contemporary fiction, bordering on both geopolitical and sci-fi, an epic story in its scope. Earth Escape captures the political, military and ecological issues facing us all, and vaults the reader just over a decade into the future when the first manned mission to an exo-planet, Earth II, is being prepared, and finally, launches. The story is told from the viewpoint of the captain of the star ship, Evolution. Jim Tale is not the typical role-model for an astronaut. He is a misfit, deeply troubled by hauntings of his dead wife, and obsessed with finding out the truth about existence. His background as a NASA engineer, and moreover, his ability to innovate and be self-initiating makes him the optimum choice for a mission that will take 27 years and which has an 87% chance of failure. His only companion, besides the crew who remain in hyper-sleep, is CASS, the most advanced Ai computer in existence. Together, they encounter impossible odds, and with the help of CASS, Jim Tale not only faces alien encounters, raptors and near-death experiences, but the chance to find out the truth about the Universe, how it was created, who created it and WHY. All the while the clock is ticking as Earth verges on the final and ultimate holocaust, global nuclear war. Earth Escape will challenge you to question everything you know about the Big Bang and Divine creation.
By 2023, the super powers in our world, headed by narcissistic leaders, have coalesced most of the global power into three geopolitical zones, and this division of power and mutual opposition, along with the continuing devastation of Earth’s ecological balance, is heading the planet for an inevitable fate. A group of visionaries, scientists and engineers, seeing the obvious disaster looming ahead, launches the most challenging mission ever undertaken by humanity – to reach and colonize a new world in the hopes of giving mankind a unified vision, a new dream to hold onto and not self-destruction.
As Earth edges toward the ultimate nuclear showdown, Jim Tale and his Ai companion, CASS, streak toward Earth II, light years away. Tale, a rebellious-minded man and misfit, encounters and goes up against unbelievable, seemingly impossible odds, as he fights to make the dream a reality for all humanity.
He is not only driven by his mission, but by haunting and nightly visitations of the one woman he loved and lost, and an obsession to find the answers that explain existence and the Universe. EARTH ESCAPE is both a dystopian eye-opener about the path of our world if not altered, and a philosophical sci-fi thriller that will stretch your mind.
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Earth Escape, a sci-fi, geopolitical and philosophical thriller takes the reader from our contemporary times and depicts a near and not too distant future, one where a Trumpian dystopia pushes the world to the edge of ultimate disaster. In a desperate attempt to avoid the inevitable implosion on Earth, where natural resources are rapidly depleting, where environmental destruction is reaching critical-mass, and where the division of global power into three largely opposing geopolitical camps is nearing nuclear war, a small handful of prudent scientists and engineers, backed by NASA, devise the technology necessary to build and launch the largest intergalactic spaceship, the Evolution, and sends it on a mission to the nearest exo-planet, EARTH II, in the hopes that it can become a new home to man, and moreover, change the paradigm on Earth from that of war and self-suicide, to colonizing a whole new world.
Jim Tale, the Captain of the Evolution, wakes up 27 years into his voyage, on the cusp of arriving at Earth II and finds himself facing things he would never have imagined. His closest ally and companion, CASS, the most advanced Ai sentience ever developed, helps Jim navigate the stars as they encounter aliens, raptors and new worlds. Jim Tale is a man who is haunted by his past and who is also driven by an obsession to find the answers to existence. He is a misfit and and a rebel, but his very recalcitrance becomes his greatest strength as they trek to the edge of the Universe while the clock ticks away on Earth and as inevitable and ultimate war breaks out, one which could be the darkest and final hours for all humanity.
Earth Escape is a philosophical sci-fi thriller which takes the reader on an epic journey spanning sixty years. It begins in our very present day when a sister planet to Earth is discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope, and this becomes the target for colonization in the very near future. In the years intervening, as technology catches up with our dream to reach this world, geopolitical divisions and tensions on Earth are reaching the boiling point, as well as explosive population growth and the destruction of the environment and resources of our planet which challenge the sustainability of our survival. Technology eventually comes through and the mission is launched.
Jim Tale, the Captain of the star ship Evolution, wakes up after twenty seven years of hyper-sleep, on the verge of arriving at Earth II, mankind’s greatest hope for future survival, when suddenly, his already extraordinary mission is pitched into a legendary space odyssey and trek across the galaxies to the very edge of the Universe. Alien encounters and near-death experiences become second-hand to Tale and his Ai sentient computer, CASS, as they journey into the furthest realms of the Universe, following Jim’s growing obsession to know the answers to existence, the truth about who we are, why we exist, how the Universe was made and ultimately, who or what is God. For every cosmic door they open, they discover more doors, leading to the most shocking truth of all.
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“I absolutely loved this book, a sort of mix between red dwarf and star trek. I found the chats between Jim and Prima quite technical but in no way did that detract from my enjoyment of the book. I can’t wait for the sequel”. Ali S. (UK)
EARTH ESCAPE is a philosophical sci-fi thriller – taking the reader not only on a thrill ride and space odyssey, but an exploratory trek to the far ends of the Universe in search of the truth about WHO we we are, WHY we are here and HOW the Universe came about. EARTH ESCAPE challenges all the paradigms – the Big Bang, Divine theory and Evolution. Follow Captain Jim Tale and his Ai companion, CASS, as they endure near-death escapes, encounters with new races of beings, man-eating raptors, and finally, Prima!
FOUR STAR REVIEW by Red City Review
“A fast-paced science-fiction novel that intertwines elements of suspense, romance, while tackling some of life’s biggest questions, Earth Escape: Odyssey to the Edge of the Universe by Real Laplaine is an engaging, thought-provoking read. We follow our protagonist, Jim Tale, as he embarks on a three-decade long journey into outer space, as the captain of the interstellar ship, the Evolution. Earth’s resources are dwindling, and chaos abounds across the planet, thus the need to search for a new world to colonize. Jim is tasked with finding a sister-planet to Earth some 1,400 light years away, where humanity can start anew. Constantly haunted by his wife’s death, Jim has to deal with nightmares while asleep, and awake, when he receives news that Earth is on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. His companion, the extremely advanced android, CASS, continuously challenges his beliefs, all while guiding the ship toward its hopeful salvation. While pondering how life came to be, Jim is confronted with an abundance of threats and surprises, including dangerous missions, thrilling space-walks, and encounters with extraterrestrial life.
This high-stakes story takes place in the not-too-distant future, where Earth is a mess, and astronauts and space explorers are given the seemingly impossible task of finding a new planet that mankind can call home. The writing is quick, imaginative, and inventive. Jim Tale is a strong lead character, who is multifaceted and relatable, as he seems like a somewhat ordinary guy who just so happened to land in the position of commanding a spaceship on one of the most important missions ever undertaken. There is a great deal of dialogue in the novel, so a lot of the information and experiences are told through the voices of the main characters, which at times can be enjoyable, but also can somewhat overwhelm during certain scenes. The author is great at world-building, we just wish there was more time spent describing the complex and intriguing settings that keep these voices ingrained in reality, albeit a very sleek, futuristic one, where danger seemingly lurks at every turn.”