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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Book Review of EARTH ESCAPE by author Victoria Ichizli-Bartels
“Gripping, surprising, and a very thoughtful story. A very memorable read.
It is obvious that the author had put all of him into this story. Although the story is fictional, it is extremely close to the current state of events and especially the nature of the conflicts around the world. We see every day how easy it is to be drawn into a narrow-minded thinking. We all want to define everything concretely and once and for all. The ever-surprising life events shake all those beliefs and definitions profoundly and this is very scary. Slipping under the duvet of judging others or other-minded people can be so comfortable. We’ve all been there and probably be drawn into such traps again and again. The clue is to remain open-minded and compassionate, both to ourselves and to others.
And exactly this was the main message I read again and again both between the lines and directly inside “Earth Escape”.
But even the best message would be nothing without strong writing and I definitely can confirm this for this book. The thorough research about the theories of where we all come originally from are cleverly woven together and with author’s imagination, and this makes the story sound very believable. What I also liked very much was the clearly visible intention behind and careful forming of every scene and every element in the book.
I highly recommend reading this book. You might find yourself chuckling at Jim Tale’s language and spicy dialogues and scenes, but you might also discover yourself looking at the world differently during and after reading this story. You might discover that you want to make a positive change in the world.”
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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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.”
Jim Tale blasts off on a twenty-seven year journey as the Captain of the interstellar spaceship the Evolution; his mission is to colonize a sister-planet to Earth some 1400 light years away. When he wakes up from hyper-sleep he finds himself facing more challenges than he could ever have imagined. Jim is constantly haunted by nightmares and visions of his wife’s death. By day his world is shaken as news reaches him of imminent nuclear war back on Earth. And all the while, his beautiful companion, the most advanced artificial intelligence ever created, and the ship’s mind, CASS, relentlessly challenges him to face up to both his fears and his greatest passion – to discover the truth about existence. Questions which have plagued him his whole life are now hammering his skull – demanding reconciliation. How was the Universe created?
Who are we and how did we come about? Was it the Big Bang? Was it God? Or is there another explanation? Jim and CASS engage many philosophical talks as they probe for answers and as doors open up to them during this epic space odyssey, one where he faces the reality that man is not the only intelligence in the Universe, and where life-and-death scenarios, thrilling space-walks, confrontations with carnivorous raptors, and alien encounters convince him that answers must exist – somewhere.
In the end, the real question which threads through the whole story is whether or not he will discover the truth about life and existence or whether Jim Tale, the most famous space explorer of his time, will simply fade into oblivion. And that is when he meets Prima.
“This is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, inspired by the Masters of the genre – Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein. Real Laplaine brings us on an interstellar mission at faster than light speed… The urgency of the situation is palpable… Instantly likeable and relatable characters in transition to a new home for humanity transcend their mission parameters… Each new turn leads further out to the edge of the Universe and deeper into the unravelling mystery of existence. Exciting and intelligent, this is a really fun read and much more… I felt as though this book was written especially for me – It fits my personality. It’s an imaginative, philosophical conversation touching on some of the most relevant issues of our times. There’s so much more I could say about the parallels Laplaine has layered into Earth Escape but I will not spoil it for you – Discover them on your own… Enjoy !” Daniel D. (Canada)
EARTH ESCAPE … Time is running out for Earth and only one woman in the distant stars knows how to change it all.
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