Beneath Burning Sands by P R Adams

“His training classes had taught him the basic premises behind hibernation: blood drained and stored, a brine-like injection replacing the blood, filling the digestive system, and surrounding the body. Then the freezing. Upon thawing the blood would be reconstituted and the injected fluid drained. All excess fluids would be held in a reservoir for analysis, then eventually recycled.”

Reggie wakes from hibernation sleep, noting his slack muscle tone and bemoans the loss of all his hard work sculpting his body.
Then he has to focus on waking his team, or as many as can be woken on the power remaining in the reserve batteries. How does he choose? How and when will he mourn the loss of those he didn’t wake?
And what on earth is making that awful banging sound at the hatchway?
Reggie will find out only too soon!

And he really does. The system that controls the complex has woken his team, and now they must deal with whatever caused the banging. As well as the situation that the project controllers have left them in. And get all the mechanisms, that support life in the habitat, running again.

Reggie doesn’t feel in control, though he really should be. His belief in himself is wavering. Can he get his team through and find out what is going on?

I enjoyed reading this. I had started the proof copy, but re-started once I had the final copy. It was so engaging I didn’t mind reading the first third of the book twice. It is the sort of book that I am able to visualise well because of the quality of the writing; that always enhances the read for me. All in all a truly good story and I am looking forward to the next book coming out.

I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
Earth is dying and humanity’s only hope of survival will be somewhere among the stars. Ambitious MBA graduate Reggie Lee thought defense contractor Frontierza was a perfect fit for his first job. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Frontierza’s work on advanced hibernation technology for sleeper colony ships isn’t sexy, but what matters to Reggie is that he will have an extremely visible role leading the first team to test the technology in a month-long cryogenic sleep. The proposition is simple. Succeed and humanity has a real chance of finding a new home before Earth’s ecosystem completely collapses. Fail and … you don’t wake up. For someone who lives on the edge, the upside outweighs the risk.

But the world Reggie wakes to is nothing like he expected.

Pick up your copy of this suspenseful post-apocalyptic tale and see what lies Beneath Burning Sands.

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