I remember a novel I read ages ago and am looking for its name.

The story starts with the death of our characters wife and he cannot get over it. So he sells everything and buys some land and builds a vault so he can put himself into suspended animation for 50 years. He believes that if the world has moved on maybe he can as well. Everything reminds him of her. The vault is equipped with medical equipment and computers to reanimate and rehabilitate him when he awakes. It describes a long process of exercise etc to get him into shape so he can walk and eat again. I particularly remember that the rats had almost eaten through the door by the time he was ready to leave. He finds he has been asleep for 5000 years He then finds himself in a very different world and he goes on a quest to save the locals. Any help would be great!

  • He goes on a quest to save the locals from what? Was this a paperback? Remember anything about the cover?
    – user14111
    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:26
  • I'd say it might the "The Man Who Awoke" by Laurence Manning but the only parts that seem to match up are the vault and being asleep for 5000-year periods. I feel I've heard of this story before, though. Aug 5, 2019 at 3:56
  • Yes it was a paperback. I dont remember the cover. IM going back a lot of years. 70's novel. I keep thinking it was Children of the Gods or something similar but it doesnt come up anywhere. Thanks Space wolf but its not that one. It looks like an interesting read though. Aug 5, 2019 at 6:58
  • I also remember they needed weapons and he found an 'ancients' vault of them, Clearly a reference to a missile silo or similar as they take about a great door with inscriptions mostly worn away. Aug 6, 2019 at 22:43
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    @Michael, they're only dupes if the answers are accepted, otherwise it's just speculation that they're the same.
    – Edlothiad
    Feb 29, 2020 at 18:49

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Star Gods by Jack Lovejoy

When his wife and son are killed in a freak auto accident, professor Glenn Randolf looks to the future for a better world. He proves his theory of induced hibernation by placing himself in his own invention, a time capsule, and falls into a 375 year sleep.

Randolf awakes to the horrors of a barren land populated by savage mutants, but finds his way to an oasis called "The Holy City" where a beautiful society of humans live and practice a religion devoted to gods from the stars - aliens who are sapping the genes of the strongest humans to strengthen their own civilization. Randolf is forced to use every ounce of physical power and cunning to save his life...and the community of beautiful Earth people from extinction.

  • Thats the one! Thanks heaps for that! I really appreciate it. Now to find t for my kindle... Mar 2, 2020 at 7:03

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