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 '19 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. – SpaceWolf1701 Aug 5 '19 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. – James Mathers Aug 5 '19 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. – James Mathers Aug 6 '19 at 22:43
  • It sounds like the book that is searched here: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/184108/… – Ayshe Dec 26 '19 at 15:58

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