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Below Mercury [Kindle Edition]

Mark Anson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Deep in the permanent darkness of Chao Meng-fu crater on Mercury, the ruins of Erebus Mine lie abandoned and forgotten after a devastating explosion that claimed the lives of 257 people. After an eight-year legal battle, the relatives of the victims have finally succeeded in forcing the Space Accidents Board to reopen its investigation. Matt Crawford, a mine engineer who escaped the disaster, joins a team sent back to the mine to discover the true cause of the accident. The team is led by Clare Foster, a pilot in the U.S. Astronautics Corps, who has taken on the mission in the hope of rebuilding her career after a near-miss incident.

But powerful forces are determined that what lies hidden in the ice-bound darkness of the crater will never be uncovered, and have taken steps to ensure that the mission team will never return. Stranded on Mercury, the team are divided by internal conflict, and a growing realisation of what really happened in the mine. Soon Matt and Clare are thrown together in a desperate race for survival against an implacable enemy that will not rest until it has killed them all …

Featuring original line drawings and maps, a highly detailed background story, and magnificent visions of the Sun's innermost planet, BELOW MERCURY sets new standards for the science fiction thriller.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10350 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Glenn Field Publishing; 2 edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058IYAZK
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Despite his stories tending to go silly towards the end it was Michael Crichton who first taught me an appreciation for writers who research the crap out of their subject matter, provide detailed further reading and a glossary, only to then integrate the information so effortlessly that you don't even need the reading aids.

I happened on Below Mercury during a random eBook browse, which typically yields ten-odd sample downloads and four subsequently readable books. I find it's a good sign of an enjoyable read, as in the case of Below Mercury, for fellow tram passengers to wonder at your gleaming eyes and flushed cheeks - perhaps edging away from you across the seat in case excitement's contagious.

In fact, everything that happened during my day became just one more maddening triviality until I could get back to reading. And much like a great amusement park ride, on reaching the end I immediately wanted to circle back and try it all again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written hard science fiction April 21, 2012
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This is a hard, very well researched technothriller that Crichton fans would probably like. The characters are developed enough that you care what happens to them, and the novel's overall pace makes it difficult to put down. The illustrations are a very good touch. My only complaint was that there were a couple of chapters which got a bit too far down in the technical weeds, involving the details of SSTO flight and orbital mechanics that would better have been compressed to a couple of paragraphs. But it's easy to skim through them without lessening the enjoyment of the novel.

A solid and enjoyable book, and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good first book May 26, 2012
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It has been awhile since I've read such a good "hard" sci-fi story. The attention to detail is marvelous and the descriptions made for good mind movies. I could believe I was on Mars.

I wish there had been more character development. It would have helped that part of the story...especially when looking at the dynamics between the members of the "commission" on Mercury.

I cannot wait to read more from this writer! I believe he will become one of the stars if he keeps going. Everyone has to start somewhere after all. I was completely surprised at what happened (that doesn't happen often in sci-fi these days). I had a hard time putting the book down and the diagrams/appendix were a nice bonus. Enjoy!

I hope people will give the book a read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Science Fiction done very well. April 30, 2012
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The writing is excellent and the characters engaging with a clear crisp plot line.This story is hard science fiction and the author has a good grasp of his subject, that aside there's enough human interest and engaging situations to keep the story interesting.Even if you aren't a hard science fiction fan I believe you will still enjoy the story, simply because it's a good read.
Space travel, greedy mega corporation with evil minions,compassionate hero,and well the robots.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engineer's delight. June 6, 2013
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Great for fans of science fiction written at the dawn of the space age, right down to the robots which intelligently interpret spoken commands and respond by saying "YES, MASTER" in all-caps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut June 18, 2012
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Science fiction isn't the first genre I choose. Most SF books I've tried rely too much on gadgets and let the character development and plot come second. I am really happy I stumbled upon Below Mercury and will be looking for more from Mr. Anson in the future.

The pacing of the story was just right for my tastes. There was time to fill in good detail yet it moved along nicely with plenty of action. I found myself liking the main character and caring that he succeed with his mission. I generally knew how things would go but there were plenty of bits that kept me in suspense right up to the end. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kind Of Science Fiction September 11, 2014
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This is the kind of Science Fiction story I always enjoy reading. Mark Anson has really done his research to give one possible future of space flight and off-planet living conditions. At the same time the author has provided a very entertaining story that had this reader glued to the pages waiting to see what would happen next. The story surrounds the mysterious tragedy of the Erebus Mining facility on Mercury. The Mining facility had lost pressurization and all workers had been lost. Matt, one of the main characters, had been a worker at the mine and he was ten days out, heading back to Earth, when the tragedy occurred. The site had been declared an official grave-site and no one had been allowed to return to the site to investigate the official cause of the accident. With the blame for the accident being placed squarely on the shoulders of the deceased mine workers, many of the families of the deceased wanted more answers. Matt rallied behind these families to allow a reopening of the case and have an investigative team sent back to the site for these answers. The Planetary Mining Corporation, owners of the facility, for legal and monetary reasons fought against such a mission but eventually were overruled. And so begins the adventure, as Matt and a small group of investigators are given one chance to take the long and dangerous mission to return to the destroyed Erebus Mining facility on Mercury. What they discover will soon endanger their mission and lives, perhaps leaving the mystery of the disaster forever unsolved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars potential
The technical background of the events was the most interesting aspect of this mystery thriller. The character development was spotty and pacing of the story was erratic. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Low Down
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality hard sci-fi, and a good mystery.
If you enjoy hard science fiction with an imaginative storyline and interesting characters, then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lindsey Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Well written with a fresh premise.
Published 2 months ago by Allan Swift
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Exceptional
Below Mercury is quite the story. A mine on Mercury has been closed due to a catastrophic failure, killing over 250 miners. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PMSteve
4.0 out of 5 stars things picked up nicely. Based on the way the book ended
The beginning was a bit slow and probably longer than it needed to be. Once they headed to Mercury, things picked up nicely. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MaryB
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read.
I really enjoy books in the sci-fi genre and I found this one to be refreshing and original. It had a well crafted plot, interesting characters, and an exciting pace. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heather Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched and Fun book
First, the ending is actually pretty good. I liked the way it left you.

Enjoyed this book. Particularly, the second half. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars No justice
No justice for the common man. Here is a prime example.
Published 5 months ago by smallkatz
3.0 out of 5 stars Below Mercury is sub par
I didn’t like this story very much; there just wasn’t enough action, or mystery, for it to hold my interest. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Wayne Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good, can't wait for the next book
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More About the Author

Mark Anson has had a lifelong interest in reading and writing science fiction thrillers and adventures, and spends considerable effort researching and creating the highly detailed and scientifically accurate settings and drawings for his novels.

'I think it's important to get accuracy and consistency in any fictional setting - whether it's a historical romance or a science fiction adventure set on a distant planet. To me, the background is as essential as the story itself, and I strive to make it as believable as possible.'

Mark lives with his wife in the depths of the Suffolk, England countryside with horses, cats and various other animals. He is currently working on the next novel in the series, which is set between the events of 'Acid Sky' and 'Below Mercury', and is set in space, beyond the orbit of Mars.

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