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Below Mercury [Kindle Edition]

Mark Anson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 376 pages
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Mercury – closest planet to the Sun. In the permanent darkness of Chao Meng-fu crater lie vast fields of ice that that have never seen the Sun, and the ruins of Erebus Mine, 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 mine 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 …

This second Kindle edition includes updated background material on Mercury, an excerpt from the newly-released prequel ACID SKY, and Kindle Exclusive bonus chapters. Featuring updated 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.


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  • File Size: 10627 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Glenn Field Publishing; 2 edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058IYAZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 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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3 of 3 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 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book July 15, 2013
By joblo
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Fascinating journey along with a spine tingling ending. My only wish would be to find out what happened to the colonel and the company that were behind the mine disasters. It was insinuated as far as the colonels fate but nothing more and these were pivotal actors in the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engineer's delight. June 6, 2013
By chemBob
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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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2 of 2 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
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Below Mercury April 24, 2013
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What a pity I can't finish this book. The synopsis sounded so good but my goodness does it move slower than an eight day itch! Sorry but angry characters don't further a book for me so the angry Captain over the Pilot slowed the plot further rather than helped it move along. I'm really interested in our going out onto other planets living & mining but try as I could it took so long to get the back story told I finally was so bored I gave up. Maybe someone else will have the patience to continue to read on, & on, & on, & on about the explosion on Mercury!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars In the end, disappointing....
The book started well and was a bit of a spell binder, but as it progressed, it became a screed against big business, implying evil to an organization, rather than the people that... Read more
Published 10 days ago by KingdomCAPT
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative, detailed filled sci fi.
I've never read any books from Mark Arnson, and I give thanks for a very creative storyline and decent character development. Read more
Published 1 month ago by everyonesacritic
4.0 out of 5 stars Below Mercury
I thought this was a very good read. A bit technical at times but most of it added very well to the story line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hiwayhobo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good scifi with great details.
An intriguing look at futuristic space exploration. As I read the book, I was able to "view the movie". The detailed information was incredibly descriptive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Spaceplane Disaster
This story about the rescue of a spaceplane on Mercury is more plausible than you think. The author includes information about such a vehicle and how it can change man space... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ricky KImsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This is hands down the best hard science fiction I've read in years. Mark Anson tells a great story, peoples it with believable characters, plots and paces wonderfully and does it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
This is a fairly pedestrian space mystery. Predictable; no interesting science or technology content. Nothing much to hold one's attention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Handy
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, fun
But does end a little abruptly. Another fifty pages would have allowed more detail in the last third and would have allowed answers to some important questions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dannette Elaine Calderin
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
I rarely give a 5 star rating to a book. I generally reserve those for extensive works like trilogies (think LOTR) or books of exceptional quality and substance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by word addicted
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start and finished too soon
The book goes into a lot of science and background, which is good in a sci fi book, but it could have been broken up a bit and a bit more interspersed with character development. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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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