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Beyond Mars Crimson Fleet takes place in the explosive future of the 22nd Century, where mankind fights a desperate struggle against the tyranny of its own government and the darker side of its own technology.  Based on developing scientific trends and devices, current politics, real people, and actual historic conflicts, the story is a non-stop spellbinding tale of thrills, excitement, romance, and suspense.

About the Author

After serving 4 years with the U. S. Army, Mr. Risch earned a degree in electronic engineering. Successfully designing, fabricating, and testing many electronic systems for both commercial and military applications, he then became involved with technical writing.

As a technical writer, Mr. Risch has written and authored millions of words, business proposals, white papers, service manuals, and other types of technical documentation throughout the years. He has worked with or been contracted to small companies as well as large corporations. He has also worked for various agencies of the federal government, including NASA, the Department of Energy, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense, and the Office of the President of the United States.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (May 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598586149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598586145
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After serving 4 years with the U. S. Army, Mr. Risch earned a degree in electronic engineering. Successfully designing, fabricating, and testing many electronic systems for both commercial and military applications, he then became involved with technical writing.

As a technical writer, Mr. Risch has written and authored millions of words, business proposals, white papers, service manuals, and other types of technical documentation throughout the years. He has worked with or been contracted to small companies as well as large corporations. He has also worked for various agencies of the federal government, including NASA, the Department of Energy, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense, and the Office of the President of the United States.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Go Navy! on January 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Beyond Mars-Crimson Fleet is a fast-paced book that took me on a wild futuristic ride! Being ex-Navy, I appreciated the depth of description of the actual workings of the spacecraft and weaponry. The characters were fun to follow throughout the book, traversing the gambit from totally deplorable to conquering hero. This book is a great read for those that root for the underdog!

I am looking forward to the movie!

Go Navy!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Celia Hayes VINE VOICE on August 28, 2008
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"Beyond Mars" is a fast-moving read with an old-fashioned pulp adventure-in-space aesthetic about it. It is of that sub-genre classified as military science fiction, with lots of blazing broadsides updated to the twenty-second century. There is of course the dashing main hero and his stalwart sidekick, some interesting secondary heroes and heroines, assorted love interests, lashings of political treachery, a collection of eminently hissable and malign villains - military, bureaucratic, political as well as a barely seen entity both creepily alien and inimical to Earth and its inhabitants. The story arc seems to promise continuing installments in the best pulp tradition. "Beyond Mars" is set in a dystopic future, in which the colonists of Mars are the brave hold-outs for political and intellectual freedom. As the story opens, they are decamping under fire for another part of the galaxy, far, far away from grasp of an Earth which has become a nightmare combining all the very worst features of Imperial Rome, the Third Reich and the European Union.

The writer has thoroughly visualized the technological aspects of this world - a couple of which are truly stomach-churning, so it is a mercy that they are not described too lavishly. He has also drawn many of the battle scenarios from historical naval battles. As I read "Beyond Mars", I had the odd feeling that I was actually reading a graphic novel without the graphic element! Further "Beyond Mars" episodes would work very well as such, if the author could work with an illustrator similarly immersed in the pulp adventure tradition.

According to the author's biography, he has long experience in technical writing and this is his first novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eugene dunn on September 18, 2011
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this was an amazing read. it's fast-paced and exciting thrill ride. it does get a little detailed for my taste, but i thoroughly enjoyed it.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cuneyt A. Onursal on September 22, 2008
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This is a great space adventure novel. It has excellent plot. Heroes and villains are well portrayed. Battle sequences are setup very well. Can't stop thinking! This would make a great movie. American Indian motifs add a very nice touch. Mr. Risch knows his history and utilizes his technical knowledge very well. Once you start reading this book, you cannot stop! I can hardly wait for a sequel or another sci-fi novel from this author. I highly recommend this book. Your time and money will be well spent!
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