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The Doomed Colony of Mars (The Maurice Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Barth
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  • Length: 200 pages
  • Series: The Maurice Series (Book 2)
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Book Description

Note: This is the same exact book as Maurice and the Doomed Colony of Mars but with an updated cover and a slight change to the title.

In this realistic science fiction book, Maurice and his ecologist mother are shanghaied into going to Mars to try and save the Eureka Colony, which is on the verge of ecological collapse. On the way to Mars, Maurice meets Shannon Kappel, the daughter of an Irish flight engineer who has also been recruited in the rescue effort. Sparks fly as the cultured girl from Ireland meets our frontier boy from the Moon!

On Mars, Maurice becomes convinced that the problems plaguing the colony are not just accidents; he begins to see spies and saboteurs around every corner. Could someone living in this remote colony hundreds of millions of miles from Earth really be trying to destroy the environment upon which all their lives depend?

Mars is a challenging environment for Shannon, who has never been to space before; and for Maurice, who has never spent much time on a planet with real weather. Can they survive Martian storms and dust devils as they explore craters, ancient lake beds, and the fabulous Mariner's Valley on Mars?

Maurice continues to look for evidence of sabotage, but there doesn't seem to be any motive for one of the colonists to destroy their own home, and no one is quick to believe a notorious prospector and buggy pirate from the Moon! The tension mounts as Maurice and Shannon continue to explore; Maurice could be right about the saboteur - dead right!

The Doomed Colony of Mars is the second book in The Maurice Series, a science fiction series of books geared towards teens. If you're looking for more fantasy fiction for teens, also read the first book, Maurice on the Moon. When you've finished with those two books, read the newly released third book, Crisis on the Far Side.

Editorial Reviews


"Another Sci-Fi hit for Barth! -- Maurice Rocks!" review

"This is a cleanly written novel aimed at the coming-of-age youngster... Maurice's world hews closely to the rules of our universe. This is a rare strength, and if you are looking for a novel that teaches as it entertains, you have found it."  -John Cooley, Author: Dear Madman

"One of the best sci-fi books for younger readers in many a year. Dr. Barth's credentials shine through and all the science is impeccable. The action never falters, and the reader is swept along with Maurice to investigate sabotage on an endangered Martian colony.  Highly recommended!"  -Gene Grim: Author: Conversations on a Blackboard

From the Author

The Doomed Colony of Mars is the second book in the Maurice Series.  Mars has always been a favorite planet of mine since I was a boy and I've followed every space probe and investigation of Mars since the days of Mariner-4 in the early 1960's!  The pace of exploration on Mars has never been greater than it is today, so Mars seemed to be the natural setting for the second Maurice book.

With the discovery of large amounts of water on Mars, the possibilities for exploration and colonization became much better.  Although Mars (with water!) has much to offer the explorer, the colonist will still find it a harsh and barren environment that will make everyday life a struggle for the first generations of settlers who choose to make their permanent home on Mars.  This made a story about a Martian colony the perfect vehicle for encouraging the discussion of  development of resources vs. environmental conservation.  The conflicts that trouble Maurice and his friends on Mars in the late 21st century are very much with us here on Earth!

As with Maurice on the Moon, a full classroom curriculum is being written for The Doomed Colony of Mars.

Product Details

  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Funderstanding LLC (November 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate science fiction January 3, 2008
This is a cleanly written novel aimed at the coming-of-age youngster. Unlike many tales aimed at this age group, there are no appeals to glitz and false popularity. This book, although shot through with the adventure and derring-do that appeals to youngsters, takes its science seriously. There are no miracle inventions out of the blue, no deus ex machina, just solid, reasonable and scientifically accurate technology.
It is no secret that the world is viewed differently by sub and early teens, that they are entranced by adventure writ large, but Barth has made good use of this outlook to explain and explore science and scientific concepts. In contrast to "Star Wars" type of inaccuracies, where spaceships behave like airplanes and make roaring noises, Maurice's world hews closely to the rules of our universe. This is a rare strength, and if you are looking for a novel, for a youngster, that teaches as it entertains, you have found it.
John Cooley, authorDear Madman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sympathetic Science November 24, 2012
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This is an excellent series, and this installment does not disappoint. Maurice is a curious and courageous character and very easy to relate to. Shannon is well-characterized and very sympathetic for girls; not bubbly or boy-crazy, but in for every part of the adventure. The story is compellingly written and raises fascinating and tantalizing possibilities about the space program and the future. It's a great choice for a kid who is bored by narrative but interested in science- they can be sucked in by both here and not disappointed. Wonderfully imaginative and skillfully written, this book can entertain nearly anyone. Don't be shy about introducing thoughtful sci-fi! This is the real thing and the science checks out. What's really out there can be much more interesting than what's been made up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Book For Kids November 23, 2012
By Kyle
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I bought this book because my friend was coming over for the weekend to help me fix some major stuff around the house. He was bringing his kid along and we needed something for him to do for long periods of time. Luckily, he likes to read so I gave him the book as I heard from another friend that it was pretty good. He immediately gobbled it up. One reason why he liked it was because they had been talking about the Curiousity rover that landed on Mars recently. We ended up watching some videos of Mars and the rover afterwards. I'm now a favorite "uncle."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and educational book December 4, 2012
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I downloaded this book to my kindle several days ago and zipped through it in no time. Doomed Colony of Mars is well written and full of educational information about Mars. I am always looking for new books to read to my children before bed time and this book has moved up to the top of the lost. Both of my boys have recently become very interested in spave and I believe this will be right up thier alley! The plot moves quickly enough to keep their attention ( they are 3 and 6) but not to scary to keep them up all night. This book is beutifully written and I will definitely recommend this to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was amazing!!! November 21, 2012
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I absolutely love this book! The author has a great way of creating a sense of adventure and excitement throughout the book, while at the same time having a very accurate scientific approach to the story line. I have also read the first two books and found myself so completely enamored with them I could not find the will to put them down. This recent one has proved itself to be just as good as the others, if not better. Daniel Barth does an amazing job at combining truly intellectual thoughts with an intriguing and impeccably well written story. This book has completely outdone itself. I would recommend everyone to read it! Its amazing and you most definitely won't regret it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The author knows his science! June 13, 2008
By shari
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I have read both Maurice and the Doomed Colony of Mars and Maurice on the Moon several times now to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. I love the stories, but the science is what is truly incredible. After taking college classes in astronomy and aviation, I can tell you that both you and your students will learn so much about, space, space travel, the moon, Mars, and everything solar system. Dr. Barth knows his stuff!
His science fiction type answers to the problems encountered in the "colonies" on both the moon and Mars are often times what is actually being discovered, invented, and tweaked by NASA. These are the types of books that when read over and over, you learn something new everytime. Very exciting to be able to share with students!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice surprise December 3, 2012
By Andrew
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I was looking for a quality story for my nephew and bought this for him to read while he was visiting me. He had read the first book in the series, Maurice in the Moon, and really enjoyed it. He said this one was every bit as good. After hearing him talk about it, and after having read an article on the Opportunity rover, I figured I'd check it out. While not written for an adult, I was very surprised at not only how good the story is, but how interesting the science in the book is. The author has found a way to make the science the solution to the story and he uses it to solve a series of interesting puzzles. Rare to find a book that works for an adult, is fascinating, and is something a teen loves to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Partner, A Man's Gotta Do What A Man's Gotta Do! January 4, 2014
By Charlie
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If you read this crazy story, you will get the gist of the above statement. I'm a little old for this book, but like my grandpa used to say, "You can grow old, but you don't have to grow up". Read and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent kids story
Story-wise, this was great. It is for kids, I'd say up to age 13. There's no swearing, no sexual innuendos, and only a tiny, age-appropriate romance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MKH
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read
Great second story! I can understand why it's so popular! Good one for the budding science fiction enthusiast! Didn't take too long to read!
Published 9 months ago by David C.Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Educational Read
I really enjoyed this book and the other two in this series. They were all great.( I already read book three and forgot to review this one XD) I will stop writein so you can go buy... Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The real stuff eventually.
I read sci-fi as a kid and still like the real stuff. We have the tech for this NOW just need the money.
Published on March 10, 2013 by Lois E Pruiett
3.0 out of 5 stars young adult story
Good writing. This is the second book in the series...but stands alone as a separate read.
He is very accurate and explains the technical parts very well. Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by July
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and captivating read
Daniel Barth masterfully mixes a child's imagination with grown up facts. When I have children of my own they will be reading this book and the others in the series. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Johnwayne Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars More reading fun for my sons
After reading the first book, two of my sons read this second book, The Doomed Colony of Mars. They both liked it a lot which makes me happy since they are actually learning stuff. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Soccer Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The Doomed Colony of Mars"
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was impressed with the deft way the author used his characters to explain science facts. I was reminded of the authors I grew up reading. Read more
Published on January 21, 2013 by Julie J. Wickerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This was a fun read. Was hard to put it down. It was fast paced, and humerous.Cute
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Published on January 20, 2013 by Troy Gerzine
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome writer
I have enjoyed reading his book and I plan on reading the other two prior to this also. Hoping he will write more
Published on December 20, 2012 by Angel
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More About the Author

Dr. Daniel Barth is the author of Maurice on the Moon, The Doomed Colony of Mars, and the new released Crisis on the Far Side. Part of The Maurice Series, each of the three books is a Common Core reading and science resource, which promotes a science through children's literature approach to teaching. Dr. Barth has been promoting this style of interdisciplinary teaching for over 25 years, culminating in The Maurice Series; he continues to write the next book for the series to further his goal of providing educators with effective educational resources for an interdisciplinary curriculum while fulfilling his love for writing and teaching science.

A telescope owner and active astronomer for over 40 years, Dr. Barth is a Reagan Scholar, a former Research Corporation Fellow, and winner of the prestigious Amgen Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, as well as the Science is for Kids Fellowship. Apart from The Maurice Series, other published works include Observational Astronomy, and Teaching Science Through Literature; Dr. Barth's astronomy and physics curriculum are used by hundreds of teachers around the world, and his science through literature method is popular in middle schools across the United States.

Dr. Barth believes that science is a verb, and that every student should have access to an exciting, hands-on science education. Apart from his work as a writer, Dr. Barth is also Associate Professor of Astronomy at Mt. San Jacinto College and he introduces hundreds of students of all ages to the joys of observational astronomy each year. In his spare time, Dr. Barth enjoys gardening, wood carving, raising Akitas, and searching the skies with his own telescopes and binoculars.

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