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Multiple Hugo–winner Bova pens a gripping and convincing conclusion to the story begun in Mars (1992) and Return to Mars (1999). Jamie Waterman, who discovered cliff dwellings during his first trip to Mars, is struggling to acquire funding for continued research on the long-dead Martians, but his efforts are severely compromised by the increasing influence of religious fundamentalists. Their rise coincides with a global environmental crisis, giving the U.S. government another rationale for shifting resources away from Waterman's work. Even the discovery of a Martian fossil can't ensure the project's viability, and Waterman and his wife return to the red planet in a last-ditch effort to keep the exploration going. Bova deftly captures the excitement of scientific discovery and planetary exploration. This compelling story, balancing action and plausible political intrigue, will easily be enjoyed by both fans and newcomers. (Aug.)
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Bova’s Grand Tour future histories continue to constitute one of the more absorbing and intelligent contemporary sf sagas. Here two scientists add up fossil evidence to conclude that Mars once supported intelligent life and that Martians colonized Earth—conclusions that run them into the religious buzz saw of New Morality conservatives. The tension and suspense of that confrontation make a well-done if somewhat didactic thriller out of much of the book. Readers at peace with the hard-sf community’s views on religious influences will be unperturbed, and surely not just they will enjoy this exceptionally intelligent and absorbing story. --Roland GreenSee all Editorial Reviews
I have read Ben Bova's two(2)books, Mars and Return to Mars, which proceeded this book. With the exception of Jamie Waterman, the author, Ben Bova has not developed his characters... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Milly Westbrook
Such a pleasure to read. Highly entertaining. Solid science and an ominous premonition of where America may be heading in terms of ignorance, rejection of science, and the embrace... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory D McHenry
Ben Bova is the best! And the Grand Tour series is the "Best of the Best"!Published 1 month ago by Robert E. Russell
This is a lifeless and dull book. It is also fantastically implausible. Yeah right, the Navajos are going to claim Mars--that's going to happen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Roger J. Buffington
Ben Bova has the knack of creating strong different human personalities, interactions and interesting plots in his Mars novel series. Read morePublished 10 months ago by William T. Harper
Ben Bova returns to the red planet again; this time with a story about how they made Martian exploration pay for itself.Published 14 months ago by James M Stiles
nice followup to previous books, kept to storyline and was an enjoyable readPublished 15 months ago by jp
It is a good book.I enjoyed it quite a lot. Glad that a third one was written. Hoping for another.Published 19 months ago by Meghan O'Neill
So, I have enjoyed other Bova books of the grand tour (Titan, Mercury, Rock Rats, Powersat, Jupiter, Leviathans). Then expecting similar, I read Mars, then Mars Life. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lee Chambliss