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Offworld (Dangerous Times Collection Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Robin Parrish
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The return of NASA's first manned mission to Mars was supposed to be a momentous day. But when the crew loses touch with ground control before entry, things look bleak. Safe after a treacherous landing, the crew emerges to discover the unthinkable--every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace. Alone now on their home planet, the crew sets out to discover where everyone has gone--and how to get them back--only to discover they may not be as alone as they thought.


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"Author Robin Parrish has quite a flair for action, and readers will find Offworld to be both sharp and thoughtful. An urgent tone and a number of combat scenes move the story along nicely.... I immensely enjoyed the mystery unfolding--especially with regard to the character Mae, who I spent the entire book trying to fathom. I also really appreciated the idea that the astronauts earn their stripes and prove themselves more than worthy of their titles. With NASA recently making headlines for the Mars exploration program, the release of this science fiction thriller comes at an exciting time." --Melanie Smith, FaithfulReader.com

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""Every Person on This Planet Has Disappeared." Commander Christopher Burke and his crew are humanity's greatest explorers. They've finished their mission on the red dirt of Mars and now they just want to get back to Earth. To see friends, family, and loved ones. To be home. But even with communication to ground control cut and a perilous landing, nothing could prepare the crew for what they discover when they step foot back on planet Earth. Everyone...everywhere...is gone. It's not a dream. It's not a trick. Now Burke and his team have one mission:find out who or what is behind the disappearance of all mankind.

Product Details

  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764206060
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFWLZXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip worth taking July 20, 2009
By ~Mary
Format:Paperback
Two years into a mission to Mars, and some 60-days before their scheduled return to Earth, the crew on Ares loses contact with Houston. After a near fatal landing, the four member team steps out of the shuttle to find there is no one on Earth. No one-including animals-have inhabited Earth since the very day Ares lost contact with ground control.

What should be a celebration turns into a pulse quickening adventure as they try to find the source of the disappearances. Chris, the Commander of the mission remains in charge as he leads Terry, the youngest and most dramatic astronaut, Owen, the smartest and most level-headed of the bunch, and Trisha, the only woman who is the fiesty mother hen on board. They encounter Mae-a homeless teenager-who appears to be the only one left on Earth. And what's up with the flash backs Chris keeps having related to a blackout he encountered during their mission on Mars? What of the hovering black hole the crew sees periodically that temporarily transports them to odd places? What about the fact that they all harbor secrets? The answers prove to be far more complex than the questions.

Don't be lulled when the pace slows for a page or two. That is when the action takes off like a rock catapulted from a sling shot and you will be back to chewing your nails and reading at break neck speed. I have never been a fan of Sci-Fi. The storylines are typically unbelievable-eye rolling drama at best. OffWorld has single handedly piqued my interest in Christian Sci-Fi as it could never fall into the same category as its predecessors. Believable action with a backdrop of non-stop suspense, you will understand why I state that OffWorld does for novels what The Fugitive did for the silver screen.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Parrish! June 29, 2009
Format:Paperback
Robin Parrish has created another masterpiece with Offworld.

As the product description says, what do you do when you return from Mars and discover everyone is missing?

Is it The Rapture? Alien abductions? Is it all a dream?

Parrish's love of TV's LOST comes out in this novel. Not because the show is referenced by name but because there's a big question (Where is everyone?) that must be resolved and there are the characters who each have their own history which are revealed chapter-by-chapter.

Robin Parrish takes you on the hair-turning ride from the first sentence. You can't put the book down because you just have to find the answers - where in (or out of) the world did society vanish to, and what seems to be following the four surviving astronauts?

Questions abound until about halfway through. And even when you get the answers, you desperately turn the pages to find out how everything will resolve...maybe it won't.

Great book. 4 out of 5 stars!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction for Christians without the Camp August 1, 2009
Format:Paperback
I grew up on Star Trek and the King James Version. I love Sci-fi, but most science fiction - nearly all - was anti-religion/God/Christianity and was like watching an R-rated movie written on paper. Parrish is able to spin a good science fiction tale while not falling into either the trap of being anti-Christianity or Christian campy. While his book does include a few violent acts, they are necessary to move the story along, it does not waste time on vulgarity of any sort.

The book is well written, and finely detailed. It was as if the author had traced the pathway of the book himself. He creates warm characters, and even a few unlikeable ones, while leaving few clues to what was coming. It was refreshing not to know what would happen at the end of the book after the first chapter.

Further, while the book is clean, it does not disappoint on the action. Nor does it give to the campiness that is usually associated with Christian fiction. It allows the story to be told, with God in the far distant, but does not diminish Him. As a matter of fact, a portion of the book is deeply theological - sneaking up on you in a most unexpected way.

For the science fiction fans among us, I would recommend this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Offworld is Out of this World! August 5, 2009
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Robin Parrish constructs a believable sci-fi adventure in his new book Offworld. Strap yourself in along with the crew of the Ares, the first astronauts to go to the planet Mars and return to Earth in the year 2033. But hang on tight as all communication with Houston is suddenly and inexplicably lost and the crew barely manages a crash landing at the Kennedy Space Center.

After that ordeal, Commander Chris Burke and his squad are badly shaken. But mangled space craft and exhausted bodies turn out to be mere hang nails as they begin to uncover why they had lost communication with Ground Control in the first place. Seems there no longer is a Ground Control. In fact, there isn't any sort of any body left on the planet! All life forms have vanished; gone without a trace. Video feed from security cameras confirm that one moment everyone is going about business as usual, and the next they have absolutely disappeared.

The only inkling of hope is that there may be an answer waiting for them in Houston, where a bright radiating light gleams on satellite maps. Thus begins a heart pounding, wide-eyed trip, more dangerous than anything outer space can dish up! I could barely catch my breath as one disaster after another overtakes this bedraggled yet very brave crew of four (plus one...I won't divulge more than that).

Mr. Parrish plows this tale through in a very straightforward manner, not needing layers from different angles of stratagem to pull it off; although there are occasional flashbacks that happen in real time. No doubt it would make a wild movie with some fantastic special effects... I had no problem seeing it as such in my minds eye. The characters are believable and heroic, causing you to care about them and cheer them on.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Story is odd and off-putting. It was hard to ...
Story is odd and off-putting. It was hard to get in the flow. The character development is stilted. Once you get to the end it takes a fantastical twist that is hard to fathom. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Peacebringer
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
Although the story is somewhat of a cliche, the storytelling itself was very pleasing, great job mr. Parrish I really did enjoy this book. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Prometheus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This one keeps you guessing till the end. Thought provoking and an excellent not too far in the future book. Already picked up VIGILANTE by the same author.
Published 20 days ago by Robbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! From the first chapter, the action kept me reading as quickly as I could to find out what would happen next. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Sarah Palik
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Entertaining Read
I really liked this book. It had enough of the taste of science fiction without going overboard. The characters were likable and I found myself getting a little attached to them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sean
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really Christian SF, an OK read
While this was an entertaining science fiction romp, I wasn't exactly feeling the Christian SF aspect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MyOwnSatellite
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is worth a read
IF you avoid christian themed sci-fi do yourself a favor and read this one anyway. The author is brilliant and I enjoyed reading through this book.
Published 1 month ago by Alfred D. Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars A creative story and good read!
This story grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. It's well worth the read. I look forward to the author's other work.
Published 1 month ago by Bill Hickman
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
Gripping story with believable characters. The technical aspect was well done, giving enough information without becoming tiresome. This book held my attention!
Published 2 months ago by Mom10
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent book
Reminded me of some other stories from time to time, and had occasional plot holes, but was overall a quite enjoyable read. Always looked forward to getting back to the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dan Raffensperger
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"Robin Parrish is a keen-eyed, passionate pop cultural savant, whose writing is as incisive and insightful as it is entertaining."
- Allan Heinberg, Executive Producer, Grey's Anatomy

Robin Parrish wants to take you on a ride.

A wild ride -- which is exactly what you're in for when you pick up one of his books. And he's adamant that it will never be the same kind of experience twice.

Robin's stories mix, mingle, and meld various genres together to create thoroughly original suspense/thrillers. His Dominion Trilogy, for example, mashed up superhero action, secret societies, ancient myths, and an apocalyptic setting to create an entirely new take on the classic "hero's journey." Offworld mixed science fiction and an end-of-the-world scenario with high-octane action. Nightmare, his 2010 novel, is a spine-tingling examination of the world of the paranormal, paired with can't-put-it-down mystery. He describes his 2011 novel, Vigilante, as a story about a man who sets out to do something that no one has ever done before.

Always pushing the envelope, ever on the edge of where modern storytelling is going, Robin Parrish will gladly and unapologetically tell you that he's an entertainer, a weaver of stories that ignite the mind and delight the heart. Defying labels and refusing pigeonholes, his imagination is fueled by the possibilities of asking "What if...?", and as anyone who's read his work knows, he has a very big imagination. Readers will be happy to know that he has an endless supply of wild stories with enormous scope, that are still yet to come.

As a journalist, Robin has worked for About.com, CMCentral.com (RIP), INFUZEmag.com (also RIP), PopCultureGeek.com, b5media, SplashPress Media, and many more. His writing has been printed in numerous magazines and newspapers.

His influences as a novelist range from television and film storytellers like Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, to masters of the modern myth like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Akin to Philip K. Dick's search for the meaning of identity, most of what Robin writes about boils down to his own ponderings and examinations of just what this thing we call "existence" really is.

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