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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983953139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983953135
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,591,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Arsenault on January 22, 2014
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Pretty good yarn with interesting characters. Could use a good going over by an editor though. Someone who knows the difference between "then" and "than" for instance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave O'Neill on April 18, 2012
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Near future space based SF isn't all that popular these days and this firmly takes up the traditions of Heinlein, Bova and Steele with a relatively near future exploration of what happens when space travel meets the realities of colonization.

I have a few quibbles with the timeline - I'm not convinced 2074 is far enough away to have the level of development we see on Mars, and there are technological extrapolations that the author has missed. But in terms of the realities of space based operations a lot of thought has gone into this and I'm interested to see how the story develops in future sequels.
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This not-so-far-future scifi story has humans settled on Mars and up to nefarious deeds. The pirates of Mars are quite a mixed crew (which was entertaining) who end up kidnapping a volunteer space rescue man (Peter). But his agency doesn’t have the funds to ransom him. Luckily, he has friends who improvise a rescue. Over all, the book had a Wild West feel to it, kind of a nod to the TV series Firefly.

Once the characters were set, there wasn’t much growth. But that was OK as this was a fast-paced action flick. I really liked that none of the women were wall flowers or simply there for pretty scenery. There was a lesbian sex scene which could be a bonus or a distraction depending on your view on sex in books. For me, the sex scene was OK, bringing a slight heat to my cheeks but nothing beyond that.

There’s plenty of fun tech in ships and weapons and protective gear. I don’t need it all to be true to life functional for me to enjoy the story. I was a bit skeptical of the human race being capable of having Mars settled and infested with pirates by 2074. But that was easy to set aside and simply pretend it was 2274 instead.

The storyline was predictable but for a quick action flick, I wasn’t looking for any deep mystery or great twists and turns. Over all, I would give this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars. My biggest issue was with the narration.

Narration: I hate being negative in my reviews, but I have to be honest and say that this was a pretty rough narration. McKenzie had a limited range in voice, so many of the characters blended together. His feminine voice was almost non-existent (which was an issue as about half the cast were ladies). Also, I could occasionally hear the pages being turned as he narrated.
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By Mandy Murphy on April 17, 2012
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Well written page-turner. I cared about the characters; well developed and real. Fascinating view of what life would be like on Mars, in space and aboard the different ships. Looking forward to the sequel!
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