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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,543,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Peck on March 3, 2012
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"Pirates of Mars" has a lot going for it. The setting, a frontier-land Mars, provides a great back drop for story telling. Gerrib uses it to paint an intriguing picture with a number of colorful characters. I found myself pulled into the story immediately and it was entertaining right to the end.

While the plot and characters are all well known from other works of fiction, Gerrib still puts his own unique stamp it all so that it feels comfortable rather than repetitive. That said, his characters are not one dimensional. The good guys are not all so good and the bad guys, for the most part, are also people with depth. We don't have time to necessarily explore them fully but we get sympathetic glimpses of almost everyone on all sides. The author is playing with well explored themes, but he does a good job of keeping it interesting.

This one is not for the kiddies. Rough language and violence abound. There is some sexual content also. The course language was a bit much for me, but I'm pretty conservative in that regard. That language combined with the heavy use of Naval terminology had me thinking back to my days with the USN quite a bit. Gerrib uses the nautical setting to great effect in describing life in space and on Mars. I thought it worked very well.

My only other reservation with the story itself was the heavy use of current terminology. I doubt that by the time we have numerous settlements on Mars that people will still be "googling" things. Though anything is possible. The multiple nods to sci-fi stories and authors was not all that authentic either, in my mind, yet they made me smile and I enjoyed them. One can't too hung up on realism in a story about pirates on Mars.

I bought and read the Kindle version. There seems to be a formatting issue.
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Pirates of Mars by Chris Gerrib was a fast paced sci-fi novel. Life on Mars is what I would picture life in Australia was like in the 1800’s when convicts were sent there to live. Rough, uncivilized and full of the criminal element or those seeking a better life. Life on Mars was similar – rough, uncivilized to a great degree and full of opportunistic seeking people where they even charge for air!

Peter Grant, Lieutenant of the Volunteer Rescue Station, is but one of the latest captured by the Pirates seeking riches in gold, guns and other items. The pirates seek ransom not only for the ship but for Peter Grant. Jack Williams of the Volunteer Space Rescue Corp doesn’t take kindly to leaving Peter Grant behind. The Space Rescue is infamous for paying ransoms, but this time there is no money to be pay out nor is there an arsenal to launch a full scale rescue. As a result, Williams implements a rescue mission to kidnap Peter Grant back with friends at the helm!

The plot was fast paced and easy to follow. Character development lacked with the rescue team but the pirates, there was a bit more. The pirate women were all strong and “do it themselves” type of women where men just weren’t needed to rescue them.

Overall, the book was fun and fast with a few interesting twists. If you love sci-fi fantasy with a futuristic taste, this is a good listen for you.

Gary McKenzie did a good job of reading the book but it was obvious he was reading it and not performing it. There was little to no distinction to the different characters through his voice.

Production was fine; I had no issues with it.

Audiobook provided for review by the author.

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Since my early teens I've been a lover of all things sci-fi, especially stuff relating to exploration of the solar system. So I was pleased to get my hands on Chris Gerrib's Pirates of Mars.

The cover art, evocative of pulp sci-fi of the sixties and seventies, is a nice touch. The story has a feel evocative of a lot of classic science fiction. In short--a sparsely settled Mars, dotted with small settlements, some of which have a wild-west feel, is base to pirate outfits, which have been hijacking incoming spacecraft, then extorting ransom from the companies and insurers.

Gerrib makes an interesting choice by opening the story from the point of view of one of the pirates, Rachel Storey, a former art-history major who also happens to be a skilled pilot. The story almost lost me in the first chapter because I didn't have a lot of sympathy for pirates who are willingly killing people for profit. That said, very shortly we are introduced to the Volunteer Space Rescue Service, an outfit which initially specialized in assisting survivors on troubled spacecraft, but more recently has been more and more involved in dealing with the results of increasing piracy.

With solid pacing, interesting and sympathetic characters and a fascinating premise, Pirates of Mars is a winning story. I'll be looking for more titles from Chris Gerrib.
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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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