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Like Jamie Waterman, Bova takes on a lot of responsibility in this second Mars book. He's trying to create a complex story that relies equally on science, characterization, and politics, mixed in with a healthy dose of mystery and a dash of thriller. As usual, Bova nails the science but fares less well--though by no means poorly--with his characters. He pulls off the politics with confidence, but the thriller subplot seems forced. Finally, the mysteries (there are several) all succeed reasonably well, though some are more compelling than others. The whole makes up a thoroughly enjoyable novel both about what life might be like on an expedition to Mars and what Martian life might be like. It's a better book than its predecessor, and it can be read entirely on its own thanks to Bova's carefully interwoven details about the back story that took place in Mars. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If there should be a third novel in this series, I'll read it.
The lack of professionalism and leadership on these missions just does not ring true with all the petty bickering, racism and manipulation going on between the crew.
Introduced as diary entries every couple of chapters the saboteur plot element is also well done.
There is no one like Ben Bova to write science fiction in general and about Mars in fascinating detail. Didn't Ben predict that lichens exist on Mars a long time ago?Published 4 months ago by Wolfgang Manowski
Ben Bova's Return to Mars is a sequel to his first Mars novel. It occurs approximately five years later with the main character of the first novel now in charge of the mission. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pius Charles Murray
I enjoyed this book immensely and thought it was better than the first. it can be a little slow moving but it overall a gripping read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Justin LeCheminant
Requires special headphone adapter otherwise both sides of tape play simultaneously. This isn't made clear and adapter costs £25. Rip off.Published 9 months ago by B. Morrell
This was an absorbing story both as science fiction and observance of interpersonal relationships under unusual conditions. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Johanna S. Martin
After reading Ben Bova's Mars, I was pretty anxious to read the sequel, Return to Mars. I enjoyed the audiobook a lot, but I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven
SciFi with a difference - the author tries to include some science! The author acknowledges advice received from NASA Ames Research centre, and it shows. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ian J. Miller
Like mars this another in the visit series .Excellent read or listen to . Just make sure your player is MP3Published 18 months ago by ROY W. COOPER
Good stuff ! Back to the good old hard sci fi of arthur c clarke.There should be more like it.Published 18 months ago by laurence larmour