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The Tau Ceti Agenda Hardcover – May 6, 2008

Book 2 of 3 in the One Day on Mars Series

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  • Series: Tau Ceti Agenda (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1st Printing edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416555390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555391
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Travis S. Taylor—“Doc” Taylor to his friends—has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master's degree in Physics, a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a Master's degree in Astronomy, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, has raced mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives with his wife Karen, and their daughter.

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Very fast paced with nice twists.
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An editor is badly needed for this series, to catch the spelling/grammar errors, and to catch the glaring problems with characterization and the overall plot.
D. Hawk
The protagonist, Alexander Moore, has about as much depth as an action figure and his opponent, Elle Ahmi, comes off as a much more interesting character.
William Cawthon

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wildwily VINE VOICE on May 3, 2008
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If you are looking for heroes and technology, look no further. Hard-edged combat covering an entire battlefield. Heroic acts of sacrifice abound. Then the last chapter opens and spins everything 90 degrees.

My only concern was a lack of character depth. There was no weakness on the 'good' side - no idiots, no cowards, no craven acts. The Separatists had more range, but even that was a single character acting selfishly.

I will buy everything Doc writes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harvey A. Lewis on December 22, 2009
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The plot was so thin that rather than rooting for the "Americans" I was favoring the "Separatists". I tend to support anybody that is trying to get away from a larger and oppressive entity. Tibet from China, Hungary from Russia, The Confederates from the Union, etc. The separatists seemed to be greatly outnumbered, but smarter and better organized and just wanted to be left alone.
Travis meant them to be the evil enemy of all good Americans, but the plot was so non-existent that it was never really clear who were supposed to be the bad guys.
I like a lot of action, anything by John Ringo, but so much action that you cannot take a side seems excessive.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nashorn99 on May 16, 2008
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Move over Star Trek and thank God, Someone can write Science fiction that
is believable but is willing to blow things up! Thank the stars there is
no Prime Directive in his books and if he puts one in I'll quit reading him. The Disney opener was a good twist but John Ringo used it as well in
one of his books so I think there is some sharing going on but it still made for some good action. From there no let up. Great science brought out
great action. Would love to see a Battle of Midway written into his next
book that would be a great scenario but that is a personal preference. I love the end who would have thought? Read the book, and no other reviewer
should give it away either!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Hunt on November 4, 2009
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If you already know and love these characters, then you'll enjoy this book. Otherwise it's a waste of time. There are 3 characters that grab your attention "The President", "The Spy", and "The Evil Monster Lady". Everyone else is going a hundred different places at once with no connection to anything, and why should we care? There's nothing in this book to distinguish them from the same character in a hundred other series from Horatio Hornblower and Richard Sharpe to Honor Harrington and Miles Vorkosigan, they might as well be from "Central Casting".

"The President" and his family are attacked at Disney World. The Secret Service are now Marines and they do what we can depend on the Secret Service and the Marines to do, fight and protect where no one else could.

"The Spy" is two people in one body; one carbon based and the other silicon based. Because they are more clever and determined than anyone else in the future history of humanity, they conquer impossible odds.

"The Evil Monster Lady" was once the most glorious and promising mind humanity ever produced. Her pursuit of the "Bigger Picture" stripped her of her humanity and now she's "The Evil Monster Lady". This time she's gone so far even her lover and partner in crime wants her stopped.

Travis Taylor has written books that I loved; books that I re-read because I want to spend time with those characters, books that I buy in hardcover because I want my son to know these characters and have them influence his ideas of right vs. wrong, sacrifice, and heroism. This is not one of those books, but it could have been... With better editing it could have been one of those books that you put on the shelf next to Heinlein.
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By D. Hawk on February 13, 2012
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The Tau Ceti Agenda is the second book of the namesake series, taking place four years after the events of One Day on Mars. Alexander Moore is now President of the United States, ready to run for re-election, facing increasingly polarizing views of his pro-intervention stance regarding the Separatists, who have escaped the Solar System via mass exodus to their extra-solar colony in the orbit of Tau Ceti Four. Nancy Penzington, now using the alias of Kira Shavi, has infiltrated Separatist society to determine the answers to the questions regarding the Separatist exodus. Jack Boland returns as well, along with many previous characters, in preparation of capturing the Quantum Teleportation gate found deep within the Oort Cloud.

Much like its predecessor, this novel contains many of the author's trademarks, from the political analysis to the combat sequences. Unfortunately, it also retains many of the same problems; stereotypical characterization, overexaggeration of expressions and dialogue, and too many characters who are dismissed in a matter of chapters/paragraphs. In spite of this, there was drastic improvement regarding specific characters. We gain greater access into the life and mind-set of Kira Shavi (Nancy Penzington) and her AI partner, Allison. Unfortunately, it also takes us to a chapter which was wholly unnecessary (blatant cheesecake scene), save to reveal the motivations of another character, which become obvious later. We are also given insight into Elle Ahmi, which I don't want to get into in this review due to spoilers.

My biggest gripe about this novel is directly related to the writing style: this book includes entire passages from the previous novel, especially when describing the main characters.
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Travis S. Taylor: "Doc" Taylor to his friends:has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. He lives in Harvest, AL with his wife Karen and their daughter.

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