A Face on Cydonia (First Contact Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
Red Gold described - among other things - the founding ofthe colony on Mars, and this ebook which is placed some time after the eventsin Red Gold, carries on the story of the ferociously power, money and controlhungry corporations who effectively control the world (but not Mars, which is acorporation free area).
Actually, whilst the book is cast in the form of a sciencefiction book, it is actually something which could well appear in the columnsof a publication such as The Economist or the Wall Street Journal, as a verylarge part of the plot revolves around the machinations that large corporationsgo through to ensure their share of the market.
So to a large degree, what we have here is a developmentof the ideas Ian Miller developed in Red Gold. Unlike Red Goldthough, the various villains in this ebook are not at all likeable, in fact themain villain, who will certainly play an important role in future ebooks inthis series, is totally despicable, a truly loathsome character with not oneredeeming quality... Love him!
Ian Miller describes this ebook in the following terms:-
By the year 2100 everybody, apart from some extremerecidivists, knew the so-called Face of Cydonia was simply a battered butte, anda live TV program was to poke fun at those recidivists, except that thebattered butte morphed into something like the Viking image and winked. Thiswas considered a great joke, except that nobody knew who was responsible or howit was done. Coupled with two unexplained physical measurements associated withthis butte, when signals were found emanating from Epsilon Eridani, a nearbystar far too young for such advanced life to have evolved, the issue of alienlife arose. As a consequence, Grigori Timoshenko, Federation Commissioner forDefence and Science, is forced to form a party and settle for once and for allwhether there had been alien activity around this butte.
The expeditionseems doomed, as there are at least three attempts to murder at least one ofthe party, which comprises: Fiona Bolton, an expert at sonic imaging and awell-known anti-corporate; Nathan Gill, from Theppot and who owns a registereddome near the Face; Jonathon Munro, a corporate who has been responsible forpart-funding the expedition, and who wants to bypass the law and take hisCorporation to Mars; and Sharon Galloway, a corporate who has developed themost advanced excavating device known. Each of these has a problem with all ofthe others, each has some expectation of what they will get from theexpedition, and each finds exactly what they do not want to find.
This gives you the bare bones of the plot, without givingaway too much, and I shan't give away much either, as that would spoil thestory for you when you settle back to read and enjoy this ebook as I did.
As with Red Gold, this ebook is tightly plotted, inhabitedby a collection of characters who come to life in a fully rounded fashion asthe story progresses and also, as with Red Gold, we are treated to a verysardonic view of the way that large corporations go about theirwork. Ian Miller seems to be something of an iconoclast, or at thevery least is someone who has a very low regard for the morality of businessmen (and women). There is a quote from near the beginning of the bookwhich I have to share with you... "...It was quite remarkable how many of theleaders of major corporations were psychopaths".
He develops this idea further in the course of thisintriguing book.
Reading it I found myself completely swept up in theevents that befall the main actors in this story, the judiciously dosedscience, economic theory and sheer excitement kept me wanting to stay with mynose in this ebook - A most satisfactory read in all respects I found. Aswith Red Gold, he knows how to include serious information in his storieswithout it becoming a sort of economics, biology or chemistry 101. A good waywith information I feel.. just enough to carry the story along and give it asolid foundation, but not enough to become one of those over researched tomesthat put informatio0n before the plot line... Not a mistake that Ian Miller makes.
And is there extra-terrestrial life out there?Well you will have to buy this very reasonably priced and highly enjoyableebook to find out the answer to that question...
Where to get it: Amazon
About the Author
- Publication Date : March 7, 2013
- File Size : 1051 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 433 pages
- Publisher : Ian J Miller (March 7, 2013)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B00BQPUG6Q
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #653,239 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book has a strong plot and some thrilling sequences. I enjoyed reading it, even though I'm probably not the person it will best fit. So, how do you know if you're the person who will love it or not?
You will love this book if you feel smothered by our corporate overlords. You will love this book if you like knowing how the tech works in a high tech adventure. You will love this book if your view of the future is a tad grim, and you would love to have absolute power to fix it.
If you're a senior manager in a corporation, you'll probably not find this book as appealing. Nor will you if you believe that our democratic system is the only way to go. And if you prefer your plot-driven thrill ride without any ancillary detail, this is also probably not your book.
On the whole, I think that there is a huge audience for this book, and those people will want to get every single title in the series.
As a female protagonist, Fiona reminds us of an Ayn Rand heroine as her objectivist attitude resonates through the themes presented throughout the tale. If we find her logical thinking as an absolute value, then it stands to reason that the evil represented by corporate greed to be both illogical and unworkable. It immediately places Fiona in an elemental battle of good and evil which she has no alternative but to win. At once the battle becomes analogous to solving the mystery of the Face of Cydonia. If the Face is a mere optical illusion, then the chicaneries of MinBund go unexposed accordingly. Yet if the Face is the product of intelligent design, then Mars itself becomes a living entity that has exploited by the Corporation. We can draw parallels to present-day ecological movements who fight against predatory mining, and in this Cydonia becomes a universal battleground where Fiona must emerge victorious.
The modern paradigm remains ever-present as the expedition is joined to validate the theory of extraterrestrial life. Nathan Gill is an explorer whose registered dome makes him a Martian resident, compromising his interests along with his allegiance to Earthling corporations and their imperatives. Jonathon Munro appears as a speculator who has made considerable investments in the Martian project. Here we see a considerably greater compromise as his own fortune remains in his Earth-bound storehouses, reminding us of Old World royalty reaping the vicarious benefits of conquest. Sharon Galloway is a corporate engineer whose visions have empowered the corporate quests, though her spiritual investment will not be factored in by her superiors. It is a classic storyline as Fiona remains the voice of reason amidst the subjectivism of corporate speculators seeking short-term profit and gain.
The climax brings Fiona and her confederates into contact with the Image, a green-clad entity who personifies the `sentient rock' composition of the Face itself. The storyline resonates with Judaic symbolism as the `earth' is capable of crying out against the depredations of the Corporation, and the encounter between the explorers and the Image provides us with the resolution that acts as a segue to the second book of Miller's First Contact trilogy.
The author's technical proficiency is evident throughout the novel as the Martian discussions are both authentic and scientifically correct. Miller builds his Martian colony on solid ground, and those who prefer the cerebral Asimov approach to their sci-fi won't want to pass this up.
This is a world where technology has advanced to the point that earthlings are colonizing mars and big corporations are doing what they always do, pilfer and make plenty of money on the backs of the downtrodden. Julia, and her husband, Hugo are central to this story.
You will fall in love with Julia's indomitable Spirit, you will fight with her against a world that is based in greed. When Julia and a band of other's start to delve into the mysteries surrounding Cydonia, the foothill on the face of mars that was actually found by NASA in 1976 they never would have guessed what floodgates they will have opened. The book is enjoyable for any Sci-fi fan and if you are a murder mystery lover you will find it intriguing as well. An overall good read...lip smacking good, nail-biting suspense- Add "A Face on Cydonia" to your must read list today.
The story clearly shows that no matter how much human civilization develops, greed which runs the corporate world will always dominate. Where every science development is not used primarily for common good but for earning more money; where human civilization is never satisfied even though it has made its new world on Mars.
The story shows how Julia Bolton tries to uncover the deceit behind the huge corporation. Along the way dear ones lose their lives, and she has to take high risks with no one she can trust to turn to.
I loved the character of Julia. Her indomitable spirit really inspired me. Especially when she continues to fight for what is right even after loosing her husband. I really became her.
The author maintains the pace of the story very well. After Hugo's death, the entire story is a chase until the end!
An exciting book which you should not miss !
Is it possible for aliens to dwell on Mars before human beings made their world there?
Is there really a message for mankind in the face of Cydonia?
The author Ian Miller has put together a nicely written sci-fi story, getting just the right mixture of technology and fiction. He introduces us to a world of fiction where human settlements already exist On Mars - all of which I found very fascinating.
Even the thought of aliens first living on Mars and then mankind getting a distant message really appeals to my sci-fi mind; I found it all very captivating.
The mystery surrounding the face of Cydonia really draws you in.Interested to discover what is the truth about it is?
A novel which is definitely recommended to all sci-fi lovers.