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A Face on Cydonia (First Contact Book 1) by [Ian Miller]

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Ian Miller has just published his latest ebook - a continuation of thestory he started in Red Gold (which I reviewed earlier Link).  He plans to end up with a wholeslew of ebooks based around this central theme, or at least four ebooks, ofwhich this one is the second.  The title " A Face on Cydonia"refers to the rock formation on Mars that looks remarkably like a human face(see photo), and which is central to one of his main sub-plots, the existenceor not of extra-terrestrial life.
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...
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About the Author

Dr Miller is a retired research chemist who lives in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. He became interested in writing about Mars in the 1980s, when, due to the financial crisis, he had a little more spare time in the business he owned. When he heard about Global Surveyor, and the Face on Cydonia, he decided to take up the challenge of writing about a rock, with a possible means of getting rapid promotional benefits in the unlikely event that the rock turned out to be something else. Somewhat unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a rock, however that made the challenge even more interesting. However, the book is really about power, and its misuse, a topic that Dr Miller has been interested in ever since his being caught up in the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. This trilogy gave him the opportunity to write on four topics that have interested him since then: Mars, governance, economics and the misuse of power and position.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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