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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Harlan Ellison Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mars. The very name of the mysterious Red Planet brings to mind images dramatic and dangerous - and both are accurate, as an international team of 25 astronauts discover when they land there for the first manned expedition. After battling deadly meteor showers, subzero temperatures, and a mysterious Mars virus, the crew makes the most incredible and shocking discovery of all. Now it is up to geophysicist and expedition leader Jamie Waterman to save his crew - an act that forces him to become a rebel and a hero in a drama foretold eons ago. The six-time Hugo award-winner's novel is read by acclaimed short story writer Harlan Ellison. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Josh | 2/20/2014

    " Boring. Underwhelming. Outdated. Ben Bova's Mars is mundane through and through. It is so slow and directionless that, by the time the story starts, you have turned the last page. I would only recommend it to those who particularly love this setting. Otherwise, move along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 2/11/2014

    " If you like hard science fiction, it's hard to ignore Ben Bova. I think I would have killed a few of the characters, but then that wouldn't be good hard science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Simon | 2/9/2014

    " Had this on my bookshelf for ever, and not gotten around to it. Did so in the wake of the mars lander excitement. And it was pretty good. Although slightly frustrating at times, I really wanted to know what the thing Waterman spotted was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie "Jedigal" | 1/26/2014

    " An awesome Mars book. Scope for the plot is the first manned visit to Mars, and book ends with the team just getting started with their trip back to Earth. Doesn't get overly bogged down with science (which might be a negative for some readers who love that). Good characterization during the plot. Characters are real and believable. The central character is a geologist, Jamie Waterman, who was 3rd tier choice but ends up replacing the 1st and 2nd choice team members. Jamie is likable and real. Half native American by blood, he inadvertently starts a political storm on Earth when he forgets his prepared "first words from Mars" and on the spur of the moment says something in Navajo instead. The book includes some science, some personal politics, some national and international politics, a mutiny and a rescue, conflict between science and politics, the search for ET life, and is a an easy fun read. Very believable take (to me). "

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