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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (969 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date:
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What Jamie Waterman discovered on Mars was astonishing. What he survived was remarkable—but it was only the beginning.

Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible “accidents” that appear to be sabotage—all of which could doom the mission to failure. But there are still great secrets to be uncovered on this cruel and enigmatic world, not the least of which is something he glimpsed in the far distance during his first Martian excursion: an improbable structure perched high in the planet’s carmine cliffs—a dwelling that only an intelligent being could have built.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Where Bova shines is in making science not only comprehensible but entertaining.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Provocative and believable…Bova writes with sparkling clarity.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Bova makes the speculative hard science aspects of this novel vivid and appealing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Characterization is better than usual in this kind of adventure, the pacing is brisk, the scientific details are convincing, and Bova's depiction of the Martian environment is outstanding indeed. No one who enjoyed Mars is likely to turn down this lively continuation of it.”


  • “Bova skillfully develops plot and characters in this tale, showing the talent that has earned him six Hugo Awards…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Combines speculative fiction with psychological thriller…Rudnicki does a wonderful job reading this story, and [it is] quite possible to lose oneself in his performance…Excellent.”


  • “Absorbing and thoroughly satisfying: Mars fans will pounce, while newcomers will feel welcome too.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

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

    " I read the Mars book 10 years ago and just got around to reading this one (November 2009). My tastes may have changed but I remember enjoying the first book a lot. This one though was ok but didn't have the same 'impact' as the first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tim | 1/23/2014

    " reasonable book with lots of driving on Mars trying to find alien place. Little bit slow at times till finally get to discovery. Dissapointing overall as Bovas imagination on this book not great and left me feeling a bit let down. 2 stars only "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cooper Renner | 1/9/2014

    " Bova is no stylist, but the story is good, moving forward swiftly with 2.5 dimensional characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Budd | 1/1/2014

    " This novel was well researched and well written, but it was missing something. It was rather anti climactic and set itself up a little too well for a sequel. The characters are well developed and the story flows very smoothly. You could skip this one and you would not really miss that much. "

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