'Probably the best read I've had since "The Martian"...' Amazon Review
All contact is lost with the first human colony on Mars during a long and destructive sandstorm. Satellite imagery of the aftermath shows extensive damage to the facility. The fifty-four colonists who called it home are presumed dead.
Three years later, a new mission sets down on the planet surface to investigate what remains of the derelict site. But, it’s not long before they realize the colony is not as lifeless as everyone thought. Someone is still alive -- hiding out somewhere.
Yet, before they can find the elusive colonist a strange illness starts to affect the crew. Pressure now mounts on Biologist, Dr. Jann Malbec, to locate the source and find a way to fight it. However, as she investigates she begins to suspect a dark and deadly secret lurking within the colony. A secret that threatens not just the crew but the entire population of Earth.
With limited resources and time running out, she must find some answers and find them fast. Because if she doesn't, none of them will be going home.
Gerald M. Kilby
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The human race is almost certain to land astronauts on Mars later in the century and likely will build a small community there later on. Imagining what might happen to the colonists and what sort of challenges they will face is fun to do. Since I am fascinated by Mars and have followed closely the project to send people there never to return, I really enjoyed this book. I'm sure if Gerald and I ever got together, there would be many long conversations about various aspects of this book. Let me mention a few topics. To sustain a community there, we will have to learn how to transform the regolith into soil. Biologists will be crucial early on to work with bacteria to remove any poisonous elements. As a Mars community grows, radiation will have a big effect on how they live. Psychologically, the barrenness of Mars will drive a desire to live in some sort of a botanical garden. The yearning for variety in their food will drive research in this area. Similarly, the effects of Mars gravity...
Great book, well written, fast paced. Science is convincing , characters real, the story is interesting. Read the book in two days. Couldn't stop reading. I really love good martian stories!!!! Sorry for my little English, I am Spanish.
Poor spelling, characters devoid of personality, repetetetetetive sentences, and altering between nouns for same person in a way that makes it confusing to follow.
The story has potential, but it's an unpolished diamond, with lots of irritating mistakes that subtracts from the overall experience. In particular, the characters total lack of personality and development makes the book very boring.
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