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review Mars author Ben Bova Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Geologist Jamie Waterman is a last minute replacement on the first international Mars landing team He endures training rigors personality conflicts political intrigues and over 100 million kilometers travel in space The crew battle an alien landscape and earthbound bureaucrats HAndscape and earthbound bureaucrats Heading toward a chasm over 10 times the Arizona Grand Canyon they make a shocking fi. I'm ambivalent This was a delightfully nerdy novel about humanity's first trip to Mars and a clutter of cliches and worn down tropes that didn't give Ben Bova's nerdy ambitions the narrative breathing room it deserved I loved that MARS was anchored in realism and yet let the reader mirror a boundless future The strong writing and the rationalism of MARS won me over and got me to continue reading despite my issues with the novelMARS is a rare case of a novel suffering from too much exposition Every interaction between characters was so telegraphed and heavy handed There's a lot interest there's a despicable villain There's also a tight geo political situation on Earth Everything you think you would find in a space exploration novel is in MARS but everything that's in space exploration novels you've already read is in Mars too I thought MARS was fun but not all that involving If you're a space exploration nut like me you're going to love it if not you can skip a turn

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Gors personality conflicts political intrigues and over 100 million kilometers travel in space The crew battle an alien l. This is a reread review I went straight from one Bova as my bathroom reading to another Thankfully I found this one much engrossing and consistent than I did the Kinsman Chronicles The pacing doesn't lag in the middle as that one did and I never had trouble convincing myself to pick it up and read a few pages Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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Mars author Ben BoGeologist Jamie Waterman is a last minute replacement on the first international Mars landing team He endures training ri. Mars is Ben Bova's love letter to space exploration; it's a novel length booster for a manned Mars program A very well conceived and engaging in places novel you should not read it expecting it to be space opera or really any kind of adventure aside from the inevitable dangers of flying to another planet Mars stays strictly hard SF so even when the possibility of life on Mars arises you can be sure it won't come in the form of ancient cities and little red men nor hazardous beasties who need to be shot or run fromThe main character is Jamie Waterman a half Navajo geologist who is a member of the first Mars expedition The expedition is a multinational effort with astronauts and scientists from every country that could afford to chip in Much of the drama in the book involves the politics of the mission — the Russians and the Americans jealously keep track of how many astronauts of each country get to join the landing party the Japanese astronauts are hyper conscious of how they are representing their country and the resident sexpot deliberately drives the Russians crazy by not sleeping with them because Russians killed her grandfather fifty years ago Meanwhile back home the founder of the Mars project is trying to balance concerns for the mission including the fact that his own daughter is one of the scientists on Mars with satisfying the politicians in whose hands rest the decision to send Mars expeditions or not There are politics in space and on the ground along with dossiers on each character that add depth to their backgrounds so that we understand why each one behaves the way they do on the missionThat said while the characters were each fleshed out and the story is compellingly plausible with just enough hazards introduced to make the mission than a long walk in space it's a little spare as sci fi goes The major life threatening situation that arises — a Mars flu that mysteriously afflicts everyone and stumps all the physicians trying to figure out its cause — has a clever forehead smacking solution There are hints of Martian life that don't really develop into much by the end of the book though they are enough to whet the appetites of scientists and readers of subseuent books in this series There is some political intrigue between Jaimie Waterman his ambitious journalist girlfriend back on Earth and the opportunistic Vice President of the United States each of them trying to get what they want from the other to advance their own agendaI also feel compelled to point out that Bova like most SF authors of his generation presents a somewhat narrow range of female characters Many of them are capable and three dimensional but there is the opportunistic journalist who has no ualms about sleeping her way to the top there's the promiscuous scientist who takes malicious pleasure in giving the Russians blue balls by screwing everyone else and there is the Vice President who is described as shrill strident and generally a conniving power hungry bitch every time she appearsAn enjoyable if slightly dry hard SF novel that should certainly go on your Mars or Bust reading list 35 stars good book though not very exciting