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Acid Sky [Kindle Edition]

Mark Anson
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Book Description

Venus - second planet from the Sun. In the crushing depths of its atmosphere lies a hellish, dimly-lit world of baked rock and furnace-like temperatures, forever hidden beneath thick clouds of sulphuric acid.

But high above the clouds, the sky is blue and clear, and a fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers circle endlessly on the high-altitude winds, providing a welcome staging post for crews on long space voyages.

For Clare Foster, a lieutenant in the US Astronautics Corps on her first tour of duty on board the USSV Langley, flying on Venus brings new challenges to be mastered. But soon Clare finds herself enmeshed in the darker side of life on board the carrier, and a sequence of events in which the terrifying fury of the planet will be unleashed ...

With spectacular vistas of imagination, original line drawings and a richly-detailed background, ACID SKY forms an exciting prequel to BELOW MERCURY, and forges new standards of realism for the SF thriller.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6503 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Glenn Field Publishing; 1 edition (23 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GVAMJPM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Anson has had a lifelong interest in reading and writing science fiction thrillers and adventures, and spends considerable effort researching and creating the highly detailed and scientifically accurate settings and drawings for his novels.

'I think it's important to get accuracy and consistency in any fictional setting - whether it's a historical romance or a science fiction adventure set on a distant planet. To me, the background is as essential as the story itself, and I strive to make it as believable as possible.'

Mark lives with his wife in the depths of the Suffolk countryside with horses, cats and various other animals. He is currently working on the next novel in the series, which is set between the events of 'Acid Sky' and 'Below Mercury', and is set in space, beyond the orbit of Mars.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunders along 13 Dec. 2013
By Jules
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Enjoyed the first book by this author, and rated it a 4*, this is an improvement. The story is told with skill and hardly gives time for breath as it thunders to a crescendo. Characterisation has been improved and there should be enough hard sci fi in there to satisfy all tastes.

Thoroughly enjoyable, roll on number three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 18 Jun. 2014
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An enjoyable reading experience which kept me interested from start to finish. I shall keep an eye out for more of this author's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ironica
Format:Kindle Edition
I would describe ACID SKY as a Sci-Fi conspiracy thriller set in the 22nd century military, with mankind beginning to exploit and colonise the inner planets. Overall I enjoyed it once the plot got going, but would have liked some bigger surprises and shocks.

Part 1/3 (most of the first 100 pages) is spent getting to know the heroine and introducing her future world and its technologies in some detail. Her grand arrival showcases this and owes something to Clarke's 2001. The detailed background (including drawings and appendices) is somewhat Gerry Anderson which fits the author's dedication. His enthusiasm is palpable - as an ex-scientist myself I found it fairly plausible, quibbling over a few minor details but then again it's his fantasy. Yet I found myself getting impatient for more PLOT.

He turns up the plot in Part 2 and some pace develops. I found myself getting keen to turn the pages and caring about what happened. The heroine's reaction to what befalls her jarred a bit: would she really risk everything like that? Of the other characters the righteous are more convincing, especially a grave sinner who finally redeems himself, compared to the villains who seemed a bit two-dimensional. The plot drew me in although relied somewhat on a natural event. ACID SKY satisfied without ever truly shocking or surprising me, finishing with a fair setup for sequels, which I hope can remedy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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For those of you who have read and enjoyed Anson’s offering Below Mercury, this book goes back into pilot Clare Foster’s past and gives us a slice of her training, when she first visited the skies above Venus. If you enjoy your science fiction on the hard side, then Anson is your man. His world-building is a geek’s dream, with beautiful line drawings of the various craft he portrays in his story. As you can see from the examples I have included – which show up a treat on my very basic Kindle – he has included all sorts of small details, some of which are mentioned in the book, and some are implicitly alluded to. There is also a section at the back of the book with plenty of extra details about Venus, the acid sky and those amazing craft. However, I have read plenty of amazing futuristic worlds depicted by science fiction authors, who wouldn’t know narrative pace if they fell over it in a wormhole… Anson is one of the other sort – those who not only have an excellent grasp of all the techie toys, but nevertheless can also spin a great story and write convincing characters.

Which is just as well, because his protagonist is young Clare Foster and the nature of the storyline means that this could have gone oh so horribly wrong. Dedicated, talented and extremely hard-working, nevertheless Clare is greener than a four-leaved shamrock when she finds herself on the huge carrier Langley, which is harvesting elements from the surrounding skies as well as providing a convenient stopover for traffic moving back and forth to Mercury.

She falls foul of a fellow officer – and rather than just put up and shut up, as she is advised to do, she decides to mete out her own revenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a dull page 22 April 2014
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A real rip snorter of a story so well written that you can almost believe it's true. going to go and re read Below Mercury now
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Enjoyable 31 Mar. 2014
By Wilbees
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Very detailed setting, love the drawings. Not a huge sci fi fan but this was a pretty good enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars extremely readable 19 Feb. 2014
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A really enjoyable read -even for someone like me who isn't a sci fi buff. For the real afficionado of the genre there are detailed drawings and in depth background notes. As with Below Mercury, I quickly got sucked into the story and was pleased that some of the more questionable characters got what was coming to them this time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I usually read a book leisurely over a 14 day holiday but read this in under 48 hours as it got quicker and pacier and darker! I am looking forward to the next book.
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