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Expedition [Paperback]

Jonathan T. Scott
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21 Nov 2003
In a region of the world torn apart by civil war, a child basks in the radiance of an unprecedented milestone in human achievement. Silently, he dares dream that no matter what it takes he will one day become a part of the wonder he sees. Thirty years later, now with children of his own, he watches in horror as a lifetime's ambition lands within his grasp. Awakened to a dilemma of unimaginable magnitude, he faces a decision that could lead to overwhelmingly rich discoveries or result in humanity's greatest shame. But all is not as it appears to be. In the quest to satisfy ambition as well as garner acceptance and recognition, people do lie - to themselves and to others. How much control do we have over life? Who and what shapes out future? The answers are revealed in the most audacious expedition ever planned.

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Online Ltd (21 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755201027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755201020
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,845,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Smart, Fresh, Well-Written Thriller 13 Aug 2004
By A Customer
In a world full of 'Life on Mars' or 'Journey to Mars' books, it's nice to discover a fresh new novel that forges an entirely different approach on these subjects. The author bills his book as merely 'summer reading', but I think it goes a bit beyond that. The story provides plenty of food for thought as one by one its characters attach themselves to a doomed space expedition for their own separate reasons - including a few superficial ones that some critics can't seem to abide. And the behind-the-scenes angle taken, instead of the usual follow-the-square-jawed-hero, is a nice touch.
But just as important, the way the book is written (in a crisp fashion using an admirable economy of words) makes the whole thing worthwhile. Very well done for a first time novelist (or even an accomplished writer).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Summer Read 28 May 2004
By A Customer
Expedition deals with the extent people will go to fulfill their ambitions. The setting is NASA and the plot revolves around a rather eyebrow-raising space expedition that turns out to be based on dodgy information and misplaced ideals, yet still manages to inspire those caught up in it (a subject that isn't too far removed from a lot of what's going on in Iraq).
All in all, Expedition is just as good (or bad, depending on how much you like these things) as any respectable modern day thriller, but its unique angle makes it all the more interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea... 26 July 2004
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The premise in this debut novel is very interesting - how far will top scientists go to realise their dream of space travel to Mars. We all have ambitions and this book explores what happens if something gets in the way.
So far so good, but the character development needs more work and the ethical quandaries raised are not sufficiently developed.
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With so many works of fiction these days it's difficult, if not impossible, to get past the first sixty pages. 'Expedition' is different. After you reach the sixtieth page (and you will), put it down and walk away. Go on. I dare you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good page-turner 28 May 2004
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Expedition deals with the extent people will go to fulfill their ambitions. The setting is NASA and the plot revolves around a rather eyebrow-raising space expedition that turns out to be based on dodgy information and misplaced ideals (something that isn't too far removed from a lot of what's going on now in Iraq), yet still manages to inspire those caught up in it.
This book is just as good (or bad, depending on how much you like these things) as any respectable modern day thriller, but it's unique angle makes it a bit more interesting.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, if only all thrillers were this intriguing! 4 Oct 2004
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A decent read. A good story line. An interesting plot. Above average writing. Good escapism. And an ethnic protagonist that doesn't succumb to the usual stereotypes.

Ah, if only all thrillers were this intelligent and intriguing.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh new page-turner in the science 'faction' genre. 20 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
With most works of fiction, it's difficult, if not impossible, to get through the first sixty pages. That's not the case with 'Expedition'. After you reach page sixty (and you will), put it down and walk away. Go on. I dare you!
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