This is an enjoyable sequel to the "Sky People". Set in the same universe where Deux ex Machina aliens have transported hominids to other planets in the solar system, it is modernised homage to Burrough's swashbuckling Barsoom.
The author has crafted a believable Martian culture, where the biological sciences have been crafted to provide humankind with the resources to survive on an arid dying planet. The main Earth protagonist is a fish in a desert Burrough's, but manages to win through on skill, pluck and the odd bit of humour. Finally, the author casts nods to various other adventure books, especially in the appearance of ROUSes.