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One Day on Mars (Tau Ceti Agenda) [Mass Market Paperback]

Travis S. Taylor
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24 Mar 2009 Tau Ceti Agenda
It's 24 on Mars: a nonstop futuristic thrill-ride, all in one day, through the critical events which were the breaking point for the underclass of Martian citizens and precipitated a revolution to break the Martian colonists free from the formidable Sol System government. The formerly red planet-now in danger of again becoming red, blood red-would never be the same, nor would the human race. It was one day that changed the course of history for the Solar System, raging from hand-to-hand combat to piloted armored mecha suits clashing to an enormous space battle, with dedicated heroes on both sides of the conflict wondering if they were doing the right thing-and if they would live to see another day. And wondering, as well, if the spark of this new war, that would eventually reach across whole star systems, would bring them peace One Day on Mars.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (24 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416591575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416591573
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 9.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Travis S. Taylor--"Doc" Taylor to his friends--has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, has raced mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives in Alabama with his wife Karen, and their daughter.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Transformers meets Starship Troopers 15 April 2010
By J. N. Bullock VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of Travis Taylor's books I have read and I don't think there will be a second. It starts well enough and in the first few chapters I thought I was in for a treat but alas it was not to be so.

The story of the battle between the "separatists" and the United States is set at a frenetic pace and uses machines that could have come out of a SiFi comic but the author assumes we know all about there capabilities. The rate at which the casualty numbers increase would make poor reading for any recruiting officer of the period.

The weakest point of the story is the hero senator who after many years in politics takes up arms to out Rambo, Rambo.

I think this book should have been kept for the US domestic market as the political implications of the use of United States to mean the whole of earth and some planets, with all the ships styled USS sticks in the throat of a non US citizen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one day on mars 11 Oct 2008
travis s taylor buy the book if you require frills and spills the action is the same has john ringo and david drake exellent book good story and good chars well worth the read cannot be put down
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like morphing Transformers in your military sci-fi... stay away!!! 30 Mar 2009
By Spacejockey - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really, really tried hard to like this book and even managed to work through 2/3 of it before finally putting it down, unfinished.

While I was hoping for something along the line of many of the Kris Longknife, Vatta, or Serrano series, from this novel, I was very disappointed. I was also very much into David Drake's futuristic novels of armored warfare and David Sherman's futuristic Marines, I found "One Day on Mars" lacking.

I would like to think Mr. Taylor might be prior service, and drawn a lot of what he was writing from his own experience but I found the feeling mixed. While there were many jargons and `military-speaks' throughout the book, at the same time, I found myself repeatedly coming across someone being referred to, by his rank of second lieutenant; that might not be very important in itself and would have served fine the first couple of times around to introduce that character but by the middle of the book, it became very tiresome, long-winded and sounding uncomfortable, reading about how second lieutenant this, second lieutenant that. From personal experience, I served as such and never, NEVER, have I had anyone addressed me as `Second Lieutenant..."; from enlisted ranks to superior officers, 2nd and 1st lieutenants were all lumped together by all, with no real rank difference... the only time I was addressed as 2nd Lt was when I was getting my butt chewed by my CO. So, why, why would Mr. Taylor felt the need to repeat it over and over. Awkward.

Finally, I would like to address the main reason why I couldn't finish the book. I agreed with the other reviewers about Transfomers and such. It appeared that Mr. Taylor was writing for the far younger crowds than someone who would enjoy an oldie like Robert Heinlein's "Starship Troopers"!

I never could understand the benefits of some futuristic war machines transforming into robots with arms, legs and wings to fight. If whatever weapons were readily available, why relocate them from such secured mountings just to hold them in some mechanical hands!!!? Would that have assisted in better aiming? I found heavily mounted crew-served weapons like machineguns and autocannons far more stable and accurate than if I were to fire something by hands alone. So why? And to have some space-based fighter planes morphing into giant mechanical eagles to fly, fight and land!? Come on! I feel like I was watching some Saturday morning cartoons instead of reading what I hoped was some serious military sci-fi.

So, fellow sci-fi readers, if you do not care for giant fighting robots like I do, leave this book for someone else. Whatever good writing or what was left of possibly great story lines were overshadowed by the juvenile inclusions of fighting, transforming robots... Ops, I meant 'Mecha'.

Sad, I tried very hard to finish the book, and even harder to like it. Oh well, onto something else then.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard SF at a blistering pace 10 Oct 2007
By Wildwily - Published on
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Doc does the physics of hard SF better than anyone. The battle sequences - especially where ships are involved - are the kind of hard hitting SF Baen has made it's calling card. My concerns with this book are the characters. There are far too many repetitive scenes of bloodthirsty pilots being blown away seconds after they are introduced. Also, a list of specific terms and definitions would be helpful.

The politics may be a little heavy-handed, as well.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Fast Scifi 20 Oct 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
The Tau Ceti Agenda
One Day on Mars (Tau Ceti Agenda)
Travis Taylor has done it again with this exciting, action packed book.

Taking place in the future, ODOM is an explosive tale of rebellion, freedoms and both good and evil taking place within a forty-eight hour period. While the character focus jumps between three or four main characters, unlike some authors Travis makes it easy to distinguish when the story focus changes.

Once more does he nail the hard scifi on the head with the hammer. Nobody nowadays, with the possible exception of David Weber, can write the hard science the way he does. While in past books this has become a problem at times, in ODOM Travis hits his stride perfectly and is able to blend the action and adventure into the story. This ability allows for the technical matters to be melded with the action, creating a seamless story for telling.

The reason I gave this four stars instead of five, though, is the length of it. ODOM is fairly short, and could use some more fluff and background for the political situation. This is just my own opinion, however, and while it doesn't hurt the novel without the background, it still leaves you wondering "Why don't they just...?" in certain parts.

A great read still, though, and highly recommended.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does Baen Have No Editors? 18 May 2008
By goldgunner - Published on
I've read Travis Taylor's 'Vorpal Blade' and 'Manxome Foe', pretty entertaining and well written efforts with John Ringo.

I'm struggling with getting past Chapter 2 of this 'One Day On Mars'. My guess is that Baen Publishing was unable to provide an editor for Taylor on this book.

The grammer, syntax, sentence structure and perhaps especially the punctuation is so flawed - or missing - as to make reading this a punitive experience.

I'm sure Travis Taylor came late to the mysteries of writing prose; and I'm also certain he's done little literature reading.

Finally, for the genre of military sci-fi (much less military per se), some accuracy is necessary: has anyone ever heard of a Lieutenant Colonel being addressed as "Lieutenant Colonel" rather than "Colonel"?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Transformers Cartoon ? 16 Mar 2009
By Harvey A. Lewis - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like Science Fiction, stay clear of this one. The only thing I can figure is that it started off as a script for another Transformers movie. The political situation is improbable in the extreme, and the action concerns Marines flying around in machines that transform back and forth between giant robots, planes and maybe tanks - I am not sure - there was a lot of grunting about G-loading and yelling "Guns, guns, guns" - I am not sure what that was about. If you are under 10, maybe you will like it. If you are older than that, skip it.
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