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Oxygen: A Science Fiction Suspense Novel

Oxygen: A Science Fiction Suspense Novel [Kindle Edition]

John Olson , Randy Ingermanson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Science Fiction Suspense At Its Best

Valkerie is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival. When NASA chooses her for the first mission to Mars, Valkerie is thrilled -- until she learns she's displacing America's heartthrob, celebrity astronaut Josh Bennett.

Bob, the ship's mechanic, is paid to be paranoid -- and he's good at it. After a teeth-rattling launch, Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn't prepared him for this trip. He can deal with a banged-up spaceship, but how's he going to survive the next five months with HER just a flimsy partition away?

Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the four-member crew with only enough oxygen for one.

The pilot is left in a coma.

The mission commander is coming unglued.

All evidence points to sabotage -- and Valkerie and Bob are the obvious suspects.

About the Book

Oxygen is a witty, multi-award-winning roller coaster ride, with a plot that moves at the speed of light and enough geek romance to set your Bunsen burner ablaze.

The authors had hoped to work in some cool controversy on science, faith, the meaning of life, the existence of God, and possibly even the Coke versus Pepsi debate, but they were having so much fun writing the story that they forgot to offend anyone.

Bonus Material: Practical Advice on Writing a Novel

This "Writer's Journey Edition" of Oxygen includes four bonus appendices that will delight aspiring authors and readers who want to know the story behind the story.
* Learn how John and Randy sold this science fiction thriller to a publisher in less than 7 weeks -- without an agent.
* See the exact book proposal they used to sell this novel, with their comments on what they did right -- and what they did wrong.
* Read their hilarious critiques of each other's first scene.

About the Authors

Little is known for certain about John and Randy.

It's a matter of public record that they are award-winning science fiction suspense novelists, Ph.D. scientists, and serial entrepreneurs who have launched one crazy adventure after another for the past seventeen years.

Rumor has it that they prowl the night wearing steampunk battle gear to rid the streets of killer robots, little green men, and ducks that poop on your front lawn after it rains.

John and Randy deny all such allegations as "vicious exaggeration."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DitDat, Inc.; 2 edition (1 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P2HB3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true page-turner 1 Oct 2001
Set in the near-future, Oxygen is a truly fascinating book, and once started, the pages almost turn themselves!
A mission to Mars. It's a great topic, and this book tries to get there using technology that's mostly available now. John Olson and Randy Ingermanson successfully combine science-fiction, suspense, intrigue and mystery with a twist of romance, giving a real page-turner. I would recommend it heartily.
Follow Valkerie and her fellow astronauts as they prepare for, and then embark upon, the mission of a life-time. As the dream of going to Mars gradually becomes a nightmare, watch the frightened and suspicious crew as they look for a saboteur. Not knowing who to trust and who to turn to, the astronauts must rely on their own skills, knowledge, survival instinct and intuition as they fight to make their mission a success.
Follow the problems this team of astronauts encounter, their successes and disasters. Share in their tears and their joy, listen in as they ask tough questions, and begin to question things they have always believed.
A thought-provoking and very readable novel. Hard to put down. I'd heartily recommend it, and can't wait for another book from these two top authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer's Journey Edition 29 Oct 2011
By David M
Format:Kindle Edition
Four NASA astronauts are set to be the first humans to set foot on Mars. A suspicious explosion cripples their spaceship, leaving only enough oxygen for one of them to survive. Oxygen is a tense near future science fiction thriller exploring themes of friendship, trust, loneliness, faith and science.

What's good about this book?
First, the characters. The lead characters of Valkerie Jansen and Bob Kaganovski are realistic and larger than life. As they journeyed together through space, I became increasingly attached to them, and I would find myself pondering their fate even when I wasn't reading the book. It's a couple of weeks since I finished reading Oxygen, and I've continued thinking about Bob and Valkyrie - which is unusual for me.

Second, the storyline. Ingermanson and Olson start as they intend to continue - at breakneck pace, with nail biting tension. There are constant twists and surprises that keep you turning the page and wondering "how are they ever going to get out of this mess?" The ending was a wonderful surprise and yet, once it happened, it seemed inevitable.

Third, the detail. This is clearly a well-researched novel, and both authors are professional scientists. Their intricate knowledge of space travel is used to add relevant plot twists, yet I was never overwhelmed with technological details.

In summary, this is a tense thriller exploring deep questions. I enjoy reading thrillers by John Grisham and Hal Coben, and I enjoyed Oxygen just as much as any book by these authors.

**Attention Fiction Writers**
For fiction writers. Oxygen: Writers Journey Edition (that's the Kindle edition) has a special section offering a smorgasboard of meaty fiction advice.
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By leksast
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Principles of Writing Fiction for Dummies put into place, and very well executed. Thoroughly enjoyable, with decent science (people who have read this book will find the film Gravity hilariously idiotic, as I did. Who in their right mind turns on a toaster oven in a space station?)
The only downside (if it can even be called that way), is its primary target reader being a (born-again) Christian. Unfortunately, this fact influences the outcome of the book, making it fizz out in a way. That said, it should not put you off reading it - it deserves all the audience it can get. I haven't read The Fifth Man yet (the sequel), but I look forward to that one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb writing 8 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
an amazing read stays true to scientific-al facts, I read it years ago and I am rereading it with my husband now.

Greater London
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