Venus Rising appealed to me for its non-Mars setting with an archaeological theme. While I found the book to be an easy read, I am disappointed that the book is almost written in a childish manor with jokes and flippant remarks through; in situations that the author would have the reader believe to be gravely important, the characters have a hard time focusing dialog along that same scope. I also found superfluous swearing to be a distraction to my enjoyment.
The book has built into its theme, religious dogma, and the questioning of the inerrancy of scripture from numerous world religions. As a result, the reader is brought to look at religion, and its role in his or her life in a different light.
A major flaw that I find with the book (Kindle version) is that it suffers from a lack of thorough editing. There are numerous instances of incomplete sentence structure, and the word HOPPED is incorrectly used several times in place of HOPED - spell check is only so good.
While I doubt I'll be checking out subsequent offerings in this new series, I am glad I took the time to read the author's views. It may not fully be my bag of tricks, but I know that there are plenty of folk who will love this story, and its serial offerings to come.