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Return to Mars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2000
Bova has made Mars the place to be. Like the first novel MARS, he leaves us with a tantalising need to know just what is really up there. Or in this case,'what was written'. I feel like I've been up there with the characters and have made the decisions and discoveries right alongside them. I want more Mr.Bova - just one more book will do, but I want it.
The negative aspects of this novel are that I still don't truly like Jamie Waterman and the girls he bags in both books are too all-round gorgeous to be true, but he is a noble character with a noble pursuit. I didn't buy the mystery villain either, didn't really need it, though it was in a way, a necessary device to bring the book to a decently poignant conclusion.
But why dwell on minor irritations. This is a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 13 December 2008
The sequel to Mars could quite easily be read stand-alone. Following the discovery of life on the Red Planet a team once more ascends to conduct further research. In true sequel style there is more of everything that made the first one great. The action starts straight away on Mars, with the scene already set Bova wastes no time with the planning stage. Multiple missions with a new and diverse team mix up the action and suspense as Return provides gripping page after gripping page. The science element is never bewildering ensuring a compelling read. Flawless execution - a must for any sci-fi reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2000
I've just read 'Mars' and 'Return to Mars' in about 48 hours. They were superb. Return to Mars follows on well and I was kept interested throughout. I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
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on 18 June 1999
Ben Bova's 'Mars' is my favourite book of all time, so I was really excited to see 'Return to Mars', but it left me feeling slightly sorry that he ever bothered to write it. The best thing about 'Mars' was the cast of characters and the way they eventually came together - Jamie Waterman specifically states at the end of the book that they're a team, and they're going to stay as one. So why write a sequel which doesn't feature any of the characters except Jamie and gives only brief mentions as to what happened to them? I did enjoy the book, but wondering what happened to characters like Tony spoiled it a bit for me, and I wasn't sure that what happened to Joanna and Jamie was completely in character. I won't give away the ending, but suffice it to say that Bova's got a lot of explanations to give about why his choice of villain was so stereotypical...
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on 29 June 1999
It isn't often that a sequel surpasses the original story but for this reader at least, it is true. This reviewer will not tell you the story, I leave that to the expert, suffice to say that characters from the original 'Mars' make a very welcome return, we know what happens to our hero during the six year interim, and my what an plot for the second book! Return to Mars grips you from the first page & holds onto your imagination and heart from then onwards. Intrigue, jealousy, love, lust and science are a potent mixture. When Ben Bova weaves his magic into the words it's an easy read that flows well with characters that you love and hate in equal proportion. Mars is a visual book. Un-put-downable, springs to mind along with exciting, realistic and engrossing. A master at work once again, a book not to be missed. Review by Amanda Gillies
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on 21 February 2005
When I reviewed Mars I gave it 5 stars and when I am now reviewing Return to Mars, I am disappointed that you can give nothing 6 stars!! It is better than the first book and the team spend alot longer on Mars (almost a year) In this book, there is a set of unexplainable set of 'accidents' and no body knows what is behind them. There are longer excursions as they have two new rovers and a rocket plane for trips to Olympus Mons and beyond. Jamie Waterman is off to Mars again and he makes a spooky but AMAZING discovery!! There is also a man called Dex on the team and his dad is a bit of a problem if future missions will be allowed. You HAVE to buy the book!!
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on 30 November 2013
If you read 'MARS' then this is a nice conclusion to it.....and interestingly it posits ideas which are today still possibilities to answer the question of where our life on Earth came from.
Yes its fiction, but like a lot of good SciFi, it contains ideas years ahead of themselves maybe becoming a reality.
Always readable, and in my opinion his best work was the Voyager series, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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The original "Mars" novel was stunning in it vision. I felt that this second book was a bit of a re-hash, and needed a few new ideas. Basically because they did Mars on the cheap the second time they had the same old set-up as Mars. Being a sci-fi buff I need new invigorating concepts.
Never the less a very captivating read, and I shall definitely look out for the next instalment.
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on 24 June 2014
This, and the previous book, took a while to get my interest but in the end proved to be enjoyable with characters well envisioned. The really annoying thing about both books are the considerable number of errors when transcribed into Kindle versions. Did anyone proof read?! There were far too any errors to be missed. Spoilt my enjoyment......hence only 3 stars.
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This is the second book in the series I have read and enjoyed both books tremendously. Although it is science fiction you can see and believe where it could possibly happen in the future. Great book to read.
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