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This is an unbelievably absorbing book, a veritable page turner. It will entertain anyone who enjoys horror, science fiction, or fantasy books. It combines all three genres successfully.
The book involves a trip to Mars by a group of Americans, who seek to unravel a mystery intimated by a Russian expedition to Mars, which never returned to Earth and seemingly vanished. Part of the American team includes a Dr. Lauren Wagner, who leaves behind a thirteen year old sister, Jennifer, who has premonitions of disaster on Mars. Dr. Wagner leaves her sister in the care and custody of her boyfriend, reporter Terry Hayes.
Central to the book is a story of fantasy written by Jennifer about two ancient races, the Asurians and the Sastra. To simplify, the Asurians are evil and the Sastra are good. Their tale of conflict is spellbinding and allegorical to the central, yet parallel story of the expedition to Mars.
Suffice to say that what is encountered on Mars is chilling and terrifying. The Americans come across an ostensible survivor of the Russian expedition. It turns out that he is something else. It is something from the beginning of time which has lain dormant for eons and now threatens the Earth itself. It makes human beings not human anymore. It turns them into something very, very scary.
The apparent survival and return to Earth by Dr. Lauren Wagner and Major Gary Wheeler, pilot of the mission to Mars expedition, raises questions by those who know and love them. They sense that Lauren and Gary are not who they purport to be. They are now different somehow.
The clue on how to stop the potential destruction of the human race lies in the allegorical tale. This fantasy (or is it?) has the answers. This book is unbelievably creative and imaginative. Yet, somehow the author manages to make the combination of genres work flawlessly, weaving it all into an enthralling novel. This is an old fashioned, page turning, must read book. It is simply one of the best and most engrossing books I have ever read.
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on 11 March 2002
It never ceases to amaze me how this book arrived in British bookshops for a brief while in 92 then disappeared, virtually without trace. It appears, at first glance, to be a rather standard example of a book from the sci-fi/ fantasy genre; expedition to Mars, encounter with aliens etc. However, Pike's eloquent linguistic style and use of inspiring imagery set this apart from the typical sci-fi read. It is a book that will startle the reader and inspire imagination, but it goes beyond that. It inspires laughter at points, and even tears. In my opinion, though it very occasionally borders upon slightly tepid sentimentality, this fault is over-ridden by the genuine emotions aroused by the writing. Please, if you are a Pike fan, or even if you are not, buy this book. Then hopefully, it will appear on the shelves again and I (and no doubt Pike himself) can rest happy again.
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on 22 November 2006
I actually don't know how I am going to even look at another book after reading this! I have been a Pike fanatic for years but only just managed to get hold of this book (through amazon) as it was only available in the UK for about 2 minutes in the 90's.

This is one of the few books I would describe as a masterpiece. The sheer volume of information - scientific, historical and fictional - is astounding and utterly mind blowing. As usual, Pike weaves a masterful web of interweaving stories and keeps you on your toes at all times - his characters are brilliant, his structure is flawless and the story itself is just plain brilliant.

I won't ruin anything for potential buyers, but suffice to say it's a tale that will make you question the many myths, legends and facts are universe is based on.

Enjoy!
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on 5 December 2010
I am a great fan of horror and good story telling and perhaps dark crime/fantasy with a twist Simply The Season of Passage is an adventure tale of an American Expedition to Mars primarily in search of a Russian voyager spacecraft gone missing...all contact with the Russian crew is lost..what fate awaited them on Mars?...will our heroes find the answers? From the start there is an atmosphere of doomed anticipation sometimes reminiscent of Alien, the feeling of isolation is forever present as is an awareness of death and destruction stalking the reader

On Mars one Russian survivor is discovered...or is he? He leads the crew members into the depths of hell as one by one they they are destroyed and the remaining survivors including Dr Lauren Wagner return to earth after two years....but what did they transport from Mars to earth? are they altered by their voyage? is earth in danger? are they carriers of an Alien infection?

This is a beautifully written and balanced horror story with elements of fantasy forming a story within a story. At it's heart is the age old fear of how,why, and when could the human race be destroyed. This is the first Christopher Pike book I have read and will most certainly not be my last...a marvellous intelligent read and highly recommended!!
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This is an unbelievably absorbing book, a veritable page turner. It will entertain anyone who enjoys horror, science fiction, or fantasy books. It combines all three genres successfully.
The book involves a trip to Mars by a group of Americans, who seek to unravel a mystery intimated by a Russian expedition to Mars, an expedition which never returned to Earth and seemingly vanished. Part of the American team includes a Dr. Lauren Wagner, who leaves behind a thirteen year old sister, Jennifer, who has premonitions of disaster on Mars. Dr. Wagner leaves her sister in the care and custody of her boyfriend, reporter Terry Hayes.
Central to the book is a story of fantasy written by Jennifer about two ancient races, the Asurians and the Sastra. To simplify, the Asurians are evil and the Sastra are good. Their tale of conflict is spellbinding and allegorical to the central, yet parallel story of the expedition to Mars.
Suffice to say that what is encountered on Mars is chilling and terrifying. The Americans come across an ostensible survivor of the Russian expedition. It turns out that he is something else. It is something from the beginning of time which has lain dormant for eons and now threatens the Earth itself. It makes human beings not human anymore. It turns them into something very, very scary.
The apparent survival and return to Earth by Dr. Lauren Wagner and Major Gary Wheeler, pilot of the mission to Mars expedition, raises questions by those who know and love them. They sense that Lauren and Gary are not who they purport to be. They are now different somehow.
The clue on how to stop the potential destruction of the human race lies in the allegorical tale. This tale of fantasy (or is it?) has the answers. This book is unbelievably creative and imaginative. Yet, somehow the author manages to make the combination of genres work flawlessly, weaving it all into an enthralling novel. This is an old fashioned, page turning, must read book. It is simply one of the best and most engrossing books I have ever read.
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on 1 October 2010
It's difficult to write about vampires these days. the few that do it well have sort of cornered the market on the theme, Brian Lumley has done incredible work on vampires in the Necroscope (1) - Necroscope series and has sort of set the bar now. How can you enjoy a different vampire story after reading that series? well Pike manages to make you. Although Pike's vampires are utterly unlike Lumley's Wamphyri (Necroscope (3) - The Source), the story is well woven and very interesting (there are some common threads between Lumley's creatures and Pike's but I cannot elucidate without spoiling it for you). with this particular spin the vampire's story appears to be fresh and new again. Here the horror genre is well meshed with science fiction/fact - the trip to mars in the book, is no longer quite the science fiction it once was, although the means to preserve the astronauts's lives throughout the trip is. Also, this book has an interesting story inside the story - that is, inside the book, you are treated to a few chapters of a book one of the characters writes, and THAT story is quite amazing, you'll find yourself speed-reading through the main book in the hope of getting treated to the next chapter of the inner one. I have read this book several times through the years, and while i now realize it is not quite as well-written as i though (the dialogue can, occasionally, appear a bit stilted) it is still one of the best i have read in this genre, proof of that is that after demolishing a paperback version of it, i have now bought the hardback in the hope it will last longer. I recommend it thoroughly as a book to relax and lose yourself into, I loved it, you very likely will too. Finally, a warning, a few of the people I recommended it to have expressed dissatisfaction with the ending, which admittedly is the weak spot, the somewhat stilted dialogue i referred to is during the final confrontation, following which it seems like the author could not find a way to top the story thus far and just wrapped it up in a couple of very short paragraphs. Admittedly, it would have benefited from some more work.
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VINE VOICEon 23 October 2003
For a writer of mainly horror books for younger readers, this is a brilliant entry into mainstream horror. It's a pity that there aren't too many more adult horror novels by Pike - he certainly has the talent for writing them.
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on 29 May 2013
No digital version of this book available so I was glad to find it def his best book (in my opinion) arrived in good time and in good condition
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