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3.0 out of 5 stars Much to Live Up to!, 1 May 2001
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This review is from: The Return (Hardcover)
I was very impressed with Aldrin/Barnes first book together (Encounter with Tiber). It was a good mix of science fiction, with much of Aldrins experience as an astronaut thrown in for good measure and exciting drama. The Return is a different beast altogether. As I read it I was waiting for the eloquent science and Aldrins astronautical experience to appear. On one or two occasions it does surface (just about) but it just wasn't enough to turn a reasonable conspiracy theory storyline book into a top notch piece of space fiction. Some good points about it were the authors ability to never patronise the reader and the impressive skill in writing a book completely devoid of corniness as is often the case with science fiction. But there just wasn't enough to of Aldrins knowledge here. I suspect the publishers may have requested a tone down of the science to make the book more appealing to the general reader, but in doing so they alienated the true fans and in any case, the general reader is unlikely to read a book by an ex-astronaut! All in all a little diappointing when compared to high quality of Encounter with Tiber
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Little About Too Much, 11 Feb 2003
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This review is from: The Return (Hardcover)
Mr. Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon long before he started writing books. He was one of the handfuls of men ever to go so far from this planet, and among an even smaller group to walk on another world. He was part of the last great space project Apollo, a project that had a goal other than simply circling the Earth in low Earth orbit. He is clearly a man very frustrated with the deterioration of exploration of space, and he makes that clear in this work of fiction.
"The Return", is full of irony as it involves damage to a shuttle named Columbia. This is not cheap opportunism as this book was released a few years ago. This book attempts to include several large events in far too few pages. An event takes place and then is often resolved with little if any detail shared between the event and its resolution.
The work often has an annoying style that has a character involved in a dialogue and then commenting on what they are about to say, are saying, or have said. It leaves the reader feeling as those the same material is covered more than once. Meaningless issues like what type of fast food can cover more than a page or two, and in a book of 264 pages, that is an interminably long time.
I would be much more interested in reading non-fiction from Mr. Aldrin about how he feels America can effectively once again begin the exploration of space. I would like to know what he thinks about the Space Shuttle, The International Space Station, and whether these are worthwhile programs, and if not, what programs should be pursued.
Not many have the experience of Mr. Aldrin and I wish he was using the time that produced this book, to further the exploration, or at least the intelligent discussion of the exploration of space.
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The Return by John Barnes (Mass Market Paperback - 28 Dec 2001)
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