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The husband-and-wife team who wrote this book may not have gotten the science absolutely right - I'm not a rocket scientist so I don't know if they did or did not - but as both an author and a reader I can say that they were absolutely spot on when it came to getting the characters right.
And, let's be honest here, isn't that really all that matters when you're writing a novel? I mean, if you're writing a treatise on astrophysics or a technical manual on the care and maintenance of faster-than-light engines then characters don't really matter much. However, if you're writing fiction - science or otherwise - it's the characters that make or break the book. Readers have to feel an emotional connection with them, even the villains. When they do feel that connection, readers are drawn into the narrative.
The DeGiorgios have done that in "Orion Connection." They've given us heroic characters, aliens, treacherous spies, lovers, friends, and comrades in arms. They've put their characters through the wringer; forcing them to deal with life-threatening situations, betrayals, romance, and loss.
And they've done it well in the course of a fast-paced narrative that has sufficient detail to put the reader "in the moment" without lapsing into so much technobabble that your eyes glaze over.
The authors, in addition to giving readers some really interesting characters, have done an impressive job of world building. Their descriptions of a depleted Earth - stripped nearly bare of resources by greedy corporations and a population that can't see past the next weekend - is well done. Their descriptions of life aboard Orion and of Mars itself are also well done. The plot is straightforward with a couple of really nice twists to keep it interesting.
All in all, a very nice read complete with topical subject matter: 5 stars.
So they need to detach the drop line to the planet but in order to do this they need to use a wrench almost as big as a woman to remove monster size bolts and on and on. I can think of a half dozen reason why such a line would need to be cut in an emergency so why would you design a system that would take a half hour and cannot be done by a woman (I didn't write this so don't call me sexist)? I could go on but I will leave you with one last example of how horrible this writing is. They used Mars' gravitational pull to slingshot them back to Earth, cutting weeks off their return trip. And how were they planning originally to return? NOT use Mars' gravitational field as a slingshot and ADD weeks to their return trip? Ok, now is the time to call me sexist because I generally avoid sci-fi written by women. There, I said it. But honestly, in my experience, I've read few books by women who had the technical understanding to pull off most stories in this genre. That's not to say that I haven't read a lot of crap from male authors (a certain Cussler name comes to mind). What I don't understand is why these authors, male or female, cannot give the book to a friend who has some small understanding of things mechanical or just moderately technical, for feedback (and hopefully, serious editing) before exposing it to the public. All you people who loved it. I am happy for you because clearly there is a sequel in the works with Jovi being miraculously brought back to life by the Martians.
The Chinese are hot on the heels of the launch of the U.S. spaceship Orion, wanting to claim Mars for themselves. Killing vital personnel and attempting to assassinate other crucial Orion crewmembers is how the Chinese plan to get their spacecraft to Mars first. A trusted friend and engineer onboard is also sabotaging the Orion from within. But who is it in this tight-knit group that has worked together and trained together for years? Commander Lawson, on his last trip into space before retirement, has some tough problems to deal with from the moment he finds out his dearest friend and pilot for the Orion has been murdered the morning before the scheduled launch.
Enough spoilers...suffice it to say, this action-packed beginning can in no way prepare you for the incredible revelations to follow...the artifacts and fossils of an ancient alien race that once called earth home is to be studied. Those studies leave the reader and the crew of the Orion whirling in Outer space when worlds collide.
DeGiorgia is a good storyteller, whose realism in the research of spacecraft and future innovations carries the plot in a steady stream of predictability until about a little over halfway through the book...then the anticipated, no-surprises action is left in Martian dust on a planet so unlike earth. Definitely worth the read, so hang in there through the well-written, yet predictable, first half to find the explosive, unexpected ending.
Set up well to proceed with a sequel/trilogy. I would have tacked on another star if there hadn't been such an abrupt change in pace.
I highly recommend this book, and I suspect the 5th star will be forthcoming on the next book(s) in the series. S. DeGiorgia is a voice of the future, both in genre and in literary achievement. I look forward to more of his work.
At work I have some down time, where I did most of my reading. I was always disappointed when I was interrupted, because it was always at a point where something big was going to happen! Reading this made my day go by faster and it really made me think more about the scale of the universe.
I really feel like this book has something for everyone and universal appeal.
There is mystery, action, politics, science, history, romance, adventure... seriously... what else are you looking for in a book? Read this! NOW!