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Return to Mars (The Grand Tour Book 7) by [Bova, Ben]
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In Ben Bova's 1992 best-selling book Mars, geologist Jamie Waterman and his crewmates discovered the existence of primitive lichen on the floor of the great Martian canyon known as the Valles Marineris. In Return to Mars, Waterman is headed back to the Red Planet, this time in charge of an expedition that hopes not only to study Martian life, but also to prove that exploring Mars can be profitable. Waterman also wants to revisit a part of the canyon where he thought he spotted a primitive cliff dwelling during the first Martian mission. The second voyage to Mars runs into trouble right away, however, as Waterman clashes with Dex Trumball, the son of a billionaire who's backing the expedition. Dex wants to turn Mars into a tourist attraction, while Waterman wants to preserve the planet for scientific research. Both men are also attracted to the expedition's beautiful psychologist, Vijay Shektar, who can't seem to decide which of the two she likes best. As if that weren't enough, one of the Mars team may be trying to sabotage the mission, while back home the elder Trumball is pulling strings in order to force Waterman to step down as the expedition's leader.

Like Jamie Waterman, Bova takes on a lot of responsibility in this second Mars book. He's trying to create a complex story that relies equally on science, characterisation and politics, mixed in with a healthy dose of mystery and a dash of thriller. As usual, Bova nails the science but fares less well--though by no means poorly--with his characters. He pulls off the politics with confidence, but the thriller sub-plot seems forced. Finally, the mysteries (there are several) all succeed reasonably well, though some are more compelling than others. The whole makes up a thoroughly enjoyable novel about both what life might be like on an expedition to Mars, and what Martian life might be like. It's a better book than its predecessor, and it can be read entirely on its own thanks to Bova's carefully interwoven details about the back story that took place in Mars. - -Craig E. Engler, Amazon.com

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RETURN TO MARS

'A superb story by a first-class writer.' Daily Telegraph on RETURN TO MARS



I believe that the science fiction author who will have the greatest effect on the world is Ben Bova (Ray Bradbury)

A splendid book . . of his many books, Mars must be the most important. (Arthur C. Clarke on MARS)

Death Dream

'The prophetic vision of one of the world's great masters of the genre of science fiction.' Books



Brothers

'Plenty of excitement . . . an effective mix of science, politics and family struggle.' Kirkus Reviews



Extraordinary . . . this kind of story is the reason science fiction exists in the first place. (Orson Scott Card on MARS)

Moonrise

'Heady oxygen is breathed into old bones as Bova colonises the moon.' Scotland on Sunday

'Bova's picture of life on the moon is highly believable.' Publishers Weekly



One of sci-fi's great contemporary writers...Ben Bova writes good, authentic science (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

Return to Mars is an entertaining read, a good example of the bread and butter of the genre (Vector)

Moonwar

'What happens to Moonbase and its inhabitants is as exciting as the future that could be ours.' Tampa Tribune and Times



An epic space novel by an award-winning SF scribe (Books Magazine)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1236 KB
  • Print Length: 564 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (16 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004N3AZDW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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