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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, English aside. The book is not bad with that in mind. It surprises me to find out he's written other books before, but there you go.
The story is interesting, at least. Whilst it resembles a more interesting story told by a non-expert - i.e. in places a lot of interesting detail is lost - it is still interesting to follow the space journey.
Not a bad book. But not as good as it is rated here on Amazon, which was the main reason I bought it.
The story involves a perfectly believable human mission to the Red planet, with a compellingly realised spacecraft, with spinning sections to provide artificial gravity, hydroponic bays to grow food along the way and (yes!) realistic communications with time delays built in. The author clearly knows his science, which comes across well.
Something slightly odd happens during the journey, the reasons for which are not clear at the time, but are a foreshadowing of things to come. I had expected Mars itself to be the core of the book (despite the title) so the sudden twist in the middle of the book was very exciting. The spacecraft does eventually reach the red planet and attempts to enter orbit...
Which is when the afterburners fire and the 'real' story starts. Suffice to say this switches from a staid but interesting mission into a desperate battle to survive. The 'alien' is not what you expect and its behaviour is almost majestic in purpose, nothing like the dull "alien goes on a killing spree" trope you might expect. Its supreme indifference yet dramatic impact is what makes this story. Things just go from bad to worse. The spacecraft itself is one thing, but when the alien's real motives are discovered... we'll, you'll just have to read it.
The ending is satisfying and gritty - realistic and believable rather than Hollywood.
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The characters have great depth and the story starts with a setting that is perfectly believable, practically current! The Mars mission is of course several years ahead but the descriptions of the ISS, rocket launches, space suits and astronaut training all read as very realistic.
The author has put so much realism in to the science, it was a real treat to read. Spinning sections on the ship to provide an amount of artificial gravity, annoying time delays for communications, the pain of having to get in to a space suit and the amount of exercise astronauts have to do due to muscle atrophy in zero gravity all add to the setting.
The book starts off slower, packing in the character depth, mystery and the realistic science then as the story unfolds the pace quickens. I planned to read a few chapters one night and ended up reading the whole last third of the book, it was impossible to put down.
The plot was not at all what I was expecting, which was wonderful. I've frankly never read anything quite like this. It's the sort of book you want your friends to read so you can discuss it and can't stop thinking about when you finish the last page.
This is the first Michael Brookes book I've read, I will be reading more.
I am familiar with some shorter stories from Michael Brookes but this is the first of his novels that I have read.
The story is set in the near future as man prepares for a first landing on Mars. And it is essentially a tale of two halves. In the first we are taken on a slow ride. The interplay between the protagonists is fine but bit by bit the reader is drip- fed the information needed to retain interest.
Then the fun begins as the roller coaster speeds the reader along. Almost after every chapter you are left with the ‘what can go wrong next’ scenario. The astronauts are tested to the limit as they, and their ship, are shaken to the core. Samantha, the main character, is superbly described and I imagined her taking all those decisions. And I liked all the other players, simply because they were believable.
The amount of research undertaken must have taken up many of the author’s nights and probably long into the early hours.
I like fast paced tales; the first part was thus too slow for me; the second being spot on. Reading the beginning again, I believe that some of the lines could have been cut, even shortened, but that decision, quite rightly, always belongs to the author.
I really enjoyed the story and the ending fitted in perfectly. A recommended read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
..is skillfully woven into this epic space journey just on the edge of view. Eventually you realise who the hope is for.Published 6 months ago by Ian Norton
I'd previously read a techno-philosophy mix, Church of Virtual Saints, by this author. I was interested enough to try Sun Dragon. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clare O'Beara
I bought this book because I know the author and love his literary genius. I have read three of his other books and this book Sun Dragon does not disappoint! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Graham
At the start its a little mundane and at the end very dramatic. In some parts especially towards the end I would have liked a little more description of what happened. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alanrp
The story starts slow, painfully slow at some points, as points are belaboured and scientific details overexplained. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Darren Grey
In the near future a spaceship sets off to Mars, its 6 person crew made up of more mature members. They are all capable of doing each other's jobs. Read morePublished on 24 April 2015 by Joo
I really enjoyed this book. I love sci-fi books that create an utterly believable world that has been created by the author. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2015 by Rory Scarlett
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The level of detail about space flight is astounding and for someone, like me, who has fantasised about being an astronaut since I was a lad it's... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2015 by Mr Macabre
Watching a TED talk recently from Chris Hadfield, he used the phrase “There is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse”. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2015 by Amazon Customer