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Sun Dragon by [Brookes, Michael]
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About the Author

Michael Brookes is an Executive Producer with a leading UK games developer. Working in games and writing are two of his life passions and he considers himself fortunate to be able to indulge them both. He lives in the east of England, enjoying starry skies in the flattest part of the country. When not working or writing he can sometimes be found sleeping. Which is good as that is where many good ideas come from!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OV9EJR6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book isn't all that bad, but it isn't as good as the ratings here make it out to be. The English is trivially simple, it could have been written by a fourth grader, and could have done with an edit. There's a phrase which occurs a lot in the book, not to spoil, that ends in '... of the crew'. If I read that phrase one more time in my life I might go postal. I don't expect a self-published book to be a thesaurus of innovative language and covering great literary depths, but it would have been nice not to continually copy and paste alot of the writing.

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.
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First off, let me be clear. This is a great SF book. If you're a fan of harder science fiction, sans hyperdrives and forcefields, this is going to appeal. It's set in a not-too-distant future where humanity is off to land on Mars following the discovery of life on the surface.

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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Let me start by saying this is an excellent science fiction book. It's set in the very near future, there are no warp drives or shields, it's a plausible setting with realistic technology. If that's how you like your SF I think you'll enjoy this.
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.
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REVIEW OF SUN DRAGON
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.
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