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Seven convicts, offered a choice, life imprisonment or life on Mars. What's not to like?
S J Morden and his fictional XO Corporation blast seven lifers with special skills off to Mars to build a base with which to begin Mars exploration. Morden's bona fide rocket scientist credentials have been used to good effect and he treats us to an enjoyable sci-fi thriller.
This includes in part the problem-solving attributes of The Martian with what is in essence a good old-fashioned murder mystery set on the cold wastes of Mars. With this Mars we aren't talking the relatively gentile world of Agatha Christie though. This is a genuinely frontier land battle for survival.
Morden spends some effort backing up his premise to make it seem credible and if I were a cynic I would suspect there's some real-life experience of modern corporate culture in there.
All in all, not a bad read at all.
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Unfortunately for me I found William Hope a little too quite at times. That’s mostly due to the listening conditions I suppose. Not always using headphones. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters.
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