One Day on Mars : Tau Ceti

  • by Travis S. Taylor
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • Series: Tau Ceti
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 24 on Mars: a non-stop futuristic thrill-ride, all in one day, through the critical events which were the breaking point for the underclass of Martian citizens and precipitated a revolution to break the Martian colonists free from the formidable Sol System government. The formerly red planet would never be the same, nor would the human race.
It was one day that changed the course of history for the Solar System, raging from hand-to-hand combat to piloted armored mecha suits clashing to an enormous space battle, with dedicated heroes on both sides of the conflict wondering if they were doing the right thing and if they would live to see another day. And wondering, as well, if the spark of this new war that would eventually reach across whole star systems, would bring them peace.

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One Fast Ride!

This book is action packed from start to finish. The editor review calls the book "24" on mars, but while I enjoy the show 24 I just don't see how the comparison fits. This is "starwars" meets "robotech" meets "band of brothers", if that makes any sense. The story follows multiple characters through a roughly 24 hour period, centering on a war taking place on and in orbit of Mars. The action is just one big adrenaline rush from start to finish. From a spy being inserted behind enemy lines, the ground tank commanders trying to reclaim the cities of mars, the pilots fighting in orbit and mars atmosphere, and a retired marine trying to save his family, the story drops you in and you just need to hold on. This is one of those books where you plan to listen for an hour and next thing you know you've read half the book. Highlite for me was that the when a explanation was needed of some sci-fi technology, you never felt like the action was put on pause, but rather the explanation are cleverly inserted into the action. Another highlite was the use of the robotech/gundam "starfighter/robot" idea was used, and used well. Each phase of the starfighters "fighter, eagle, and bot modes" were clearly used and the author explains exactly why each pilot is using their machines in that way. I would compare the writing style to the Prince Roger Series "We Few" by John Ringo & David Weber. I would also say this book could hold its own against other sci-fi books like Starks War, Old Man's War, Legacy of Aldentaa. I urge those who enjoy this book tho request audible to carry the follow on books (The Tau Ceti Agenda & One Good Soldier) in the trilogy.
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- Joshua

Great fun!

If you could sum up One Day on Mars in three words, what would they be?

Fast paced fun


Any additional comments?

Disclaimer: I love this narrator and would listen to pretty much anything he reads. You'll love him too if you prefer narrators who take themselves a bit less seriously and focus instead on making it fun for you to listen to them. Having said that, I thought that the book was well-conceived, full of fast-paced action and laden with humour. The story is satisfyingly unpredictable. Will be buying the next book in this series.

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- Elena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios