Red Hope : An Earth to Mars Adventure

  • by John Dreese
  • Narrated by Bob Reed
  • Series: An Earth to Mars Adventure
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An Amazon best-selling adventure-thriller with a touch of sci-fi
For two million years, Mars has hidden a secret. Two hours ago, the Mars Curiosity rover found it. With less than a year to prepare, four modern-day astronauts are asked to leave their families behind and risk their lives on what will become the most dangerous mission humanity has ever launched. Will the Red Planet give up its real secret before the astronauts run out of time?
About Red Hope:
Red Hope is the first book of a fast-paced two-novel series. It has an entertaining ending with a mild cliffhanger leading into the second book, which is being written right now. Red Hope is intended for a general audience - you won't need a calculator or a slide rule to enjoy this adventure!

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Dreese leaves nothing to chance

What happens when you have a president seeking re-election, an egotistical rich entrepreneur, a Russian Paleontologist and two “not top of the rung” astronauts with everything to lose?  A disaster of epic proportions!

The Mars Rover discovers a secret that the red planet has held for thousands of years.  In a bid for re-election, the president promises a trip to Mars in an unheard of time frame.  Rich CEO Murch has the equipment to get the astronauts to Mars within the time frame but with one condition.  Astronaut Adam leaves his family behind so the money he will make from speaking engagements can provide his wife with the experimental surgery that may help her walk again.  The other two astronauts - Molly and Yeva – well, they just try to do their jobs.

John Dreese builds a strong story around doing the right thing, the right way.  Unfortunately, none of the characters do the right thing, the right way – rather they become the catalyst for nothing less than disaster.

The character development is rich and vivid; one cannot help but admire Adam at first but then he becomes one of the distasteful ones like the President and the CEO Murch.  If one of these three had just done their job the right way and did the right thing, perhaps life on Mars would have been different.

Dreese builds the excitement slowly but steady, he leaves nothing to chance and nothing is left hanging.  He provides closure to everything and everyone while still managing to leave a cliffhanger that will have you holding your breath!

There were points in the story where I know I shook my head because I couldn’t believe what was going on; it was realistic yet one could see the common sense of the astronauts leaping through the window.

The book was an easy listen with the correct amount of suspense and “OMG, no he didn’t” type of action.  Exciting and shocking, this audio is excellent.   This is a book for everyone – it is not just science fiction but romance, horror, drama and so much more rolled into one.

Bob Reed performed the narration perfectly with the right amount of inflection and excitement.  He expressed the emotions of each character well.  His voice was soothing and smooth.

There were no issues with the audio production of this audiobook.

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One of the best Mars novels I've read.

What did you love best about Red Hope?

I'm a sucker for novels about Mars. I thought John did a great job at writing a story that was fast paced, descriptive, and captivated my love of adventure and exploration. It wasn't filled with huge scientific ideas, or techno-babble. Don't get me wrong, I love hard sci-fi, but sometimes the super heavy science jargon gets in the way of the plot, and the character development. That certainly wasn't the case here. I enjoyed all the characters, and felt their motivations and actions were believable in their situations.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Hope?

I don't want to give out any spoilers, but there was a point where you find out some more information after someone's death that really made an impact on me.


Which scene was your favorite?

Without giving any spoilers away, there was a scene that involved an argument between two people that ended badly. Trying to put myself in that situation was hard.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a couple of twists in this book that really had me going "oh shit, that's crazy".There are some death scenes which are hard to think about after getting all the information later on in the novel.


Any additional comments?

I bought this on impulse just by searching for novels on Mars. I thought the summary sounded really awesome, and just went for it. I'm so glad I did. This is definitely one of the best novels on Mars that I've come across. I've been recommending it to all my friends. You really need to check this one out.

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- Vito Marchese

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios