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The story is fine. Clearly, this is an epic just getting started. What annoys me though is that it's been a few months since I listened to the first but the author assumes you have a good memory of all the minutiae of his first story in the series. Some authors do a great job reminding you of details so you think, oh yeah, that's why this is important. Some do an even better job and make it so that even if you failed to read the first one, you can still follow it. Mercer does neither of those things here, not even a little bit. So the characters felt completely undeveloped and not compelling because the reader is clearly expected to remember all that stuff from the first book. There's even at least one scene that makes an oblique reference to an event that happens in the first book with no lead in and no explanation and left me completely nonplussed. So, don't do what I did, if you listened or read the first one months ago, give it a fresh skim first before listening to this one or you'll probably be as uninterested in the continuation of this story going forward as I am now.
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This is virtually the same story as Lunar Discovery. Except this time US, USSR 2.0 and China race to Mars instead of moon. The biggest disappointment about the "Discovery" series is that there is so little about the "Discovery". Not very imaginative for a science fiction writer.
Better than first book
Martian Class could be a great Film.
A very good read
the story is well written and keeps you in the edge of your seat, finished with a cliff hanger so bring on the next chapter.
Mark Boyett is flawless as always.
Mark Boyett delivers as usual the story extremely well... 10/10
I wish there would have been a bit more detail in the story. A repeated space race to Mars is a good and feasable story. The whole China angle though seems to me a bit extreme but hey. I am looking forward to the next installment.