The Martian Conspiracy

  • by John Read
  • Narrated by Chris Abell
  • 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 2071. Devastated by the loss of his wife and son, NASA engineer John Orville signs up for a new life on Mars, implementing Project Bakersfield, a plan to combat deadly Martian storms. After a military unit lands on Mars, supposedly for a training exercise, Orville discovers the true purpose of Project Bakersfield. With the military unit going rogue, and a massive superstorm threatening imminent destruction, John Orville must fight to save the colony.


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The story and character arcs were really well done

A tragedy strikes California as a piece of NASA engineering crashes down to Earth and John Orville, an engineer at NASA can’t do anything to stop it. He thinks that he’s lost everything too, his child and his wife in the crash. So, he signs up to work as an engineer on Mars. Once he arrives, he starts to notice that things aren’t so much like they seem. Follow John as he tries to uncover the real truth about what is really happening on the red planet.

Chris Abell did narration for this, and he does a wonderful job. I really thought that Chris used the perfect voice for Chris, and gave the other characters really believable and well-done voices too. The quality of this recording was perfect, with no noticeable issues.

The Martian Conspiracy started off a little weird. I was trying to figure out why we were in California. But the whole first third of the book is to set the scene for who John is and what his motives are. I actually had to pause the audiobook at one point to make sure that I was actually listening to this book. Funny though, right after I did that a scene took place that changes where we were pretty quickly. With that being said, I don’t think that the beginning was unnecessary, it was just a bit confused when I thought I was reading a book about Mars and it spent a good amount of time NOT on Mars.

After we got to Mars, the action really started to pick up. Part sleuth/mystery and part sci fi thriller – this book has something for a lot of readers. I found myself really enjoying the story and staying up too late to get further into the story.

The story arc and character arcs were really well done too. I enjoyed the progress that each character had throughout and the interaction between them.

Overall, a well done science fiction novel, that really had some thought involved in it. I like the mixture of mystery, science fiction, and thriller. It was something different from the average sci-fi book.

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Classic Conspiracy/Coverup with a Scifi Twist

This was a good twist on your typical story of a conspiracy by rich elites. After reading the summary I thought this book was going to follow the path of so many stories before it, but I ended up being pleased and drawn into the story by the new approach and the interesting sci-fi twist to a classic conspiracy plot.

The story begins with a NASA engineer (John) observing the project that has consumed years of his life, Project Bakersfield, launching into space. He and the rest of the agency are horrified when a freak accident results in it falling back to Earth and causing the most devastating man-made disaster in history. With a huge swath of southern California destroyed, John spends the next year searching for his wife and daughter who are presumed dead after being caught in the middle of the devastation.
Hollowed out emotionally, he is offered an engineering job on Mars that he accepts in an attempt to escape the guilt that plagues him. As one of the main engineers on the planet, he is assigned to coordinate the construction of a massive power generation project. After noticing several irregularities in the project, and a large contingent of military personnel arrive on the planet and begin acting strangely, John and his two friends uncover a potentially deadly plot by the some of the world's richest elites (now living on Mars in a secret, purpose-built paradise complex). To make matters worse, the project he has been working on may be the catalyst for the murder of thousands of Mars colonists.

The narration on this book was also quite good, and I was drawn into the story after the first few hours. I must admit that it was a little slow to start, but if you can get through the initial backstory, then you won't be disappointed.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: John A Read