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Publisher's Summary

Mars, astronauts, Egypt, and aliens, oh yes!
What they found was more than they came for.
Jon Carson, the American military man, Doug "Digger" Johnson, The American archaeologist, Kathleen Doolan, the Irish physician, and Mikhail Borznekhov, the Russian military man and biologist, came to Mars to look for signs of life at Olympus Mons. What brought them there was something found at a dig in Egypt.
Follow them as they explore the area around Olympus Mons and then, finally, enter the mountain itself and unlock the hidden, secret mystery of what awaits them. They discovered what Olympus Mons has to do with ancient Earth history. Will you?
©2016 Janine R. Pestel (P)2016 Janine R. Pestel
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3 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 02-16-17

A quick and decent offering

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Well, it is short and some of the concepts covered are fascinating ( if not rather "out there" ) so more content would be great.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

As noted, expand on some of the concepts.

What three words best describe Nicholas Santasier’s performance?

Good quality

Did The Mons Connection inspire you to do anything?

Research on the topics covered.

Any additional comments?

I received this copy from the author in exchange for this review. This is a short, interesting scifi offering that is somewhat "out there" in the ideas covered, but it discusses them in realistic and digestible ways. I enjoyed it for what it is , and it would be worth the credit for folks who enjoy conspiracy theory scifi offerings.

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2 out of 5 stars
By TU on 07-13-17

Too short and needed more editing

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This one missed the mark for me. The concept was cool and hints at a lot of interesting ideas about life on Mars. I just thought it was too short to fully realize any of them. The whole book felt really rushed and I felt the editing could have been better.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 09-28-17


I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I found this really boring. It was only two hours long, but it was such a disappointment, especially as it had such a good premise. It was predictable and the narrator was really monotone. It was difficult to tell the characters apart and the entire audiobook seemed to merge into one long drone.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 02-20-17

"... to tumble in slow motion."

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This short novel is well and simply written, directly concentrating on the personalities of the four person team, headed by Captain John Carson, as they arrive at and land on Mars: the first astronauts to set foot on the Red Planet. Their excitement and pleasure of achievement is tangible.Very human.
Ostensibly sent as a research team to examine the planet for signs of possible earlier life, there is an underlying reason why this particular spot on Mars - the Mons Olympus - has been chosen, one only revealed to the team once their exploration has started.

The first half, or more, of the book was very enjoyable, reminiscent of older space travel science fiction, based far more on human reaction than technology, perhaps rather slow paced for today's more frenetic action demanding readers. It was atmospheric with just the right hint of menace. But the ending was too trite for school a good beginning, not fulfilling the produces of deeper mystery.

Throughout it all the narrator was clear, steady and paced to the speed of the story with convincing dialogue between the team members. But again, the ending was less than convincing although he does a reasonable interpretation of the text.
My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of The Mons Connection, via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable listen but would have been better if developed further in the latter stages to be more in keeping with the earlier promise.

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