I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Red Hope by John Dreese
Published by Audible Studios Length: 5:58
Genres: Science Fiction
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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?
This book is about an alien artifact discovered on Mars, and the hastily rushed mission from Earth to investigate.
This review will contain spoilers.
I will say this book was entertaining, but it had quite a few issues.
First, its just so implausible. Not the part about finding an artifact, or about having invented an advanced engine to get to Mars quickly. No, how about putting together a working and safe mission to Mars in less than a year, or about repacking a deployed parachute on mars, or having a caisson to investigate soil and then having an astronaut walk all over in bare feet before taking soil samples. Also…not taking extra oxygen aboard a rover, not having safe guards to keep both inner and outer air locks open, having the government secretly put nuclear bombs on the ISS, having a thermonuclear war on Earth without destroying the planet, terraforming mars in the course of a few days using nuclear bombs. I could go on and on how ridiculous this book is.
As far as the characters, the protagonist is a pretty rotten person despite all the talk about his family, etc. The second main character is a typical entrepreneur with no depth. The third character is the evil Russian. And the last character is an astronaut who apparently is so not fit to be in space that she ultimately commits suicide on Mars.
Also I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator…he relies too much on a fake Southern accent and the way the characters all talk is not anything close to reality (this may be the author’s fault too)