I enjoyed this book and it's unique look at the mundane aspects of space travel. However, the title is a tad misleading as the book deals primarily with previous space missions and really speaks very little about aspect particular to a manned mars mission. While still enjoyable I would have like to hear more specifics about future mars missions.
I knew this book was written in the 70's when I purchased it but it seemed like it might be a "classic" and therefore worth a listen. He discusses a number of peculiar events surrounding the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Among these events are sightings of mothman, UFO, strange phone calls, visits from very disorganized MIB agents, etc. However, the author really fails to offer any kind of theory about the cause or meaning of these events. He dismissed extraterrestrial contact out of hand stating simply that extraterrestrial life does not exist and to speculate otherwise is just silly. Then he turns around and blames all these peculiar events on malicious beings in the psycospere, but fails to give any theory as to who these beings are, why they like to make crank phone calls, what their ultimate goals are etc. After listening to the book, I just cannot understand why people seem to like it so much or why is still gets mentioned thirty years later.
I think the title of my review says it all. There tends to be a basic formula for fantasy novels and this one follows that formula to a T. Young unwitting hero who is untrained but nobel at heart, wise older man who takes the hero on a journey and instructs him in combat along the way, elves (there are alway elves), quest for a magic sword, you get the picture - no surprises here.
Just because a book has a vampire or any other creature of fiction does not necessarily make it a true Sci-fi/fantasy book. The primary theme throughout this book is the erotic relationship between the two main characters in a "Harliquine-esc" type romance. I guess I should have figured that out from the cover picture so part of the blame for wasting my credit on this book lands at my feet. However, I wish Audible would do a little better job labeling the genre of the books. For instance I would label this "romance/erotica with fantasy overtones". I would not have minded so much if the characters had of been better. The vampire was very stereotype and predictable. The main female character has the emotional maturity of 12 year old. Just irritating!
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