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
Well, it is short and some of the concepts covered are fascinating ( if not rather "out there" ) so more content would be great.
As noted, expand on some of the concepts.
Research on the topics covered.
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.
I applaud any and all who can write, be published, etc. that being said, this story wasn't for me. Having listened to this and not read it I can't say for sure if the story would have been better in book form. I can say the narrator didn't work for me. I listen to audiobooks while driving for the most part (long commute). I had to switch to music and listen at home as it was putting me to sleep. Being such a short story I could have read it in half the time of listening to it and may have enjoyed it more. Interesting concept for a mars landing, deception, tragedy and alien encounters. The ending was different but left it at a bit of a cliffhanger. Recommend buying in print or ebook form. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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An interesting if short book. I enjoyed the story and it was well written. However the narrator made is seem boring and slow. Would have much preferred to read it rather than listening to the audio.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.
I'm impressed, this story is very well written, it moves forward quite quickly, everything serves a purpose. The character are well developed for such a short book and the story is interesting and imparts a strong message.
The narration is well done with good character voices. The acing and rhythm were also good, Nicholas has a really nice voice.
Overall it was enjoyable to listen to and I'm interested in other books by Janine.
Note: This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
This was probably a decent story but I couldn't get past the narrator. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
The concept for this book is good - something found in an archaeological dig in Egypt gives reason to believe that there is a link between the pyramids and Mars. An international crew of astronauts travel time Mars - the first manned expedition - to investigate. Not all know the reasons on the Egyptian link, and some have their own agenda.
The concept is great. The execution is lacking. The first thing that jumped out at me was the story being told is 3rd person present tense. Present tense is hard and can go awry very quickly if not well written. It lacks much of the ability to build tension through foreshadowing. To then make it 3rd person POV makes it much more problematic, as you no longer have a single personal view of the story but an outside view looking in. This writing approach killed both the tension but also made mean there was no one main character the reader attaches themselves to. The brevity of the book also doesn't help in that regard.
Other things struck me as strange - over explaining certain ideas or items that are standard sci-fi elements (explaining what the "bridge" of a space ship is) but then using short hand or not explaining others. Either the reader is versed in sci-fi short hand and understands the items, or they don't This book has a strange mix. The same for the characters, they are explaining this to each other that they should know (such as what they will do on the mission, which should have been drilled into them a million times before leaving earth). It's useful, I guess, for the reader to have the exposition, but it doesn't make sense for the story.
And finally, the whole thing buries the lead. The Egypt/Mars link should have been up the front - have a prologue showing the items being found or something - but it is not mentioned until late in the story, like an afterthought. That piece of information is where the intrigue and interest of the story is, but it's hidden away and poorly used by the story. Instead we open with the crew doing landing preparation and we get planetary exploration and some sinister hints about other people's agendas on Mars. The crux of the story is missing for most of it.
Hopefully Janine Pestel will get better with writing over time, because there is something of a good story hidden in here.
Narration by Nicholas Santasier is okay. He is easy enough to understand and is well paced. He does employ accents for the non-american characters. But his american characters sounded more or less the same. He also has a fairly strong nasally voice which is also present in his accented characters. so while effort is certainly made towards performing the character it does fall short of 'great'. Certainly not a show stopper.
I was provided a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for my unbiased review.
I would say it's in the middle. It was a good short story that I've almost listened to in one shot. It was a really short one though. I really encourage the author to do a sequel in a bigger format.
Unfortunately the story was too short to get attach to any character in particular. Don't get me wrong, the characters had all great personality and were well executed. I would of like for this book to go a little further.
"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."
I had a hard time connecting with this story, although I can certainly appreciate the author's effort. Despite a rather simplistic dialogue, there's a solid idea here that, if expounded upon and refined, could result in a really unique scifi short story. The current presentation of The Mons Connection is a firm foundation that I hope the author will improve upon with a well-integrated back story and additional character development.
Narration was adequate but lacked a certain smooth, natural ease often possessed by more experienced narrators who effortlessly enhance a reading.
(I was provided a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks to the author for this opportunity!)
I think this is a start of a new sci-fi series. It was very suspenseful especially the last 3rd of this short listen. It takes place on Mars where the crew finds hieroglyphics in Olympus Mons and something they really did not want to find the high priest alien. I’m left wonder what becomes of the crew and if earth searches for them. This listen was provided this by the author for review. Thank you
""... to tumble in slow motion.""
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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