This collection of three novellas chronicles the dramatic events from the founding of the first Martian colony in the middle of the 21st century to the first election of the Martian Republic in the 22nd century.
From Vermont to Mars tells the story of ecological disasters on Earth that are the catalysts for the first emigrants to head to Mars.
The Red Planet Murders continues the story by telling a compelling tale of murder and the reluctant investigator, Achilles "Ace" Sloan, who must solve the crime amid social unrest on Mars.
The Martian Republic describes the political struggle between warring factions on Mars leading up to the first presidential election.
Together the three novellas are a sweeping cautionary tale of a grand social and economic experiment on Mars.
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Step into the future with this collection of novellas. Follow three separate but interwoven stories about the red planet and humans escape to this place. From Vermont to Mars is the first novella. This is focused on a small town in rural Vermont who is about to have a large development built on protected land. Follow a 71-year-old man’s journey to save this land. All while this is happening his daughter has decided to break off her engagement and go to Mars to teach. The second is a chilling murder mystery that takes place in the world his daughter leaves at the end of her story. And the final novella follows the political strife that has become of Mars since the end of the second novella.
The audiobook was perfect; I cannot find a single flaw with it. It was studio quality. The performance of the narrator, Richard Wilson was perfect. He was compelling and very well spoken, easy to follow and one of those narrators that an author should feel lucky to have reading his story. This is one of those stories that I think the narration actually added something, rather than take away from it. Lucky for the listener, the voice work really only follows one or two characters in each novella – allowing for a quick and easy listen.
I really liked how the stories weaved into each other, but this could have been made to flow slightly better (I really think a chapter more each would allow them to flow perfectly). When listening, other than character names being switched, couldn’t tell when a new story was being told (I thought that the first novellas second part was actually a new story). All-in-all this story was a great narrative of a “what if” scenario if we allow big companies to explore and colonize distant planets. I’m excited to continue the story with his fourth novella in the series The Red Planet President. From what I can tell, picks up after the end of the third novella.
A four star story with five star narration.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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