This book is action packed from start to finish. The editor review calls the book "24" on mars, but while I enjoy the show 24 I just don't ..Show More »see how the comparison fits. This is "starwars" meets "robotech" meets "band of brothers", if that makes any sense. The story follows multiple characters through a roughly 24 hour period, centering on a war taking place on and in orbit of Mars. The action is just one big adrenaline rush from start to finish. From a spy being inserted behind enemy lines, the ground tank commanders trying to reclaim the cities of mars, the pilots fighting in orbit and mars atmosphere, and a retired marine trying to save his family, the story drops you in and you just need to hold on. This is one of those books where you plan to listen for an hour and next thing you know you've read half the book. Highlite for me was that the when a explanation was needed of some sci-fi technology, you never felt like the action was put on pause, but rather the explanation are cleverly inserted into the action. Another highlite was the use of the robotech/gundam "starfighter/robot" idea was used, and used well. Each phase of the starfighters "fighter, eagle, and bot modes" were clearly used and the author explains exactly why each pilot is using their machines in that way. I would compare the writing style to the Prince Roger Series "We Few" by John Ringo & David Weber. I would also say this book could hold its own against other sci-fi books like Starks War, Old Man's War, Legacy of Aldentaa. I urge those who enjoy this book tho request audible to carry the follow on books (The Tau Ceti Agenda & One Good Soldier) in the trilogy.
If you're into very detailed accounts of aircraft dogfighting then this book is the book you've been waiting for your entire life. If you dont want to..Show More » listen to hour long dogfights, then don't buy this book.
William Dufris does his usual fantastic job, however even he cant save this book. The author is hyper-focused on every detail of "the battle", and I found myself getting so frustrated after 30 or 40 minutes of dogfighting that I would skip ahead in hopes of finding some more story narration. When the author is telling the story, its great, but unfortunately it seems buried in way too many drawn out battle sequences.