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Blue Hope

An Adventure Thriller, Book 2
Narrated by: Bob Reed
Series: Red Hope, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Four astronauts left home to be the first humans on Mars. What didn't come back will haunt life on Earth forever.

Follow the adventure as disaster triggers the greatest treasure hunt in history - spanning the globe and beyond. The prize is nothing short of humanity's very survival.

Blue Hope marks the final book in the Red Hope series, but it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone adventure.

©2017 John Dreese (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 05-05-18

A Well Thought Out Thriller

4.5 out of 5 stars

I remember reading Red Hope over a year ago.  I even finished my review by saying that I would read the sequel if Dreese ever wrote one - well apparently I was a year and a half ahead of my time.  All jokes aside Blue Hope was a crazy thought out book that had twists and turns and a lot of perilous situations.

Blue Hope tells at least three distinct stories in one.  The beginning picks up where Red Hope left off.  The crew is left in Mars - fighting for their lives against the elements - and each other. Landing on Mars was just the beginning - getting back in one piece is another. There is also a crazy set of events that happen on Earth that the book leads with causing other issues that will need to be addressed later in the story. We then jump to a treasure hunt unlike any other in the world. And finally, we are sent back to space trying to find humanities last hope. (this was harder to write since I couldn't give away a lot of the major plot points and spoilers).

I can tell that Dreese has grown as an author since writing Red Hope.  Blue Hope was a book with a lot of different angles all leading to one climactic scene and set of events - it was beautifully thought out and definitely took a crazy outline to map point A to point Z.

I was finishing the book up last night and there was a scene that bugged me - thankfully it was late and I can't actually remember what it was, but I do remember thinking "well that can't happen".  And not in a "this is a science fiction book" way - but just a "that's not even possible" way. Either way - it was so late in the story that it didn't really take me out of the story for more than a moment and wasn't memorable enough that I was able to recall it for the review.

Dreese states that this can be read as a standalone and while I tend to agree - I would check out Red Hope first - it's not too long of a book and it really sets the stage for who the main character is.  You'll figure out that he could be considered the hero and the antihero. He is one of those guys you want to like but he'll keep giving you reasons to hate him a little.

Overall, I think that Blue Hope was a much more thought out story and it had a ton of things that people from all walks of life would like.  There is alien conspiracies, space exploration, post-apocalyptic, political drama, personal drama, personal vendettas, deep sea diving, African jungle exploration, treasure hunting, and a lot more.  Dreese was able to pile all of this into a book that was a blast to read and I found myself staying up far too late to finish.

I was voluntarily provided with a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps.

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Blue Hope

Really enjoyed this serirs, esp. the audiobook!. Cancer is a scary word no one wants to hear pronounced, yet great strides are being made in research.
Praise God.

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  • Ron B
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 01-28-19

Entertaining

Enjoyed this a lot . Not merely well written for sci fi but well written for any genre.

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Very interesting premise and well executed

I enjoyed this enough to place the author on my list of worthwhile to read/listen further.

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Enjoyed It

Didn't explore the complex nature in which the public would respond to a miracle drug developed by martians. But that's ok. I enjoyed the listen. I always enjoy when a new author can pull me for awhile leaving me wanting more.

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Once there was only Red Hope, Now only Blue Hope..

The exciting continuation of a Red Hope, as the planet is in shambles and we know not of the fait of our Mars Crew and the Turtle. We find that finding them and the package they carry is the salvation of earths demise. We find that Mars left us many gifts as we start to hunt the remnants of mars past visit to earth and our satellite. iHope that this series will continue with a NEW HOPE book.

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Russian and French characters all sound German!

I haven't finished the entire book yet but I don't think it's as good as Red Hope - while I wished Red Hope was a little longer and continued the story, I feel like the author could have mashed Blue Hope on to the end of the first book and just had one AMAZING book. Instead, you end up with two decent books and the second one rehashes so much from the first that you could absolutely read Blue Hope without ever touching red and you'd have 90% of the story.

Also, Bob Reed is a good voice actor but damn if it isn't distracting when the two primary Russian characters AND a French character later on ALL SOUND GERMAN. The pronunciation of certain consonants is even identical and reminiscent of American-German humor....

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Decent Listen for Driving

I read/listened to both Red Hope and Blue Hope and was entertained. Good story and interesting characters.
I'm bothered by a few plot/science flaws but i recognize that I am an overly critical audience.
The first 6-7 chapters of Blue Hope seem to be a retelling of Red Hope. makes it readable as stand-alone, but perhaps a bit tiresome for those continuing from the first book.

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Blue Hope

This is the best book I have bought so far. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Its a good story

I listened to the first book in the series and enjoyed it. I was pleased to find the 2nd ready so quick. We may have had an ending to book 2 that will lead to a book 3. I found the characters a bit lacking though, the lead character Adam didn't seem very mature. That may have been the way the narrator made them sound. He's good but I thought he was the wrong person to read this, his voice lacked the gravity (pun not intended but good!) I kept thinking he was a kindly aunt, the story needed a stronger voice, in my opinion.
Do I recommend it, yes, I love reading about Mars and the story was very good especially the end of the 2nd book. I will say no more that might give anything away.
I appreciated the fact that there was no swearing or sexual situations.

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 02-25-19

Great read but a rushed ending

major areas lacked but over all a great book to read and would highly recommend. What was that chapter where she was in bed with Tankervitch that left us all wondering. did she? Didn't she? If she did then why wasn't this addressed. Those sorts if details lacked and were the points that reminded the reader that it was just a book and was not real. until those moments you had me hooked! He went off to prepare for a month for the final mission and his wife did a sudden U Turn and spoke as if they hadn't split up and asked him to stay. He answered like a man not in love and not gutted that he'd thought until now that he'd lost her. He just said sorry dude but I gotta go. and, why didn't he take her with him knowing he might die on his mission wouldn't a real character want to spend every waking moment with his kids and the woman who just agreed to have him back? and hell all the other lot had their wives there!!?? Those huge cowpats dotted throughout this book stopped it being real. Another typical male author that showed his gender without me even needing to check as the male that wrote this lacks emotions like more than 50% of the male population right? only joking. Buy the book, it's a good read. Good story.

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  • MartinRS
  • 10-26-18

Awesome book, fast pace, nice narrations.

Awesome book, fast pace, nice narrations. So much to consider what can go wrong must go wrong. Life is full of twists and turns.