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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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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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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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Not terrible just not very good ... Red/Blue should have been one book.

Should have done it all together for one credit. The good parts were too short and the bad parts too long. Most of it had that "I,ve heard this all before ring to it"


. Some pointless bits tied to few holes added to few distracting bits of soap operas. All brought to a predictable ending. Would had enjoyed or more at half the price.







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Very disappointed in book

Very predictable story line and not very believable. Very good concept and could’ve been an excellent book if the storyline was better executed. The narrator is very monologue and uses the same voice for pretty much everyone Use a credit at your own risk

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Not a good book

I read the first in this series and while not great it was not really bad either. This second book just really falls flat. There is a lot of stereo-typing, some really insulting. The promise falls apart and the author just seems to lose his way. To be honest this book has nothing to do with science and is so fanciful that it is impossible to suspend disbelief. I am not really sure what the author was thinking.

It's like "The Martian" on Acid with Earth falling part in some completly ridiculous side plot. I would not bother.

The Narrator is good though and his delivery is spot on despite how bad the story is.

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