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An Amazon best-selling adventure-thriller with a touch of sci-fi

For two million years, Mars has hidden a secret. Two hours ago, the Mars Curiosity rover found it. With less than a year to prepare, four modern-day astronauts are asked to leave their families behind and risk their lives on what will become the most dangerous mission humanity has ever launched. Will the Red Planet give up its real secret before the astronauts run out of time?

About Red Hope:

Red Hope is the first book of a fast-paced two-novel series. It has an entertaining ending with a mild cliffhanger leading into the second book, which is being written right now. Red Hope is intended for a general audience - you won't need a calculator or a slide rule to enjoy this adventure!

©2014 John J. Dreese (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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One of the best Mars novels I've read.

What did you love best about Red Hope?

I'm a sucker for novels about Mars. I thought John did a great job at writing a story that was fast paced, descriptive, and captivated my love of adventure and exploration. It wasn't filled with huge scientific ideas, or techno-babble. Don't get me wrong, I love hard sci-fi, but sometimes the super heavy science jargon gets in the way of the plot, and the character development. That certainly wasn't the case here. I enjoyed all the characters, and felt their motivations and actions were believable in their situations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Hope?

I don't want to give out any spoilers, but there was a point where you find out some more information after someone's death that really made an impact on me.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without giving any spoilers away, there was a scene that involved an argument between two people that ended badly. Trying to put myself in that situation was hard.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a couple of twists in this book that really had me going "oh shit, that's crazy".There are some death scenes which are hard to think about after getting all the information later on in the novel.

Any additional comments?

I bought this on impulse just by searching for novels on Mars. I thought the summary sounded really awesome, and just went for it. I'm so glad I did. This is definitely one of the best novels on Mars that I've come across. I've been recommending it to all my friends. You really need to check this one out.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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When there is no Hope you have Red Hope

An exciting book, when a new discovery leads to a space race to mars where even more discoveries are to be had. Then something happens, and earth goes all to hell. Just as this space adventure is getting good it comes to and end, but do not lose hope, we have a second book Blue Hope to continue.

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Surprisingly Unexpexted

My hope was that I would enjoy this book but what was delivered was one that I could not put down.

Excellent storytelling, interesting characters... Simply refreshing.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Mars...we're here....within all your mystery.

Well worth listening....the surprise awaiting the astronauts truly mind enhancing. You will not be disappointed!

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I want to slap the author upside the head

My frustration at the author's repeated use of tired stereotypes and implausible scenarios made me want to scream at multiple points. I feel like he hated the smart kids in high school and decided to write a book about how otherwise smart people are actually too dumb to live. If the book had been any longer, I wouldn't have invested the time to finish it. Definitely NOT getting the 2nd one.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 12-31-16

A Sci-Fi Mystery

Red Hope was written if a hard science fiction, a normal sci-fi, and a mystery book all had a baby together. There were definitely parts of hard sci-fi in this with some of the descriptions of the propulsion, the world that they find, and just the everyday life of the scientists on Mars. The regular "old school" sci-fi was the premise and the struggles that the astronauts and scientists were going through. The mystery part was the most intriguing. Sure, any science fiction can have mystery in it, but this whole book was shrouded in it.

I did enjoy it, it wasn't as tech savvy as The Martian, or as wonderfully as some thrillers or mysteries that I usually read, but it was still a really enjoyable book. Enjoyable enough that I definitely want to figure out what happens in the next book.

The narration, done by Bob Reed was good. He reminds me of a voice that I know from Hollywood but I can't place the name even though I can see his face. (I wanna say he was bigger in the 80's but that doesn't really help much here). Regardless, Reed does a really nice job with Red Hope -- helping move the story along nicely.

I have a bit of a spoiler question that I will attempt to write without spoiling anything. Dear Mr. Dreese -- unless there is a lot more explanation in the second book, why was the extra thing included on the ISS there (and that whole random plot-line there?) Seriously, it felt so completely out of place with the entire rest of the story. I was a little worried the entire book was going to take a weird turn from that point on.

Overall, Red Hope was good. I definitely enjoyed reading it and will check out the next book if it's released on audio.

I received this book for free. The gifting of it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • dana
  • monroe, NC, United States
  • 08-15-17

disappointing.

I had hope for this book. the narrator did an excellent job. but, you can only do so much with bad material. it starts slow, and doesn't improve much from there. I found this book ultimately depressing. the most interesting part of the book is what they found on mars. which was not elaborated on in much depth. the primis is good. but the story, was very disappointing. wish I could get a refund.

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  • RD
  • 08-06-18

Interesting SF idea

This is science fiction that I like best - plausible, almost a what-if alternate history. Great reader and production!

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Not your normal heroes

Fairly original, the plot twists were unexpected and the author didn't telegraph what was going to happen next.

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Great story

5 star, Bob Reed did a good job. the story good and very interesting, I will get book two blue hope! I look forward to John Dreese's next book.

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  • S.C.Forest
  • 08-15-16

A great idea ruined

Chris Woods

The subject material for this book suggests many great story scenarios, but on this occasion, the author has written it in an immature, childish style, forgetting that even science fiction has to be vaguely plausible. It is an entertaining yarn, as long as the listener doesn't think too much about the details.
I understand that this book, (Red Hope) is book 1 of a series; the only way I shall try any subsequent efforts, will be by accident.

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  • S. Morris
  • 06-16-16

More Mars, Less Earth Please ...

Red Hope is an interesting story and like others before in the genre,
tantalizes the reader with the evidence of intelligent life having existed
on Mars at some distant past time. Ben Bova's series of Mars stories deals
with the same issues as for those interested in Mars related fiction that
haven't read his books they are a worthy read. Red Hope has that bang up to
date contemporary feel of a recently written book and so paints a picture
of everyday life that people will feel familiar with.

The narrator is a new one to me and is competent and fluid in his rendering
of the story. In the early stages of the book though, I did think his
reading of narrative sections was a little too fast. He is able to portray a
range of accents but when not having to differentiate characters in that way
and dealing with those of the same sex, I did find that, for example, the
male Americans pretty much sounded the same as did the female Americans.
Only those with a Russian or Texas twang had more distinct voices. I also
felt that the narrator, though very good on the whole, didn't have the
gravitas in his voice to convey the danger, mystery and wonder of some of the
book that I felt was needed. I smiled to myself thinking at one point how
his youthful and enthusiastic voice would lend itself to a character in a Scooby Do cartoon
or something similarly lightweight. That's not to say that the narrator was
in any way a poor one, just perhaps not the best for this type of material.
Still, he gave the prose a flowing and natural reading without any pauses or
other unneeded breaks in the rhythm.

The author did manage to give the reader a series of unpredictable
occurrences and I was surprised at how things turned out so full marks for
that. I did, however, feel that not enough time was spent painting a picture
of life on Mars so that the reader was immersed in the inherent dangers of
the alien environment. This is where I think Bova did a better job in
bringing Mars to the reader. This Mars novel seems more to be a story
platform rather than the setting.

Red Hope is the first of a two part series and so we are left with a cliff
hanger of sorts that will make anyone who liked this story want to get the
concluding part. I am also left wondering just how much the red planet will
figure in the follow up to this story given the circumstances leading to the
end of this book..

Red Hope shows its more contemporary feel in the way it places its key characters in more dire situations than perhaps those in Ben Bova's Mars books but I'd have to say that I prefer Bova's series because it places the reader onto that alien planet in a more immersive way and spends more of his books in that environment than this one does which gets the reader there in perhaps the final third.

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  • jim norman
  • 08-07-18

Should be filed under "Young Adult Litrature".

I struggled to complete this book and was not rewarded for my efforts.
Wooden characters. Implausible plot and staged dialogue.
Reads like a school competition entry in the "young adult literature" category (scraping a 3rd prize win).
The story begins slowly, grinds down to a crawl then ends.
The narrator does nothing to improve this poor effort. His accents and characterizations are cringe worthy and his presentation shallow.
I won't be buying the second book.
Refund please.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-18

Weak Storyline

I found this to be a fairly predictable book with a very weak storyline and dubious characters