Return to Mars

Ben Bova

Stefan Rudnicki (Narrator)

08-22-08

15hrs 59min

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08-22-08

15hrs 59min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Science Fiction

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“Where Bova shines is in making science not only comprehensible but entertaining.” New York Times Book Review

What Jamie Waterman discovered on Mars was astonishing. What he survived was remarkable—but it was only the beginning.

Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible “accidents” that appear to be sabotage—all of which could doom the mission to failure. But there are still great secrets to be uncovered on this cruel and enigmatic world, not the least of which is something he glimpsed in the far distance during his first Martian excursion: an improbable structure perched high in the planet’s carmine cliffs—a dwelling that only an intelligent being could have built.

Praise

“Where Bova shines is in making science not only comprehensible but entertaining.” New York Times Book Review

“Provocative and believable…Bova writes with sparkling clarity.” St. Petersburg Times

“Bova makes the speculative hard science aspects of this novel vivid and appealing.” Publishers Weekly

“Characterization is better than usual in this kind of adventure, the pacing is brisk, the scientific details are convincing, and Bova's depiction of the Martian environment is outstanding indeed. No one who enjoyed Mars is likely to turn down this lively continuation of it.” Booklist

“Bova skillfully develops plot and characters in this tale, showing the talent that has earned him six Hugo Awards…Highly recommended.” Library Journal

“Combines speculative fiction with psychological thriller…Rudnicki does a wonderful job reading this story, and [it is] quite possible to lose oneself in his performance…Excellent.” SoundCommentary.com

“Absorbing and thoroughly satisfying: Mars fans will pounce, while newcomers will feel welcome too.” Kirkus Reviews

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Language English
Release Day Aug 21, 2008
Release Date August 22, 2008
Number in Series 6
Series Display String The Grand Tour Series
Release Date Machine 1219363200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Space Opera, Science Fiction, Sci Fi and Fantacy, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
Ben Bova

Ben Bova (1932–2020), American author of more than one hundred books of science fact and fiction, was awarded posthumously the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. His work earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006. In his early career, he was a technical editor for Project Vanguard, the United States’s first effort to launch a satellite into space in 1958. He then was a science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory, which built the heat shields for the Apollo 11 module. He held the position of president emeritus of the National Space Society and served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Narrator Bio
Stefan Rudnicki

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than five thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than nine hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Overview

What Jamie Waterman discovered on Mars was astonishing. What he survived was remarkable—but it was only the beginning.

Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible “accidents” that appear to be sabotage—all of which could doom the mission to failure. But there are still great secrets to be uncovered on this cruel and enigmatic world, not the least of which is something he glimpsed in the far distance during his first Martian excursion: an improbable structure perched high in the planet’s carmine cliffs—a dwelling that only an intelligent being could have built.

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