Interesting look at the forces and motivations behind humankind's first visit to Mars. There is not so much technical information about flying to another planet as the analysis of the many personalities involved in the global and national politics, and administration behind such an effort and the combination of pilots, scientists and engineers required to successfully make the trip.
Truly a multinational effort, this novel effectively illustrates the egos of the politicians, the astronauts and the scientists. It makes me wonder if our national leaders can really be so selfish, egocentric and just as horrid as the Vice-President in the novel Mars. Sadly I believe this rendering is not just fiction. The main character is delightful, and I look forward to revisiting this individual of ethics and character in the sequel. Dr. Waterman is half Navaho, and the integration of Indian mythology into the text is enjoyable. All of the travelers have an agenda, and not all of the agendas coincide.
The big question is: Is there life on Mars?
Read the book to find out!
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Oct 5, 2010
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Bova's newest novel, Mars, was a commercial and critical sensation in hardcover, reaching both science fiction and mainstream audiences across the country. Told in a grand, sweeping style, it recounts the epic story of the first manned mission to Mars--man's great unconquered frontier.