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A Review of The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian
by Andy Weir

Once you start The Martian, you may as well give up on that plan you had to get something done today, because you won’t want to put it down. You will just want to keep reading until you finish it. Luckily it’s only 384 pages long, so you can do something else tomorrow.

Mr. Weir uses a diary type format to tell Mark Watney’s story. He is the Martian in the title. Watney is an astronaut who is left behind, when his crew-mates have to evacuate Mars. The rest of the members of the Mars mission think that he is dead. He writes in his logbook, thinking that one of the future Mars missions will find it. He is a botanist and an engineer, so he decides that since he is still alive, he may as well figure out what he can do to stay alive long enough to get some research done and write it down. The events that unfold on earth, as they discover that Mark Watney isn’t dead, are told in a standard narrative style. The combination works very well. Mr. Weir has written a uniquely styled, first novel, that grabs you and doesn’t let go.

This is science fiction, but only because it is set in the near future and there are manned missions to Mars. Once you accept that, everything else is a survival, adventure story. This has a lot of science in it, but it all feels like its real, present day, factual science and engineering. You will like The Martian even if you don’t like science fiction.

I loved this book. I give The Martian 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you saw Gravity, and liked it, you will like this book. It has a very similar feel. This book feels like a perfect movie, just waiting to be adapted for the big screen.

Book Description
Release date: February 11, 2014

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Product Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Crown (February 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804139024
ISBN-13: 978-0804139021
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. Check out his Facebook page. Andy Weir | Facebook

The book description is from Amazon.  The Martian

A Review of Runner (A Sam Dryden Novel) by Patrick Lee

RunnerRunner (A Sam Dryden Novel)
by Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee has written a very exciting science fiction thriller. This isn’t some far-out futuristic sci-fi fantasy set in the far distant future. It feels very real, and it takes place in the present. Runner is a fast paced thriller, with characters that you connect to and immediately like. You want to see Sam and Rachel get through this together. There is plenty of high-speed action, so the book reads very quickly. In fact you may end stay up half the night, just trying to find that perfect stopping point. I was up until 1:30 this morning, and back reading it again before 7.

Runner is an amazing start to a new series. It feels like a stand-alone book, with enough interesting things going on that you would like to read another story involving Sam Dryden and Rachel. I don’t know if the next book could top this one though. It was quite the page-turner. Some of the story was a bit far-fetched, but with all the action, you hardly notice.

I give this book 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and A Big Thumbs Up! I recommend this to someone who likes an action thriller, with a little scientific horror thrown in.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from NetGalley.com.

Book Description
Release date: February 18, 2014

Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal—to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn’t know much beyond her own name, Rachel. She only remembers the past two months of her life—and that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and the hidden men in charge.

Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident five years ago, agrees to help her try to unravel her own past and make sense of it, to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both. Although Dryden is only one man, he’s a man with the extraordinary skills and experience—as a Ranger, a Delta, and five years doing off-the-book black ops with an elite team. But, as he slowly begins to discover, the highly trained paramilitary forces on their heels is the only part of the danger they must face. Will Rachel’s own unremembered past be the most deadly of them all?

Product Details
Series: A Sam Dryden Novel (Book 1)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250030730
ISBN-13: 978-1250030733
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound

About the Author

Patrick Lee lives in Michigan. He is the author of three novels: The Breach, Ghost Country, and Deep Sky.

The book description is from Amazon.  Runner (A Sam Dryden Novel)

A Review of Ghostman By Roger Hobbs

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By Roger Hobbs

Wow! What an action-filled, hard-driving, authentic-feeling, first novel from Mr Roger Hobbs! This is one book you won’t want to put down. It feels like Mr. Hobbs must have some inside knowledge into the world of high-stakes criminal activities. Maybe he isn’t that innocent, clean-looking, young college graduate that you see when you google his name. He just knows too much to be that young, either that or he has one of the best imaginations of the current crop of new writers.

Make sure that you read this book before you see the movie that is sure to be made. They will never be able to put this much action and tension into a two-hour film.

There are two stories unfolding at the same time. The current robbery of a delivery of cash to an Atlantic City casino ties together with a previous bank robbery of a bank in Kuala Lumpur that went blew up. Jack (not his real name) was responsible for the failure of the bank robbery, so when the casino robbery goes bad, Marcus contacts Jack, tells Jack that he still owes him, and gets him to fly into Atlantic City to fix the problem. He only has 48 hours until the cash self-destructs, and the time is ticking down.

I give this fast-paced, action, thriller 5 stars out of five and 2 big thumbs up. Any fan of well-written action books will enjoy this debut novel by Roger Hobbs!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Book Description

Release date: February 12, 2013

Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist.

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called Jack. While it’s doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he’s still alive, he’s in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal’s criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment.

From its riveting opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack’s refined and peculiar world—and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a  constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers.

Product Details

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0307959961

ISBN-13: 978-0307959966

Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

About the Author

Roger Hobbs lives in Portland, Oregon, after graduating in 2011 from Reed College. Ghostman will be published in fourteen countries around the world.

The book description and author information is from Amazon. Ghostman