Resurrecting Mars

by brandon spacey

ISBN: 978-1492902577 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1466052475 (ebook)

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synopsis

A mission to Mars is doomed from the beginning, but no one sees the signs. When the radar goes out millions of miles from home, the Atlas crew begins to realize they might be lost.

Running out of fuel, oxygen and time, they must decipher the chaotic star charts and find a way to salvage their mission - without sacrificing themselves.

This is Spacey's second novel. Some of the characters from his first novel appear in this one.

excerpt

"Hey girl. How can you read in the dark?" he said, flipping the light switch by the door. A screaming siren blasted into the cold air, ten decibels and wailing with intensity like a sonic staring-at-the-sun. Shanna threw her hands over her ears, her heart skipping several beats, then banging in her chest like a damaged drum. The color immediately washed from Gary's face as well, and - despite their being in zero-gravity, he visibly jumped hard.

"What the hell?" she said, pushing hard away from the bed and toward the gangway. "Move! Move, move, move!" she shouted, pushing Gary out of the way.

The triangular lights in the corridor were blinking in rhythm with the wailing siren, a sickening array of noise and lightning. Quickly, Donnie came rocketing by, grabbing the handles on the wall, thrusting himself down the corridor. Mike was right on his heels. Mike looked at Shanna on his way by - fear evident in his eyes. She shot off down the hallway after them, eager to see what was going on. Donnie stopped and turned toward her, knowing she'd be in pursuit.

"Shut that damn door. And get up to the cockpit. I need someone up there."

Shanna's heart sank. She was immediately angered with being shut out. As she turned to head back, a wide-eyed Gary appeared in the hallway behind her. She thought quickly, and - turning to see if Donnie was still visible - made a command decision, and delegated.

"Go! Get up to the cockpit and monitor the internal! And close that door!"

Gary nodded quickly and pulled the door closed behind him. Shanna bolted back down the hallway in the direction she'd been headed, pursuing the captain of the ship. They came flying through the common area where Andy was scared stiff, her back against the far wall, holding onto the handles beside her with white knuckles and a determination unmatched.

Down the far corridor, Shanna finally caught sight of Mike's boot again, and pulled with everything she had to catch up. As she made the twenty-degree bend in the corridor, Jonathan Rodgers came barreling out of a side door and slammed into her, knocking her back against the opposing wall.

"Oh my God, I'm sorry, Shanna! Are you all right?" he screamed over the blasting alarm.

She nodded quickly, squinting against the pain she felt in her ribs, and pressed on, suppressing the exquisite desire she suddenly had to cry out. Tears stung her eyes. But she moved on. And as she passed through the next gangway, she smelled smoke. There was mass confusion - everyone was yelling at once, and the screaming alarms were blotting out most of the words. She couldn't make out anything they were yelling above the pain she felt in her ribs and head. But she could see the smoke, and was beginning to recognize the smell of it.

selected reviews

Amy
Spacey always writes amazingly lifelike characters. I found myself turning pages as quickly as I could in the last half of the book. The final chapter, which is called "Closure", didn't really give me any. It just made me need a 3rd book in this universe to tell me exactly what's going on. Will Callie go to "Fiji"? Will Callie and Walter ever get it on? What's Royal really up to? What do we need to know about Shanna? Who's gonna yak next? How will gravity affect everyone's boobs on Mars? · full review

Kellie
This is the kind of book when you finally stop reading for the night (far later than you had planned) you lie there thinking about what might happen next, what could change, how things might work out. · full review

Hayley
I became attached to the characters he created - possibly too attached. Brandon's books incite many different emotions from me, from start to finish. Resurrecting Mars will take your heart and make a Rubik's cube out of it. That's not necessarily a bad thing because all of the parts get put back into place by the time the last sentence is read, but you will definitely know that someone has been playing with it. · full review

Spacey always writes amazingly lifelike characters. Whether or not you actually like them is another story. But the trick is that the author gets you to want to read about the characters whether you like them or not. In the case of these characters, I pretty much loathed all of them except maybe Mike. The girls were too girly-girl squealy. Donnie's a casual genius guy's-guy rich bastard. And pretty much everyone seems to want to take advantage of or cheat him out of his wealth in one way or the other. And even if they don't, you assume they all do. Also, there's probably more vomit in this book than I've seen in real life in a decade. Dead body? Yak. Think you're gonna die? Yak.

The first half of the book went a little more slowly since it's all set-up for all the people trying to cheat Donnie in someway or another as his private satellite company prepares for a trip to Mars. There seems to be a rat behind every rock along the way. But when you have millions of dollars to throw around, who's going to miss a few of them? Right? The second half of the book is the pay off. The reader knows something's amiss and who to point the finger of blame at, but still the mystery lies in exactly what's going to go wrong on the way to Mars and why.

I found myself turning pages as quickly as I could in the last half of the book. However, I have to say that I was a little disappointed at the ending. Yes, I had a hunch about how the book would turn out, but I expected more of an explanation. The final chapter, which is called "Closure", didn't really give me any. It just made me need a 3rd book in this universe to tell me exactly what's going on. Will Callie go to "Fiji"? Will Callie and Walter ever get it on? What's Royal really up to? What do we need to know about Shanna? Who's gonna yak next? How will gravity affect everyone's boobs on Mars? Ya know ... gotta answer the important questions.

Resurrecting Mars is a captivating book. This story has many twists and turns. Get ready to be taken on a thrilling adventure. Many unpredictable things occur during the story and one can't help but wonder, "Will they ever make it to Mars?" I enjoy the suspense Spacey creates in the book. I love not being about to anticipate what's going to happen next. Very intriguing. This book is a rollercoaster ride until the end.

This is the kind of book when you finally stop reading for the night (far later than you had planned) you lie there thinking about what might happen next, what could change, how things might work out. I found myself eagerly anticipating the outcome and hoping this mission would be a success.

An action-packed and riveting story, great character development, and an inspired and poignant ending make this an exceptional book. Brandon Spacey is a brilliant writer, and Resurrecting Mars is another of his outstanding works. Write on, Mr. Spacey!

This is the second book of Brandon Spacey's I've read. Once again, I became attached to the characters he created - possibly too attached. Brandon's books incite many different emotions from me, from start to finish. Resurrecting Mars will take your heart and make a Rubik's cube out of it. That's not necessarily a bad thing because all of the parts get put back into place by the time the last sentence is read, but you will definitely know that someone has been playing with it.

There are many books written about space exploration, but I have never read another like this one. Sometimes sci-fi books will have foreign terms and ideas that are hard to grasp. In this book, however, Spacey does an excellent job of mixing in science without making the reader feel overwhelmed or inept. I could actually grasp what was happening and everything made complete sense.

Just as with its predecessor, Resurrecting Mars left me wanting more books. Why can't this be a series?!