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Summary

A murder mystery set on the frozen red wastes of Mars.

Eight astronauts. One killer. No way home.

We stand at the dawn of a new era.

Frank Kitteridge is serving life for murdering his son's drug dealer. So when he's offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations - the company that runs the prison - he takes it, even though it means swapping one life sentence for another.

There has never been a better time to be alive.

He's been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is - and he'll have to learn to trust them if they're to succeed.

The future of space travel is in safe hands.

As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes of Mars, the accidents multiply. Until Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents at all....

Xenosytems Operations: making dreams a reality.

There's a murderer amongst them, and everyone's a suspect.

©2018 S.J. Morden (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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It Is Apparently Rocket Science!

Seven convicts, offered a choice, life imprisonment or life on Mars. What's not to like?

S J Morden and his fictional XO Corporation blast seven lifers with special skills off to Mars to build a base with which to begin Mars exploration. Morden's bona fide rocket scientist credentials have been used to good effect and he treats us to an enjoyable sci-fi thriller.

This includes in part the problem-solving attributes of The Martian with what is in essence a good old-fashioned murder mystery set on the cold wastes of Mars. With this Mars we aren't talking the relatively gentile world of Agatha Christie though. This is a genuinely frontier land battle for survival.

Morden spends some effort backing up his premise to make it seem credible and if I were a cynic I would suspect there's some real-life experience of modern corporate culture in there.

All in all, not a bad read at all.

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Enjoyable

Unfortunately for me I found William Hope a little too quite at times. That’s mostly due to the listening conditions I suppose. Not always using headphones. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters.

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Thoroughly out of this world experience

The narrators voice is perfect for this book. The characters are carefully nurtured and specific. I enjoyed the build up to Mars and the slow burn....but not too slow a burn of life on Mars. Lovely listening o a story that removed me from Earth!

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