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Summary

Mars, astronauts, Egypt, and aliens, oh yes!

What they found was more than they came for.

Jon Carson, the American military man, Doug "Digger" Johnson, The American archaeologist, Kathleen Doolan, the Irish physician, and Mikhail Borznekhov, the Russian military man and biologist, came to Mars to look for signs of life at Olympus Mons. What brought them there was something found at a dig in Egypt.

Follow them as they explore the area around Olympus Mons and then, finally, enter the mountain itself and unlock the hidden, secret mystery of what awaits them. They discovered what Olympus Mons has to do with ancient Earth history. Will you?

©2016 Janine R. Pestel (P)2016 Janine R. Pestel

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Drone

I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I found this really boring. It was only two hours long, but it was such a disappointment, especially as it had such a good premise. It was predictable and the narrator was really monotone. It was difficult to tell the characters apart and the entire audiobook seemed to merge into one long drone.

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"... to tumble in slow motion."

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This short novel is well and simply written, directly concentrating on the personalities of the four person team, headed by Captain John Carson, as they arrive at and land on Mars: the first astronauts to set foot on the Red Planet. Their excitement and pleasure of achievement is tangible.Very human.
Ostensibly sent as a research team to examine the planet for signs of possible earlier life, there is an underlying reason why this particular spot on Mars - the Mons Olympus - has been chosen, one only revealed to the team once their exploration has started.

The first half, or more, of the book was very enjoyable, reminiscent of older space travel science fiction, based far more on human reaction than technology, perhaps rather slow paced for today's more frenetic action demanding readers. It was atmospheric with just the right hint of menace. But the ending was too trite for school a good beginning, not fulfilling the produces of deeper mystery.

Throughout it all the narrator was clear, steady and paced to the speed of the story with convincing dialogue between the team members. But again, the ending was less than convincing although he does a reasonable interpretation of the text.
My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of The Mons Connection, via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable listen but would have been better if developed further in the latter stages to be more in keeping with the earlier promise.

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  • Matthew
  • 16-02-17

A quick and decent offering

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Well, it is short and some of the concepts covered are fascinating ( if not rather "out there" ) so more content would be great.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

As noted, expand on some of the concepts.

What three words best describe Nicholas Santasier’s performance?

Consistent
Good quality
Lively

Did The Mons Connection inspire you to do anything?

Research on the topics covered.

Any additional comments?

I received this copy from the author in exchange for this review. This is a short, interesting scifi offering that is somewhat "out there" in the ideas covered, but it discusses them in realistic and digestible ways. I enjoyed it for what it is , and it would be worth the credit for folks who enjoy conspiracy theory scifi offerings.

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  • TU
  • 13-07-17

Too short and needed more editing

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This one missed the mark for me. The concept was cool and hints at a lot of interesting ideas about life on Mars. I just thought it was too short to fully realize any of them. The whole book felt really rushed and I felt the editing could have been better.

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  • TinkerMel
  • 23-06-17

short and fast

This was a very quick fast paced listen. I do wish it was longer, maybe more detail, but it was interesting.
this was my first "Alien" book. not sure if I want to listen to anther.. those are suckers are scary...
I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 15-02-17

Sci fi mars landing with a twist

I applaud any and all who can write, be published, etc. that being said, this story wasn't for me. Having listened to this and not read it I can't say for sure if the story would have been better in book form. I can say the narrator didn't work for me. I listen to audiobooks while driving for the most part (long commute). I had to switch to music and listen at home as it was putting me to sleep. Being such a short story I could have read it in half the time of listening to it and may have enjoyed it more. Interesting concept for a mars landing, deception, tragedy and alien encounters. The ending was different but left it at a bit of a cliffhanger. Recommend buying in print or ebook form. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Brian
  • 22-07-17

An ‘Are We Alone’ Story

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I’m a fan of short fiction like this, I really like when an author is able to give me all of the ups and downs that a longer-format novel can in a small condensed package. That being said, sometimes you need a little more detail that a shorter story cannot give you. The Mons Connection was a combination of both. Pestel was able to write a short and compact story that hit most cylinders, but it would have benefitted from being a slightly longer book.

I think that the scenes where they weren’t ready to explore yet but were prepping to go there could have been drawn out to add some suspense, and the ending felt really rushed. Honestly, the book could have beeing 50ish pages longer and would go from a 3.5 to a 4.5 if Pestel had done it right.

Even though this is a lower rating for me, I still did enjoy the book a lot. It’s one of those books that had me thinking throughout and the ending was good, but just needed a little more. I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t making a completely shocked face when it ended that I could have made with slightly more suspense in the book.

Overall, The Mons Connection hit some places and missed in some others. I enjoyed the story, but it would definitely benefit from a little more suspense.

I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 17-07-17

It made me think of old Star Trek episodes

A team of astronauts is sent to Mars in order to research if there had been once life on Mars. The reason for looking on this planet is an ancient object found in Egypt. The astronauts will find more than what they initially expected.

We get a brief introduction about the characters. I would have liked to know more about them but with a short story the information is always limited. Even like that they were well pictured and I found their personalities clear and distinct enough.

I found this story very entertaining, and somehow it made me think of old Star Trek and Doctor Who episodes. I could see the whole action in my mind, and it felt as cheesy as the mentioned shows. But cheesy in a good way. The impersonation made me think of The Man Trap, the very first Star Trek Episode. The fact that "magically" the air was breathable inside the cave without any kind of airlock also transported me to the 60's.

I found the story too short and the end a bit rushed. I would have liked it to have been more developed, but all in all, it felt right for an "episode".

Nicholas Santasier's narration was correct, without production issues, but I think he needs to work on his accents and performing skills. His diction was clear and the interpretations were good, so that part is covered. I think Santasier would benefit from training his voice to be able to project better.

I would consider this a cheesy science-fiction story, and would totally recommend it to fans of science fiction from the 50's and 60's.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review

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  • jstep
  • 05-07-17

Decent little novella with room for improvement

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I do agree that there are quite a few inconsistencies in this novella, but taking it as it is, a fiction novella, I though it was decent for being under two hours long. I didn't feel that everything was so smushed together but I also didn't feel that things moved so dang slow that nothing story-wise was developed. I would have liked to have seen this novella expanded upon and some of the ideas presented a bit more developed.

Would you recommend The Mons Connection to your friends? Why or why not?

I would probably recommend The Mons Connection to my friends if it was available for free or as a super inexpensive book. I wouldn't recommend spending a credit on it, as it just isn't long enough.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Mr. Santasier did an okay job with the narration. It wasn't the worst I've heard by far, though I found his voice a bit nasally. I felt that his reading cadence was fine, though I had no problem listening to the majority of it at 1.25x speed. I wouldn't completely avoid this narrator, but at the same time, I wouldn't actively look for more of his narration. Oh, and he needs to work on his female/Irish voice.

Do you think The Mons Connection needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think it could use a follow up book, though as mentioned before, I would like to see a fully realized novel with a bit more depth. I'd like to learn more about the ancient civilization aspect, as I do enjoy reading about that stuff, even when it is fiction based.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Teresa
  • 05-07-17

A Fast-Paced Sci Fi

The Mons Connection was a fairly decent listen. It was a quick paced story yet easy to follow. That said, I think the length is perfect for both the story and reader as making it longer, it would've needed harder editing.

The narration by Nicholas Santasier was pretty good. I think he did a great job but spoke slightly too fast. He's good at this pace but I felt as if I'd had a too much coffee.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review."

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  • T. Jenkins
  • 03-07-17

Very good first attempt.

A quick fast paced, listen. Great story idea. Did kit love the narrator, just did not work for me. Overall B+ showing.

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  • Eagle4Life69
  • 02-07-17

Not what I expected

What did you like best about The Mons Connection? What did you like least?

The book has a good story and being a Sci-Fi fan it was one that had been on my wishlist. It was not what I expected, the Science is not on point with something like The Martian you have to forget what we know to be true on Mars for this book to work. I honestly did not like the Egyptian theme as it was in here, it isn't my cup of tea and took me out of my normal genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too short of a story for me to fall in love with these characters

Would you be willing to try another one of Nicholas Santasier’s performances?

As long as he doesn't try to do a females voice or a Russian voice sure. His voices partially ruined the book

Could you see The Mons Connection being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

If it was longer maybe. At 2hr's long as it stands no

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher, but the opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.