Narrator: Bob Reed
Series: Red Hope Series #1
Published by Audible Studios on 3 May 2016
Length: 5 hours 58 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction, Science Thriller
Source: Author, Submitted
An Amazon best-selling adventure-thriller with a touch of sci-fi
For two million years, Mars has hidden a secret. Two hours ago, the Mars Curiosity rover found it. With less than a year to prepare, four modern-day astronauts are asked to leave their families behind and risk their lives on what will become the most dangerous mission humanity has ever launched. Will the Red Planet give up its real secret before the astronauts run out of time?
About Red Hope:
Red Hope is the first book of a fast-paced two-novel series. It has an entertaining ending with a mild cliffhanger leading into the second book, which is being written right now. Red Hope is intended for a general audience - you won't need a calculator or a slide rule to enjoy this adventure!
©2014 John J. Dreese (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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What happens when you have a president seeking re-election, an egotistical rich entrepreneur, a Russian Paleontologist and two “not top of the rung” astronauts with everything to lose? A disaster of epic proportions!
The Mars Rover discovers a secret that the red planet has held for thousands of years. In a bid for re-election, the president promises a trip to Mars in an unheard of time frame. Rich CEO Murch has the equipment to get the astronauts to Mars within the time frame but with one condition. Astronaut Adam leaves his family behind so the money he will make from speaking engagements can provide his wife with the experimental surgery that may help her walk again. The other two astronauts – Molly and Yeva – well, they just try to do their jobs.
John Dreese builds a strong story around doing the right thing, the right way. Unfortunately, none of the characters do the right thing, the right way – rather they become the catalyst for nothing less than disaster.
The character development is rich and vivid; one cannot help but admire Adam at first but then he becomes one of the distasteful ones like the President and the CEO Murch. If one of these three had just done their job the right way and did the right thing, perhaps life on Mars would have been different.
Dreese builds the excitement slowly but steady, he leaves nothing to chance and nothing is left hanging. He provides closure to everything and everyone while still managing to leave a cliffhanger that will have you holding your breath!
There were points in the story where I know I shook my head because I couldn’t believe what was going on; it was realistic yet one could see the common sense of the astronauts leaping through the window.
The book was an easy listen with the correct amount of suspense and “OMG, no he didn’t” type of action. Exciting and shocking, this audio is excellent. This is a book for everyone – it is not just science fiction but romance, horror, drama and so much more rolled into one.
Bob Reed performed the narration perfectly with the right amount of inflection and excitement. He expressed the emotions of each character well. His voice was soothing and smooth.
There were no issues with the audio production of this audiobook.
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