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?
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"... to tumble in slow motion."
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.
- Norma Miles