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Posted December 9, 2008
In his first trip to Mars, Native American geologist Jamie Waterman discovered proof that life existed on the red planet when he found the ruins of cliff dwellings. He wants to return to continue his anthropological studies of the dead Martians, but so far lacks funding.----------- On earth, the planet suffers from environmental disaster so the government has doubts about research into a dead race on another orb. At the same time religious leaders demand the end to the Martian exploration expedition claiming heresy and a waste of money on a fake project. When Waterman shows a fossil from the fourth planet from the sun, he places his wife and him in danger from fanatics. Desperate, the couple returns to Mars to save their project.------------ Part of the superb Grand Tour exploration of the solar system, Ben Bova's RETURN TO MARS with the star of that title and book three MARS, Jamie Waterman, back tying to continue the exploration into a past civilization on the fourth planet. Mindful of the Planet of the Apes after the archaeological find of a talking human doll, Mr. Bova catches the nuances of the politicking of science as the politicians do not want the facts to interfere with the prime objective of reelection and the religious fundamentalists ignore ethical means as only achieving their end goal matters. Readers will appreciate this fine action-packed tale as a beleaguered Jamie cannot comprehend why his find does not propel funding while Mr. Bova makes it lucid where he stands on support to science.------ Harriet Klausner
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Posted September 7, 2011
mars life review
MARS LIFE is a great book. Understandably. Being the last book in the series, the plot ends here. The plot is profound, twisted. In this book, if you read closely you can feel an undercurrent, something like a prologue towards his other books about various planets. In this book you realize that this book is part of an extensive plot, based in our solar system. This plot in the book relates directly towards his other books. Though the protagonist is different (the Mars Corporation) the antagonist is still the New Morality, a group trying to bring down the Mars expeditions by discrediting them. Their reason? It probably runs deeper than their excuse, which is that God created only humans to have intelligence and a soul, and Earth as the only life-bearing planet. But now they've found intelligent life on Mars. and the New Morality wants to stop the public from believing in this. The plot plays out as it would in real life. The bad side, or the Morality, wins. But hope isn't lost, because there are still scientists who will do anything to get Mars back. And the way they do it goes against everything: tourism. But it's the only choice. At the same time, twists in the plot like morose, no longer caring Carter, who ends up falling in love with Mars, a preacher who finally lives up to his hope of one day stepping foot on Mars, and returning leader of the expeditions, Jamie Waterman, end up at first to look like chaos to the eye but, with details provided by the author, in the end make perfect sense. All are determined to keep Mars explored. These twists in the plot help the function and personality to the main plot. They make more difference to the book then the alien life forms that were found in it. The plot is woven in a way that makes the book have depth and personality, as twisted as it is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2011
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Posted November 27, 2011
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