Beyond Mars: Crimson Fleet

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In the 22nd century, a nameless evil plots the eventual extermination of all mankind. Hidden within the depths of a shadow government, it's acts of growing terror only hint at the monstrous things to come. But one force stands in its way to compete domination, . the Martian Fleet and its will to fight!
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Overview

In the 22nd century, a nameless evil plots the eventual extermination of all mankind. Hidden within the depths of a shadow government, it's acts of growing terror only hint at the monstrous things to come. But one force stands in its way to compete domination, . the Martian Fleet and its will to fight!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598586145
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    First thing I would like to say is that I have worked as an edit

    First thing I would like to say is that I have worked as an editor and technical editor for various publications and corporations for many years now. Although somewhat fluent in the Chicago Style, I do tend to rely on my Franklin Covey Style Guide when memory tends to fail me or there is an unfamiliar point of grammar with contention. I wanted to make this absolutely clear before I said anything else.

    This novel is really quite good. It is fast-moving, suspenseful and has very believable characters. There are times when you simply cannot put it down. I would rate it an equal to an Ian Douglas or a David Weber novel easily, regardless that there is some truth to included editing errors. (I am assuming this book had hurried changes made and was rushed through overlooking the final editing phase, which does occasionally happen unfortunately.) But there is nothing that I can see that really detracts from the story or denies the reader any pleasure. The author has a great deal of talent and I am hope he continues with his endeavors…along with a sequel.

    And due to the nasty tone of one particular reviewer (I don't believe this book deserves that), I am giving it a charitable 5 stars rating.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Average Trashy Sci-fi

    Don't read this expecting the next Heinlein, even though it roughly apes "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Heinlein". Rather, expect a simplistically written, poorly edited, sci-fi romp made for the lightest of the light reading. The ideas are trite (NWO, really?), characters are flat and stereotypical, yet it still offers up some fun action and space adventure.

    Overall can't complain about free, and I sense the author is a novice, so I gave it an extra star.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

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    IF there had been some editing beyond 3rd grade level this would

    IF there had been some editing beyond 3rd grade level this would have been a good story! Words have meanings, misspell the word and you change the meaning. Furthermore, know the meaning of a word before using it! This tale was difficult to enjoy because of these errors that would have been so easy to correct. Better luck next time.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    The story itself is excellent. You can truly get yourself lost i

    The story itself is excellent. You can truly get yourself lost in it. Seemed to be well thought out except for one spot that just seemed to be gratuitous religion. I don't mind religion in a story but it was done in a way that just didn't fit. It was like a commercial in the middle of the story using the characters from the story. The editing was problematic, though. Drove me nuts on occasion. Not sure exactly how one can edit that bad but we have proof of the capability here.

    Discounting those two areas of contention the story itself was quite an enjoyable thing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Good so far.

    As I am only getting started on reading this book I cannot speak for the whole book yet. But from what I have read already, this is an excellent storyline. The only problem I have with this book so far is the different font sizes throughout each chapter. I dont know how it happened but I wish that the author would have selected one font size and stuck with it, as I am getting distracted by the changing text size. Other than that, it is a great story so far!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

    Exciting and Realistic

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was easy to read and kept you filled with anticipation which made it hard to put the book down. The characters and the plot are well developed and made it very easy to follow what was going on in the book. The chapters are detailed but to the point. Since I never had alot time to put aside for reading, it was nice to be able to get through a chapter each time I picked up the book. What I liked best about the book was that even though it is science fiction it is not impossible to invision this happening in the future. The struggle between Earth and Mars is realistic and I feel that the author put alot of thought into the plot when writing the book. He took events that have happened in history and the technology of today and advanced it a few years. I think this would make a great movie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    I tried...

    I tried to get past the grammatical & technical errors, but succumbed in the end... As someone else observed, the errors were too numerous to overlook, to the detriment of the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    good read

    Enjoyed story. Editing could be better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Good read

    I just finished this space thriller. It draws from amerivan indian ideals, dedication and honor. The tale was good and the action constant. It leaves lots llof opportunity for a sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    Firmly in the Pulp Space-Adventure Tradition

    Beyond Mars ¿ The Crimson Fleet, by R.G. Risch: Book Review ¿Beyond Mars¿ is a fast-moving read with an old-fashioned pulp adventure-in-space aesthetic about it. It is of that sub-genre classified as military science fiction, with lots of blazing broadsides updated to the twenty-second century. There is of course the dashing main hero and his stalwart sidekick, some interesting secondary heroes and heroines, assorted love interests, lashings of political treachery, a collection of eminently hissable and malign villains ¿ military, bureaucratic, political as well as a barely seen entity both creepily alien and inimical to Earth and its inhabitants. The story arc seems to promise continuing installments in the best pulp tradition. ¿Beyond Mars¿ is set in a dystopic future, in which the colonists of Mars are the brave hold-outs for political and intellectual freedom. As the story opens, they are decamping under fire for another part of the galaxy, far, far away from grasp of an Earth which has become a nightmare combining all the very worst features of Imperial Rome, the Third Reich and the European Union. The writer has thoroughly visualized the technological aspects of this world ¿ a couple of which are truly stomach-churning, so it is a mercy that they are not described too lavishly. He has also drawn many of the battle scenarios from historical naval battles. As I read ¿Beyond Mars¿, I had the odd feeling that I was actually reading a graphic novel without the graphic element! Further ¿Beyond Mars¿ episodes would work very well as such, if the author could work with an illustrator similarly immersed in the pulp adventure tradition. According to the author¿s biography, he has long experience in technical writing and this is his first novel. This is good, insofar as it ensures that his style is, spare, workmanlike and unambiguous when it comes to relaying information. However, he is rather clunky in his use of adjectives and some of his descriptive phrases struck me as gigglingly inept. (¿bloated eyes¿?) I kept mentally rewriting some of his conversational interludes, and he depends overmuch on exposition ¿ of telling us what is happening, instead of showing us. An editor or some critical feedback by other writers and friends might have been able to help the author polish to a more professional finish. Overall, ¿Beyond Mars¿ is an interesting adventure for fans of military adventure in space the story fits well within that particular genre and the author knows his tech and history, but his narrative writing is still a little rough around the edges.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    Absolute Best Scifi Title in Years

    Beyond Mars Crimson Fleet is probably the best science fiction book I have read in years. Again it is a well written story that flows like a movie. Yet, it's appeal as so basic that I think that anyone who picks it up will enjoy it. From beginning to end, its excitement and action will grip you and keep you on edge. The book begins with a revolution on Mars that developes into a series of running battles, both with hand-to-hand combat and in space. The main character, Captain Richard Wakinyan, is an audacious ship commander that is willing to take the most insanest chances to win. And it is some of he most creative situations that make this book really novel. The main villian, however, is a woman. Admiral selena Darius is an ambitious and ruthless politically driven individual, who will kill anyone for the sake of power. And these two play well against each other. All in all, the book is worth reading over and over again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Pretty good book, nice thriller

    This is a pretty good book, some grammar errors, but overall, a good read. I'd love to see more background info on this. As for the scathing reveiws on here, this book doesn't deserve that! Some grammar errors, but still quite readable and formatted decently. I hope the author continues to write, and keep up the good work!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    A very good read!

    This book is like openning Pandoras box. The author gives some good insight as to how a soul can become tainted over time by evil. I love how the there were Native American ideals placed within the story. I hope the author continues the storyline.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Science Fiction Crafted By A Master's Hands

    The strangest thing about finding this book was that I saw it mentioned in a review about Aaron Allston's (deposit in nearest trash recepticle) Star Wars Outcast. Since I had never heard of the author or book before: Beyond Mars Crimson Fleet, it rousted my curiosity. The cover itself lended to the pulp fiction motif of the 1950's, which gave it an automatic appeal to me. After a little investigation (and some very good reviews), I purchased it over the Internet.

    This book is an extremely thrilling and wonderful ride of surprises. It is very fast paced and no doubt a page turner. It is a vibrant story with strong realistic characters that will bring you to the edge of your seat, and as several others reviewers commented, would probably make a great movie. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

    Finally a better Scifi book

    This has got to be one of the best scifi book written in the longset time! Really thrilling and suspenceful. This is a great book for any teen or adult who is a scifi fan. This is a Lord of the Rings to a Star trek beat! Can't wait for the sequel or better yet for it to be made into a movie! Buy it! You won't go wrong!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Not a bad book.

    Story was good, close to great. But the author MUST find a new editor. The constant change if font size was different but easy to get used to. All in all a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    To begin with this book is not for everyone. I do realized that

    To begin with this book is not for everyone. I do realized that there are gamers out there along with those weaned on ridiculous tales of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, armchair warriors all, who object to better-written books they cannot comprehend. And by all means this book is one of them. So please, if you are a Star Wars fanatic or think that war games make you an expert at conflict, don’t pick it up. It is meant for those who have actually endured combat or those who thrill to the dangerous exploits of actual warfare. That is what Beyond Mars Crimson fleet is about.
    I was rather surprised by this book from the comments I’ve read. I was expecting something a little different. Being a retired military officer, it is not many fictions I consider that capture the true flavor of combat. It has an unusual style though, which depicts the adrenaline rush and the tense moments of personal conflict by using all caps with associated dialogue – a very real reminder of my own experiences in the military. I know many editors would call this bad grammar, but apparently they’ve never read many of the old classics or remotely understand style. Pity.
    I love the tactics invoked in the many clashes between the Martians and the Earth forces. I could pick out some historical battles such as the naval engagement off of Samar Island, and it was beautifully done. The author seems to have a knack for combining the armor tactics of Rommel to the vintage naval formations of World War 2. I would also lay bet that he, himself, prosecuted command of a small unit assault force at one time. There is no question in my mind about that.
    The book also entails the personal stories of the main characters and gives a brilliant insight of the minds of the warrior verses the conscious and frailties of human beings. I also find it somewhat disturbing about how the author portrays the abuse of political power and technology. It is too real! He probably based this not only on history, but current events now unfolding around the world, including within our own country. That’s sad!
    All in all, this is an excellent read and I give it five stars.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    A fun read but could definitely use a copy editor.

    A fun read but could definitely use a copy editor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Already I am in a sr Racing reactive towards destruct

    In this book. Many are the strangeness of malaprop and the turning of phrase. You will. And too one will find the hurting of the head as if written using google translate. From the original serbo croatian. Many will be the desperate plasma beam and originated wordings. Some will say. But most will avoid.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Good story ruined by lack of proofreading

    Had the makings of a good story but there was obviously no proofreading or editing. I'm still trying to figure out what a furloughed brow loojs like and that's just one misused word. The constant shift in font size didn't help any nor did the heavy use of caps to convey excitement and emphasis.

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