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In the Shadow of Ares
     

In the Shadow of Ares

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by Thomas L. James
 
The third exploration mission to Mars vanishes in 2029 without a trace. Two decades later, the success of human settlement of Mars and the life of a young girl hinge on the secret of what happened to the Ares III mission...

In 2051, Mars is a growing outpost of humanity, and 14-year-old settler Amber Jacobsen is a minor interplanetary celebrity – 'the

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The third exploration mission to Mars vanishes in 2029 without a trace. Two decades later, the success of human settlement of Mars and the life of a young girl hinge on the secret of what happened to the Ares III mission...

In 2051, Mars is a growing outpost of humanity, and 14-year-old settler Amber Jacobsen is a minor interplanetary celebrity – 'the First Kid on Mars'. Pioneering Mars is hard, unglamorous work, though, and Amber secretly wishes she were just an ordinary girl living on Earth.

When her family’s homestead is destroyed in an apparent accident, the Jacobsens relocate to an independent settlement located on the northern fringes of Noctis Labyrinthus, a vast and largely unexplored canyonland. Their new home promises new opportunities, and Amber looks forward to being just another member of the community. Instead, the other settlers dismiss her as a burdensome child and refuse to accept her as the responsible young adult she has become.

In order to prove the value of her unique knowledge and perspective, Amber vows to uncover the fate of the Ares III mission, whose loss had largely been forgotten in the rush of the Martian settlement boom. But this seemingly harmless challenge thrusts her into a deadly conflict: those who know the truth will kill to keep it hidden, while those who destroyed her family’s homestead would use the secret to secure their dominance over all of Mars.

In solving the mystery, Amber could destroy everything the Martian settlers have worked to create.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011972058
Publisher:
Thomas L. James and Carl C. Carlsson
Publication date:
12/18/2010
Series:
Amber's Mars , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
382 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas L. James has been hooked on space exploration since the age of three, when he watched coverage of the Apollo 17 splashdown on television. Thomas lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is an engineer in human spaceflight programs and the manager and co-owner of a small Colorado-based political media company.

Carl Carlsson was born and raised in Florida, where the Apollo Moon landings were intertwined with his earliest memories. His early enthusiasm for space was tempered by the realization that it would be a long time before space was open to more than a select few. Eventually, he realized that it would be private enterprise, rather than government-funded exploration, that would lead to the permanent human settlement of space. Carl is an environmental engineer and power plant manager, and lives with his wife and three daughters in Pennsylvania.

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In the Shadow of Ares 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Ginabambina More than 1 year ago
As a book targeted toward younger audiences, In the Shadow of Ares was a breath of fresh air. Unlike the teenage fluff that's saturating the bookshelves these days, this book is intelligent, well thought out and entertaining. Perhaps a more challenging read than what most young readers are used to but, then again, that's what books should do. Challenge. I may not have known all the technical terms used in the book but by simply looking those terms up, I walked away from this book having actually learned some things. Now I can hold my head up high and ask, "Do you know what an ultracapacitor battery is? No? Well, I do." This is the first book in a long time that made me want to keep reading chapter after chapter. I was so absorbed in the story that I stayed up until an ungodly hour finishing it, because setting the book down for the night was, to me, completely unacceptable. After completing the book, I couldn't help but want to read more adventures involving the book's protagonist, Amber Jacobsen. She's adventurous and incredibly bright and that makes her a much better alternative and role model for younger girls than what some popular authors offer teenage readers these days. The authors, T.L. James and Carl Carlsson, most certainly succeeded in grabbing my interest and reinforcing my love of science, technology and space exploration with this book. The hard work, expertise and dedication that went into writing such a brilliant story shows in the amount of details they provided. Visuals of the Martian landscape were so nicely done it was as if Bob Ross marched down from Heaven and painted them himself. It's exciting for both young and older readers, for newbies to science fiction and to those who have loved SciFi all their lives. It is my only hope that the authors continue writing and provide us entertainment for years to come.
JacobS More than 1 year ago
I don't know what "anonymous" is referring to, because I purchased and downloaded this book with no problems. And I'm glad I did! The book's protagonist, 14-year-old Amber, is a strong and likable character. I really empathized with her struggle for acceptance among the adults on the harsh Martian frontier. The setting was believable and the science was realistic. There was a strong political thread to the story, at least compared to most SciFi or YA novels, but I found it interesting and compelling. At the core this is a mystery novel, and I won't say anything to spoil it except that the way Amber solves it is very clever, and that's when all hell breaks loose. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend this novel for both kids and adults, and hope there is a sequel on the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
StoopidGy More than 1 year ago
A fun combination of science fiction adventure with some subtle political jabs mixed in. James and Carlsson have obviously done their homework incorporating into the story some technological advances that seem very possible in the not so distant future. Character development is a little slow at times but it all wraps itself up very well by the end of the book. An entertaining page turner that seems a good foundation to build a series on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After trying to install it on my reader, no other epub files would work until I rebooted. This rather discourrages me from buying a copy.