Offworld (Dangerous Times Collection Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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The return of NASA's first manned mission to Mars was supposed to be a momentous day. But when the crew loses touch with ground control before entry, things look bleak. Safe after a treacherous landing, the crew emerges to discover the unthinkable--every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace. Alone now on their home planet, the crew sets out to discover where everyone has gone--and how to get them back--only to discover they may not be as alone as they ...
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Offworld (Dangerous Times Collection Book #1)

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Overview

The return of NASA's first manned mission to Mars was supposed to be a momentous day. But when the crew loses touch with ground control before entry, things look bleak. Safe after a treacherous landing, the crew emerges to discover the unthinkable--every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace. Alone now on their home planet, the crew sets out to discover where everyone has gone--and how to get them back--only to discover they may not be as alone as they thought.
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Author Robin Parrish has quite a flair for action, and readers will find Offworld to be both sharp and thoughtful. An urgent tone and a number of combat scenes move the story along nicely.... I immensely enjoyed the mystery unfolding--especially with regard to the character Mae, who I spent the entire book trying to fathom. I also really appreciated the idea that the astronauts earn their stripes and prove themselves more than worthy of their titles. With NASA recently making headlines for the Mars exploration program, the release of this science fiction thriller comes at an exciting time.
—Melanie Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441205544
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Dangerous Times Collection , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 118,187
  • File size: 919 KB

Meet the Author

Robin Parrish has written for over a decade as a journalist on the cutting edge of Christian culture, from books and music to film. Robin, his wife, and their son live in High Point, North Carolina.
Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. He's also the author of Offworld and The Dominion Trilogy . Robin and his wife and children live in North Carolina. Visit Robin's website at www.robinparrish.com.
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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    What is going on???

    I have not read Robin Parrish's other series of books (Relentless, Fearless, Merciless) but have heard such good things about them (and they are on my TBR list) that I was thrilled to see he had a stand alone book coming out that I could get my hands on. So "Offworld" comes in and I start reading and by the end of chapter 1, I can not put it down! The style is intense and pressing and I just kept turning the pages... 2:00 in the morning - who cares! I'm reading "Offworld" here people! I wasn't sure how he could make an interesting book with only really 4 characters, but boy did he. And all may not be as it seems anyway... or is it???

    The first manned mission to Mars comes home after 2 1/2 years excepting lots of hoopla and celebration... only one problem, no one is there to greet them. No one. Anywhere. Period. So the four astronauts set out to figure out what happened and where everyone is. The most obvious destination for answers is in Houston where an enormous shaft of light is emanating.

    Along the way they run into a few issues, but what will they find, and will they make it? I was absolutely sucked into the world of "Offworld". There were only two places where I was kind of like, okay already - the tornado and Chris Burke's flashbacks to Mars. Otherwise this book is a roller coaster that shoots out of the starting gate and doesn't stop til the last page! I can't wait to read more by Robin Parrish!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

    Suspenseful thriller about astronauts returning home to an empty Earth

    Offworld by Robin Parrish is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller that simply begs for big screen treatment. A group of four astronauts: Chris, Trisha, Terry, and Owen have been on a mission to Mars for the past twenty-nine months. Two months before they are due to return home, they lose contact with NASA, and end up returning home blind, hoping that it is simply a problem with their equipment. They are shocked by what they find on the return home: the earth is empty, all humans and animals are gone and have been since that fateful day two months ago. Determining that their mission is not at an end, they set out to discover the cause of a mysterious light radiating from Houston and find that they may not be the only ones left alive after all. Hollywood, listen up! Transformers 2, we did not need;Offworld NEEDS to be made into a movie! Parrish writes so cinematically , every scene comes to life. The action rips across the pages, and the characters would make stars of the actors in the roles. Parrish keeps the suspense taut by giving more questions than answers and keeping the characters constantly on the run for their lives. The chase scenes are phenomenal, especially Trisha's leap with two jeeps across the sky into a skyscraper. On the screen, it's the kind of scene that would earn a cheer of awe from the crowd, on the page, it made my jaw drop and I wanted to share it with someone else. Parrish is a writer I will definitely be keeping my eye on in the future!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Offworld Review

    Offworld is a little hard to follow and confusing at the beginning, that made it a little frustrating for reading at first. However, the farther you get into the book the more is explained, so if you want gratification instantly, don't let that deter you from reading it, indeed all the confusion that he had in the earlier chapters was dealt with to fulfill the plot.

    The characters are a little too "touch feely".

    One of things about Offworld, is that there is no objectionable content in it. When a book can be passed on to our 13 year old daughter to read, that garners a high spot for it on the bookshelf.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Awesome Read

    If you like action and adventure with some space travel this is a very entertaining book . Couldn't put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Awesome

    This was the best book I have read since I got this nook for my birthday 1 year ago!
    Cindy J Texas

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Intriguing premise

    Well written and action packed with intriguing premise. Gentle religious overtones but seemed more spititual than religious. Didn't even realize it was written by a "Christian" author until I read his bio at the end. Well worth the read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Great!

    A page turner. Could not put it down. Action to the very last page

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Wow

    One word......AMAZING!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Don't judge a book by its cover.......because it may be the best part.

    This book went from intriguing to "Heh, let's see if little Billy wants to write a few chapters". I made it until about 40 pages left and I couldn't take it anymore. I'm embarrassed to say I read it. Although, I didn't finish, so that's a plus. Seriously, the first half of the book kept you reading, and then suddenly, it was like a different writer finished the book. Not only did the plot deteriorate, the writing did as well. Hopefully, God saved the world at the end. Mr. Parrish, you're no Travis Thrasher.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Offworld - Out of this world.

    Very different type of book. I don't even read science fiction kind of books. I suppose this is what I would call it. Just very different then what I read BUT what an amazingly, unique book. I have read none like it! A+ for originality that is for sure. Never a dull moment.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I found the title intriguing with regard to the picture on the cover of the book. It looks apocolyptic but not in a manner that looks like devastation.

    This book was really good. I could not guess what was actually going on until practically the end of the book. I recommend it highly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Book Review of "Offworld" by Robin Parrish

    Offworld by Robin Parrish is a science fiction story that wraps together Mars, Earth, humanity and many other factors. The story is full of surprises and a couple of twists that you don't see coming. The book illustrates many common human fears and emotions. I'm not sure there was supposed to be one direct message to get across in the book, however they're were a few things I did take away from the book and it was a good adventure story. The story was full of fighting, surviving and struggle throughout an incredible ordeal that not many people could imagine. The book made me think about a few things, most definitely the future and mankind being on Earth. The story was not drawn out too much and it was able to hold my attention and kept me wanting to read and learn more. It's not until closer to the end of the book when you finally realize what exactly is going on in the story. To anyone who enjoys science fiction or adventure tales I would recommend this book. It's a good story of life, love and the human spirit.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    ¿Offworld¿ has an interesting and unique premise. The idea of a

    “Offworld” has an interesting and unique premise. The idea of a mission to Mars returning and finding no one there to greet them? Awesome. And then begins the mystery: Where is everyone, and how and why did they go away? Great stuff.

    I thought the characters were well-drawn and believable too. The author clearly put some thought into their backstories. I also liked the occasional flashback to their time on Mars. It added to the driving mystery.

    At first the time the astronauts spend on Earth perplexed me, because it seemed like the story was turning into less a mystery and more a survival story. I’m a fan of those too, but it seemed like a strange change of focus. Then the survival situations stopped and it became about the mystery again.

    I liked that the villain in the story was nuanced too. He had valid reasons for doing what he was doing, and in his eyes, what he did seemed like the proper course.

    Being a tech guy, the solution and ending seemed a bit too fantastical to me, but if I forced myself to put the computer scientist hat aside, I enjoyed what I read. All in all, “Offworld” was a solid sci-fi tale that never felt the need to preach. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Anon

    I'm not sure if the other reviews were written by the authors family, but this book is Not a 4 star read. The ideas are good but the plot is weak and disjointed...the characters are not well developed and the idea that someone suffering from a serious medical disease would be sent to Mars is ridiculous. I think this author has good potential, maybe if he paired with a seasoned writer who could take his ideas and help refine his skills the result would be extraordinary instead of just missing the mark. Jp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Great book

    I really liked it. Great descriptions, it really brought you into this world that they returned to. Also very good character progression. Will be looking for the next book in the collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Awesome story

    At first I was interested only bc it was a free book. But the more I read,the more I loved!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Wow!

    Been a while since i could not put a book down. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys paranormal, christian, espionage, mystery or romance. One of the few books that i have ever given a 5 star rating. Read this in one day while cooking cleaning and taking care of an infant and a 4 year old. Kudos Robin Parrish. No one has been able to hold my attention from my grand daughter since she was borne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Nobody Home

    A four-person crew is returning from a mission to Mars when, two months before arrival, they lose communications with Earth. On landing, they discover that no one is at the space facility. Everyone they know has vanished: father dead, boyfriend disappeared, wife and children can't be reached, coworkers gone. They do encounter one woman who has survived. She acts strangely, as if she has not had much contact with other people. What has happened to everyone? And why did this one person survive?

    The premise of this story is an intriguing one, and you will be trying to puzzle out who the stranger is and why she is different.

    No sex. Too many car chases, including some escapes that I think are not physically possible. There is perhaps on over-reliance on named bridges and numbered highways for verisimilitude, when a description of the bridge or intersection would have worked just as well. I tired of the blow-by-blow accounts of fistfights.

    About 5/6 of the way through the novel, there is a break for an expository passage on how life is not worth living without a higher purpose or a higher being or something. I did roll my eyes at the "piece of the divine."

    In summary, great premise, too many repetitive combat or chase scenes.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Very good

    This book had 295 pages of mystery and what the heck is going on. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Recommended

    I found this book to be interesting. The author has quite an imagination. Kind of reminded me of the Twilight series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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