Oxygen [NOOK Book]

Overview

Valkerie Jansen is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival. But that doesn't explain why NASA picks her to be part of a two man, two woman crew to Mars -- or does it?

Bob Kaganovski, the ship's mechanic, is paid to be paranoid -- and he's good at it. After a teeth-rattling launch, Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn't prepared him for this trip. He can deal ...
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Oxygen

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Overview

Valkerie Jansen is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival. But that doesn't explain why NASA picks her to be part of a two man, two woman crew to Mars -- or does it?

Bob Kaganovski, the ship's mechanic, is paid to be paranoid -- and he's good at it. After a teeth-rattling launch, Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn't prepared him for this trip. He can deal with a banged-up ship, but how's he going to survive the next five months with HER just a flimsy partition away?

Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the crew with only enough oxygen for one. All evidence points to sabotage -- and Valkerie and Bob are the obvious suspects.

Oxygen is a witty, multi-award-winning roller coaster ride, with a plot that moves at the speed of light.

The authors had hoped to work in some cool controversy on science, faith, the meaning of life, the existence of God, and possibly even the Coke versus Pepsi debate, but they were having so much fun writing the story that they forgot to offend anyone.
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Editorial Reviews

Moody Magazine - Andy Scheer
Buckle in, take a deep breath, and get ready for a fantastic ride.
Booklist - John Mort
Olson and Ingermanson ... capture the ironic repartee of astronauts to the last nuance. The result is a real delight.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013323711
  • Publisher: DitDat, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2001
  • Series: Oxygen , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 99,516
  • File size: 940 KB

Meet the Author

John and Randy have been collaborating on one crazy project after another for the past fifteen years.

Not only are they novelists, Ph.D. scientists, and entrepreneurs who've founded four different corporations between them, but rumor has it that they prowl the night wearing steampunk battle gear to rid the streets of vampires, werewolves, and ducks that poop on your front lawn after it rains.

John and Randy deny all such tales as "vicious exaggeration."
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    A Great Science Fiction/Thriller. ¿Oxygen¿ by John B. Olson and

    A Great Science Fiction/Thriller.

    “Oxygen” by John B. Olson and Randy Ingermanson is a great new science fiction/thriller.  NASA wants to send a crew of four to Mars, two men and two women.  While they are on their way to the Red Planet an explosion seriously damages their ship.  Now the question is, who did it?  And why?

    I really enjoyed this novel.  Christian fiction is not genre I normally read, and although there are religious questions throughout the book, I didn’t feel like it was being crammed down my throat.  The questions were basic and timeless, and hardly a turnoff, no matter what your religious views.

    The character development was fantastic.  They were realistic and intelligent.  The readers are shown not only their attributes but also their flaws in every action and conversation.  Bob is confused, hurt, and incredibly suspicious thanks to his past; the big question is whether his behavior is at all warranted.  I enjoyed the conflicting viewpoints and behavior; the characters were all so human.  In the end only one character decides to trust the others without any proof, only faith.  A decision every person faces at one point in their lives.

    This novel investigates the complexity of human relationships and morality.  It also does an extraordinary job educating the readers on NASA and space travel.  The questions brought up when asking whether there really is life on Mars, or anywhere other then Earth, are incredibly interesting.

    For those who love science fiction that’s not just skin deep, this is a great new novel.  It was thought provoking, entertaining, and full of mystery and suspense.  I can’t wait to read the second of the series.


    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.  This in no way influenced my review in any way.  I was not compensated for, nor required to, write a review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Nicely Crafted SF Thriller

    A well written thriller set in the near future. Oxygen is a well written, fast-paced novel which grabs you early and never lets go. Highlights of the book include the excellent character development, the religious theme woven nicely but not obnoxiously into the story, and the many technical details of a potential mission to Mars. I write thrillers and mysteries myself, and am always looking at who might have hidden motives. At one point in time or another in OXYGEN, I think I pretty much suspected every character of something. An unreserved five star rating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    Grips you from the first sentence and never lets go!

    One of the greatest WhoDoneIt's I have ever read! The first sentence in the book has the main character fighting for life and it never lets up. As soon as one disaster is ALMOST under control, here comes a worse one! Half way in you will suspect all the main characters of being a saboteur. Further in you will suspect all NASA employees. The ending is a twist you could not possibly see coming. Well written, believable characters you identify with. I stayed up late every night until I finished this book. I kept thinking their situation couldn't possibly get any worse. It got 10 times worse. Again and again and again and ... Just read the book, you'll see what I mean.

    Read the appendix, the authors have web sites with more info.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    Do you enjoy a great mystery, a gripping thriller, a captivating

    Do you enjoy a great mystery, a gripping thriller, a captivating science fiction story, an entrancing story? Click "Purchase" on Oxygen" and the sequel, "The Fifth Man," because when you finish the first one, you're going to want to keep going with this story. It's well-plotted eith fully-developed characters and an engrossing story. Do it-you won't be sorry.Pur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    ok read

    Ok reading, little soapy at times.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    I didn't want it to end. What a terrific read. I was on the edge

    I didn't want it to end. What a terrific read. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I finished it 10 minutes ago and just bought the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    the summary was very misleading. They don't even get into space

    the summary was very misleading. They don't even get into space until page 128. I found it boring and I'm sorry that I bought it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book! It's a typical whodunit written in a sci-f

    I enjoyed this book! It's a typical whodunit written in a sci-fi atypical manner (Does that even make sense?). LOL Okay, getting back to the book, it is fast-paced and the action keeps on rolling. It is easy to see that the authors had fun writing this book. Several times, especially towards the end, I was "sitting on the edge of my seat" awaiting the next outcome. I truly believe you'll be doing the same thing if you read this book. Even if you typically don't read sci-fi books, try this one. I'd bet you a year's worth of gas that it will leave you wanting more (and there IS a sequel, too, but you have to move on to a paperback to get it)! I've just started the sequel called The Fifth Man. I hope there are more books written by these co-authors. They've got to be good!!!!

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    Great read!

    I want more, but there is nothing else from these Authors out there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    got to read

    I recommend this book. I checked it out of the school library and drove my teachers nuts. I read during class, and even though I actually like doing homework, I didn't do any in the 3 days that I was reading this book. Thats my record on how fast I read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Catch Your Breath!

    Oxygen is a great book, packed with plenty of twists and turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Rich and Rewarding

    Oxygen & The Fifth Man together tell one story. A fascinating tale of near-future Science Fiction, the skill and brilliance of the writing of this pair of books more than compensates for a couple of technical, logistic oversights. This is a rich and rewarding read with high drama, incredible risks, competing political and career goals for both individuals and for Multi-Billion Dollar industries. It combines competing ideologies, elements of romance, and a raw survival instinct in a harsh and completely unforgiving environment. Winner of the 2001 Christy Award for Fiction, this is a delightful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Fast Paced Excitement

    I'll be honest. I read this book because Randy is a nice guy and he taught a class I took. I don't like science fiction....or at least I didn't like to read science fiction until I read Oxygen. Ingermanson and Olson pulled me into the story with real life characters. The action surrounding the astronauts compelled me to give up fixing dinner and going to bed on time. I learned things about life in a tiny cubicle and what it would be like to float around in darkness far from family and friends. The science details were included in a way that flowed naturally not in a lecture style. It is a Christian book. I like that Olson and Ingermanson are not afraid to cross over into the world of sci-fi and express their faith through their characters. Great Writing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Sci-Fi Thriller You Won't Put Down

    I'm not the biggest sci-fi fan in the world but I had just recently watched 'Mission To Mars', which I loved, when I saw this book. I couldn't put it down once I started it. Suspense, drama, intrigue with a healthy dose of faith. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Edge-of-your-seat suspense

    Finally, a book you don't want to put down with a storyline that's not just a different twist on others you've read. It's unique and exciting to the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    A n exciting sf thriller

    In 2013, NASA prepares the first manned mission to Mars: five months out; 18 months on the hostile angry red planet, and five months back. However, the four person crew is shook when the commander Josh Bennett abruptly resigns from the mission apparently due to something the key member Dr. Bob Kaganovski said in a psychological profile. Bob knows he lied about always obeying Josh¿s orders, but his friend is off the team and is replaced by a religious rookie, microbiologist and ecologist Dr. Valkerie Jansen. The other two crew members also resent the change especially since Jansen does not hide that she is a devout Christian in a sea of scientific disbelievers.................................. The Ares runs into problems from the start, but remains a go until in space a bomb destroys their power source. While everyone spins culpability on someone else, OXYGEN will be depleted before they arrive at their Martian base camp where air awaits them. Valkerie, who has gained a first hand understanding of the trials of Job, is the only who can save their lives and she depends on her deep religious convictions to guide her to a miracle............................... Anyone who thought that a Christian science fiction thriller is an oxymoron will change their minds with the action-packed OXYGEN. The story line combines classic Apollo 13-like life threatening troubles with the ¿savior¿s¿ deep religious beliefs. The superb story line enables the audience to understand what makes each of the prime players breath including the ¿fired¿ former mission commander. Though the launch occurs about half way into the novel, readers will take delight with the proof that religion and science (fiction) are not necessarily anathematic enemy combatants........................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    Prepare for a breathtaking piece of literature!

    I found this book in my church library, and I immediately thought of my dad, who loves space stuff! I don't know a lot about the space missions, but it's a really good book -you don't want to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    A beautifully written book, great story!

    I don't read a lot of sci-fi, and wasn't quite sure what to expect from a Christian sci-fi book, but WOW! what a great story. The authors did so much research that nothing left me shaking my head and doubting what they had written about. Nasa, a manned Mars mission with political problems, media pressure, human jealousies, sabotage, romance and many life questions in a life-and-death situation. I just couldn't put it down and had a couple of very short sleep nights trying to find out 'what-happened-next'. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2001

    Breathtaking

    Really ... breathe deep, then read the book. This is a well written, intense and gripping story. You will feel as if you are traveling with the 4 member team. I'm not scientifically inclined, but I was actually understanding the things these two authors were teaching me ... without feeling as if I was sitting in some science class! Grab this book ... read it ... enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    AN AMAZING READ

    Not being an avid reader of sci-fi, I figured I'd enjoy this book but not be nuts about it. Not only did I enjoy it, I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. Beyond being well-written and credible, it's just plain fascinating. The first manned space flight to Mars! I loved the psychological dynamics the authors pursued among the crew. This is a great read. I definitely recommend it.

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