Oxygen - Writers Journey Edition

Oxygen - Writers Journey Edition

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by John B. Olson, Randy Ingermanson

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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

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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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Third Day Books
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)
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10 Years

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Oxygen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Nikki_F More than 1 year ago
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.
Sprinklerboss More than 1 year ago
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.
Book_ReaderUT More than 1 year ago
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.
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CoderDonna More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok reading, little soapy at times.
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rees More than 1 year ago
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.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the most intense romantic suspense/space adventure/science fictions I’ve ever read—I’m thinking it would make a great movie, but one you might want to watch early enough in the day that you have time to breathe for a while after it’s over. Valkerie Jansen is interviewed as a possible astronaut on the first manned venture to Mars, one of four who will make the long voyage to the red planet. Her problem is that obviously the interviewers missed her grades as a freshman in college, the year she had spent partying instead of studying. No way is she going to tell them, either. Bob Kaganovski, one scheduled to go, is pretty sure he’s going to be axed. Somehow he blew the psyche evaluation, and he isn’t even sure how, but the looks that passed back and forth between the psychiatrists spoke volumes. Kennedy Hampton is a partier and womanizer, but a such a talented and experienced pilot that they’ll overlook that. He’s a shoe-in. Lexis Ohta is a mystery, close-mouthed and stand-offish. But also multi-talented and sure to be chosen. Joshua Bennett, a born leader with bountiful wisdom…no reason he wouldn’t go. Bob thinks the pretty new doctor lady—Valkerie—will replace him. Any one of the others could do anything he could do. Well, if anyone deserved to take his place, it’s her. Stiff upper lip, Bob. One problem—or maybe two. Some explosives are missing from the supply section. Explosives that don’t need oxygen to blow up. And someone has leaked the plans for the habitat they’ll be living in on this journey to terrorists. Who did both or either? The answer or answers are critical.
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LaurieRosel More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oxygen is a great book, packed with plenty of twists and turns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!