Semper Mars (Heritage Trilogy Series #1)

Semper Mars (Heritage Trilogy Series #1)

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by Ian Douglas
     
 

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The Year is 2040.

The Marines have landed on Mars to guard the unearthed secrets of an ancient and dangerous alien race: Ourselves.

Scientists have discovered something astonishing in the subterranean ruins of a sprawling Martian city: startling evidence of an alternative history that threatens to split humanity into opposing factions and

Overview

The Year is 2040.

The Marines have landed on Mars to guard the unearthed secrets of an ancient and dangerous alien race: Ourselves.

Scientists have discovered something astonishing in the subterranean ruins of a sprawling Martian city: startling evidence of an alternative history that threatens to split humanity into opposing factions and plunge the Earth into chaos and war. The USMC — a branch of a military considered, until just recently, to be obsolete — has dispatched the Marine Mars Expeditionary Force, a thirty-man weapons platoon, to the Red Planet to protect American civilians and interest with lethal force if necessary.

Because great powers are willing to devastate a world in order to keep an ancient secret buried. Because something that was hidden in the Martian dust for half a million years has just been unearthed . . . something that calls into question every belief that forms the delicate foundation of civilization . . .

Something inexplicably human.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380788286
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Heritage Trilogy Series, #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
385,356
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Douglas is one of the pseudonyms for William H. Keith, New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, Star Corpsman, and Star Carrier. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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Semper Mars 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Veektarius More than 1 year ago
I picked out Semper Mars because I was looking for some military scifi with large scale battles. This isn't really what I got at all - instead, it's very focused on the small scale, particularly a small group of about 30 Marines who are sent to Mars. They're sent in order to protect an archaeological find with significance to human history that was discovered by Americans, but which the UN (of which the US is no longer a member) wants control of. I have trouble seeing how non-Americans could enjoy this book. Though I can personally see some credibility to the projection of the future UN as this overly zealous, pro-regulatory juggernaut thanks to my political views, I can't imagine most people would agree. It really requires you go into this thing wanting America to win, because it doesn't spend a lot of time showing why America (and Russia, in this case, though rarely mentioned) is right and everyone else is wrong. With my personal predispositions, I got some enjoyment over watching the political situation play out, with a little light sci-fi surrounding the scientists and their discoveries on Mars, and some derring-do on the part of the isolated Marines. However, the characterization was fairly thin and stereotypical. This is typical of military scifi, but the large share of the book dedicated to a young college woman and her Japanese boyfriend and how their allegiances are resolved is largely ineffective thanks to this shortcoming. I debated between rating this a 2 and a 3. Because I enjoyed the book enough to finish it, I went with 3 stars, but though it is the first book in a series, I will not continue on with the second installment.
DJM-Indiana More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a good story, but a little slow sometimes.
Greymyst More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.  Little bit of Marine propaganda (As a marine, I have no problem with that), lot of action without getting to mired in the details, and a good story with good characters.  I do recommend this book to anybody who just wants a military scifi read.
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