All life in the solar system is about to be wiped out...
Mel thinks it might be her fault...
Dr. Melanie Destin thought she'd started a new life on Mars. That was before somebody told her things about her past...Mysterious things she didn't know.
While searching for answers she digs too deep and is accused of a murder she did not commit...
On the run, with a price on her head and the authorities in close pursuit, Mel must evade capture long enough to accomplish the one task that can save her life; destroy the source of the deadly Ares nano-virus...
Little does she realize the pathogen is not what it seems, and her meddling could make her responsible for the destruction of all life in the solar system.
Mother of Mars is the second book in the Mars Ascendant Series, a set of science fiction thriller novels that tell the story of humanity's colonization of the solar system. If you like strong female characters, complex villains, intrigue and a page turning story that is hard to put down, you'll love this book.
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Next step: Child of Mars
I was provided an ARC copy for review. What follows is an honest review. Child of Mars is the third in the Mars Ascendant series. Unlike many 'series' books this is not one that you need to have read the others in the series. I can say that because I have not read them. This provides the reader with the information they need as they needed it and weaves it into the story with skill. At the begining of the book, we seem to be looking at three different stories. However, as time goes on, we see where each part merges into the other. We have a little girl being rescued, why we do not know. We have a doctor running her routes on the planet Mars to help the people. While this is all going on we are allowed to look into the dictator of Mars. All the characters are given their moment to shine though in the bad guys stories, shine might not be the proper word. But each tells the story from their point of view and the stories all weave together. Each character also stays true to themselves as the move through the story. The plot of the rescue and trying to get the little girl away from her captors along with the doctor, who is actually the reason Mars can be inhabited, is one that held my interest. I am encouraged to go back and read the previous books now. I recommend this book to any one that has an interest in science fiction. There is enough blood and violence that I would not encourage children to read it. Most adults would be able to handle what happens as the story progresses.
“Mother of Mars” is an action filled story that follows Dr. Melanie Destin as she is once more drawn in against her will to the schemes of the major shakers and movers of Mars. Previously in Book 1 of the Mars Ascendant Series, “The Ares Weapon,” she helped to recover a potent bioweapon from a hidden spaceship that had been secreted on Mercury by a spy who ended betraying and deceiving both Martian and Earth governments. His efforts could have lead to war if they hadn’t been foiled by Dr. Destin. While “Mother of Mars” is complete unto itself it does pick up where Book 1 left off with Dr. Destin in private practice on the habitat in stationary orbit above Mars. It is not absolutely necessary to have read the first book but it would increase your enjoyment if you did. It provides a background for the action in this book and helps to explain some of the motivation of the characters. The story begins with efforts by one of the major players attempting to figure out what an alien artifact is in a hidden part of Mars really is and to attempt to recover some more of the Ares virus. Meanwhile, Dr. Destin has opened a private practice on an orbiting habitat above Mars. Against her will she is once more is drawn into the shadowy world of political deception and trickery, where it seems almost everyone has a hidden agenda that places her and her friends in danger. Several new characters are introduced including her office nurse and friend Dani. Dani has some hidden skills in things like computer hacking that prove essential to the survival of Dr. Destin. Mel’s adventure in this story is not just about how bad guys are foiled but it is also a subtle discussion of a different culture and how a non-terrestrial environment with its special needs could have influenced how society formed and reformed to ensure human survival in a deadly environment on the fourth planet from the Sun. This book does not disappoint as it careens from one end of the human Martian environment to the asteroid belt. The characters act human and there are some surprising shifts in loyalty as the story progresses. Melanie Destin proves to not only be an outstanding medical officer but a resourceful human who does have a few flaws that at times almost creates disaster for her and people around her. In the end, the story ties up all the loose ends, some from Book 1, but leaves room for more books to follow in this worthwhile addition to the science fiction universe of our solar system’s future.