Offworld (Dangerous Times Collection Book #1)

Offworld (Dangerous Times Collection Book #1)

by Robin Parrish

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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 thought.

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ISBN-13: 9781441205544
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Series: Dangerous Times Collection , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 663,175
File size: 2 MB

About 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

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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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Offworld 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
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!
DorianSD More than 1 year ago
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.
ChristyLockstein More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book I have read since I got this nook for my birthday 1 year ago! Cindy J Texas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner. Could not put it down. Action to the very last page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like action and adventure with some space travel this is a very entertaining book . Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word......AMAZING!!!!
scarpettajunkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Offworld by Robin Parrish is a thrilling foray into science fiction that reads so well, the pages disappear. Commander Christopher Burke and his crew are returning from a mission to Mars. They find it odd that they have lost contact with ground control, and their landing is definitely dangerous and strange. However, the icing on the cake is when they step out of the space shuttle and discover everyone everywhere is gone. The mission then becomes to discover who or what has caused the disappearance of all humans on earth. This story was believable because the astronauts quarrel amongst themselves, they get hungry, wet, injured, bruised, and tired. Their thinking starts out rational and becomes more disorganized and improvisational as the story picks up speed. I liked reading the pages to see how the crew was going to get themselves out of some of the situations they walked into. It felt like I had a vested interest in seeing these astronauts bringing back earth¿s people without getting killed in the process. I would highly recommend Offworld as a fast paced science fiction thriller that is highly satisfying. I was kind of surprised this book was published by Bethany House and am very glad they took this chance. This book is a keeper on my shelf and my son wants me to save the book for him so he can read it. Even my husband is interested. I am so excited by that and really can¿t give the book more praise than that.
fingerpost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first manned mission to Mars returns to Earth to find that everyone on the planet is gone. Not dead - gone. Offworld follows the four astronauts as they try to discover what happened to the rest of humanity (and all animals too by the way.) The initial concept is fascinating to me, and probably made me overly generous in giving a three star rating. The further the plot goes, the more ludicrous it gets. By the end, the mixture of science fiction, military action, religion, and just downright weirdness gets incredibly absurd. Still, it was mostly a fun ride on the way. Tip for the author: do not ever again use the phrase "stood to his full height." It is an absurd phrase to begin with, and you've used it at least ten times in this book.
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 2031, Christopher Burke and his crew of astronauts are the first people to set foot on Mars. They stayed there for two years to do research and conduct experiments. Everything had gone pretty well, save for Chris¿s mysterious disappearance of eighteen hours when he only had four hours of oxygen left. They were on their way home when they lost contact with Earth. When they crash land on Earth, the crew finds that every man, woman, child, and animal is gone. Were they abducted? Have they died? What happened here?The characters are very realistic. At first, all you see of them is this disciplined, business-like façade. As they get deeper into the empty world and they run into obstacle after obstacle, you see the real people underneath. My favorite character is Trisha. She¿s a strong and disciplined woman, who was a Marine before she was an astronaut. Underneath her tough exterior, she has a painful disease that she works through every day and she is deeply in love. I liked to see the deconstruction of the layers the crew built up. I was impressed that they managed to keep so much from each other while still being in close quarters. Also, the relationship of a group of people that are so close knit is interesting to read. Offworld is a great science fiction adventure. The plot twists and turns in ways that you would never expect. It¿s a mystery, an adventure, science fiction, and an action movie all rolled into one. The plot moved forward from page one and didn¿t stop. The narrative was exciting and fluid to read. The only criticism I have is when some answers are given to the problems at hand, it gets a little weird; it was harder to suspend my disbelief. Overall, I would say this is a great read.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The first manned mission to Mars returns after their two and a half year trip to discover that they are the only living being left on Earth. Where did everyone go? Can they survive long enough to bring them back? The book started a tad slowly, but it quickly grew into a book I just could not put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the actions of the heroes in the book were improbable at best, but the way they were integrated into the story was done so well that it is the only negative thing I can say. The characters were well developed and believable, the storyline was well thought out, and the twists and turns were unexpected. I may have to read the rest of this very talented author's books!
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Kerry_Nietz More than 1 year ago
“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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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At first I was interested only bc it was a free book. But the more I read,the more I loved!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had 295 pages of mystery and what the heck is going on. Loved it!
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rjp1130 More than 1 year ago
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.
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