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Colony Mars: The Complete Trilogy

By: Gerald M. Kilby
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
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Summary

How can a colony on Mars survive when the greatest danger on the planet is humanity itself?

All contact is lost with the first privately funded colony on Mars during a long and destructive sandstorm. Satellite imagery of the aftermath shows extensive damage to the facility. The 54 colonists who called it home are presumed dead. 

Sometime later, a new mission sets down on the planet surface to investigate what remains of the derelict site, and crew biologist Dr. Jann Malbec soon discovers that the facility had developed into to a full-blown human DNA editing experiment - with unsuspecting colonists as the guinea pigs.

However, now that the truth of what was going on in the colony is revealed, powerful Earth-based corporations begin to fight for control of this extraordinary genetic research. But Dr. Malbec begins to realize that returning this technology to Earth could doom humanity to a worldwide pandemic of apocalyptic proportions. She must do everything she can to prevent that from happening - even if it means that she might never see her home planet again.

©2017 Gerald M. Kilby (P)2019 Gerald M. Kilby

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It was ok

Whilst there was little new in the story and it didn’t have the love of characters or depth of narration of other well known Mars books it was a nice light read but don’t expect to be enthralled.

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What a clichéd inconsistent mess this is.

Enjoyed the first few chapters discovering the main characters flaws. It then descended into a journey running down the well worn tracks of all sci-fi before it. Found the narration poor and the robot incredibly annoying. As my teachers would say must try harder

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good story, builds quite well, tho some flaws

A good story but with some flaws (I can't believe the lack of safety protocols, backup systems, and poor communication systems that seem to be neccessary for the plot to work in various places). Also the narrator has rather a weird sentence delivery which becomes a little annoying.

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Dull, formulaic, predicable and clichéd.

Story line: Expedition team travel to Mars to investigate the fate of the first Martian colony three years after contact is lost.
On arrival the team find all the colonists dead. But evidence soon comes to light suggesting someone (or something) is still alive....
And so intrigue ensues.
But it doesn't. What follows is a tired, dull, predicable story line that's been told many times before. And many times better.
The characters are one dimensional and any attempts to flesh them out feel contrived. Russian crew members are all characters imported from the Cold War era, women are weak and men are "hard as nails".
So bad was it, I had to check it wasn't a parody title.
The narrator "croak-speaks" through much of the work (in order to effect a "rough frontier" / oil rigger setting?) stopping only to attempt "the Russian accent", male or female they both sound the same - cut & pasted straight out of a James Bond movie.
Poor effort.
Gave up. Couldn't finish it. Returning book.

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Excellent series

Well thought out hard science fiction. Within the realms of Andy weir's the Martian and artemis.

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  • 27-09-19

Bad hook, yet great story.

The "mysterius disease" troupe is badly overused and, in my opinion, borin. When I first found this troupe as a central plot element, I considered putting the book aside. But I gave it a chance.

I am glad I did. It has been quite the adventure. and the final plot twist regarding the disease, revealed at the end of part 3, gave me the laugh of the day, if not the week. I am eager to hear part 4 now.

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  • Kevin Spudic
  • 11-08-19

Misses the mark

Lucky this was a 3 for 1 deal otherwise I wouldn't get past book one

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  • Trixxie
  • 23-10-21

Excellent.

I felt like I was in the story. Enough detail but not too much. And the narrator made the book!! So glad I got the Audible version!!

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  • Woody James
  • 14-01-20

It isn't The Martian

But it is a very good and interesting story. Anxious to see where the story goes from here.

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  • Minigig
  • 21-08-19

story is good, ending is flat

parts are good.Most is meh it served its purpose. Some of the charters don't make that much sense.

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 23-02-19

Mars is (Not) Fun

I really enjoyed this story. It is about survival and betrayal. The whole story was really entertaining. Definitely recommend.

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  • Everett Morris
  • 05-01-22

Holy cats.

One of the best sci-fi books I’ve listened to in a long time. I was constantly wondering what was gonna happen next. Genius stuff.

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  • James Young
  • 29-05-21

Great Story

Excellent story good character development. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Looking forward to part 4,5,and 6.

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  • William P. R.
  • 25-09-19

Great Mars Adventures, Realistic!

Loved the book a great adventure, topics and challenges very real, possibilitys, a pleasure to read...

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  • BenBot
  • 04-10-22

Plot holes and a really stiff narrator

The narrator is really stiff, which was hard to get past right at first, and once I did, I started to enjoy the story up until the plot holes. There are just so many plot holes, everywhere! It’s like the author thinks you’re stupid and/or was just plain lazy. Doesn’t even seem to have had an editor read it for more than spelling and grammar errors.