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Mars System Reboot

By: Dave Willmarth
Narrated by: Daniel Wisniewski,Rebecca Woods
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Summary

Late 21st-century Earth is overcrowded, her natural resources dwindling rapidly. World governments and greedy mega corporations are forced to work together toward a solution.

A crew of ten humans are sent to Mars aboard Hyperion I to locate a suitable site and establish the first colony. After a months-long flight to the red planet, just as they are about to descend to the surface, problems arise. A careless accident kills a crew member, damages the ship, forcing the others to launch early. And that's just the beginning of their troubles.

On day one they learn that magic is real, and that the planet, in fact the entire galaxy, is governed by a complicated and merciless System. Their assimilation into the System makes them enemies of the paranoid powers that be on Earth, and they find themselves cut off. No communications with family, no resupply, they're on their own on a mostly dead world.

And nearly every form of life they do encounter is out to kill them.

Join Commander Fletcher and her crew as they struggle to survive a new world with new but familiar rules.

©2022 Dave Willmarth (P)2022 Mountaindale Press

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Great start to a new series

Like his other series, this is not just promising but a great start and I am keenly awaiting the future books in the series.

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Near future sci fi Litrpg.

Just wanted to post how much I've enjoyed this book.

Setting: Near future Sci-fi, real world (though 'magic' comes into play in a non-fantasy vibe).

Plot: They were the first people to land on Mars, set to start the first Martian colony, they set down and started to look for water, but when the crew are contaminated by a mysterious crystal and find themselves waking to the system, they find their troubles have only just begun.
Quick note: I particularly like this story as its not just 'they are on the planet and have to fend for themselves' but there is a fair chunk of politics from Earth that results of their contamination.

Why I like it (in brief, with minor spoilers).
Continuing on from my quick note, part of the politics that comes into play is covering up that we are not alone in the solar system a discovery that could shake the world. I thought this was a really nice touch. This leads to some major complications and interesting story parts.
There is a fun mythology behind what is going on, on Mars and why it's occurred.
So much fore-shadowing ^_^.

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Basically I find it a well written story, its nice to have a near-future sci-fi story that reminds me more of stories that will come out from The Expanse (though it's no where near as political and science heavy as The Expanse). I read/listen to a lot of LitRPG at the moment, so its made a nice change of pace. The environment itself provides its own challenges and that's without the need for the characters to be attacked.

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Great new series

I really enjoyed this series and look forward to the next one as well as his Battleborne series

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Willmarth knocked it out of the park again

the pimp daddy of litrpg does it again awesome story with great characters so can not wait for the next book

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Great new book BUT..

I am a big fav of Dave Willmarth however always worried the new book series he starts will never get finished. He releases the books at a very slow pace as well.

The book is wonderful but like the other two stories won’t mean much if not finished

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  • 23-08-22

My God, this is stupid

I was annoyed as soon as this book started, why the hell would you send a bunch of 20 year old frat boys/girls on a mission so important?

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  • 21-08-22

Unexpectedly lame Professionals

One hour in, and I can't continue to read this book.

The writing and premise seem really good, but the characterization of our cast is very conflicting. Supposedly, the cast are a group of highly-trained and extremely professional astronauts ready to pioneer an entire new planetary civilization from the ground up, chosen as the creme-of-the-crop of humanity after passing through a grueling selection process. However, that's only on paper

Obviously, given the set up, I expected the cast to be a group of level-headed and intelligent pros, able to easily logic their way through any problems with lethal efficiency. That said, I'm not expecting them to act like hardened combat vets or black ops personnel or something. They're pros, not military. When it comes to combat, personal danger, and all the magic-fantasy stuff, we should have tons of rooms for mistakes, character growth, and general learning.

However, even if they're not military, they SHOULD act like professionals when it comes to their chosen field of (1) space, (2) mars, and (3) all things astronaut. This includes but is not limited to high levels of flexibility and competence in regards to their sci-fi tech, knowing how physics works in relation to space, and having mastery of all safety protocols and equipment procedures.

Instead of this, the cast is...well, have look at these examples I've picked from the first few sequences:

1) The crew openly condemns their dead companion before receiving a concrete reason to believe he was at fault for the accident. Actually, they shouldn't openly condemn him at all, as it lowers moral and team cohesion, and he was their FRIEND, for gods sake.

2) One of the crew members threatens the dead guy's friend with lethal violence when it's revealed he's drunk on duty. Again, aren't you friends?? And aren't the crew members explicitly chosen for their high "mental fortitude"? I would assume includes basic anger management, and while sure the guy fucked up, now is SO not the time for this

3) The CO admits to herself that she doesn't fully understand the orbital mechanics involved in planetary insertion. For reference, this is the leader of an interplanetary space mission and commanding officer of the first Martian Colony, supposedly educated in the most rigorous training conditions humanity has to offer. AND, this planetary insertion serves as one of the most critical (if automated) aspects of her mission. It's totally unbelievable.

Like, I'm sorry, you don't understand WHAT?? Lady, even I understand how jumping from a moving vehicle works, and all I've done is play Kerbal Space Program.

4) General lack of comms usage once on planet. A bit minor, but annoying and another nail in the coffin of their professionalism.

5) The CO openly acknowledges that the strange alien crystals they found are having mind altering effects on the crew, but doesn't attempt to take any precautions. We all know that the reason she acts in this dumb way is so that the plot can happen, but undercutting the intelligence and competency of your main characters is never a good move. Plus, there are MANY other ways to have the crystals contaminate the crew that would make total sense.

6) When the System first speaks to them, at least one member of the crew has an immediate, full on, groundless, and incredibly public mental breakdown, instead of a rational-if-terrified response you'd expect from an adult trained for incredibly stressful situations. This is the type of thing you see from standard, average-Joe civilians in pretty much every System Apocalypse book, but not something we should be seeing from a professional astronaut EXPLICITLY screened for his mental fortitude. It just doesn't fit in this situation


These out-of-character moments culminate in tons of frustration and aggravation as the books went on, the team's so-called professionalism being undermined at many points. I wouldn't care too much if it was a random band of people who were just chilling when shit went down, even if they had some prior training. In those situations, such reactions are to be expected and are, well, downright reasonable.

However, that's not who our cast are. They are a group of highly-trained professionals on an ACTIVE mission to a place NO-ONE has gone before, where things are EXPECTED to go wrong in completely unexpected ways, ways that could get them all killed in moments. And they should be able to deal with such problems with efficient competence. They are literally trained for it. It's pretty much their damn job description.

Despite this, the crew doesn't seem to know how to act, well, professional. Not enough to convince a layman like me. In fact, they read more like "an adventuring party but sci-fi" than actual trained astronauts. Skilled and experienced, but not thoroughbred elites.

Considering that the largest bit characterization we have for most of the crew is that they ARE elite astronauts with peak mental fortitude, it just feels so dumb for them to have all these mundane flaws. I mean, that line of characterization was in like, the second paragraph of the book. You could have at least tried to stick with it until things really started to fall apart and get outside mission parameters.


TL;DR: If you can get over the fact that the crew is not as highly trained as logic (and the book) tells us they should be, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book regardless of their unprofessionalism, and I fully recommend. If not, I suggest a soft pass on this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-22

Where is the next one?

I gobbled this book up. I can’t wait for the next one. It is a unique take on the system and lit rpg style of books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-22

another great book by Wilmarth

greatly enjoyed start of new series. cant wait till next book. very well done story

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  • Dakota VanLinden
  • 31-08-22

loved it

I love the idea that there is an old game-like system on Mars. most of this book feels like set up but there are some wonderful and fun moments!

The narrators did such a good job here! I didn't think I was going to like a duo but they nailed it.

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  • Cory
  • 15-08-22

The good mix of Tech and myth

This book has a good mix of Tech and Myth bouncing both out in a way that allows us to understand the basic principle against societies interacting with and with other societies going through different branches can't seem so they are using magic it integrates North mythology into a modern day worldAs well as what would happen if to opposing sidis 2 opposing sides wearing a secret warFor the very survival of the human race and how that would look

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  • Will
  • 23-10-22

Great book

I need the next book. This is a great new take on the system stories. Great plot, interesting characters and very good narration.

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  • Jose Canizales
  • 12-10-22

good book

slow start, but after that it gets better.
I enjoyed the story and the narration. if there's another book to continue the story I'll probably get it

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  • jeremy
  • 29-08-22

Fun book!!!

Great book. Love the characters and the progression. No sex, which is okay by me. I recommend anything from this author. The female voice actor was phenomenal. The male voice actor was over the top cheese. But once I got over the male performance I was able to enjoy the book.

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  • MANolley
  • 26-08-22

Very entertaining with a few pleasant twists!

Very entertaining with a few pleasant twists!
The beginning was great, then right when I thought Dave was getting lazy by introducing a “deus ex machina”, he teases the crap out of me by using it as a pivot for drama to come.

Voice actors performance: Awesome!
Daniel tends to end his sentences with a growly flourish that’s a bit distracting at first, but his performance throughout is great.
Rebecca’s performance and range of characters are stunning!

I’m dying to get book 2 already!