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Summary

In the year 2031, a robot probe detects traces of biological activity on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. This sensational discovery shows that there is indeed evidence of extraterrestrial life. Fifteen years later, a hurriedly built spacecraft sets out on the long journey to the ringed planet and its moon. The international crew is not just facing a difficult twenty-seven months: if the spacecraft manages to make it to Enceladus without incident it must use a drillship to penetrate the kilometer-thick sheet of ice that entombs the moon. If life does indeed exist on Enceladus, it could only be at the bottom of the salty, ice covered ocean, which formed billions of years ago.

However, shortly after takeoff disaster strikes the mission, and the chances of the crew making it to Enceladus, let alone back home, look grim. From internationally best-selling hard science fiction author Brandon Q. Morris comes a new novel for hard science fiction enthusiasts. As a physicist and space specialist, Morris describes the journey of the international expedition through the hostile vacuum of space, using the latest scientific findings and technology trends as his inspiration. This isn't a 'What If' story, this is a 'When Will' story.

©2018 Brandon Q. Morris (P)2018 Liberaudio

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A space odyssey that's worth taking.
-- Kirkus

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Not great, not bad.

Something about the narrative and the way story evolves I didn't enjoy. Hope it gets better in the next book.

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Was there no editor?

mind-numbingly bad writing. I got halfway through before I had to give up as an alternative to gnawing my own ears off.

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A WASTE OF TIME

SPACECRAFT DOESNT LEAVE EARTH TILL CHAPTER 36 THE WORST SCO FI BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.

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The tedium of a long space journey...

I rarely bail out of a story part way through but this one has somehow had the pace and drama sucked out of events that should raise the heartbeat and leave the reader/listener concerned for the protagonists. The reading is as remote and lifeless as the ice moon to which the title refers; the characters are never fully developed into figures with whom one might have some empathy; and the interesting hard science is left marooned by a narrative in which crises are related with the same evocative passion as directions from a SatNav.

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  • 21-02-19

Robotic performance, potentially interesting story

This had the potential to be a great story, but it wasn’t executed well. Written presuming hard reasonably accurate science, the underlying plot had a few gaping holes and logical stretches , and a completely unnecessary plot addition - not to provide spoilers, and maybe this will become important in some future book, but the author stretches credulity in a way unrelated to hard sci-fi. The lead character comes across as potentially having Aspergers. It would still work if not for the painfully robotic reading performance of the narrator. I am interested in the next of the series but not if narrated by the same person.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-19

not my favorite

I didn't find this to be particularly rigourous sci-fi nor did the fiction elevate it above YA status. The astronauts made very unprofessional decisions which endangered their lives over and over again, all for the sake of drama instead of natural motive.

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  • Two Cents
  • 21-01-19

A poor reading of a bad story

Clearly my review is among the minority, but the reader seemed to have only a sing-song delivery of all the characters in every situation, making most every statement wholly inapropriate; happy, happy, happy, "I'm going to kill you now with this sledge hammer," happy, happy, happy, and the writing was little better; happy, happy, happy, "OK, but I wish you wouldn't."
The whole sci-fi storyline of finding intelligent life in outer space is really getting old and mundane, and this author has given the tired subject not a shred of new life. The psychotic introduction of the chapters is remeniscent of lunacy imagining itself wise by random confusion staged as enlightenment. This book is a classic attempt at making a chimera of science-fiction and fantacy. and not a very good attempt at that. The reading just made the bad problem worse.

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  • 02-11-21

Hard Pass

Very Stereotypical archetypes, overly dramatic content, action doesn’t really start until the last hour of the book. It attempts to articulate how humanity will realistically discover life in our solar system. The book gets strange in the final chapter. I’ve read and listened to close to one hundred science fiction books, and this one just doesn’t really make any sense. It details testing, a mission, and a discovery. Very basic. I have a hard time classifying this book as “science fiction.” Giving this book a HARD pass, and I rarely write bad reviews.

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  • BookReader
  • 06-06-22

The Enceladus Mission Series

This review addresses the entire series of The Enceladus Mission, which consists of four full-length novels: The Enceladus Mission, The Titan Probe, The Io Encounter, and Return to Enceladus. Read in sequence as most characters traverse all four books, as does the story.

Plot. A group of astronauts from several countries responds to a probe signal coming from the moon of a distant planet indicating potential life. Through the four novels, space travel is defined in painfully intricate detail. The entire series consists of a series of mundane problems, occasionally life-threatening, that arise with regularity - one after another. Expected relationships between characters develop, including a pregnancy. Shipboard AI's misbehave, save the day, stuff goes wrong, stuff gets fixed, etc.

Liked. The Enceladus Mission series is pure SciFi. The "what-if" possibilities are there, which in my opinion, makes the best SciFi. No drooling zombies, aliens with clicking knees, jump scares. No sex, no gratuitous profanity. Coincidently? Breakthrough Enceladus is a proposed privately funded astrobiology mission to look for macrobiotic life in the volcanic eruptions of water emanating from the moon - true - Google it.

Not so hot. Wording isn't particularly smooth - no contractions; more effort should have been applied to story rather than space technology, which can be boring to some readers. The ending left much unanswered.

Written by Brandon Q. Morris, narrated by Doug Tisdale Jr., each book in the area of eight hours of listening, all books released 2019.

Recommended to the nerds among us; lots of techy stuff to pick apart.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-22

Meh

Just okay. The plot moved a little too quickly in some cases where it wasn't actually realistic. The descriptions of the technology were bland and uninspired such that you never quite knew exactly what was going on. I had a hard time developing a mental image of what most of the spacecrafts and characters actually looked like. Overall, would not recommend to friends

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  • 13-02-22

Exciting with twists and turns.

Great story. Well thought out. Nice surprises along the way. Lots of twists and turns.

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  • Peter Albert
  • 02-08-21

OK story, just a so-so narrator

While I did enjoy the story, it was not as fleshed out as it could have been. My issue with this audiobook is the narration. Doug Tisdale Jr. has a difficult time in expressing the proper emotions for the characters given the circumstances of the storyline. Sometimes his interpretation felt wholly inappropriate. An example being a situation where something is sad, and he reads it as if he’s talking about cheese. He also tends to string the words. Of a sentence very statically.

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  • LV-426
  • 06-03-21

Wish I hadn’t

This is the type of book that I normally love: hard science, space exploration, alien beings.. Unfortunately the narrator totally ruined it for me. His tone is more fitting for reading comedies or feel-good stories, not what is supposed to be nail-biting, suspenseful science fiction. I could barely get a sense of when something dire or life-threatening was happening because the narrator just kept on in his “this is all good, everything is great” voice. Ugh!!!!!! The author also devoted way too many chapters to the development of the equipment that wasn’t used until the last 1/4 of the book. I felt disappointed that the description of the final destination, Enceladus, was severely lacking in comparison. I would not recommend this book.

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  • Andrea
  • 11-06-20

I really wanted to like this book

I love hard science and the story line was interesting. However, the protagonist is so disconnected he felt more like an AI. Sadly, the book was narrated with a similar tone which I found extremely off putting.