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Publisher's Summary

The truth of discovery is on mankind's horizon, a Red Horizon.

For nearly four long years, the world's superpowers have mobilized their people and resources in preparation for the next discovery, Mars.

The race against one another pales in comparison to the inherent dangers of travelling through the vastness of the cosmos, going where mankind has never gone before. Facing the hostile and challenging environment of space, and nations ready to do anything it takes to win, Richard, 'Rock' Crandon pulls his team together in an attempt to reach the alien technology on the red planet first, and discover the intent behind the alien species.

Will mankind tear itself apart in the name of discovery, or will the truth reveal something more sinister, the true intent of the aliens?

©2016 Salvador Mercer (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Mark Boyett delivers as usual the story extremely well... 10/10
I wish there would have been a bit more detail in the story. A repeated space race to Mars is a good and feasable story. The whole China angle though seems to me a bit extreme but hey. I am looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Theo
  • 20-05-2018

Not much sci fi

The concept is good but there is no story here. Just a lot of political details leading no where. By the time you get to anything good the book is done. This whole book could have a chapter or two in another, better book

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  • bswest5
  • 05-03-2018

Strong ending saves the day

I loved the first book and was ecstatic to see this get an audiobook. It wasn’t quite to the level of Lunar Discovery - it took far too long to get going, and the character development felt much more clunky - but the ending was excellent. I look forward to book 3!

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  • Andrew Sterling Hanenkamp
  • 01-02-2018

Re-listen to book one first

The story is fine. Clearly, this is an epic just getting started. What annoys me though is that it's been a few months since I listened to the first but the author assumes you have a good memory of all the minutiae of his first story in the series. Some authors do a great job reminding you of details so you think, oh yeah, that's why this is important. Some do an even better job and make it so that even if you failed to read the first one, you can still follow it. Mercer does neither of those things here, not even a little bit. So the characters felt completely undeveloped and not compelling because the reader is clearly expected to remember all that stuff from the first book. There's even at least one scene that makes an oblique reference to an event that happens in the first book with no lead in and no explanation and left me completely nonplussed. So, don't do what I did, if you listened or read the first one months ago, give it a fresh skim first before listening to this one or you'll probably be as uninterested in the continuation of this story going forward as I am now.

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  • R. L. Ketcham
  • 12-01-2018

Virtually the same story

Any additional comments?

This is virtually the same story as Lunar Discovery. Except this time US, USSR 2.0 and China race to Mars instead of moon. The biggest disappointment about the "Discovery" series is that there is so little about the "Discovery". Not very imaginative for a science fiction writer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-2017

A plot twist No one saw coming.

I wish this book was longer so that I could keep listening to this story.

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  • Ron A. Parsons
  • 31-10-2017

Yet another story about humans killing humans

Yes, this is a tale about human tribal warfare with all the usual knife twists and bombs, A mini WW1 with separate human "tribes" claiming "if we can't have it exclusively -no one will get it-"
Good narrator but the story is very shallow and un-imaginative as SCI-fi

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  • aaron tippetts
  • 19-10-2017

I enjoyed this book as I did book number 1

I read book one. I felt it was well written. I enjoyed the story but I felt that the writer should have covered more of the story. This story should be covered by 3 books! The writer is too verbose. Writing too much about what ever. Red Horizon was written the same way and in my opinion the next installment should be able to finish the story. If it does not, I will not buy the next. Writers who use this method of stretching a story need to write books that are 15 plus hours. Salvador Mercer. This story is not worth more then 3 credits!!

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  • Dunnyseven
  • 16-02-2018

Deadly Ending.

Better than first book
captivating.
Martian Class could be a great Film.
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  • Nautilus
  • 03-01-2018

great story, great narration.

the story is well written and keeps you in the edge of your seat, finished with a cliff hanger so bring on the next chapter.
Mark Boyett is flawless as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-2018

Where is the next book?

This book was amazing, I felt like this is would happen in reality. I am thirsty for the next book 😩😪😭.

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  • luggsey
  • 21-12-2017

Really wish I hadn't bothered

Totally boring until the last few chapters. Not worth the trouble, but I wait for book three is my advice.

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  • James Wing
  • 13-12-2017

Good sci fi

An enjoyable listen, a bit more far fetched than the previous book but still scientifically plausible. The story felt like it could have been fleshed out more, perhaps into two books given the pacing, depth and detail you might expect after the first book but this isn’t much of a complaint since most of the time you hear this the other way around. Definitely left me wanting the next book though.

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  • slow fan
  • 12-12-2017

Intresting

Hope book three will come along soon as this story only feels at about half way through

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2017

Enjoyable Pulp

Engaging narrative, though a little slow to start. I did find the dialogue and interaction with the characters to be a little clunky and cliché. The writer has a habit of characters explaining stuff to each other that seems unlikely for the scenarios. However if you want a well constructed near future sci-fi that doesn't go too deep, this will be for you.

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  • Jamie
  • 16-10-2017

pure joy

loved this book, please deliver book III. Anyone reading this get this on audiobook right now.

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  • Dan
  • 11-10-2017

an elegant blend of science and military fiction

an elegant blend of science and military fiction. A humbling introspection of human nature. such a tease ending too