Mars seems to be a dead planet to the first of Earth's astronauts to walk its red surface. Any signs of life appear to be long gone as the explorers search for evidence. But the possibilities for life are found with the evidence carefully sampled and taken with the space travelers back to Earth. What results from this journey will forever change both planets.
Grammatical accuracy and the beginnings of an interesting twist at the end are the two things this story has going for it. Stylistically, it reads like a technical manual. Much of the potential tension that could have occurred in the promising setting of exploring Mars is lost with action sequences such as these:
"The touchdown on the Martian surface set both their hearts racing. Each had wondered about the feelings this moment would produce. In the end, pure awe was the product."
Emotionless characters and virtually no dialog gives the reader very little to connect with. I will give this author credit for the enormous amount of thoughtful scientific detail he put in to this story. The concepts were all good, though lacking execution.
Reviewed by Alain Gomez