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Pirates of Mars (The Pirates Series #2)

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Pirates of Mars, the new Mars adventure story by Chris Gerrib. Lieutenant Peter Grant of the Volunteer Space Rescue Service is taken hostage by pirates, who are holding him for ransom. The Rescue Service can't afford to pay a ransom and is not equipped for an armed rescue. Fellow Rescueman, Jack Williams, unwilling to violate Rescue tradition and leave a person behind, dec ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Hadley Rille Books
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Sep 17, 2014 AudioBookReviewer rated it really liked it
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ABR's original Pirates of Mars audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Pirates of Mars by Chris Gerrib was a fast paced sci-fi novel. Life on Mars is what I would picture life in Australia was like in the 1800’s when convicts were sent there to live. Rough, uncivilized and full of the criminal element or those seeking a better life. Life on Mars was similar – rough, uncivilized to a great degree and full of opportunistic seeking people where they even charge for air!

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Charles Sheehan-Miles
Mar 26, 2012 Charles Sheehan-Miles rated it really liked it
Since my early teens I’ve been a lover of all things sci-fi, especially stuff relating to exploration of the solar system. So I was pleased to get my hands on Chris Gerrib’s Pirates of Mars.

The cover art, evocative of pulp sci-fi of the sixties and seventies, is a nice touch. The story has a feel evocative of a lot of classic science fiction. In short—a sparsely settled Mars, dotted with small settlements, some of which have a wild-west feel, is base to pirate outfits, which have been hijacking
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Charles McGonigal
Mar 18, 2012 Charles McGonigal rated it it was ok
Almost a reverse heist story, it was a quick read, but it never quite gelled for me. I've read worse, but I'd have trouble recommending it - I think there would be something better no matter what aspect (sci-fi, cops and robbers, characters) you're looking for.
Dries Harnie
Mar 03, 2012 Dries Harnie rated it it was ok
Ruediger Landmann
Mar 04, 2012 Ruediger Landmann rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2013
I found Pirates of Mars a big disappointment, which is a shame because it's a rare example of a well-thought-out, near future, hard science fiction novel. Set in 2074, Gerrib lays out a Martian colonial society with a "wild West" feel that seemed quite credible to me. Moreover, the novel did an exceptionally good job of portraying realistic spaceflight with realistic astrodynamics. Spacecraft in this book move according to real physical laws: a rare feature indeed.

Unfortunately, everything that
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Susan
This not-so-far-future scifi story has humans settled on Mars and up to nefarious deeds. The pirates of Mars are quite a mixed crew (which was entertaining) who end up kidnapping a volunteer space rescue man (Peter). But his agency doesn’t have the funds to ransom him. Luckily, he has friends who improvise a rescue. Over all, the book had a Wild West feel to it, kind of a nod to the TV series Firefly.

Once the characters were set, there wasn’t much growth. But that was OK as this was a fast-paced
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Gavin
Sep 12, 2012 Gavin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how to explain this book. I liked the initial premise, which is why I continued to the end, but it was very very hard to read.

I felt there was a lot of minor characters added and made things hard to follow. Most of the major ones I really liked though (Janet, Kelly, Minty, Rachael, etc).
Perspective jumped quite suddenly at times (may have been an e-reader artifact) and helped to get me lost.
Even sometimes just the writing felt forced/run-on/needs editing.

I would not recommend it, bu
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Pam
Dec 01, 2012 Pam rated it liked it
It's pirates. On Mars. They board space ships and steal their cargo (or the ship itself). Sometimes they take prisoners, and that's what got them into trouble this time. This book is totally plot-driven with paper-thin characters. It was a fun diversion, though.
Christopher Gerrib
Mar 17, 2012 Christopher Gerrib rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Kent McDaniel at Windy City Reviews says "The book calls out for a sequel and for a movie adaptation."

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Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way. He can quit thinking about Mars any time he wants to. He wrote three novels (so far) set on or around Mars, but promises to get out of the Solar System soon. Chris still has a day job as the IT director at a Chicago-area bank, and holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois ...more
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