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Pirates of Mars

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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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Gerhardt Himmelmann
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
Charles Sheehan-Miles
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
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
Charles McGonigal
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.
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
Jun 13, 2012 Christopher Gerrib rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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