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The Ruins Of Mars (The Ruins of Mars #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  257 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the near future, The Ruins of Mars opens on the discovery of an ancient city buried under the sands of the red planet. Images captured by twin sentient satellites show massive domes, imposing walls, and a grid work of buildings situated directly on the rim of Mars’ Grand Canyon, the Valles Marineris. With the resources of Earth ...more
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published January 6th 2013
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Feb 14, 2014 Marti rated it it was amazing
Full confession: I love hard science sci fi. LOVE it. I love Mars, anything to do with Mars. I am a total Marsophile. (Is that even a word? If it isn't, it should be.) I LOVE everything Mars.

I LOVED this book. Loved it!

What a great premise: It is 2048 more or less. Mankind has developed computers to the point where they have developed self-awareness. Does that make them sentient? Conscious? I don't know. Do I look like Vernor Vinge? Gimme a break.

There are several of these all-knowing computer-w
May 02, 2015 Zarah rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable
I'm a bit torn on how I feel about this book. It's obvious that the author put a lot of thought into how the mission should be run. But the pages and pages and pages dedicated to ship specifications, food processing, genetic alterations, AI design and development, etc is, honestly, dull.

The crew doesn't reach Mars until the start of part three, 60% in. And almost all of the previous 60% is dedicated to pseudo-science lectures and crew soap-opera relationships (not so much romance, but who shacks
Mar 02, 2013 Athena rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am so sad that I just finished this book! I cannot wait until the second book in the trilogy comes out! I tend to read a lot of non-fiction science but every once in a while I love a good adventure read. The Ruins of Mars was so much fun to read. Quarles was able to bring in current and possible future science technologies without becoming too confusing. It reminded me of how Carl Sagan was able to bring in alien technology/travel in Contact. The Ruins of Mars was a quick read the pulled ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Areland rated it really liked it
A very good beginning, I am looking forward to the next book.
Jack Knapp
Sep 28, 2016 Jack Knapp rated it it was amazing
A plus. Recommended.

Starts slow, then picks up. Don't give up. Plenty of emotion and adventure in the later sections. Well written and edited too.
May 21, 2014 Clayton rated it liked it
A pleasant but unremarkable read, though I found myself not caring much for the main character. Note that this first volume of a trilogy just stops abruptly in the middle of a major series of events, and does not constitute an independent work. I find the story-line interesting, but am not convinced I want to spend any money to see where it goes at this point.
Mar 02, 2013 Pierrette rated it liked it
The writer knows very well how to keep the reader's interest. I am looking forward to the next installment of this story. Although suspension of disbelief is needed, the entertainment value is great!
Arthur Rabinovitz
Mar 13, 2013 Arthur Rabinovitz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone even those who dont like sci fi
Shelves: 2013
I really liked it and I think I want to read the rest of them
Dec 31, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, alien-civs, ebook
Set in a not too distant future, mankind is running out of resources. Mars is starting to look like a better and better bet for terraforming and the future of mankind. Two AIs, Romulus and Remus, are sent out to scan and map Mars from orbit. However, they make an unexpected discovery, one that fires the need to send a manned mission to Mars sooner rather than later.

This was a really enjoyable scifi adventure. Even though it has a few issues, I just thoroughly reveled in it. The pacing is really
Jan 06, 2016 Amber rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A decent book that has some good ideas going for it. When alien ruins are discovered on Mars it naturally throws earth into turmoil. The planet is running out of space and it's harder and harder to care for those living there. Plans to colonize Mars are now complicated by this sudden discovery.

Alongside humans are intelligent AI systems. I appreciated the fact that these machines respected and cared for their human companions rather then being at odds with them or opposed to what they were tryi
Erin Penn
Feb 23, 2016 Erin Penn rated it it was ok
Ruins of Mars is a multi-POV story hard sci-fi story that reads like an omniscient third-person point-of-view (POV) sci-fi trying to incorporate standard-fare romance amid long descriptions of "fantastic new worlds". Too much of the story is exposition for me after all the Urban Fantasy/action-adventure I have read. People and emotions are described instead of shown. Some minor repeat of situations which could have been avoided by better editing. Sometimes hard to follow as the timeline jumps ...more
Nov 22, 2014 Philip rated it it was ok
I am a fan of good science fiction. This is not it. It was a Hollywood-esque attempt at science fiction. I am not usually too picky when an author tries to stretch some aspect of science to create a good story, but this author appears to lack even a basic understanding of the basics! Orbital mechanics, astrophysics, computer science, and telecommunications, all suffer, and I can only guess at what other disciplines he failed. The author took so many liberties that I can only conclude he educated ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Awaiting the unraveling of a mystery

Although it started a little slow, the pace really quickened. The timeline for the story is not too far in our present future and seems almost plausible. The introduction of the AI's seemed the most futuristic. How grand it would be to have that technology now. Also, had not the fall of NASA not happened we might indeed have a base on the moon and space stations. Also, the ship that took the crew to Mars was outstandingly constructed. this book quickly became
Harry Steinmetz
Apr 24, 2014 Harry Steinmetz rated it really liked it
Wow, just finished this in less than a day. It held me captive on a day where I could afford the time. A terrific concept, the earth is dying and decides to terraform Mars. As part of the assessment, we discover ruins of a civilization that was in the solar system before us. Added to that is a wonderful concept of AI that is self aware. This makes some of the most interesting characters in the book. The lead character, an archeologist, is well established, but doesn't go row much through the ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Recommended to Donna by: Dylan James Quarles
Dylan James Quarles writing is engaging and adventurous. This is a Sci-fi, futuristic mystery, putting mankind on Mars. He has made a believable future with science that is explained in a way to understand even if you are not Sheldon Cooper. :)

If you enjoy Robert A Heinlein books then you will like this.

Some parts of this book can be a little slow and there is a lot of jumping back in forth between people at home and the ones on Mars. But most of it is necessary to the plot. He is also setting
Sumeetha Manikandan
Apr 12, 2016 Sumeetha Manikandan rated it liked it
I loved the concept of AIs in this book and the monuments that have been discovered in the red planet awaiting an archeologist to unravel its just makes me wish that I could hop in along with them and blast off.

I loved the overall concept and the premise of the book. The author takes his time to introduce each character to us. What slows down the book is the all too many technical details that are given in the chapters leading to their blast off to Mars. I understand its a triology
Rebecca Larsen
Mar 06, 2014 Rebecca Larsen rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I was expecting something along the lines of Star Wars, what I got was completely different. A refreshing change from all the Star Wars type books.

A well written story that is engaging and realistically believable. The scientific facts were simply explained without dumbing down the Science. This book was easy to read and follow along. As a first in the series, I would recommend this to all Sci - Fi fans.
May 02, 2013 TheWhistler rated it liked it
Was intrigued by the synopsis, but I am really still waiting to get to those ruins. All that needed to be done, once the satallites photographed the ruins, was explore. All the character soap opera material was pointless. The satallites are my favourite characters. Intriuging idea but it shouldn't take pages and pages to really get nowhere. If the next book is free I'll read it. Three stars are for the writing. Book in need of an editor.
Jun 27, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Really liked this book though the jumping around instead of a truly linear plot could have been done better. Good characters overall. It's book 1 of a trilogy, fyi.

I may well buy the next book if that's any indication.
Marsha Graham
Feb 16, 2014 Marsha Graham rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Free kindle download. Typo in the first section threw me. The rest of the book was pretty well done. There is a lot of jumping back and forth from past to present which I tend not to like. Hopefully the next installment will resolve that. Engaging read.
Sep 15, 2013 Jan rated it liked it
Enjoyable story but I found the constant leaping all over the place of the timeline a bit distracting & don't get why it was written that way. I enjoyed reading it but not sure if I'll carry on with the trilogy
May 29, 2014 WILLIAM G SANNAR rated it really liked it


I just enjoyed this story.
NOTHING more complex than this.
No further comment needed.
The story ended too soon .
Sep 11, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
Highly enjoyable!!

This is one of my favorite kind of sci fi stories. Great
believable premise. Well written and edited. I will read more by this author.
Feb 05, 2014 Addison rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Very enjoyable. More of a first half of a book than a whole by itself, but then it was free on Amazon so no complaints here. Very fun read.
Peter Cornell
Aug 25, 2016 Peter Cornell rated it it was ok
Too much setting

Too much setting up, not enough action. On and on with the background going nowhere. I was disappointed with the whole thing
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