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One day on Mars (The Tau Ceti Agenda #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  546 ratings  ·  17 reviews
1.       This is the real thing—science fiction written by a real scientist who is also a gifted writer, following in the footsteps of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Charles Sheffield, and other top-selling scientist-authors.

2.       Like Travis’s
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Baen (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Every SF fan knows that the Rebels, be they Lunies, Martians, Belters or the Outer Colonies, are the good guys. They will be smarter and more clever than the minions of the uncaring, corrupt, EarthGov, Central Planets, whatever. And at the beginning of "One Day on Mars", this seems to be the case. The central government is certainly corrupt and uncaring and the rebels are certainly clever. But then we start to find out how they treat captives. And how they are willing to massacre civilians. And ...more
Ben  Davis
I wanted to love this book. After reading some real garbage I really wanted to like this book. This was supposed to be my military-science-fiction salvation...but it wasn't. I gave this book three stars and I truly believe it deserves no less. No, it didn't blow me away but it was a entertaining and that's nice. The downer here is the prose and characterization. Stereotypical in almost every dimension, reading this book is like listening to a wannabe Marine brag about "teh Corps". First of all, ...more
The entire plot is set, not entirely unexpectedly, during one day on Mars. The United States is now a Solar System wide government that even extends to a few extrasolar colonies. However, a nation of separatists exists in a “reservation” on Mars. On this day, the separatists attack the United States. The book follows the military actions, and the unexpected plan of the separatists.

As a military science fiction action book, this is a pretty good one. Stuffed with action scenes involving futuristi
Chris Scala
Rather silly, yet enjoyable for what it is. The story is good, there are engaging characters and the world-smithery interesting but I found it loaded with silly tropes (and perhaps soon-to-be tropes). Artificial gravity, acceleration compensators, "structural integrity fields", c-fractional hand weapons, sunflower-seed sized sentient AI, and more... At least the "hyperdrive" requires months and months of travel to go even a single light year - even if that is inconsistent with some of the ridicu ...more
I don't really know what to say about this book. There was a lot, and I mean a lot of action. There was no real protagonist; it just followed groups of people through the fog of war during a revolution that lasted for one day or Mars. There did not seem to be any clear good side or bad side to root for. Although there were a lot of heroic individuals and actions. The set up for the next book was interesting, feels like the story was just getting started.

One annoyance that kept catching my attent
One Day On Mars is a fun, action-packed, satisfying military science fiction novel. This book is full of battle and action sequences, and is more interesting then the run-of-the-mill military science fiction novel. Taylor does an excellent job at describing the battlefield from a number of perspectives, in such a way, that the reader is able to appreciate the story by having the different opinions, motivations, and justifications of the different characters. The ending of this novel made me eage ...more
Pretty much one long space battle which I did not find interesting. Books like these are often compared to Heinlein's, but his books, even the juveniles, I can read over and over. In the second half of this book I found myself skipping three-quarters of every paragraph. Interesting that the Democrat and Republican political parties have survived that far into the future.
Spent the entire book wanting the 'clearly bad guys', the corrupt, overbearing, shithead US Galaxy assholes to DIE DIE DIE (in fire).

Such a fucking weird storyline, the only sympathetic char on the 'clearly bad guy' side is the little girl... the garbage spider was also a nice break from wanting to shoot all the 'clearly bad guys' with GUNS GUNS GUNS!
Doc can tell a good story. The only thing that really weakened this one is his use of transformable fighting machines. I just wasn't really able to suspend my incredulity in what would otherwise be a great, hard sci-fi action book.

It's a fun read if you can get past transforming robot fighting machines though.
MilSF that treads perilously close to the deadly cliches of venal liberal politicians and ubermoral military men fighting a dehumanized foe only to add a hint of depth in the end.
A major turning point in an ongoing civil war on Mars. Plenty of action but the lack of background information makes it hard to know who to pull for.
Guns blazing, this is military SF with a hidden political plot hiding behind the action. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I wanted to enjoy this book, after a hundred pages could not stand tghe pain of reading it. So I quit and did something else.
Great action-adventure writing! Doc Travis puts sweat and blood on a page filled with action like nobody else!
A great beginning to a promising space-marine story. Has a great story and entertaining action scenes.
JParsons1974 Parsons
Interesting premise. Basic scifi war novel. Waiting for sequel
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Travis Shane Taylor is a born and bred southerner and resides just outside Huntsville, Alabama. He has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master’s degree in Physics, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a Master’s degree in Astronomy from the Univ. of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Aubur ...more
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