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

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  792 Ratings  ·  27 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 Warp Speed, this new novel has a rapid-fire story action and suspense. At the same time, cutting-edge science is deftly incorporated into
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Baen (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Dec 29, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Day of Mars starts off in a most interesting manner. There is a spy story to be told... And then, from there, the novel moves into a HUGE military conflict that takes place in ONE DAY- hence the title-- and the spy is all but forgotten.....

This is military Science fiction. If you don't like that sort of thing that avoid it like the plague. I tend to be interested in it-- but not interested enough to continue with this story. Why? Because like many soldiers in battle, I was overwhelmed by th
Thomas Clemen
I'll give it two stars for its imaginative universe and fast paced action. Interesting to make a book a bit like "24".

Here are the reasons it does not get the remaining three stars from me:

One, questionable use of third person omniscient - the book sports in-scene head-jumping (POW switching) and I even spotted several instances of in-paragraph head-jumping. That would be ok if it was used for effect or if it was some sort of literary piece. In this book it just felt confusing and annoying to th
Glenn O'Bannon
Don't bother.

Ugh! DO NOT believe the comparison with the TV show 24. The only thing this book has in common with 24 is the one day time period. No hero really. No political intrigue. No spycraft. Not even any plot twists.

There is very little interpersonal communication beyond military comm and chit-chat. Certainly no romantic relationships.

Instead what we get is chapter after chapter of profanity-laced interaction between--well, in any communication that goes on between any people of any kind. I
"One Day on Mars" is a SciFi thriller more than any thing else with lots of action and a lot of detail. Unfortunately this has more action than I care for. I wanted more story so the author lost one star for that one.

The story: It is 24 hours on Mars and Earth. The President of the United States wants information regarding the rebels on Mars and just as that spy operation gets stared an all out revolution takes place, or so it seems.

Any Problems? As I recall they use the F-word quite a bit. It i
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
Nov 24, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
I really wanted to like this book more. It has a lot of elements I tend to enjoy. Unfortunately it just doesn't feel like it flows well enough. And it needed another look through by an editor. I think a few years ago I wouldn't have had a problem with this book, but having now read a lot of incredible space fiction, I just find this one lacking. To give it a description, I'd say the Robotech novels meet Tom Clancy meet Keith Douglass.
Jenn Mercer
Mar 21, 2015 Jenn Mercer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Note: audiobook
I confess, when I marked this book as "finished," I meant that I was finished with it. I tried, I really did, but I did not care at all about what was happening. The author made basic science errors, the characters were carciatures, and I started twitching every time the Senator/former marine said ooh-rah. I decided to switch over to a book by Scott Sigler (Nocturnal), and my sense of relief was so strong I knew immediately that I had made the right decision.
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
Robert D
Jul 05, 2015 Robert D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A combination of "24" and "Robotech". While the book takes place over 24 hours, there are far too many characters and sub-plots to make the format workable. As a reader you are simply taken along trying to figure out what is happening. There are a few plot twists to keep it interesting but with the multitude of characters and the finite time frame there is no character development. There is simply the battle and tales of survival. Once I finished the book, it was apparent that in reality this wa ...more
A fairly good book. A rebellion on Mars against the ultimate power in human space, the United States, is kicked off by those who at first glance appear to be terrorist bad guys. The politics was a definite right slant, which I liked, but kind of hard to follow until the reveal at the end. The science & tech was good. The action was prevalent and intense, but not great. The characters were ok, at least the main ones, but there were many and they were not developed enough to get to appreciate ...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
Jun 15, 2009 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
l think this book is intrested
Feb 23, 2015 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Romp
Sep 03, 2012 Squeaky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 16, 2013 Santa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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.
Nov 24, 2011 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 26, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 14, 2011 Lance rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 12, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great action-adventure writing! Doc Travis puts sweat and blood on a page filled with action like nobody else!
Aug 27, 2014 Felix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great beginning to a promising space-marine story. Has a great story and entertaining action scenes.
Parsons Parsons
Interesting premise. Basic scifi war novel. Waiting for sequel
May 22, 2012 Leor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
highly reptitive.
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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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