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One Day on Mars

(The Tau Ceti Agenda #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,055 ratings  ·  37 reviews

A nonstop futuristic thrill-ride, through the critical events which were the breaking point for the underclass of Martian citizens and precipitated a revolution to break the Martian colonists free from the formidable Sol System government. The formerly red planet—now in danger of again
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published December 9th 2013 by Baen Books (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, military, sci-fi
I am not really sure whether I like that book. On one hand, the idea with an embedded AI as a constant companion is nicely thought through and presented. On the other hand, the battle feels like even more bolter porn than some Warhammer books. I am using the singular in "battle" intentionally, the one day presented in the book feels like one extended slugfest from the beginning to the end. Even the more sciency parts of the battle, e.g. where the AIs take over work from humans where human ...more
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
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Big, bad government is set against terrorist rebels. Both sides think they are representing the ideals of the U.S. I kept asking myself, "Why is this
a science fiction book?" It seems like it could have been a story set in the current world or even the recent past. There was really no reason for Mars to be in this nor anything to do with spaceships. It is one battle, beginning to end. A simplistic war novel.

It read to me like the author wanted to write something in this genre because he felt he
Julio Biason
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, scifi
Ok, let's try something different here:

(-) Long paragraphs, that just make things hard to read and with lots of useless information, sometimes, running out of topic.
(-) Macross, without acknowledging Macross or the Macross world or anything Macross, really.
(-) Super-powerful rebellion, which manages to be even stronger than a super-country army + navy.
(+) Good descriptions of the action, even with the huge amount of cruft in them.
(=) Weak sci-fi, even if the world is "sci"
Roberto Viña Sosa
It's well written.. But is all over the place' how are we to care for anyone when the point of view jumps all over the place, what to take from the picture that this book described? everyone is an ass in the future, there is a lot of cool tech like personal A.I embedded in the brain, A.I are more likeable than people (Spider Trash bots are awesome) that it'.

From the entire cast I likeded an adrenaline junky, a smart kid and a trash bot.. that it.

P.D: no one explained how the colonies terrorist
Luis Gonzalez
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is just one very long descriptive battle. There are no breaks between story sections and sometimes I was not sure which area of the story I was reading.
I guess this book was a set up for the senator aspirations and future wars but the reading was tiring.
One book in this series was enough for me.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was so filled with swearing that I could barely get through it. Probably would have been a good story except this ruined it.
Make like a tree, Nancy, and get out of here.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A superb read

This is an outstanding book, action-packed and with well teal see characters. I look forward to reading the whole series.
Bill Bowne
Interesting technology and a lot of action, but a bit juvenile and loaded with lots of Hollywood-type action. I'm familiar with both technology and the military (I'm a retired USAF officer), but the testosterone levels in this book are beyond anything I saw or experienced (even with fighter jocks!). I reread the book as an intro to the rest of Taylor's series (as available).
Dec 29, 2015 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
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
Alex Shrugged
"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
Nov 24, 2011 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
Thomas Clemen
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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 ...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
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
Jun 15, 2009 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 ...more
Robert D
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jenn Mercer
Mar 13, 2015 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.
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.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, engrossing, and written with skill.
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.
Sep 03, 2012 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 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!
John (JP)
Interesting premise. Basic scifi war novel. Waiting for sequel
Nov 19, 2011 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.
l think this book is intrested
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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 ...more

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