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Red Hope

(Red Hope #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,721 ratings  ·  286 reviews
Aliens exist... and the Mars Curiosity rover just discovered their bones. The first manned mission is rushed. Corners are cut. Adventure. Betrayal. Disaster. Surprise.

Retired astronaut Adam Alston can't support his family. When NASA comes knocking for a mission leader, it's a match made in heaven - especially since their A-list team declined the haphazard mission. And so d
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published December 20th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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Ben Taylor
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Red Hope" was an honestly fun book to read -- which, I think, is what Dreese was going for. It's a fast-paced story with a believable plot that is as much centered around the political aspects of sending a crew to Mars as it is the technicals of doing so. Don't worry, though: it's a supremely enjoyable book, even if science isn't your thing. The technical aspects of the book make good context for the story, unlike in hard-science Sci-Fi, the pages of which are boggedRED HOPE-down in technical d ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
A premise that was right up my alley turned into a ridiculous book I could hardly finish.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I hate giving a low-star review, but I had high hopes for this book and I was sorely disappointed. The premise was very interesting: when the Curiosity rover takes pictures of human-like fossils and some kind of written language in Mars, a team of astronauts is sent to the red planet. Awesome! I am no scientist, but I've read The Martian and the science in this book seems little implausible. Fine, I can live with that, this is fiction. But then the characters were beyond belief. I don't know any ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
***Contains spoilers***

I read right thru this book in about 3 hours. Not because I enjoyed it, but because I drank 3 glasses of wine with dinner the night before & when I drink red wine, I get horrible insomnia. So when I woke up at 3 am, I had nothing better to do than finish this book.
Let me begin by saying the President is a complete douche. He advances his own reelection agenda at the expense of the space program & the entire country. I know this is fiction - I get that - but the president's
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You can find this full review and many others at Scifi and Scary's Book Reviews.

I ended up reading this book because it flashed across my kindle screen as one of those sponsored ad things, and it mentioned it was on Kindle Unlimited. Now, its rare to find a fantastic book on KU, but it occasionally does happen, and I like space-ageish books, so I decided to give this one a try. I’m not disappointed I did, but I’m not thrilled either.

John Dreese has writing talent, and I loved the premise of the
Perfect book for astronomy lover like me.
Four astronauts selected to go on Mars mission.

The second half was very interesting.
And the end....a cliffhanger.
I’m so excited to know (view spoiler)

While I loved that it didn’t have hardcore science, the book was too absurd and unrealistic.

Like when,

One of the astronaut was not even qualified to be an astronaut, but still he was selected because he designed the rocket engine (which was sup
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, technology, ku
Like many other readers I had high hopes for this book. The premise is intriguing. The Mars Rover discovers what appears to be a fossilized human holding something. The President - who is simply a caricature- makes the promise to get to and return people from Mars before the next election. Luckily there is a down on his luck millionaire who just happens to have the magical rocket motor that will propel the astronauts to Mars. But he's already made a deal with the Russians.

The dialogue in the sto
Gene Komaromi
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sci_Fi Thriller

This book is a good space adventure story. It has mystery, action and plot twists. I wish it didn't end so soon.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Red Hope: An Adventure Thriller audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

What happens when you have a president seeking re-election, an egotistical rich entrepreneur, a Russian Paleontologist and two “not top of the rung” astronauts with everything to lose?  A disaster of epic proportions!

The Mars Rover discovers a secret that the red planet has held for thousands of years.  In a bid for re-election, the president promises a trip to Mars in an unheard of t
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good solid space book. It moved along at a decent pace, not exactly racing along but it works. The science is pretty basic so it’s easy to follow. All the characters are likable in their own ways, although possibly a little stereotypical in some aspects but I can forgive that.

I did feel the story should have been more exciting than it was - the premise was good and yet it somehow wasn’t exciting until you get to the second half of the book or more, but then it really picks up and there was th
Jessica Weinreich
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Great concept spoiled by characters with no depth, just-beyond-plausible events (which I'll buy if you lay the groundwork, which this book does not), and the, "hey, let's add 6 more plots in the last third of the book!" Not to mention that everything was overly dumbed down. I have a passion for space and astronomy and read a LOT of science fiction. (Heck, I teach a class if it!) So, I don't need quite as much of the tech explained. Fine. But not everything needs to be written in three, successiv ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept; poor execution. I stopped reading when it was apparent there would be no interesting characters and boring, "telly" exposition. I know that usually comes with the territory of this genre but the writing itself is uninteresting, simplistic, and just TOO obviously "telling" you everything. It reads like a Wikipedia article. I tried to stick out out, hoping it would just get to the really interesting part about the alien fossils and possible ancient alien civilization on Mars, ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This short work is the first book by John Dreese and centers around a world changing discovery by the Curiosity rover on Mars. A discovery that could change the history of humanity, and alter it's future course, so of course I was excited.... at first.

This is one of those instances when a concept is excellent and execution just kills it, also holy sexism batman! Thirteen pages in I checked to see if this was reviewed by a SINGLE woman in the acknowledgements section and was SHOCKED that it was.
Susan Barton
The year is 2015 and NASA Director, Chris Tankovitch, makes an early morning call to President Daggett Jennings. Signs of a previous civilization - fossilized humanoid remains - have been discovered by the Mars Curiosity rover and Chris is excited to report this news to the President. Unfortunately, the rover's power went out immediately after taking just four photos. A discovery mission is scheduled to be deployed to Mars to further investigate these ancient signs of life. When the overzealous ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I just can't - DNF

I'm not one who gives up on books early. I want to give each author's effort an honest try. That being said, I couldn't get through flipping Chapter 3 with this before I said enough.

For me, it was flat out the poor writing. Generally, if a book is in third person, I prefer limited point of view and the closer the better. This author attempted omniscient - something incredibly hard - but did so poorly......very, very poorly. Instead of omniscient, it was more bad narrator.

I felt
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Be sure to read Red Hope on the weekend because you won't be able to put it down. The plot's twists and turns make it impossible to guess the ending and now I want book 2. The characters are interesting and stand on their own. I especially liked the cynical, realistic way President Jennings was written. And the ending will leave you thinking about it for days! Great first novel. ...more
David Rose
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie, sf
This felt refreshingly original and is written in a plain style that flows well. I liked a number of the concepts the author presented, and I thought that the SF elements were really well done. However, characterization was average and those plot points that depended on the frail humanity of the characters felt a little artificial, even forced at times. On balance, I liked it, and was frustrated that I could not fully engage with it. Almost great. Three stars on GR, but it's four on Amazon. ...more
J.R. McLeay
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this exciting sci-fi novel from start to finish. From its provocative hook introduced in the first chapter to its surprising twist at the end, I couldn't put it down until I finished it in one all-day sitting. With a fascinating premise, rich and complex characters, and page-turning plot, the author has crafted an original and absorbing story that keeps pulling the reader forward to the dramatic ending.

I particularly enjoyed the various elements of real science that
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a sci-fi reader at all, but after meeting John on Twitter I decided to give this book a shot and I'm so glad that I did! I read a lot of indie books because I want to support indie authors and unfortunately, a lot of them fall short of my expectations and are riddled with errors. Not the case here. Started this book on an airplane ride and got 40% through it before the rude pilot interrupted my reading to begin our decent into Calgary. I have to say that I was quite surprised at how atta ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: stupid
Light on story details. Started pretty good, but I didn't care for the way it progressed. After reading what 'red hope' was, I felt as though it was heading down a darker path. I had to keep pushing myself to try to continue reading it. I finished it, but I didn't feel like I had finished it.

My last story of Mars was The Martian. It definitely set the bar higher for science fiction details and plausible reality. As for Mars fantasy, ERB's Princess of Mars, with John Carter, had more believable
Philip Bailey
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A decent read. Good concept if somewhat implausible. In as much as planning is already in the works who’s to say what may be found? Or what lights a fire under the people in charge to spur the effort forward. I read the book in a single setting and immediately went looking for book 2. Apparently, I am not looking in the right places. Book one does not really end, it just leaves you hanging out there. Come on John, I Hope you are putting pen to paper even as I write this brief review.
John Love IV
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not exactly what I had imagined but I really liked the story. Pretty solid all around. I believe that I got this free on Amazon for the kindle app (on my nook ;), fyi.

Give this one a shot.
Alexander Fedyunin
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a very good for the debut, looks like a classic of the genre ...more
Laura Calvo
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would love to see a movie of this and I can't wait for the follow up novel!!! ...more
Jason Enns
Reads like a hollywood blockbuster which is good and bad. It is not ground breaking sci fi but it is a fun tale.
Kept me reading till 2 am in the morning! Not a masterpiece but still quite good. Bought the next book in the series already. Interesting to see it is just a duology, - have high hopes for book 2!
Nicholas Head
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the newly released 5th-anniversary edition. I had previously listened to the audiobook, and honestly, I hadn't enjoyed the book as much as I had expected to. There is something about the idea of going to Mars in the present-day that appeals to me. Something felt wrong though, and I couldn't put my finger on what was missing. The dialogue felt stiff, the action lifeless, and I couldn't get excited about what was happening. In the end, it was the audiobook that was holding it back I felt.

Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one for writing reviews but after reading this book I was surprised to find all the negative reviews, so I thought I'd add my comments. I have problems finding books that keep my interest and this one did. I kept reading to find out what was going on on Mars. I felt I knew and understood the characters. I found the science interesting. Having worked for the Space Program years ago, I found the politics accurate. The chain of events that occurred once they got to Mars I thought was hilari ...more
Sheila Beitler
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Hope was recommended to me from Craig A. Faulkner. He put it on our fan page and a lot of us have been reading it. It's a new and different twist to the old "Let's be the first people to go to Mars to see once and for all if it's habitable. If not, we'll make it!" Take a rapidly thrown together rocket by a billionaire (or more), find 4 diverse astronauts to man the ship, and BAM! The USA is there first. The crew that's finally assembled were not the first, or even 2nd choices for the crew, b ...more
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