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One Day on Mars
by Travis S. Taylor
Publisher: Baen Books

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS:
A DAY THAT WOULD EITHER
FREE AN ENTIRE PLANET-
OR UTTERLY DEVASTATE IT

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 becoming red, blood red—would never be the same, nor would the human race.

It was one day that changed the course of history for the Solar System, raging from hand-to-hand combat to piloted armored mecha suits clashing to an enormous space battle, with dedicated heroes on both sides of the conflict wondering if they were doing the right thing—and if they would live to see another day. And wondering, as well, if the spark of this new war, that would eventually reach across whole star systems, would bring them peace.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Travis S. Taylor—"Doc" Taylor to his friends—has earned his soubriquet the hard way: 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, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, has raced mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives in Alabama with his wife Karen, and their daughter.

Published 10/1/2007
SKU: 1416555056
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Shannon on 12/19/2011, said:

Overall this series is very different from most other sci-fi. The space battles are similar to other stories along with the tech, but the plot is different. It also makes you think about which side you'd be on, although you are guided to a side it's easy to see where you might not side on the protaganist's side.
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2. Richard on 5/27/2010, said:

The whole series is full of intellectual disconnects. We can’t let terrorists win, but its ok when our soldiers gun down unarmed scientists (in the rain gun) and it’s ok to drop nuclear bombs on towns? The bad guys are so good with computers that it takes the entire military hours to get unjammed, but the single AI the spy has can hack anything in 10 seconds? Taking out just the leader will cause chaos, but murdering dozens of powerful people won’t be suspicious or cause any problems? The terrorists are awesome at traps and ambushes but the army takes multiple installations that have no traps, security cameras, computer lockouts, or alarms???? Sorry, this isn’t writing, it’s a hack job.
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3. Dominik on 2/20/2009, said:

Okay first off I didn't make it past the sample chapters, so maybe I missed something - I rather doubt it though. The biggest flaw of this book is the non-existing storyline. Introducing a new POV character almost every chapters makes this book annoying, plain and simple.
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4. Bruce on 4/4/2008, said:

A montage of atrocity without a coherent plot to hold it together. We get a glimpse of a few major players but no character development and no backstory to why things are the way they are.
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5. Jay on 2/22/2008, said:

This is a flawed book, with enough to recommend it that I am starting to read the 'sequel'. (In reality, this is a 'prequel' to the second book in the series, and that might be the problem.) The book starts off with some awkward constructions and feels a bit amateurish. But I kept going and was rewarded with, after the first few chapters, an enthralling, quick-moving and suspenseful tale that more than made up for the beginning. I can see a lot of people not buying this if they read the sample chapters, but I think it really shines after that. I'm really confused by the politics so far, however. (Matriarchal terroristic Libertarian-fascist seperatists with a dictator that is trying to restore/recreate the American way of life?!?) Maybe the next book clears it up a bit. It seems to be confusing for others as well. In my opinion it is told from the view of the 'good guys', not the bad-guys, but maybe the author's intent was to have two sides, both of which end up being sympathetic, but the terror tactics of the one side is not condonable in my opinion. And gosh, no one should ever demonstrate their slant. Unless they're progressives, but that goes without saying.
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6. robert on 12/17/2007, said:

Starts out as a run of the mill space opera with plenty of nifty SciFi gadgets, a lot of human interest, and some realpolitiks. I probably missed a few things. The book is told from the POV of the "bad" guys, the US military in this case, as they struggle to put down a rebellion of some Mars colonists who wish to be free. The story of the sacrifices to protect each other and civilians in danger reminds me a lot of German soldiers at the end of WW2. Maybe they are on the wrong side, but they are still heroic and doing what they think is the right thing. The identity of the rebel leader is revealed near the end of the book. Its not a huge surprise as there were plenty of clues laid along the way.
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7. John on 11/24/2007, said:

I was incredibly pleased by this book. And am eagerly awaiting the Tau Ceti Agenda. As far as political leaning and preaching think of Heinlein the man literally wrote a political handbook. Taylor did things vastly better than most by created shading for his political parties. Virtually every political candidate is repugnant in either there decisions or the manner of their thought proccesses. The only people to respect and emulate are some of the grunts in this story and possibly Senator Moore though at the end of the story you see him make some shady deals.
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8. Graham on 11/22/2007, said:

Once again, Taylor provides spectactular fiction!
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9. Christopher on 11/20/2007, said:

Taylor needs to stick to SciFi not political commentary demonstrating his obvious Republican slant.
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10. Aaron on 10/6/2007, said:

A couple of Baen's former best sci-fi authors have been falling into some horribly sanctimonious preaching. Namely, every one of John Ringo and Travis Taylor's recent books have been endless preaching about the virtues of the war machine (and their political ideas). It's a shame because the earlier Taylor books were lighthearted books exploring some interesting possible consequences of science.
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