Now, I suppose I shouldn't tell you this, but I'm one of those nutty bookaholics who just HAS to read things in order. Not only that, but if I know exactly how many books are in a series...I'll wait until I have them all in my hot little hands before I begin.
So, as you can probably guess...I'm not done with "The Return". Shame on me:-)
...(excuse my big "but":-) I know a winner when I see one...
And Mars Hill Classified IS A WINNER!!
In the first novel, "The Evidence", we meet John Wells, aspiring astronaut, just as NASA comes calling. Space exploration appeals to many, and the price paid by the families resembles the sacrifices of our military men and women. These stories were a good reminder to me to keep them and their loved ones in prayer.
Flash forward thirteen years, and on a routine mission, news from earth sucker punches the reader and the exploration team in a huge way--terrorists have struck, and this time they make September 11th look like a traffic accident.
Packed with rich imagery and realistic dialogue, Austin Boyd's space series reads almost ripped from the headlines. But as far I know, no one has actually made it to Mars. Mr. Boyd's storyline makes me believe it is definitely possible, though:-)
"The Proof" continues the story of John Wells and crew (and you'll just have to read them yourself to see who makes it to the sequel:-). Mixed in with Mr. Boyd's speculation about life on Mars is the everyday drama of relationships.
Space travel creates temptations and trials that we experience everyday, but seem magnified by the close confines of space stations and capsules. Some might call this intergalactic drama--I say that cheapens the powerful message of Mr. Boyd's tale.
When it comes to speculative fiction, authors who are skilled take us out of the norm, out of our comfort zones...and put a magnifying glass on what truly troubles mankind and the Real Answer we all seek. And sometimes it is easier to see from a distance what is right under our noses.
After reading books one and two...I must admit, I'm eager to dive into "The Return". I just have a feeling I'm going to be a tad bit upset with Mr. Boyd as I turn the final page...because this feels like a series I won't want to end:-)
I'm giving the entire "Mars Hill Classified" series five out of five bookmarks, with a teeny tiny replica of Planet Mars...I'm still making up my mind whether or not I want to go there!!
Plus, I'm loving the color scheme...red, white, and blue! Go, USA!! (But I love other countries too...right, Rel??)