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Late 21st-century Earth is overcrowded, her natural resources dwindling rapidly. World governments and greedy mega corporations are forced to work together toward a solution.

A crew of ten humans are sent to Mars aboard Hyperion I to locate a suitable site and establish the first colony. After a months-long flight to the red planet, just as they are about to descend to the surface, problems arise. A careless accident kills a crew member, damages the ship, forcing the others to launch early. And that's just the beginning of their troubles.

On day one they learn that magic is real, and that the planet, in fact the entire galaxy, is governed by a complicated and merciless System. Their assimilation into the System makes them enemies of the paranoid powers that be on Earth, and they find themselves cut off. No communications with family, no resupply, they're on their own on a mostly dead world.

And nearly every form of life they do encounter is out to kill them.

Join Commander Fletcher and her crew as they struggle to survive a new world with new but familiar rules.

©2022 Dave Willmarth (P)2022 Mountaindale Press

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  • 08-23-22

My God, this is stupid

I was annoyed as soon as this book started, why the hell would you send a bunch of 20 year old frat boys/girls on a mission so important?

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The Characters Are Out-Of-Character

One hour in, and I can't continue to read this book.

The writing and premise seem really good, but the characterization of our cast is very conflicting. Supposedly, the cast are a group of highly-trained and extremely professional astronauts ready to pioneer an entire new planetary civilization from the ground up, chosen as the creme of the crop of humanity after passing through a grueling selection process.

Obviously, I expected the cast to be level-headed, intelligent, and able to easily work through problems with logic and efficiency. I'm not expecting them to act like hardened combat veterans when it comes to combat, personal danger, and all the magic-fantasy stuff, but they SHOULD act like true professionals when it comes to their chosen field of space, mars, and astroneering. This includes exhibiting appropriately high levels of flexibility and competence in all of the sci-fi and space aspects of the book. Instead, the cast is...well, look at these examples. In the first few sequences, we have:

1) The crew openly condemns their dead companion before receiving a concrete reason to believe he was at fault for the accident. Actually, they shouldn't openly condemn him at all, as it lowers moral and team cohesion.

2) One of the crew members threatens lethal violence upon the dead guy's friend when the friend is revealed to have been drunk on duty. Again, team cohesion?? And aren't they supposedly chosen for their good "mental fortitude", which I assume includes basic anger management? Sure the guy fucked up but now is SO not the time.

3) The CO admits to herself that she, the leader of an interplanetary space mission and commanding officer of the first Martian Colony, doesn't fully understand the orbital mechanics involved in planetary insertion. The same planetary insertion she is about to undertake, and which servers and one of the critical (if automated) aspects of her mission. I'm sorry, you WHAT?? Woman *I* understand how jumping from a moving vehicle works, and all I've done is play Kerbal Space Program.

4) General lack of comms usage once on planet. A bit minor, but the most apparent of the (many and minor) unprofessional things that the crew does.

5) The CO openly acknowledges that the strange alien crystals they found are having mind altering affects on the crew, but doesn't attempt to take any precautions. Could kinda be excused by the mind altering effects, but still seems really dumb and makes her seem incompetent. There are other ways to have them contaminate the crew beyond the crew being dumb, you know,

6) At least one member has a public and immediate mental breakdown on introduction to the System, instead of a rational-if-terrified response. This is the type of thing you see from standard, average-Joe survivors in pretty much every System Apocalypse book, but not something we should be seeing from a professional astronaut EXPLICITLY screened for his mental fortitude.


These out-of-character moments culminate in me being very frustrated and endlessly aggravated at the team's so-called professionalism. I wouldn't care too much if it was a random band of civilians, military personal, or astronauts, who were just chilling when shit went down. In those situations, such reactions are to be expected and are downright reasonable.

However, we don't have that. We have a group of highly-trained professionals on an active mission where things are EXPECTED to go wrong, and where stakes are EXPECTED to be at their absolute highest at ALL times. Despite this, the crew doesn't act like that enough to be convincing, at least to me. In fact, they read more like "an adventuring party but sci-fi" than actual trained astronauts.

Considering that the largest bit characterization we have for most of the crew is that they ARE professional astronauts with peak mental fortitude, it just feels so dumb for them to have all these mundane flaws. I mean, that line of characterization was in like, the second paragraph of the book. You could have at least tried to stick to it until things really started to fall apart and get outside mission parameters.


TL;DR: If you can get over the fact that the crew is not as highly trained as logic (and the book) tell us they should be, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book regardless of their unprofessionalism, and I fully recommend. If not, I suggest a soft pass on this one.

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loved it

I love the idea that there is an old game-like system on Mars. most of this book feels like set up but there are some wonderful and fun moments!

The narrators did such a good job here! I didn't think I was going to like a duo but they nailed it.

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The good mix of Tech and myth

This book has a good mix of Tech and Myth bouncing both out in a way that allows us to understand the basic principle against societies interacting with and with other societies going through different branches can't seem so they are using magic it integrates North mythology into a modern day worldAs well as what would happen if to opposing sidis 2 opposing sides wearing a secret warFor the very survival of the human race and how that would look

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another great book by Wilmarth

greatly enjoyed start of new series. cant wait till next book. very well done story

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Fun book!!!

Great book. Love the characters and the progression. No sex, which is okay by me. I recommend anything from this author. The female voice actor was phenomenal. The male voice actor was over the top cheese. But once I got over the male performance I was able to enjoy the book.

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Very entertaining with a few pleasant twists!

Very entertaining with a few pleasant twists!
The beginning was great, then right when I thought Dave was getting lazy by introducing a “deus ex machina”, he teases the crap out of me by using it as a pivot for drama to come.

Voice actors performance: Awesome!
Daniel tends to end his sentences with a growly flourish that’s a bit distracting at first, but his performance throughout is great.
Rebecca’s performance and range of characters are stunning!

I’m dying to get book 2 already!

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A great book

I enjoyed this new series, and I look forward to seeing how this plays out.love the group who did audio book. great start keep up the great work

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Slow start, finish strong

The start was very slow and was hard to connect with the characters. After the first few hours finally picked up with things happening. Interesting mix of sci-fi / magic. Worth the credit

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Beginnings of adventure

This is a amazing beginning to a series I intend to follow to the end. I loved the overall view we get of the characters, its a different and refreshing take on character perspective. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who will listen.

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  • 09-18-22

Great new series

I really enjoyed this series and look forward to the next one as well as his Battleborne series

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  • james mcadam
  • 08-16-22

Willmarth knocked it out of the park again

the pimp daddy of litrpg does it again awesome story with great characters so can not wait for the next book

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  • 08-14-22

Great new book BUT..

I am a big fav of Dave Willmarth however always worried the new book series he starts will never get finished. He releases the books at a very slow pace as well.

The book is wonderful but like the other two stories won’t mean much if not finished