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The Enceladus Mission

Ice Moon 1
Written by: Brandon Q. Morris
Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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In the year 2031, a robot probe detects traces of biological activity on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. This sensational discovery shows that there is indeed evidence of extraterrestrial life. Fifteen years later, a hurriedly built spacecraft sets out on the long journey to the ringed planet and its moon. The international crew is not just facing a difficult twenty-seven months: if the spacecraft manages to make it to Enceladus without incident it must use a drillship to penetrate the kilometer-thick sheet of ice that entombs the moon. If life does indeed exist on Enceladus, it could only be at the bottom of the salty, ice covered ocean, which formed billions of years ago.

However, shortly after takeoff disaster strikes the mission, and the chances of the crew making it to Enceladus, let alone back home, look grim. From internationally best-selling hard science fiction author Brandon Q. Morris comes a new novel for hard science fiction enthusiasts. As a physicist and space specialist, Morris describes the journey of the international expedition through the hostile vacuum of space, using the latest scientific findings and technology trends as his inspiration. This isn't a 'What If' story, this is a 'When Will' story.

©2018 Brandon Q. Morris (P)2018 Liberaudio

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A space odyssey that's worth taking.
-- Kirkus

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  • 2019-02-24

not my favorite

I didn't find this to be particularly rigourous sci-fi nor did the fiction elevate it above YA status. The astronauts made very unprofessional decisions which endangered their lives over and over again, all for the sake of drama instead of natural motive.

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  • Opa
  • 2019-02-21

Robotic performance, potentially interesting story

This had the potential to be a great story, but it wasn’t executed well. Written presuming hard reasonably accurate science, the underlying plot had a few gaping holes and logical stretches , and a completely unnecessary plot addition - not to provide spoilers, and maybe this will become important in some future book, but the author stretches credulity in a way unrelated to hard sci-fi. The lead character comes across as potentially having Aspergers. It would still work if not for the painfully robotic reading performance of the narrator. I am interested in the next of the series but not if narrated by the same person.

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  • Two Cents
  • 2019-01-21

A poor reading of a bad story

Clearly my review is among the minority, but the reader seemed to have only a sing-song delivery of all the characters in every situation, making most every statement wholly inapropriate; happy, happy, happy, "I'm going to kill you now with this sledge hammer," happy, happy, happy, and the writing was little better; happy, happy, happy, "OK, but I wish you wouldn't."
The whole sci-fi storyline of finding intelligent life in outer space is really getting old and mundane, and this author has given the tired subject not a shred of new life. The psychotic introduction of the chapters is remeniscent of lunacy imagining itself wise by random confusion staged as enlightenment. This book is a classic attempt at making a chimera of science-fiction and fantacy. and not a very good attempt at that. The reading just made the bad problem worse.

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  • calley
  • 2019-11-04

good idea, odd translation and performer

I like the story a lot. The story is apparently translated from german. It is good, but needs a lot more work on translation. Somehow the translator doesn't know english contractions. It sounds like the dialog from a 1970s Gofzilla movie. The performer makes it worse by adding a cheerful lilt to his voice at the serious and critical moments. The dissonance is deafening. I do want to know what happens in later novels, but I am not sure I can stick with it.

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  • Alice Martinez
  • 2019-10-08

Enjoyable

Some humor mixed with solid science & internal consistency. Worth buying & the next in the series also.

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  • KEVIN LOWERS
  • 2019-08-14

A real snooze-fest!

Sad to say. Didn't grab me or hold my attention. I will give this book one thing, the book cover is terrific.

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  • Dr. DonnaJeanne
  • 2019-05-25

Imaginative ideas poorly executed

I love good hard sci-fi, but while Ice Moon 1 gets the hard science well it misses big on being a good read/listen. Most characters are flat, the dialogue was stilted, and the performance was not good.

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  • Stan Taravella
  • 2019-05-20

Robotic reading of an OK story.

A better choice of narrator would have made for a much better experience. The narration was very mechanical and lacking proper accentuation. He sounded a bit like an electronic-reader. And I'm not sure why the main character doesn't speak with contractions? Again, adding to the robotic feel of the story.