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On Mars: Pathfinder
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure

On Mars: Pathfinder

Volume 1 of The Mike Lane Stories

Edited By Dorathy Gass & Guillaume Ruch
Cover illustration by Jonathan Hunt

Mike Lane journeys over 100 million miles to Mars, to officially become the first man to make it on the Red Planet. After eight months of space travel, he arrives safely; only to have his space craft explode within six minutes after landing. It turns out he isn't alone on Mars ... and he isn't welcome.

Swedish-based company, The Corporation, planned to send a full colony crew to Mars. Before they would be allowed to do this, they had to prove that humans could indeed survive on the red planet alone. Sent on a proof of concept mission, we meet our everyday hero: Mike Lane. The plan was set for Mike to live on Mars by himself for six years, until the first full colony team was sent; however, as with anything in life, plans changed ...

While Lane survives the explosion of his space craft, the next string of events would leave him frustrated, confused, and shocked. Mike thinks he is following in the footsteps of other space exploration trail blazers, such as Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and Yuri Gagarin; hoping to contribute significantly to the whole ‘one giant leap for mankind’ idea. However, as it turns out, he may have been way off base about that.

3,000 kilometers away, in a secret underground base, a beautiful alien-human hybrid woman observes Lane. Using pirated satellite signals, she sees the explosion, and the resilient Lane, moving forward and setting-up his colony site. As she watches, she admires his bravery, and his resolve.

Much, much closer, a vicious little Eridani Drone is watching him as well, but for a very different reason. The Drone must follow its Master’s orders. It must show its Master how completely devoted it is. It has to kill the human ... but the hybrid woman watching will never let that happen.

Evil aliens; good aliens; an orbiting weapons platform; beautiful, sexy, and deadly alien-human hybrids; turns out, Mars is actually a pretty busy planet.

... and let's not forget the North Koreans.

Part techno-babble, part action thriller, and part space opera; this intriguing look at the near future will not only appeal to science-fiction enthusiasts, but a wider audience as well. Jim Melanson’s unique writing style and vision presents this futuristic sci-fi in a "here and now" setting: not thousands of years in the future, or halfway across the galaxy. Rather, the book is set in 2019 - in our own Solar System. Join our hero human explorer, the alien hybrids, and the evil Eridani Masters as humanity’s first step to interplanetary colonization explodes with excitement!

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R. McSorely
I really enjoyed reading the first installment in this series. It has been well over 30 years since I have read any sci-fi as they just all seemed to be the same and yet this had me wanting more.

As you elude, it started off slow and the first few chapters dragged and were filled with technical references. However, I later appreciated this as Mike's story began to unfold on Mars and I wasn't asking What does that mean or what's that. I loved the homegrown Canadian feel to this novel with references to Timmy's and the Canadian Navy etc; I could relate. Most novels always have that American feel to them and this didn't.

The hero was nothing short of what I had expected: funny, smart, a charmer and yet unpredictable; a soldier at heart; a character I could relate to. I saw a lot of yourself in Mike Lane. The trials and tribulations that you have experienced over the years, your faith and your loss.

I enjoyed the subtle twists within your story; just when I was sure I had it all figured out ... well I didn't always see "What would come next" and that get me intrigued to find out more.

(Authors Note: This review was submitted by an old friend in exchange for a free copy)
C. Sheepers
Well written with a excellent storyline, plausible plot and very good characters. Finished the book 10 minutes ago and searched Amazon, sadly to my horror I will have to wait for book 2. It won't be easy as I need to know what happened next, but I will have to wait, nothing I can do about it.
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2014 - Test Reader
M. Altman
You made the complexities of spaceflight almost understandable.
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