Jayson Adams

Jayson Adams, the award-winning author of Infernum , delivers an exciting, fast-paced mystery set on the dusty red plains of Mars.

Commander Kate Holman is on the verge of her life’s dream as the leader of the first manned mission to Mars. Minutes before setting foot on the red planet, her world comes crashing down when she’s abruptly relieved of command. Replaced by the mission’s security officer, she learns that a secret military objective is the true reason for their journey.

What military purpose could Mars possibly hold? The question takes Kate to the fabled “Face on Mars” and a mysterious discovery excavated from deep within. Is it an exotic, new element? Evidence of life? An alien artifact? Scurried away by the security officer, she can only speculate.

An astronaut dies. Systems malfunction. Some claim it’s the result of a rumored Martian “curse” that won’t lift until the unearthed item is returned. Kate seeks a more rational explanation for the problems befalling the mission, but suffers under debilitating headaches and the fear of their possible connection to her past. When Kate uncovers the nature of the item, a secret some would kill to protect, can she overcome the powerful forces allied against her and make it back to Earth?

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Unfortunately, this didn’t click with me. It felt rushed, the characterisations felt markedly overblown, and many of the concepts and ideas didn’t seem to click together as I would have expected.
Not sure if it’s just Adams style of writing, perhaps I’ll give his other novel a go. Little details like the misuse of t minus for times, the phrase vaginal cavity, the use of centigrade, and the pathos of the moon backstory all served to bother me more collectively than they should.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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