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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Fifth Man by Randy Ingermanson and John Olson

Randy and John liked the interesting setting the created on Mars so much that they decided to write a sequel. I have to say, The Fifth Man is one of the better sequels I have ever read.
Life in paradise seems to be going awry when strange things start happening on the red planet. The crew isn't getting along, and this lack of cooperation is based on a theory Randy and John have studied, of course. Several strange things start happening, such as objects banging on the walls, dark shapes appearing at the windows, and a strange disease wreaking havoc on the four astronauts. On this planet, nothing is as it seems, not even the real fifth man.
The characters stay true to their personalities for a change, which is a plus for a sequel. The romantic subplot is understood though it could do a little better without it.
Once again, all the disasters and suspense is excused by the setting. The main thing that keeps this sequel afloat is the interesting end.
But this should definitely stop here before it turns into a series.
4 stars

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