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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Pill Hill Press (April 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617060119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617060113
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,187,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
How will we shape our freedoms as we head to the stars? Dec 6 2010
By Paul Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even the title positively screams space opera!

On the simplest level, THE GUNS OF MARS is a rootin' tootin', shoot 'em up grand example of this oldest of sci-fi genres. But, scrape even a single cell off the outer layer of Martin Ingham's intriguing story of the colonization and terra-forming of Mars, our nearest planetary neighbour, and you'll discover a profound forward thinking essay on political revolution, the potential conflicts between science and government as we now know it, the economic and engineering trials of establishing a planetary colony, the ethical dilemmas related to the utilization of modern scientific technology and the ongoing propensity of even the best intentioned politicians to opt for politically expedient solutions to problematic moral issues. And, if you think about it, that's a lot of ground for a novel to cover in a modest 249 pages!

Although Morgan Asher was gifted with a very active fantasy imagination, he never dreamed that he might travel to the red planet. Despite his misgivings, when Lorna Forsyth, his new wife, is offered the opportunity to achieve her most fondly held life's ambition, Asher opts to leave Earth behind and accompany her as a member of the recently established pioneering community on Mars. But it isn't long before Asher discovers the sinister presence of the Scientific Fundamentalists, a right-wing group from Earth known as Scifes whose loudly professed loyalty is the human race as a whole and whose publicly stated objective is the technological and biological advancement of people, however possible!

Just as a certain petty tyrant from Munich was able to paint an attractive propaganda portrait that persuaded millions of good people to buy into the devastating policies of the National Socialist Party, the Scifes present equally cogent arguments. "Liberty be damned. It's a stupid, outdated concept. A million minds with a million different opinions, all with the right to be wrong. Such chaotic thinking leads to nothing but stagnation and cultural death." But Martin Asher isn't buying honeyed arguments that he believes lead in the direction of repressive eugenic manipulation and brainwashing. Like so many patriots before him, he's prepared to die for his beliefs.

Ingham's title, THE GUNS OF MARS, refers to Asher's small gun collection, a personal memento from Earth that Asher chose to take to Mars. The issue of Asher's ownership of the guns quickly escalates into a Martian debate on the second amendment to the US constitution, the right to bear arms, which becomes in turn a metaphor for all of the personal freedoms, fought for and won in the past, that North Americans so complacently take for granted. (And, by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed the very informative sidebar on the physics of firing a gunpowder based weapon in Mars' quite different atmosphere and gravity).

THE GUNS OF MARS isn't subtle. But that's OK with me. Along with Martin Ingham, it's my firm belief that future planetary colonization is a given. As a corollary to that assumption, it seems equally clear that the issues of government and personal rights in such a setting must also be carefully considered. If we don't do that, then the likelihood is that a group such as the Scientific Fundamentalists will enter the void and create our reality for us. Imaginative and exciting stories like THE GUNS OF MARS can serve as the basis for that discussion.

Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Guns of Mars blew me away! March 1 2011
By Phillip Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What a wonderful action packed science fiction thriller. I really enjoyed this book a lot. There was a lot of history and information that is given to the reader but it's handled in an easy way that doesn't make you feel like someone is over explaining. The characters are vivid and you feel attached to them even when only seeing them for short periods of time. There is a lot of political thoughts tied into the book but for me it played very well with the story. I really enjoyed this book and I hope that there may be more in store for these characters and universe!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The mind of a master story teller March 8 2011
By Frank Tillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a secret code for a new civilization's beginning.
To experience the drama & passion & ubiquitous assumptions of this book is to wonder what will be the fate of the human experiment.
As Stephen Hawkins has stated "humanity MUST migrate from Earth IF we are to survive as a species."

Martin has used allegory and continued on the same course of Alex Toffler in his book "Future Shock"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cleverly-crafted Sci-fi Adventure May 21 2010
By Paul Reid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Guns of Mars" is an inventive and well-handled story set in a fledgling colony on Mars. The central character, Morgan Asher, reluctantly agrees to be posted to the colony to accompany his wife, a trained engineer. Asher's doubts about his new surroundings are heightened when he discovers how the colony and several of its high-ranking members are under the influence of a powerful body of scientific fundamentalists who are blinded by the imagined righteousness of their agenda and determined to pursue it at all cost. Asher has not forgotten his roots nor his beliefs, and thus he now has a fight on his hands.

"The Guns of Mars" moves along briskly for the most part, and while some elements of the plot and characterisation are a little under-developed for my own tastes, the writer treats his subject matter very authoritatively. Indeed, the technologies and various other aspects of life on Mars are described so convincingly that you could almost believe this writer capable of designing a Martian colony all by himself. I very much admired how he raises lots of metaphysical and theological questions with the idea of a teleporting machine. It leaves you thinking afterwards, which is a compliment to the writer.

An imaginative piece of work, and well-written.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Guns Of Mars - Worth checking out! May 27 2010
By Kevin Finnegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is part of a series of stories by the same author. Ingham creates a future in which humans can use technology to enter a virtual alternate reality while their bodies remain in suspended animation. His protagonist, Morgan Asher, spends a lot of time in that virtual reality and Ingham has two books that describe his adventures there.

This story, however, takes place in this universe at a future date. Morgan Asher travels to a Martian colony with his wife and discovers a plot to take over the entire Martian colony. Morgan must find a way to stop the traitors, but doesn't know who he can trust.

A trademark of this author is that his plot lines move fairly quickly and so the reader is never left to wade through long sections of dry background material. This book is a page-turner! I was very curious to see what would happen next and so ended up finishing the book in a very short time.

I sympathized with Morgan Asher. He is portrayed as a reasonable, albeit world-weary man who's already been subjected to a great many trials and who just wants to settle down for a while. But he's also not one to stand idly by while something evil or unjust is going on, so he is driven to take action. He's a resourceful man who's fiercely loyal to his friends and family and so is able to find it within himself to do whatever it takes to set things right.

This makes for an enjoyable reading experience. When I finished the story I felt a little sad that I didn't have a sequel to pick up so I could find out what Morgan would be doing next!

Keep your eye on this author. Hopefully we'll be seeing more by him sometime soon.

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