This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00702TSKOWhen an accident on the newly-established Martian colony places the lives of the colonists there at grave risk, ageing astronaut David Longrie is persuaded to pilot a patched-up spacecraft on a rescue mission. But space has its own perils, and soon David and his crew are fighting not just for the colonists' lives, butThis is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00702TSKOWhen an accident on the newly-established Martian colony places the lives of the colonists there at grave risk, ageing astronaut David Longrie is persuaded to pilot a patched-up spacecraft on a rescue mission. But space has its own perils, and soon David and his crew are fighting not just for the colonists' lives, but for their own survival.A novella originally published in the June 2006 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, America's longest-running science fiction magazine, Puncher's Chance is an exciting and cautionary tale about the dangers—and necessities—of travelling to other worlds, and how extreme circumstances make cooperation possible between even the bitterest of adversaries. ...
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Puncher's Chance Reviews
This is a fast and fun read. Set in the near future, the story features a small cast. Our protagonist, astronaut David, warily eyes a retirement—somewhat forced retirement— that will permanently ground him on earth. The main silver-lining is he’ll finally get to spend time with his family. Working in space means he’s been a pretty distant/shoddy father figure, so it’s time to make amends. Unfortunately a desperate last-minute mission interrupts the retirement plan (In the book and movie world, never trust someone’s "last days" to be drab, dun de dun dun…). David must pilot a dated spaceship to Mars with medicine needed to cure a deadly outbreak. I went into the novella blind, and so, as a reader corrupted by too many horror stories, early on I expected some sort of nasty twist in which David and his crew reach Mars, only to find the planet’s colony overrun with fungal zombies. But this isn’t that type of story. It stays grounded in science and is, quite literally, more concerned about the journey than the destination. The science bits went over my head, and sometimes I wished for a more thorough explanation of what was involved, but on the plus, I never got lost in any technical mumbo jumbo. Story pacing stays taut, with a core plot that revolves around David and his shaky relationship with his crew, all of whom have been put into an uncomfortable situation (understatement) due to major cuts in the country’s space program. Characters pop nicely off the page. Easy to root for them toward the end despite fun-hating a certain two in the beginning. Nitpicky complaints: sometimes the dialogue gets a little exposition-heavy, and the flash-forward ending/epilogue comes a little abruptly. But these are minor issues. This is a well-written, easy read, perfect for anyone who’d like to go on a fast-and-furious space outing.
In the push-pull between society's immediate needs and resources versus long term planning and scientific procedures, a crisis occurred. Delivering emergency aid to colonists on Mars carries quite a large price tag, ensuring the event will become a political football. The underfunded space agency scurries to transport medical supplies, but has to do so under the scrutiny of a politician who is antagonist towards the project. This is a grand setup for conflict. To add fuel to the fire, an accident occurs aboard the ship that requires the crew of antagonists to work together. The level of scientific detail reminds me of The Martian; my inner geek was satisfied. The story was straight-forward and earnest. Interaction between characters were intelligent, appropriate for their professions and experience. My only nit pick was an overload of expository dialogue in the beginning. The prose improved once the scene was set. The ending was too abrupt. I was momentarily confused and had to check that I hadn't missed a section or two.
This is the second book by K.S. Ferguson that I've had the pleasure to read, and much like the first one, I was not disappointed! Well-written, this short, cozy read follows David as he, his crew members, and a person sent by the President end up on a mission to take medical supplies to colonists on Mars. Injury, death, and imminent death without a solution threatens their mission and themselves.The dialogue was perfect and the detail was wonderful. There was a scene that reminded me of the movie Gravity which I loved a lot, and it perfectly captured the emotions that were running rampant at the time between the two characters (David and Porter). Will they make it to Mars or will they die before they get there? Read it and find out!I loved it!
Down and dirty sci-fi that goes 12 rounds. What a cracker of a read.This is my kind of sci-fi; a character driven story, written really well by a talented author. I prefer more fiction than science in this genre, and this book delivers that mix brilliantly. The science sets the scene and style, and drives the action along without ever being over-explained. Set in the near future, a soon to retire astronaut leads a mercy mission to help the colonists on Mars. It doesn’t go to plan, and that’s as much as I’ll say. There are lots of juicy plot twists and some nail-biting tension on the journey. Highly recommended!
We follow David and crew on their adventure across space. This story is pretty much the definition of a science fiction story with all the usual elements used in style.The story is straight forward and there aren't many twists and turns but I enjoyed it and it was a really satisfying read.
Good bookVery exciting. Loved all the space talk. The characters were great and the story kept me interested the whole time.