The Last Dance The Near Earth Mysteries #1 PDF/EPUB Ò Í ePUB

At the heart of a mystery unfolding in space the opposing forces make a treacherous journey between Earth and MarsIn space mutiny means death—that’s why Inspector General Park Yerim is taking her investigation so seriously The alleged mutineer is Captain Nicolau Aames whose command of the massive Earth Mars vessel Aldrin has come under fire The vast System Initiative says he disobeyed orders but his crew swears he’s in the rightEn route to Mars Park gathers testimony from the Aldrin’s diverse crew painting a complex picture of Aames’s character his heroism his failures even his personal passions As the investigation unfolds Park finds herself in the thrall of powerful interests each pushing and pulling her in a fiery cosmic danceCorruption conflicting loyalties and clashing accounts make it nearly impossible to see the truth in fifty million miles of darkness and Park faces danger from every direction All eyes are on her one way or another her findings will have astronomical implications for the Aldrin and the future of space travel

10 thoughts on “The Last Dance The Near Earth Mysteries #1

  1. says:

    Review of Kindle editionPublication date November 1 2019Publisher 47NorthLanguage EnglishASIN B07KS83CGJ456 pagesThis novel is hard sci fi similar to that which I used to read in the 1960's and 70's Rather than very distant future science the technical details are based on logical advances in current science particularly some work by famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin Even with the emphasis on hard science the story line and character development are not neglected There is a fascinating cast of characters including one of the most competent yet difficult commanding officers in fiction The story centers around charges of disobedience of orders and mutiny against Captain Aames by his enemies who seem to be legion and include the admirals and political types who command the System Initiative Only the inspector general's office and their conscientious investigator and their commanding admiral can possible prevent the destruction of Captain Aames and his crew But what if they decide the evidence against Aames really is overwhelming? What if they decide for Aames? Either decision seems likely to ignite a firestorm of one kind or another and may lead to violence Indeed some violence erupts simply from the tensions arising during the investigationMr Shoemaker has a way with words which makes reading this book enjoyable His ability to develop both characters and plot keep it interesting The only real downside is that there may be too much science detail with lengthy descriptions to interest some readers I believe that such readers can easily skim a lot of this without losing the thread of the story And it is a story worth reading though perhaps overly long for some tastes

  2. says:

    An excellent novel I got it absolutely by chance as it featured in the prime email with the selection for the beginning of the month free prime book which I generally ignore as I already have enough books on deck so to speak but the title synopsis and cover of this one attracted my attention and then I saw some very enthusiastic reviews so I decided to give it a try and while the first few pages are kind of boring and almost made me put it aside I did my usual routine on promising books that do not hook me early and started browsing every few pages at random and immediately the novel hooked me with the first story of the doctor and from then on it indeed became a novel not to be put down unless there is no other choice and I finished it in two sittingsThe narration mostly alternates between the Inspector General Park Yerim investigating the supposed mutiny on Aldrin and various characters recounting their most memorable past experiences with the presumed leader of the mutiny Aldrin's captain Nicolau Aames though it eventually gets to the present the events leading here and their resolution I definitely do not want to spoil anything since except for the ending which is sort of telegraphed maybe 50 pages before the book keeps throwing surprises and hard science sf at the reader in a way I haven't seen in a while way that reminded me why I love sf and at least used to read 100 novels in the genre a year a while ago The only weakness except for the boring first few pages is the somewhat telegraphed ending though it definitely was a cool and appropriate one and as the novel is advertised as a first volume though it is self contained I definitely hope there will be in this milieu and I would eagerly get them asap this time considering how impressive The Last dance wasHighly highly recommended and a top 10 of the year

  3. says:

    Good story but structural flaws bugged meEvery chapter begins from the perspective of a character as if they are sharing their experience verbally but the writing style does not support this It jumps to omniscient 3rd person and each character sounds just like the last So for the first page or 2 of each chapter I struggled with willing suspension It really got in the way of a fluid read Also every character male female British or Brazilian spoke in the same voice that of an average white guy so they all blended together for meNonetheless I read all the way through and the story moved forward at a good clip and the science was credible which was a plus

  4. says:

    Got my geek on A multi POV tale of a Mars bound mutiny or was it? Bonus points for diverse cast The story is primarily told during off the record crew interviews about Capt Nick Aames so that investigator Park Yerim can gain background on the personality and person of the accused I found the second such deposition that of Bosun Smitty to track way into the technical weeds Literally the nuts and bolts of a particular incident Those pages read like The Martian's science the out of it voice and less of the character driven story which had me fully hooked up to that point Confess to skimming whole chunks of this section Not that I mind nuts and bolts just that in this story it didn't integrate well I found myself asking over over And these details give Yerim insight into Aames how exactly?Still a good read with a wholly satisfying ending

  5. says:

    The last time I enjoyed a new science fiction author this much was when I read Leviathan Wakes Like that book this one feels like something from the Golden Age of Science fiction while being something brand newInspector General Park conducts a series of off the record interviews while investigating charges of mutiny against the captain of a Martian bound spaceship That's the framework for a series of stories that range from mystery to Martian survival to estranged love All are building blocks in the overall uestion of figuring out the accused captain's motivations and guilt or innocence It's space opera in fine formI burned through this in two days and am already looking forward to the second in the series though I'll have to wait a year for it

  6. says:

    I can't remember where I picked this one up on my Kindle It is the first one by Martin L Shoemaker I have read and it won't be the last Wonderful space opera with varied and compelling characters a complex plot and it introduced me to some new Brazilian music Always a plus

  7. says:

    Starts well but then gets very dull indeed

  8. says:

    You care so you finish butGood characters you care about them and want to know how it all ends up But very long winded and the stories within the story become repetitive too detailed for the purpose they serve opinions will vary in this i am sure and too many Found myself page scanning not reading until the last chapter Do recommend this read but it gets tedious feel free to fast forward

  9. says:

    Good Reading I enjoyed this book The author did an excellent job of creating characters whose stories came to life via an effective combination of introspective thoughts off the record conversations and formal depositionsThe setting of the “Express train” between Earth and Mars was described in the very first chapter showing where this was based on astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s plan “Cyclic Trajectory Concepts” published in 1985 I admit that I didn’t really understand the concept after reading chapter 1 By the time I finished the book I understood it completely and can see why it’s a viable concept that is currently being discussed and considered The author did a wonderful job of creating this setting and bringing it to life from both a scientific and a personal perspectiveAs I read chapter 2 I kept thinking I knew this story and had seen it elsewhere; but I couldn’t remember where It took a little digging through my Kindle when I discovered Chapter 2 previously Appeared as the short story “Racing to Mars” from the authors collection of short stories “Blue Collar Space” It seems strange that I couldn’t find any reference to this in the authors notes or any other part of the book there is a reference to another short story from that same collection regarding the first landing on MarsI see there is another pending book from the same author associated with this story While this book does have a concrete conclusion and there is no real need to read another I would add it to my reading ueue when it arrives as the setting and characters are all interesting and worth keeping track of

  10. says:

    The Last Dance is an excellent science fiction and suspense novel To me there really was not a mystery so I'm not sure why that it is the subtitle Don't go into this book expecting some big twist in the plot or a grand mystery to solve However if you like science fiction then the science it good If you like political suspense then you will like this for sureThe writing is excellent The plot is good but not the main focus This is a character driven story which I prefer The use of flashbacks to explain the current situation was done very well A strong 4 star effort