The exciting prequel to BELOW MERCURY ...Venus - second planet from the Sun. In the crushing depths of its atmosphere lies a hellish, dimly-lit world of baked rock and furnace-like temperatures, forever hidden beneath thick clouds of sulphuric acid.But high above the clouds, the sky is blue and clear, and a fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers circle endlessly on theThe exciting prequel to BELOW MERCURY ...Venus - second planet from the Sun. In the crushing depths of its atmosphere lies a hellish, dimly-lit world of baked rock and furnace-like temperatures, forever hidden beneath thick clouds of sulphuric acid.But high above the clouds, the sky is blue and clear, and a fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers circle endlessly on the high-altitude winds, providing a welcome staging post for crews on long space voyages.For Clare Foster, a newly-promoted lieutenant in the US Astronautics Corps on her first tour of duty on board the carrier Langley, flying on Venus brings new challenges to be mastered. But the endless blue skies of Venus soon darken with an approaching menace, in which the terrifying fury of the planet will be unleashed …With spectacular vistas of imagination, original line drawings and a richly-detailed background, ACID SKY forms an exciting prequel to BELOW MERCURY, and forges new standards of realism for the SF thriller....
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Acid Sky Reviews
Good bookThis was a good read from beginning being to end.The author goes into enough detail to inform but not confuse. The space vehicles could easily exist and so could the carriers that circled Venus. I'm getting his next book so that should say something about the author. Enjoy
This is a science-fiction story in the hard, realistic style, no bombastic action or far out Aliens to be found here. The story is very well written and intensively well research. The author knows how to give many technical details (that help the story feel real) without losing my interest, and that's commendable. The focus of the story is one I had never read before (in a science-fiction setting) and one that works surprisingly well to create mystery and tension. I read Bellow Mercury from the author before and liked it as much, and I already have the other book in the series - Torino Nine - on my kindle. So for someone who only read Space Opera style science-fiction before, I found myself surprised to enjoy this series so much. I will probably look to read more hard sci-fi story in the future based on the quality of Mark Anson's books.
This is the prequel to the author's book 'Below Mercury' and provides an entertaining and more importantly, fascinating look at operation on Venus in the future. Like his earlier book the author demonstrates a sound technical knowledge of the technology and procedures and this creates an authentic feel for the story. From the opening lines you get a strong feel for what life must be like for the astronauts involved.Unfortunately the book doesn't quite match the high standard for the first story, the main issue here is the overall story. It lacks the punch of the events on Mercury and to be honest uses a few cheap shots to carry it. The horror movie sequence near the end kind of spoiled it for me.Although it didn't spoil it too much! While it's fair to say the story isn't anything special it's still a damn fine read. The main reason for this is the vision of it. I was enthralled by procedures and the day to day life on one of the big carriers permanently based in Venus's atmosphere. This does raise a more minor complaint, the author creates an interesting world, backed up with solid technical details. However the wider concerns seem to be missing. I would have loved to learn more about how the world economy supports such extravagant operations in space.So there's a couple of gripes with the story, but if you enjoy a technical and plausible science fiction read then this is well worth checking out.
Hard sci-fi adventure beginning with 2Lt Clare Foster, a newly commissioned pilot assigned to an airborne carrier circling the skies of Venus. She soon encounters a conspiracy among some of the staff that results in violence, threats, sabotage, and murder. The villains are really bad people and the scenes with them vivid and disturbing. The action scenes are well done and suspenseful. Not always an easy ready because of the depravity of some of the characters, but nevertheless mostly engrossing.
I debated giving this 2 stars for "OK" instead of one for "poor", but I decided I really hadn't enjoyed reading it, and I have certainly read much better sci-fi. Perhaps you'll enjoy it more if you have an interest in aircraft, but I found it very tedious. There was very little character development, the bad guys were just bad with little or no redeeming qualities and the lead character didn't have much personality.
I wasn't sure about this book when I started it as it was slow to start and almost a bit to technical. I am glad that I kept reading it as I did enjoy the storyline following like around the craft at Venus. It would've been nice to learn more about the characters and have more of a storyline.
Having enjoyed 'Below Mercury' I looked forward to reading this one. I wasn't disappointed. Well written, full of description, tense situations and a straightforward and interesting plot. This is what Science Fiction ought to be! I hope to read more by this author.
Not as good as Below MercuryAuthor got better in his second book. Character events not as believable. Not bad SF but good to know in got enter in subsequent novel.