A Well Thought Out Thriller
4.5 out of 5 stars
I remember reading Red Hope over a year ago. I even finished my review by saying that I would read the sequel if Dreese ever wrote one – well apparently I was a year and a half ahead of my time. All jokes aside Blue Hope was a crazy thought out book that had twists and turns and a lot of perilous situations.
Blue Hope tells at least three distinct stories in one. The beginning picks up where Red Hope left off. The crew is left in Mars – fighting for their lives against the elements – and each other. Landing on Mars was just the beginning – getting back in one piece is another. There is also a crazy set of events that happen on Earth that the book leads with causing other issues that will need to be addressed later in the story. We then jump to a treasure hunt unlike any other in the world. And finally, we are sent back to space trying to find humanities last hope. (this was harder to write since I couldn’t give away a lot of the major plot points and spoilers).
I can tell that Dreese has grown as an author since writing Red Hope. Blue Hope was a book with a lot of different angles all leading to one climactic scene and set of events – it was beautifully thought out and definitely took a crazy outline to map point A to point Z.
I was finishing the book up last night and there was a scene that bugged me – thankfully it was late and I can’t actually remember what it was, but I do remember thinking “well that can’t happen”. And not in a “this is a science fiction book” way – but just a “that’s not even possible” way. Either way – it was so late in the story that it didn’t really take me out of the story for more than a moment and wasn’t memorable enough that I was able to recall it for the review.
Dreese states that this can be read as a standalone and while I tend to agree – I would check out Red Hope first – it’s not too long of a book and it really sets the stage for who the main character is. You’ll figure out that he could be considered the hero and the antihero. He is one of those guys you want to like but he’ll keep giving you reasons to hate him a little.
Overall, I think that Blue Hope was a much more thought out story and it had a ton of things that people from all walks of life would like. There is alien conspiracies, space exploration, post-apocalyptic, political drama, personal drama, personal vendettas, deep sea diving, African jungle exploration, treasure hunting, and a lot more. Dreese was able to pile all of this into a book that was a blast to read and I found myself staying up far too late to finish.
Book Description:Blue Hope by John Dreese
Narrator: Bob Reed
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Series: Red Hope #2
Published by Audible Studios on May 1st 2018
Genres: Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Technothriller, Thriller
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Four astronauts left home to be the first humans on Mars. What didn't come back will haunt life on Earth forever.
Follow the adventure as disaster triggers the greatest treasure hunt in history - spanning the globe and beyond. The prize is nothingshort of humanity's verysurvival.
***** BLUE HOPEmarks the final book in the RED HOPE series, but it can also be enjoyed as a standalone adventure.*****
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.