Item description for The Evidence (Mars Hill Classified, Book 1) by Austin Boyd...
Overview No amount of training could prepare a man for Spring 2011. As Navy Commander John Wells and his crew watch hopelessly from their space station perch, terrorists cripple the nation's capital and security systems. While the world looks to the Middle East for blame, sudden images off the plains of Mars offer a staggering alternative. With a sophisticated alien culture seemingly confirmed on the Red Planet, a disorganized U.S. government struggles to formulate their next steps. Caught in a web of politics, torn by his family commitments, and called to serve not only his country but his God, John Wells must take a giant step for mankind.
Community Description After waiting his entire life to become an astronaut, John Wells's nearly realized dream is turning into a nightmare. As the nation's capital comes under intense terrorist attack and signs of sophisticated alien life mysteriously appear on the Internet, Wells finds himself increasingly entangled in a web of global deceit---with his marriage, his life, and the planet on the line! 416 pages, softcover from NavPress.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
Series Mars Hill Classified
Series Number 1
ISBN 1576839443 ISBN13 9781576839447
Availability 0 units.
More About Austin Boyd
Austin Boyd is the award-winning author of the thrilling space suspense trio, The Evidence, The Proof and The Return. An inventor, business entrepreneur, spacecraft engineer, and Navy pilot, he weaves real science with true-to-life characters in descriptive page-turning suspense. Austin and his wife, Cindy are the parents of four adult children and live in Huntsville, Alabama where he manages an engineering and design company, and serves the community through Crisis Pregnancy ministries.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Evidence (Mars Hill Classified, Book 1)?
Interesting plot, but the book cannot stand alone Jun 12, 2007
This book brings up several technological and scientific questions that many Christians, for whatever reason, frequently do not like to consider. As the world grows increasingly technologically advanced, believers will be faced with more and more complex decisions, nearly all of which will be a "gray area" with respect to their coverage in the Bible. One of these issues could very well be the presence of extra-terrestrial life, and this book does a great job of attempting to address this issue from a Biblical perspective, in spite of the fact that the Bible obviously does not directly address these potential problems.
From the point of view of personal spiritual growth, I felt the book was fitting for a variety of different spiritual backgrounds. Far too often in Christian literature, the authors spend about five chapters beating the reader over the head with the Gospel message in a way that alienates non-believers, while telling current believers something that they already know. This book is more subtle, perhaps as it has the opportunity to be spread out over a three-part series. Additionally, Boyd creates a believable character in the person of John Wells, who has to tackle some intense personal issues in his own life, particularly in dealing with the question of truly dedicating one's life to serving God, regardless of how difficult that calling might seem to some. Many people could not fathom leaving a wife and children behind for months on end, but Wells decides, with his family, that God has called him to be an astronaut to Mars, and that God's calling supercedes human desires, no matter how noble said desires may be.
The plot is very involved, but this complexity leads to too much jumping around with not enough resolution. As this book is the first of a three-part series, a reader should reasonably expect that many plot points will not be completely resolved by the end of the book, but at the same time, it is quite reasonable to expect perhaps some of the smaller details to be resolved. When I finished the first book, it seemed like the second novel should have simply been appended to the first and sold as one long book. Literally no major plot point is resolved, and the ending is relatively predictable as the plot lines continue to unfold directly into the second book. On principle, I believe that even as part of a series, any one book should be able to stand on its own, in a fashion similar to a Harry Potter book. The endings resolve the major plot points from each book, while at the same time opening much larger questions to be resolved over the remainder of the series.
Best Christian Sci-Fi I've Ever Read Feb 7, 2007
I'm not up on the latest and greatest in what I call "Christo-Sci-Fi" Literature, but I took a chance on Austin Boyd's work and was I pleasantly surpised. I grew up with a father in the Aerospace Industry and was familiar with a lot of the references made in the book, but even if I hadn't been, this was a phenomenal read! The pace, character development, and plot were exciting and I'm looking at "The Proof" sitting on my shelf begging me to start it right now!
As a Christian and a Sci-Fi fan, I highly recommend this book!
Mr. Boyd, if you read this review, consider me a fan!
Christian thrillers? Possible? Jan 1, 2007
I bought this book based on the suggestion from this site that I might like it because I had read The Sparrow. No two books could be more different. It has no characterization, no message beyond Christian simplistic idealism, and no plot. The "characters" are stereotypical manic religious people whose faith seems induced by some sort of ecstatic drug. Hey, there's a plot. The aliens are injecting our planet with religious zealotry. What will happen to our characters? Ah, suspense, their faith will be tested! But, will they lose it? Never. They will all cuddle up and pray happily ever after.
Note to long time Sci-fi readers. Avoid this prosylitizing drivel.
A Fun Ride Jul 27, 2006
Austin Boyd did an excellent job making me want to turn the page in this, his first novel. I was impressed with his broad scope of knowledge on many fronts. Especially interesting was his well-developed storyline about a spouse's conflict with ambition and relationship. I would've liked a more satisfying ending, but at least now, I'll just HAVE to pick up the next book!
Ambitious 1st Novel literally has no conclusion.... Jul 19, 2006
Austin Boyd enters the Christian Thriller market with The Evidence, the first of a planned three part series. This first-time author gets a lot right and misses on a few things too. Boyd is a highly decorated Navy veteran and came close to being an astronaut. The Evidence echoes Boyd's passions in life through its hero, John Wells. Wells is on board a space station struggling with his faith and being away from his family, while at the same time being tempted by an attractive crewmate named Michelle. The story cuts to the activity of some terrorists, who are planning a massive attack on the USA. Wells watches helplessly from space as Washington DC and NORAD in Colorado are attacked. These attacks are described in destructive detail. The story then moves to Mars. It seems somehow an image of a thought inactive Rover on Mars is now being beemed back to the US. Who is taking the picture? Is it related to the terrorist attacks?
FBI Agent Terrance Kerry believes the terrorists weren't Iranians as everyone believes. He works with Wells to flesh out his theories. The novel has many tracks, including NASA scientists, a charasimatic Televangelist, a computer hacker and aliens on Mars.
The last half of the book focuses on Mars and possible alien life there. The complex plot jumps around from story to story and left me hoping Boyd could tie up all the loose ends.
The novel started out with a lot of promise, then fell apart under its own weight.
Now for the hard part. I've met Austin Boyd and he signed a copy of my book. However, I have to be critical of this novel.
1. Plot. According to his website, this story was many years in the making. I believe he has a large story plotted out. It is so large, that only a third of it could fit in this book. And that's what you get. A third of a story. I don't beleive one single plot point is tied up at the end, and that is saying something.
2. Characters. Boyd is probably the one author that could write a character like John Wells from experience. As a father of two, however, I could never justify in my life leaving my family for years at a time as Wells has to do as an astronaut. It makes it hard to empathize with Wells and his family. Also, Wells is a strong Christian and there isn't really any spiritual suspense in the novel.
3. Suspense. There isn't any. As I said, none of the plot points are resolved. What is going on on Mars? Does the military have anything to do with it? How does the televagelist know what he knows? Will the terrorists be caught? You'll know nothing after reading this novel. Also, it seems to me the answer to what on is on Mars is very obvious, but since the book never addresses the issue one way or another, then I'm left thinking I guessed the conclusion early on.
In conclusion, this is okay for a first novel, except for the fact it has no climax. I can recommend it however if you are patient enough to wait for the next two books in the series. I know the Christian market is big on books series, but I believe each novel should stand on its own and tell a complete story, and this one doesn't.