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Carmen Dula and her husband spent six years travelling to the distant home of the powerful race known as "The Others," in the hopes of forging a truce. But by the time Carmen returns to Earth, fifty years have passed-and the Earthlings have built a flotilla of warships to defend Earth against The Others.
But The Others have more power than anyone could imagine-and they will brook no insolence from the upstart human race.
The workmanlike sequel to 2008's Marsbound continues the adventures of red planet colonist Carmen "The Mars Girl" Dula and her pilot husband, Paul Collins, as they set out on a deep space mission to save humankind from possible annihilation. After barely surviving the first encounter with an alien Other, Earth's leaders decide to send a ship with seven envoys after the Other's craft in a possibly suicidal attempt to reach the Other's home world and forge some kind of understanding. During the 6 -year voyage, the crew comes to some startling realizations concerning humankind and its place in the stars. Reminiscent of Asimov's early work and Heinlein's juvenile novels, the na ve tone, two-dimensional characters, and simplistic story line make for a fast-paced but unremarkable read.