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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
Micromium (Clean Energy From Mars) by David B Gittlin has enough elements to please readers of science fiction and mystery thrillers. In the not too distant future, around 2033, a discovery is made on the planet Mars. An ore found by NASA astronauts on the first manned mission to the red planet causes much excitement back on Earth. Scientists researching the new ore find it to be a rich source of clean-burning energy. And none too soon, since dependence on fossil fuels is slowly destroying the environment. Soon the focus is on a large crater on Mars where the ore is apparently plentiful. A company called Courtland Aerospace, headed by greedy Benjamin Caliphas, wants the World Energy Council to grant it exclusive mining rights. Before final approval can be given, the WEC assigns a team of investigators to inspect the mining operations in the large Martian crater and report back. The team, headed by Logan Marchant, finds a lack of cooperation by Courtland Aerospace. The company is hiding something. Marchant’s team is determined to find out what.
David B Gittlin gives good background stories for all his major characters in Micromium (Clean Energy From Mars) that help to explain some of the actions they perform during the telling of the tale. The descriptions of the mining operations and the doings below in the giant crater are well written. There is an unctuous and very credible villain. A love interest appears for Logan in the form of geologist Kate Blackstone and there are robotic henchmen. The anticipation of what the team discovers is well worth the wait. There are several illustrations that enhance the text and each chapter has an informative subtitle for the reader. Micromium is a neat, compact thriller for sci-fi fans.