One Way To Mars

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Veterinarian Andrew Foreman hadn't wanted to go to Mars in the first place. But somebody had to look after Monkley the GenMoP, the genetically modified primate. Foreman had always regarded space travel as a dangerous business, but he had no idea just how dangerous.
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About Gary Weston

Hello again.
It has been a VERY long time since publishing here on smash. New sci fi release, Drifta's Quest, introduces a whole new bunch of characters and ideas. Ok for teens and adults, it follows the adventures of Driftalox, Drifta to his friends. In this action filled story this young adventurer proves resourceful and determined. On smashwords free for a time so my readers here can enjoy it at no risk.
Davron Fans on B and N. You'll be interested in the new Davron story I'm working on Davron : The Universe Is Not Enough. I thought of doing a full length book, but Davron lends itself to a freebie serial. Davron, Belle, Matlock, Danders, Akrins and of course, Muffin the flying chimp have taken off from Spero and need a new place to live. Plenty of planets in the galaxy, you'd think. All they have to do is pick one, right? Life is never that simple. Not in my books they aren't. Expect the impossible and join the crew of the Romulus as a whole new bunch of nail biting adventures begin!
I am much obliged to the reviewer on Barnes and Noble for the review of Last Flight For Craggy, but not sure if the concept of ebooks with sound,effects and music etc was fully understood. Not available on B and N, Amazon etc. Only available FREE on I have 29 books and stories with sounds to them, all FREE. Books with sounds??? Is that audiobooks? No.So what is this about, Gary? I hear you ask. Well. Imagine ebooks with sound effects. Background music, ambiance, and sound effects like doors slamming, or cars driving off. It could be the next best thing. Some of my little horrors are proving popular on there, such as Character Stains. Think it's a little bit radical? Go check it out. There are some classics on there, such as Sherlock Holmes, etc. It is all FREE at the moment.
I have also created 10 audiobooks by narrating my ebooks. Some, like the All Mixed Up series, have several stories in one book. 1 to 4 and 5 to 8. If you would like to "Hear" Detective Senior Morris and the team tell the stories you'll find hyperlinks in the ebooks to take you straight there. Other audiobooks are Last Flight For Craggy. The Amazing Abbey Jones, Starlight Army and many others all at They are in MP4B format, ok for apple and others smart phone devices and free samples are available to try out. A free version of Starlight Army is available for a short time. Hope you like them. Gary

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Review by: James Jenkins on July 30, 2016 :
Normally for a 3 star work I write "Not overly good or bad" but in this case it is both truly overly bad and overly good.

The bad - Significant parts of the plot development are dependent on non-cleanable (disposable) water filters for a mars base. This is such a seriously poor choice. When you have built a base that grows it's own food, being dependent on water filters from another planet is just stupid. Additionally the mars base is so hard to get to, that it remains un-populated for long stretches but multiple space ships show up. There are more issues of science and probability as well.

The good - I liked the story, I got caught by the characters and their predicaments. A week after reading it I can still see the characters and the scenes, and it gives me warm feelings.

The really bad and the really good average out to give an average rating for this work.
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Review by: Anna Scott Graham on April 29, 2013 :
From the moment Andrew Foreman arrives on Mars, nothing is as he assumed. A well-plotted tale that leaves the door open for more, which I appreciated, as Foreman and Monkley grew on me.
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Review by: Jeff Oaster on May 12, 2012 :
A very entertaining and amusing read that I went through on a nice Saturday morning. I agree with some of the other reviews that it has a "written for the teenage sci-fi fan" market like some of the Juveniles (I believe they were called) from around the 50s.

As for the plot, the main character is a veteranarian and caretaker of a genetically modified chimpanzee (possibly a distant ancestor of Fiben Bolger? 8^) who gets stranded on Mars and is awaiting rescue. Nothing earthnshattering or groundbreaking, just a simple, enjoyable read.

My only gripe is that the ending seems kinda rushed, but that's a very minor nitpick. I'll certainly be purchasing the follow-ups, and investigating some more of Gary Weston's writing
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Review by: Melissa Szydlek on March 14, 2012 :
I loved it. I thought it was a great read for all ages and it made me laugh in spots. This is a writer I will be following and encouraging my friends to read.
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Review by: David H. Keith on March 11, 2012 :
A good yarn, this, although probably more interesting to the middle school set than to adults. Weston keeps the simple plot on line and writes in an easy-to-read style. Having read Heinlein, Azimov, and Bradbury in my youth and grown up with Star Trek, this isn't exactly my cup of tea, but I recommend it to younger teenagers.

David Keith
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