Ephialtes

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
In 2241 Mars declares independence from the USAN on Earth. The USAN sends an enormous spacecraft, Ephialtes, to pressure the Martians into reconsidering. The Martians take some countermeasure of their own. Politics turns to brinksmanship. Just as each side seeks to avoid conflict they are both drawn inexorably toward it and, with Ephialtes closing in on Mars, time is running out. More
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About Gavin E Parker

Gavin E Parker is from the Isle of Thanet in southern England, where he has lived and worked his whole life.

He has dabbled in creating music, film and video in the past and is currently writing novels, short stories and blogs.

Inspired by the rapidly expanding possibilities open to publishers in the twenty-first century, in 2014 Gavin set about writing his debut novel, Ephialtes. Ephialtes is the first of a trilogy of books chronicling the war between Earth and its former colony on Mars. A series of short stories - Ephialtes Shorts - set in the same fictional universe complements the main novel trilogy.

Having worked in healthcare, local government and education he has a mildly jaundiced view of the human condition, but still maintains good humour about it. Things could be worse, right?

About the Series: Ephialtes Trilogy
The Ephialtes Trilogy chronicles the twenty-third century war between Earth and Mars.

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Review by: Hannes Birnbacher on April 7, 2017 : (no rating)
Review by: Hannes Birnbacher on Nov. 11, 2016 : (no rating) (Remove)
So there is a colony on mars longing to be free of earth ruling, and earth has a spaceship which is soooo big and mighty, and Mars has soldiers which are sooo bold and daring. How does the author deal with this age-old topic? An experienced and gifted author would work out the charakters in action and dialoge, in "Ephialtes" the reader fight's his way through long pages of mere descriptions about the acting persons, the good, the bad and the ugly.
But do not give up too early on the author - it is his first novel I see on smashwords, and he is getting better during the work.
First the very good news: there is a meaningful table of contents, no "Chapter 1, chapter 2, ... chapter 47" like in so much other Novels on Smashwords, and there are almost no errors or mistakes, wrong use of words etc. which are so irritating in many other Ebooks.
You will find the story will get exciting in some parts and there are scenes (like the secret agent who is hired when he just wanted to get boozed and make trouble in the bar, or the reporter trying every trick to get her interview) which make you smile if you want or not.
So stay at it. Ephialtes is the first work of the author I found on smashwords and he is improving during writing.
Personally, what is interesting for me is the "Science" part in "Science Fiction".
The SF part presents an uneven picture. The "Deuterium" mentioned in the first version of Part 1 is not what I know as Deuterium, probably a typo throughout the whole book. Maybe the Author had "Deutronium" from Star Wars in mind, or Neuterium, target of some scientific speculation in the 1930s ?
Another key part of the story is how the big carrier spaceships, built for Earth orbit, are enabled to reach mars within a few months. The author is somewhat vague about the atomic motors fitted to it, but remember (or google) the forgotten "project pluto", an atomic ramjet which was built and successfully tested (!) even in the 1950ties by the U.S., so that's realistic.
For me, SF is defined somehow like "projecting the influence of today's science on future social developments". Here at last, the author shows he is indeed mastering the genre, be it war lead by drones and Artificial Intelligences, be it the influence of streams on global networks to politics.
Finally, I was quite glad that I forced myself to read further on than the first 7% the previous reviewer managed to do. The novel improves "on the run". Characters still are somewhat pale but you can see that the author gets better to show their personalities, and the story gets more exciting as it develops. Hope I will be able to download the next part of the trilogy soon.

Remark: I never give ratings with stars in my reviews. "Ephialtes" still is, in my opinion and having re-read it and some short stories of the author, in the upper half of SF, maybe on the way to the best ten percent.
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Review by: James Jenkins on Aug. 31, 2016 :
I read about 7% before putting this down. The story was not really doing anything for me, but was giving it time to get it's feet. Then we have man born on Mars who travels to Earth without difficulty. The Gravity of Mars is about 1/3 of Earth, it would be like tripling the weight your body had to support, then the man is a field soldier, with his Martian bones and muscles. As he gets back to Mars the confrontation with customs was just one to many stupid things in row.
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Review by: Jeff Oaster on May 2, 2016 :
An excellent book that now has me very eager to read more in this Universe. Ephialtes is set a few hundred years in the future and centers on the colony of Mars declaring their independence. While the people of Mars seem to be the protagonists, the characters are all very well developed and make it difficult to take sides. There also seems to be some interesting commentary on the approach that governments take about wars. I'm definitely eager to read the followup, due out some time in 2017!
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Review by: megt on April 16, 2016 :
From the beginning, this story was wove adventure, conflict into a sci-fi story that brought the wonder and adventure of building a new world to the reader. It found it interesting that when the colony on Mars voted for their freedom the USAN, originally the USA, refused to accept their decision. The USA fought for their own freedom in the same manner, but they didn't see it that way. The story allowed the reader to see the situation form both sides as the conflict heated up as the struggle escalated. The Martians wanted only their right to choose their own path while the leaders on Earth saw only the loss of revenue and power. The ingenuity of the people on Mars was a credit to their original home world even though the Earth leaders never saw it that way. When you add a perilous interstellar voyage with intricate relationships between many of the characters between and on both worlds, you have character who not only came to life, but held the reader spellbound as the story unfolded. The fight took a direction I never expected and held me spellbound until the very end. I will be waiting impatiently for the next book in the Ephialtes Trilogy.
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