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Russian billionaire Nikolai Shostakovitch makes an offer to the former crew of the spaceship ILSE. He will finance a return voyage to the icy moon Enceladus. The offer is too good to refuse—the expedition would give them the unique opportunity to recover the body of their doctor, Dimitri Marchenko. Everyone on board knows that their benefactor acts out of purely personal Russian billionaire Nikolai Shostakovitch makes an offer to the former crew of the spaceship ILSE. He will finance a return voyage to the icy moon Enceladus. The offer is too good to refuse—the expedition would give them the unique opportunity to recover the body of their doctor, Dimitri Marchenko. Everyone on board knows that their benefactor acts out of purely personal motivations... but the true interests of the tycoon and the dangers that he conjures up are beyond anyone's imagination. Return to Enceladus is the fourth book in the bestselling Ice Moon series that started with The Enceladus Mission. Bonus: A guided tour to the Asteroid belt – what science actually knows.


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Russian billionaire Nikolai Shostakovitch makes an offer to the former crew of the spaceship ILSE. He will finance a return voyage to the icy moon Enceladus. The offer is too good to refuse—the expedition would give them the unique opportunity to recover the body of their doctor, Dimitri Marchenko. Everyone on board knows that their benefactor acts out of purely personal Russian billionaire Nikolai Shostakovitch makes an offer to the former crew of the spaceship ILSE. He will finance a return voyage to the icy moon Enceladus. The offer is too good to refuse—the expedition would give them the unique opportunity to recover the body of their doctor, Dimitri Marchenko. Everyone on board knows that their benefactor acts out of purely personal motivations... but the true interests of the tycoon and the dangers that he conjures up are beyond anyone's imagination. Return to Enceladus is the fourth book in the bestselling Ice Moon series that started with The Enceladus Mission. Bonus: A guided tour to the Asteroid belt – what science actually knows.

30 review for Return to Enceladus: Hard Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    reherrma

    Im 4. Roman der Eismond-Trilogie (klingt komisch, ist es aber nicht) erklärt der Autor die Vorgeschiche seiner neuen Trilogie (oder Serie), bzw. einen Teil der Vorgeschichte von Proxima Rising. Bekanntlich ist dort der virtuelle Dimitri Marchenko an Bord des Mikro-Raumschiffes in Richtung Proxima Centauri. Das Raumschiff wird mittes Laser im Sonnensystem auf ca. 20% der Lichtgeschwindigkeit beschleunigt. In Enceladus - Die Rückkehr wird die Besatzung der ILSE vom russichen Oligarchen Schostak Im 4. Roman der Eismond-Trilogie (klingt komisch, ist es aber nicht) erklärt der Autor die Vorgeschiche seiner neuen Trilogie (oder Serie), bzw. einen Teil der Vorgeschichte von Proxima Rising. Bekanntlich ist dort der virtuelle Dimitri Marchenko an Bord des Mikro-Raumschiffes in Richtung Proxima Centauri. Das Raumschiff wird mittes Laser im Sonnensystem auf ca. 20% der Lichtgeschwindigkeit beschleunigt. In Enceladus - Die Rückkehr wird die Besatzung der ILSE vom russichen Oligarchen Schostakowitsch gebeten, nochmals in geheimer Mission zum Saturnmond aufzubrechen, um dort einen der Laser zu montieren, die in der Proxima-Mission gebraucht werden, von dieser Mission ist aber hier keine Rede, die Besatzung der ILSE weiß nichts davon. Schmackhaft wird der Besatzung diese Mission gemacht, um den Körper von Marchenko auf dem Mond zu bergen und Schostakowitsch verspricht, das virtuelle Bewustsein Marchenkos von seiner Hardware, einem Quantencomputer, wieder in seinen richtigen Körper zu transferieren... Das ist grob gesagt, die Gemengenlage der Besatzung, was die Sache aber undurchsichtig macht, ist dass niemand genau hinterfragt, was Schostakowitsch mit den Lasern vorhat und warum seine Tocher, die mit an Bord ist, versucht Genproben des Lebewesens in Enceladus-Ozean zu bergen, um dies zu verwirklichen, ist ihr jedes Mittel recht, dies klang für mich etwas unglaubwürdig. Genauso wie die Tatsache, dass die Besatzung erpresst wird mit der Herausgabe des virtuellen Marchenkos. Der Roman versucht, die unglaubliche technologischen Sprünge, die in Proxima Rising beschrieben werden, zu erklären, was m.E. aber nicht gelungen ist. Zu glatt ist auch hier die Handlung beschrieben, es erscheint mir doch etwas zu konstruiert, wenn man sieht, wie die Besatzung überredet wird; dass niemand von dieser Mission etwas mitbekommt und wie die ILSE schließlich erreicht wird; wie die KI des Schiffes überredet wird usw.usf. Deshalb ist dies von allen Romanen, die ich bisher von Brandon Q. Morris gelesen habe, der schwächste. Aber dennoch bewegt er sich, mit dem Thema Hard Science, in der oberen Hälfte der Qualitätsskala, was das Genre in Deutschland sonst zu bieten hat...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gernot1610

    ... gute Unterhaltung mit ein paar groben Inhaltlichen Schnitzern. 3.5 Punkte

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pere

    Sin duda el mas flojo de toda la serie “Luna Helada” de haber sido yo el autor habría dejado las cosas tal y como estaban en el tercero. Cerrando así la saga como mereceria. Da la sensación de estar escrito a trompicones, y totalmente a brújula (rota) Tiene tantas incongruencias que no puedo contarlas. Quizás el primer libro fuera Hard Scifi, pero eso con el paso de los tomos se ha ido diluyendo hasta entrar en la Fantasia de este libro. Una lastima, sin duda.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sketchy_tunes

    |4,0*| Ein gelungener Abschluss für die Serie. Wem die erste Bände gefallen haben, der wird auch Spaß beim lesen dieses Buchs haben. Ich fand überraschend, dass Morris eine spannende Geschichte aus einer Rückkehr zu Enceladus machen konnte, die großen Überraschungen waren hier ja vorweg genommen. Aber die Stärke der Bücher liegt eben nicht in den Wendungen, sondern in den immer neuen Schwierigkeiten, die immer neue Lösungen der Crew erfordern und das ist hier wieder gelungen. Es ist eine Serie fü |4,0*| Ein gelungener Abschluss für die Serie. Wem die erste Bände gefallen haben, der wird auch Spaß beim lesen dieses Buchs haben. Ich fand überraschend, dass Morris eine spannende Geschichte aus einer Rückkehr zu Enceladus machen konnte, die großen Überraschungen waren hier ja vorweg genommen. Aber die Stärke der Bücher liegt eben nicht in den Wendungen, sondern in den immer neuen Schwierigkeiten, die immer neue Lösungen der Crew erfordern und das ist hier wieder gelungen. Es ist eine Serie für Ingenieure, und solche die sich dafür interessieren.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Strifes

    Teilweise war das Ganze sehr einseitig und hat sich deswegen etwas gezogen. Das Ende konnte aber wie schon im Ersten Teil für vieles entschädigen. Wenn ich den letzten Satz richtig verstehe geht es in "Proxima Rising" weiter mit der Geschichte. Gut, dass ich das E-Book schon habe. :D Teilweise war das Ganze sehr einseitig und hat sich deswegen etwas gezogen. Das Ende konnte aber wie schon im Ersten Teil für vieles entschädigen. Wenn ich den letzten Satz richtig verstehe geht es in "Proxima Rising" weiter mit der Geschichte. Gut, dass ich das E-Book schon habe. :D

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ron Clayton

    New twists, new turns, new players. Same mystery and wonder of the universe right in our own neighborhood. Set a few decades in our future, and relies on known science to spring into the marvelous "what ifs" that Science Fiction is known for. New twists, new turns, new players. Same mystery and wonder of the universe right in our own neighborhood. Set a few decades in our future, and relies on known science to spring into the marvelous "what ifs" that Science Fiction is known for.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mathilde

    This book was the most disappointing of the series. It still reads well, but the end was a real let down. Although we do see how the author is leading us to the next adventure, the characters' stories feel unfished and rushed. After spending so much time developing the story around Marchenko you would think the author would have spent more time wrapping up the emotional aspect of this plot. And what happened to the new self-aware AI? There is a crucial lack of important information. How did the a This book was the most disappointing of the series. It still reads well, but the end was a real let down. Although we do see how the author is leading us to the next adventure, the characters' stories feel unfished and rushed. After spending so much time developing the story around Marchenko you would think the author would have spent more time wrapping up the emotional aspect of this plot. And what happened to the new self-aware AI? There is a crucial lack of important information. How did the astronaut survive? How was his consciousness transferred to an AI? Does he have any recollections of his time with the being? We also missed the amazing details describing a new planet which was present in the first 3 books. I enjoyed this series, but I think the author should stick to science facts or hard sci-fi. He seems to struggle with sci-fi.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Disappointed a second time I'm reading this series after reading "The Hole" and It's not looking good. The book was supposed to answer questions that I had in The Hole but it hasn't and It's bad. I can't make myself read the ending of the first Eceladus book and this isn't working. One of the crew left his body on Enceladus but became an AI on their space ship and was transported back to earth secretly? A year later, the crew helps a Russian billionaire to hijack their old space ship with the prom Disappointed a second time I'm reading this series after reading "The Hole" and It's not looking good. The book was supposed to answer questions that I had in The Hole but it hasn't and It's bad. I can't make myself read the ending of the first Eceladus book and this isn't working. One of the crew left his body on Enceladus but became an AI on their space ship and was transported back to earth secretly? A year later, the crew helps a Russian billionaire to hijack their old space ship with the promise that the AI/crewman will be out back in his body? The crew gets back to Enceladus finds the body? of the crewman but he's alive under the cold ocean in his space suit after 2 years? They hand over the AI/crewman and live happily ever after? No government retaliation for the hijacking. No explanation for how the crewman is still alive. If that was possible, why did he turn into a data stream entity in the first place? The first book had characters that weren't and this book has characters that shouldn't. All the interactions are as weirdly illogical as those of the first book. There isn't really a plot and the passage of time is pointless. The AI (not the AI/crewman) is the only character that makes any sense and It's a shame that he's somehow stuck with these humans. What happens to him at the end is never explained. This book features a person taking off a spacesuit glove to touch an artifact, while under 50 (!!!) Kilometers of cold ocean on a min of Saturn. The AI/crewman has an almost satisfying sexual relationship with his girlfriend. The commander leaves her toddler son for an illegal, consequence-free jaunt to Saturn without supplies, additional fuel, water, food or oxygen on a ship that's been cold for 2-3 years on its way to the sun? Mom is happy that her 40+ system programmer finally has a girlfriend. He suspects that his mother is having financial problems and considers offering to help her but decided that she'll probably be OK? The other characters aren't worth an honest slam, there's just so much badness in the writing of them (they are still better than in the first book, which I couldn't finish - so low bar there). The first book avoided character development in favor of tech detail and orbital dynamics. It resulted in no story. This time out, he writes characters and the science is Star Wars level fantasy. I think that he didn't realize that he could have screwed up both aspects of the story in the same book and still have created 2 equally bad novels. I was tempted to read the sequel to The Hole but this book has put me off seeing where the series goes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Kelly

    It helps to have read the prior novels in the series to have a better knowledge of the characters, but the author does mitigate this somewhat with a few flashbacks and some characters seem to be young people who are changing as they acquire more experience. Still, I didn't find their motives strong enough considering the risks and time they are putting into the mission which is what this story is about. The world these characters inhabit is dominated by corporations competing off-world. World go It helps to have read the prior novels in the series to have a better knowledge of the characters, but the author does mitigate this somewhat with a few flashbacks and some characters seem to be young people who are changing as they acquire more experience. Still, I didn't find their motives strong enough considering the risks and time they are putting into the mission which is what this story is about. The world these characters inhabit is dominated by corporations competing off-world. World government is like now, fragmented. I get this. All the characters seem to be independently wealthy (superhero types) who drop their jobs and take off for a multi-year mission to Enceladus with very short notice and little training. Not very plausible. PLOT: The mission to Enceladus makes sense. The sling-shot orbital maneuvering is necessary. The rendezvous seems a bit overly risky. I think that a ship with only five crew members is a bit small for such a long mission. The boredom of spaceflight is pretty much ignored, but many authors do this. Condition of Enceladus is as expected and there are some murky scenes under the ice with a rather vaguely defined alien creature who seems to not be a native to Enceladus, but regardless, the mission is accomplished and they spend an equally long time coming back to earth to end the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Shaffer

    Boy, did this book suck. I am wary now of any writer who claims to be writing "hard science fiction," especially someone who feels compelled to put that in the title of their novel. It usually means they did their homework in regards to physics, chemistry, and astronomy, and everything else is FAIL. Their story world and characters show they have little grasp of sociology and psychology, their biology knowledge is half-researched, half hand-waved (non-sensical alien species, forex), and in the c Boy, did this book suck. I am wary now of any writer who claims to be writing "hard science fiction," especially someone who feels compelled to put that in the title of their novel. It usually means they did their homework in regards to physics, chemistry, and astronomy, and everything else is FAIL. Their story world and characters show they have little grasp of sociology and psychology, their biology knowledge is half-researched, half hand-waved (non-sensical alien species, forex), and in the case of this story series, the artificial intelligence angle is complete FANTASY. I don't disagree that someday we might have very human-like and intelligent A.I.s, but you can't hand-wave how they got that way. You need to give some plausible background DETAILS based on current trends in A.I. and cybernetics. Most especially if you are writing near-future sci-fi. Ignoring the explanation is what makes it fantasy, and bad fantasy at that, because at least fantasy writers follow clear ground rules in their stories regarding what is allowed and what isn't. Also? This author needs to jettison the audiobook narrator. He just makes trite material sound even more trite.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ralph

    Financed by a Russian billionaire who has his own reasons for sending the crew back to Enceladus, the crew of the ILSE return to Enceladus to retrieve Marchenko's body. The billionaire's daughter daughter takes the place of Hayato who remains behind to care for Sol. The crew hopes to make contact with the entity on Enceladus and somehow reunite Marchenko's consciousness with his body. As with previous books in this "Ice Moon" series, the author's familiarity with the solar system and all things a Financed by a Russian billionaire who has his own reasons for sending the crew back to Enceladus, the crew of the ILSE return to Enceladus to retrieve Marchenko's body. The billionaire's daughter daughter takes the place of Hayato who remains behind to care for Sol. The crew hopes to make contact with the entity on Enceladus and somehow reunite Marchenko's consciousness with his body. As with previous books in this "Ice Moon" series, the author's familiarity with the solar system and all things astronaut is evident in his storytelling. The adventures, good or bad, are based on real science and could very well happen in the near future. This added realism makes the characters well-being even more meaningful to the reader. While not exactly a sequel, the next book is "The Hole" and after that is "Jupiter". Hopefully, by the time I finish "The Hole", Jupiter will be available for Kindle. It is out in paperback right now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    KHB

    I totally enjoyed this four book Ice Moon series. The characters were fully developed and each instalment was unique and a real page turner. From a hard science perspective, I think I learned quite a bit about planets, space travel and all its unique problems. The last 15% of each instalment of these books are added sections explaining the science behind all the planets and asteroids visited and all sorts of other interesting facts. For those that prefer space operas and military wars in the aster I totally enjoyed this four book Ice Moon series. The characters were fully developed and each instalment was unique and a real page turner. From a hard science perspective, I think I learned quite a bit about planets, space travel and all its unique problems. The last 15% of each instalment of these books are added sections explaining the science behind all the planets and asteroids visited and all sorts of other interesting facts. For those that prefer space operas and military wars in the asteroid belt, they may not enjoy this series, although there's still lots of fantasy. Now that I have finished, I'm pleased to find I don't have to wait around for more books from this author, as he seems to be quite prolific. There are four new hard science fiction books released in the last year by Brandon Q. Morris. Fantastic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mmonchi

    Es el cuarto libro de una serie que parecía que solo iba a tener tres y que ya había dado por terminada. Las aventuras vuelven de una forma que parece muy forzada y la acción tarda mucho en empezar. El cuidado de los detalles científicos que tanto destacaba en los anteriores ahora se pasa por alto, quedando en un libro de calidad inferior a los anteriores. Da la impresión de ser un libro de transición, una forma de explicar cosas que necesita que ocurran en posteriores novelas y que aquí se deja Es el cuarto libro de una serie que parecía que solo iba a tener tres y que ya había dado por terminada. Las aventuras vuelven de una forma que parece muy forzada y la acción tarda mucho en empezar. El cuidado de los detalles científicos que tanto destacaba en los anteriores ahora se pasa por alto, quedando en un libro de calidad inferior a los anteriores. Da la impresión de ser un libro de transición, una forma de explicar cosas que necesita que ocurran en posteriores novelas y que aquí se dejan resueltas, no importa mucho cómo, para no tener que contarlas en el futuro de forma forzada. Eso sí, abre muchas posibilidades, por lo que las siguientes entregas prometen ser muy interesantes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    My feelings on this volume are similar to the 3rd: I enjoyed the majority of the story but felt the ending was somewhat of a let down. There was a decent story, cooking right along, and then -- Ok, we're at the end now, hope you enjoyed the ride. My feeling is the author is so focused on the next episode for these characters that the ending of one volume suffers in the effort to leave a "hanger" for the next volume. I do like the author's writing and will likely continue reading his other work. M My feelings on this volume are similar to the 3rd: I enjoyed the majority of the story but felt the ending was somewhat of a let down. There was a decent story, cooking right along, and then -- Ok, we're at the end now, hope you enjoyed the ride. My feeling is the author is so focused on the next episode for these characters that the ending of one volume suffers in the effort to leave a "hanger" for the next volume. I do like the author's writing and will likely continue reading his other work. Maybe because I hope the others are more satisfying.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clare Anderson

    Good, but not as exciting to me as others in this series This story did not bring as much new science and excitement as others books in this series. In fact, I felt this was more a set up for upcoming books. It introduced new characters; more importantly it introduced new motives for exploring space and Enceladus. The conclusion of this book is less than satisfying as issues between protagonist and antagonist are not resolved. Neither are the results of the antagonist’s actions devolved. All the Good, but not as exciting to me as others in this series This story did not bring as much new science and excitement as others books in this series. In fact, I felt this was more a set up for upcoming books. It introduced new characters; more importantly it introduced new motives for exploring space and Enceladus. The conclusion of this book is less than satisfying as issues between protagonist and antagonist are not resolved. Neither are the results of the antagonist’s actions devolved. All the more reason I feel this was a set up for future stories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Juan C.

    This episode of the saga feels like a forced add-on, written just for the sake of publishing one more book. It doesn't add anything valuable to the story, which ended nicely in book 3 of the series. However, I will check the latest episode, Jupiter, just because I am so familiar with the characters and want to know what happened to them in their visit there. I hope the quality of the first books comes back! This episode of the saga feels like a forced add-on, written just for the sake of publishing one more book. It doesn't add anything valuable to the story, which ended nicely in book 3 of the series. However, I will check the latest episode, Jupiter, just because I am so familiar with the characters and want to know what happened to them in their visit there. I hope the quality of the first books comes back!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Finally! A physicist writes a sci-fi story And he assumes his audience is intelligent enough to understand it. Hoorah! Saying any more about the plot other than what the Amazon blurb gives you will mess it up if you haven't read the first three books. I'm hoping there is more to come. Brilliant writing here folks. Wow, good sentence structure, correct syntax, and very very few typos. Thank you, thank you! Finally! A physicist writes a sci-fi story And he assumes his audience is intelligent enough to understand it. Hoorah! Saying any more about the plot other than what the Amazon blurb gives you will mess it up if you haven't read the first three books. I'm hoping there is more to come. Brilliant writing here folks. Wow, good sentence structure, correct syntax, and very very few typos. Thank you, thank you!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rich

    Return to Enceladus: Hard Science Fiction (Ice Moon Book 4) by Brandon Q. Morris I liked the characters, but the plot sucked. Yes, really. And the characters are pretty much flat, and one dimensional as well. It seems that the author would really much rather be lecturing on the geography of distant moons, instead of telling a story. And the chopped up ending he provided in this book didn't do a proper job of ending th book, nor the series. I hope he improves, as he does have potential. Return to Enceladus: Hard Science Fiction (Ice Moon Book 4) by Brandon Q. Morris I liked the characters, but the plot sucked. Yes, really. And the characters are pretty much flat, and one dimensional as well. It seems that the author would really much rather be lecturing on the geography of distant moons, instead of telling a story. And the chopped up ending he provided in this book didn't do a proper job of ending th book, nor the series. I hope he improves, as he does have potential.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thomas James

    Good story & thoughts about life forms. Mr. Morris says there is more to this story. It sort of seemed like the tragic end to a hopeful future and encounter with another couple of life forms including AI, ALIEN "Slime", and of course human personalities. The problem is that all the relationships end badly. So, we'll see, I guess. Good story & thoughts about life forms. Mr. Morris says there is more to this story. It sort of seemed like the tragic end to a hopeful future and encounter with another couple of life forms including AI, ALIEN "Slime", and of course human personalities. The problem is that all the relationships end badly. So, we'll see, I guess.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Iván Braga

    Es el cuarto libro de la serie que se inició con Misión Encelado. El autor le da continuidad a la historia con un segundo viaje a Encelado del ILSE y su tripulación. En mi opinión es el más bajo de los cuatro libros y aunque el autor busca nuevos recursos, la historia no logra mantener el nivel. Con todo si se mira la serie completa de los cuatro libros, sigue siendo una buena saga, con buen balance de conocimiento científico aplica e imaginación.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    Still interesting in the "what if" category. But the writing style really falls flat in this one, imo. Maybe it's from reading these in quick succession, but it's just not energizing me at this point. Thankfully, done with the series (at least as it currently stands). Still interesting in the "what if" category. But the writing style really falls flat in this one, imo. Maybe it's from reading these in quick succession, but it's just not energizing me at this point. Thankfully, done with the series (at least as it currently stands).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thilo Seliger

    Die Story ist spannend, trotz der Logik-Löcher. Leider sind die Dialoge (besonders am Anfang) wirklich haarsträubend und trüben den Spaß. Generell der schlechteste Teil der Reihe, da ich mich diesmal einfach nicht auf Encleadus oder einen anderen Mond versetzt gefühlt habe.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I have really enjoyed this series... Definitely start with the first book Enceladus. I think the author is very familiar with the subject, and has helped me understand more about space, physics and our solar system.

  24. 5 out of 5

    AbbyTrueStorys

    No pasó nada en todo el libro (?)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Calvin G Vickery

    Author seems to have become bored with the series Not up to level of previous books. Characters development is poor, previously strong characters are now whiny. Plot is weak and the conclusion unsatisfying.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    Another good read with 1 more book to go in the series. I'm still interested and still reading. Another good read with 1 more book to go in the series. I'm still interested and still reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mario Janusic

    I am disappointed with the last novel from this series. I was content as how the previous book has finished, and if Brandon left it at that, I think no one would mind.

  28. 4 out of 5

    James

    Good book in the group. Enjoyed the characters, the trip and the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Ng

    A good closure to the last book It was nice to see the crew members back in action again, accept for one, which I am not going to say who. You just have to read the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gary Davis

    Excellent I'm only sorry that I've reached the end... It would be good to read that the evil billionaire got killed. Excellent I'm only sorry that I've reached the end... It would be good to read that the evil billionaire got killed.

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