Having been on Mars for just less than two weeks, our story picks up as our intrepid hero gets on with getting-on, Mars style. If you haven't read Volume 1, no problem! The Prologue will catch you up to what's going on.
In 2019 Mike Lane travelled over 100 million miles to Mars, and became the first man to arrive safely on the planet … or so he thought. As it turned out, he wasn’t alone; and not all the locals welcomed him with open arms. Unbeknownst to him, the Red Planet was a rather busy place, filled with good and bad aliens; all with their own interplanetary agendas.
Blitowyn of Chernasai, the evil Eridani Master is getting pissed off with so many humans coming to Mars. It’s time for him to do something about it. An unexpected offer, however, shows him a way to get rid of the interlopers, while helping him rise in the ranks of prestige and power on his homeworld. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, even for aliens.
Meanwhile, the North Koreans have an agenda of their own. Bitter over Western ways, and lack of respect from the rest of the world, they engage in a partnership with the evil aliens, the Eridani. The North Koreans hope to build a colony on Mars as well, in order to dominate the planet … with the help of their new alien friends.
As Mike is getting settled into his new surroundings, he is quickly befriended by Hlef; the beautiful, sexy, and witty alien-human hybrid; part of the clan of good aliens who are aligned with the American government, known as the Eben. Hlef helps him get settled in, and teaches him the ropes on Mars. They both quickly learn that love exceeds the boundaries of race, and that while they are quite different, they are also quite the same.
Then, out of nowhere, looming in the dark shadows of the galaxy, an ancient enemy of the Eben wait patiently for the perfect time to strike, and unleash an interplanetary war like none other. It is often said that revenge is “a dish best served cold”, and the Kuabatay have waited ten thousand years for dinnertime to arrive.
On Mars: Murder at Hellas Planitia, the sequel to On Mars: Pathfinder, offers the same intriguing look at the not-so-distant future; dabbling in science fiction fun, techno-babble, action, a little romance, and of course, some political humour. Dive back into the world of Mike Lane, Hlef, Achael, Gilda, the Eben, the Eridani Dominion, and the North Koreans for a taste of science fiction with a twist; as many different players vie for the political (and not-so-political) interests of the Red Planet.
Authors Note: This book contains scenes and themes not suitable for children under 16.
I have just now finished reading the second book, all I can say is I am so sorry that there is nothing higher than a five star rating, I would have given the book a resounding TEN.
Once again you provided us with a real winner, I constantly checked to see how many pages were remaining and my stress levels increased as the number of pages dwindled.
I really hate it when a good book nears the end, especially this one, I so wanted the story to continue.
The characters and story line is extremely well thought out, everything in this book is plausible, you will not find the normal hogwash and poor storyline as printed in most SciFi books.
Well done James, I hope you keep pecking at the keyboard, I am positive that I am not the only reader/fan patiently waiting to read about the next exploits of the characters.
In a short sentence: Its a fantastic story, now please get the next one out so I can read another good book.
On Mars: Murder at Hellas Planitia, the sequel to On Mars: Pathfinder, offers the same intriguing look at the not-so-distant future; dabbling in science fiction fun, techno-babble, action, a little romance, and of course, some political humour. Dive back into the world of Mike Lane, Hlef, Achael, Gilda, the Eben, the Eridani Dominion, and the North Koreans for a taste of science fiction with a twist; as many different players vie for the political (and not-so political) interests of the Red Planet.
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