The quiet, before the storm…
War is coming, and nobody can prevent it…
Following a successful rebellion against a ruthless despot, Martians struggle to rebuild their world. On Earth, the unification wars have finally ended and Terra is united under one supreme leader. But the planet is no longer capable of supporting humanity’s exploding population, and covetous eyes have fallen on the newly terraformed Mars, perceived as weak and ripe for the picking.
Melanie Destin, heralded as the Mother of Mars, wants to disappear. After the death of her lover, she is lost, and bereft of any desire to go on. Though she’s chosen to honour her promise to be a symbol of hope for the recovering Martian populace, she longs to leave Mars forever.
Fate has other plans for her. When the entire Martian governing council is assassinated, Mel is conscripted to lead the people in defence of their world from an invading Terran armada.
To complicate matters, her young clone, Adrianna, now a teenager, is growing older at an accelerated rate and will die within a short time if Mel cannot find a way to stop her rapid aging.
With the dark forces from her past manipulating events behind the scene, Mel must face her worst fears and confront her deadly nemesis one final time to prevent a war and determine the fate of the human race on two worlds.
Legacy of Mars is the fourth book in the Mars Ascendant series. Is it the final chapter of the saga of Melanie Destin? Buy the book and find out.
D.M.(Doug) Pruden worked for 35 years in the petroleum industry as a geophysicist. For most of his life he has been plagued with stories banging around inside his head that demanded to be let out into the world. He currently spends his time as an empty nester in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his long suffering wife of 34 years. When he isn’t writing science fiction stories, he likes to spend his time playing with his granddaughters and working on improving his golf handicap. Go to www.prudenauthor.com and sign up to the Reader's Group. You will receive a free collection of short stories containing a never before published story about Mel Destin’s early life on Terra. Group members will receive early publication notice of upcoming books, blog posts and other goodies from time to time.
Melanie Destin has been many things in her troubled life...a drug dealer, a doctor, a fugitive, and most recently, the saviour of Mars...what she doesn't want to be is a mother.
When circumstances make her responsible for a young orphan, she soon discovers the girl comes with a terrifying past...one that binds them to each other.
Pursued by a ruthless government assassin, Mel must get the girl to safety before they are both captured. If she fails, the secrets hidden within the child's genes will make a dictator unstoppable and forever change the course of human history.
Child of Mars is the third page turning book in the sci fi thriller Mars Ascendant Series which explores the consequences of humanity's exploration and colonization of the solar system in the distant future.
If you like science fiction with a strong female lead character, ruthless villains, mutants, clones, AIs and a page turning plot, you'll love Child of Mars.
Hayden Kaine, a brash young cadet, thinks his family's influence has guaranteed his destiny as a future leader of the Earth Confederation. But falling on the wrong side of an Admiral is never a good idea, and he soon finds himself posted to an outdated starship at the farthest reaches of the galaxy.
What at first appears to be a routine mission turns south when an unforeseen disaster traps Kaine and the crew of the Scimitar at the edge of charted space, with no means to return home.
Little do they appreciate the dangers that lurk in the dead system, and soon they find themselves fighting, not only for their survival, but for the future of the empire itself.