Detonation Event

Mars Wars

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Restarting the red planet’s core leads to the discovery of a mysterious microbe in the “interesting and intelligent” first Mars Wars novel (David Drake, author if Hammer’s Slammers).
 
For decades the Space Consortium of America has searched for new ways to harvest resources beyond an increasingly depleted Earth. The ultimate plan is about to be ignited. So is the ultimate threat to humankind . . .
 
Battle-hardened Cpt. Ry Devans and his crew of the Mars Orbiter Station One are part of a bold plan: resurrect the once-active molten cores of the red planet with synchronized thermonuclear explosions, and terraform the hell out of that iron-oxide rock for future generations. It’ll change history. So will the strands of carbon-based Martian cells that have hitched a ride on the ship.
 
Dr. Karen Wagner knows the microbes’ resistance to virus is incredible. It’s the unknowable that’s dicey. Her orders: blow them into outer space. But orders can be undermined. Two vials have been stolen and sent hurtling toward the biosphere. For Devans and Wagner, ferreting out the saboteurs on board is only the beginning. Because there are more of them back on Earth—an army of radical eco-terrorists anxious to create a new world order with a catastrophic gift from Mars.
 
Now, one-hundred-and-forty-million miles away from home, Devans is feeling expendable, betrayed, a little adrift, and a lot wild-eyed. But space madness could be his salvation—and Earth’s. He has a plan. And he’ll have to be crazy to make it work.
 
“Politics, intrigue, suspense, a potentially world-changing microbe, and of course the hero trying to save the day . . . Well-written and nicely paced.” —Sci-Fi & Scary
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About the author

John Andrew Karr writes of the strange and spectacular. He enjoys creating fantasy, paranormal, horror, and science fiction, having self-published novels in all these genres. He’s a North Carolina resident, IT worker, and all-around family guy. For more, please visit him at johnandrewkarr.com.
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Publisher
Rebel Base Books
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Published on
Feb 5, 2019
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Pages
315
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ISBN
9781635730678
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
Fiction / Thrillers / Technological
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