Book 1 (first volume) of The Angel Brings Fire series
Earth's second manned expedition to Mars is looking forward to a historic expedition of science and exploration. However, the enthusiasm of Commander Sam Jacobson's five-person crew is about to be severely tested : news arrives that Earth is under threat of annihilation, due to an impending collision with a comet named "Lucifer".
But the crew of the Eagle II Mars lander have a mission to complete; so, with heavy hearts, they set out to explore the surface of the Red Planet, before starting their grim return-trip to a doomed world.
Little do they know that the fate of the Earth will soon rest on the slender shoulders of an enigmatic, self-doubting “Angel”, who lies asleep... and... awaits.
Currently employed as a computer security professional, Shields is the author of a large number of so-far-unpublished works, ranging from the Shakhan series of pen and paper fantasy role-playing games, to a daily series of political e-mail blasts to all who are interested (and many more who are not).
He resides in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, where he shares a comfortably modest home with his wife, daughter and very furry, and very spoiled, "cross-breed" (a.k.a., "mutt") dog.