Red Desert - Point of No Return

Red Desert

Book 1
Rita Carla F. Monticelli
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Thirty years after the Mars exploration mission ‘Hera’, whose crew died in mysterious circumstances, the ensuing political issues that slowed NASA's race to conquer space have finally ended. This time the five members of the new ‘Isis’ mission will not travel the 400 million kilometres for a short visit. This time they are destined to become the first colonisers of the Red Planet.

The science fiction series “Red Desert”, set in the near future, includes four books.
The first one, “Point of No Return”, is a novella.

In what looks like a suicide attempt, Swedish exobiologist Anna Persson, crew member of the Isis, secretly leaves Station Alpha at the crack of dawn to travel deep into the Martian desert in a pressurised rover.
As she journeys to the limit of her two day oxygen supply, she shows us memories of events from her past leading up to the mission. Little by little, as time and oxygen run out, she reveals the real Anna.
Whatever her goal, wherever it is, will Anna reach her destination?

The second book, “Red Desert - People of Mars” (a novel), will be published on 1 September 2014.

Follow Anna Persson (AnnaPerssonDR) on Twitter!

 

--- This is the first book in a series of four and it ends with a cliffhanger. ---

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About the author

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian independent author.
 She lives in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), where she works as writer, technical, scientific and literary translator, and web copywriter. She is also a biologist and worked as researcher, tutor and professor's assistant in the field of ecology at "Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia" of the University of Cagliari until 2004, when she founded Anakina Web. As part of her firm remit, she currently manages her creative writing and translation activities, as well as web design and music management.

 As a cinema addict, she started by writing screenplays and fan fictions inspired by the movies.

 She is author of poems in English, published in the United States in antologies and audiobooks, and has written some song lyrics.

 She writes fiction since 2009. In 2011 she completed her first original science fiction novel, "L'isola di Gaia", which will be published in November 2014, and in March 2012 she published "La morte è soltanto il principio", fantasy novel about ancient Egypt, inspired by the movie "The Mummy".
 Between 2012-2013 she wrote a science fiction series titled "Deserto rosso", which is having a good success in Italy. The first episode "Punto di non ritorno" and the second one "Abitanti di Marte" were published respectively in June and November 2012. The third episode "Nemico invisibile" was published in April 2013. The last episode "Ritorno a casa" was published in September 2013.
 The whole "Deserto rosso" series was also published as omnibus on December 2013 (ebook and paperback).
 "Deserto rosso" is being published in English, with the title "Red Desert", between 2014 and 2015.
 The first book of the series is "Red Desert - Point of No Return".

 In May 2014 she published a crime thriller titled "Il mentore".

 Since October 2012 she is part of the cast of FantaScientificast, an Italian podcast about science fiction.
 Since April 2013 she is an Italian Representative of Mars Initiative.

 As a science fiction and Star Wars fan, she is known in the Italian online community by her nickname, Anakina.

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Publisher
Rita Carla F. Monticelli
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Published on
Jun 30, 2014
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Pages
79
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ISBN
9781311628312
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Technological
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They’ve succeeded in escaping.
And are going back home.
But they aren’t alone.
Now that the adventure on Mars is over, what will become of Earth?

The final book in the science fiction series “Red Desert”.

Earth.
It’s their home, they were born and raised there, but at the same time they’ve never set foot there. And so the deep feelings that Anna and Hassan have as they return to their own planet, after almost five years, are mixed with the marvel of the foreign entity they bring with them, as it lands on a new world.
The two survivors of the Isis mission are welcomed as heroes, but they can’t enjoy the adulation. The intent they are pursuing has priority over everything else.
Besides the internal battle between the new Anna and the old, two more conflicts consume her: the one against the hidden dangers brought by Earth itself, not to mention its inhabitants, and a more complex one involving her own feelings, which will force her to make an important choice affecting her future. In the meantime, on the Red Planet, Melissa finds herself deepening her exploration of human nature, torn between dread and disdain against it, and a growing sense of belonging.
But someone, intrigued by the sudden acceleration of the whole Isis program, is beginning to have suspicions.
Now that the adventure on Mars is over, what will Anna’s choice be? What will become of Earth?

The previous books are:
“Red Desert - Point of No Return” (book 1);
“Red Desert - People of Mars” (book 2);
“Red Desert - Invisible Enemy” (book 3).

Follow Anna Persson (@AnnaPerssonDR) on Twitter!

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