--- This is the first book in a series of four and it ends with a cliffhanger. ---
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.
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).
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Meanwhile, Carter Carleton, an anthropologist who was driven from his university post by unproven charges of rape, has started to dig up the remains of a Martian village. Science and politics clash on two worlds as Jamie desperately tries to save the Mars program and uncover who the vanished Martians were.
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