In the Mars Journey Series, Brent Carlson, a brilliant but disgraced former astronaut, is called upon to help lead a seemingly impossible international mission from Earth to Mars. Their primary directive is to become the first human pioneers to set foot on Martian soil and begin colonization of the red planet.
Now with the clock ticking down, they’ve entered into a dangerous race against time and a fight with humanity’s darker side just to survive long enough to see the launch.
The Mars Journey series delves into the science, technology, faith, drive, and determination of the human spirit to come together to overcome our greatest challenges.
“Want to know what it will take to send humans on their first manned mission to Mars? There has to be a coordinated multi-nation, multi-commercial organization, multi-NGO, and multi-nonprofit effort to get us there. No single nation or agency can make it happen. We need to be moving forward and looking ahead, while leveraging the existing technology to the utmost of its capacity. We need to practice excellent planning, and execute flawless engineering at the same time, we need to be stoking the fires of public awareness and support for the trip. Only then can we make a human mission to Mars happen. There’s only one thing for certain: It won’t be easy. But that’s never been a good enough reason before to stop us from tackling our toughest challenges. Ad Mars et Ultra.” –Brent Carlson
Some seek me out because they want to keep their secrets safe. They don’t want the world to know the truth of what they are. Others, like Dax, want my knowledge. Dax has secrets of his own but as long as he helps me evade the Dark Walkers, he can keep them.
This book is for all the Plaguers, the truth sayers branded and marked as liars, often hunted and sometimes forgotten. This book is for the girl who was right.
Book 1 Smoke Rising
The unexpected begins … Agent Sidney Shaw is one of the FBI’s finest. Tough as nails with a calculating mind, she thought she was ready for anything. Enter John Smoke. His spirited arrest methods landed him hard time in prison. The decorated veteran, now branded an ex-con, just wants to serve his time in peace. The powers that be have other plans. When Sidney is assigned to be Smoke’s handler, both of their lives are turned upside down. She plays by the rules. He trusts his instincts. Fighting to control him, she finds herself chasing him down a secret, dark, supernatural path where a vast criminal network rears its head in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Book 2 I Smell Smoke
The unexpected continues … Just when Sidney thinks she’s gotten a handle on things, she finds herself at odds again with her annoying and unappreciative supervisor, Cyrus Tweel. To make matters worse, there’s been no talk about the Black Slate or the whereabouts of Smoke, leaving her in the dark and feeling more isolated than ever.
Book 3 – Where There’s Smoke
Unexpected happenings … Months after bringing down the last mark on the Black Slate, Sidney finds herself more isolated than ever. Buried in paperwork at the FBI her feelings about the Deep Black operation begin to fester. Just when she’s about to lose it, Section Chief, Ted Howard, intervenes. The Black Slate has another assignment. But there’s a problem. John Smoke is nowhere to be found.
Book 4 – Smoke on the Water
The unexpected never rests … Now that she’s no longer an FBI agent, Sidney is restless. She drops Megan off at Grandma and Grandpa’s so she can have some adult time, and then she goes to the shooting range. An old guy called Big Jake out-shoots her and then saves Sid from two huge goons who smell like the Drake. And then Big Jake turns up dead.
Book 5 – Smoke and Mirrors
Unexpected twists … With John Smoke now free from prison, Sidney Shaw’s life doesn’t get any easier. No longer an FBI agent and with the bills stacking up, she takes up the Bounty Hunter business. Together, her and Smoke, go after another villainous fiend on the Black Slate.
Months after bringing down the last mark on the Black Slate, Sidney finds herself more isolated than ever. Buried in paperwork at the FBI her feelings about the Deep Black operation begin to fester. Just when she’s about to lose it, Section Chief, Ted Howard, intervenes. The Black Slate has another assignment. But there’s a problem. John Smoke is nowhere to be found.