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Four cultures made up a newly formed Terran Alliance. The indigenous inhabitants of the host planet, the Terrans, with additional members included Earth’s cohabitating allies since the 3rd Age of Atlantis, the Kryloneans; they were all survivors from the various Krylonean colonies, whether permanent, newly formed by intent or accident. The ancient Olympian gods of Atlantis who remained on Earth and the ancient gods who departed Earth to settle on Atlantia (only to return to Earth to battle the false-goddess ...
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A Martian Odyssey

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Overview

Four cultures made up a newly formed Terran Alliance. The indigenous inhabitants of the host planet, the Terrans, with additional members included Earth’s cohabitating allies since the 3rd Age of Atlantis, the Kryloneans; they were all survivors from the various Krylonean colonies, whether permanent, newly formed by intent or accident. The ancient Olympian gods of Atlantis who remained on Earth and the ancient gods who departed Earth to settle on Atlantia (only to return to Earth to battle the false-goddess Justine and her army) made up the next human part of the membership. The final members came from other star systems, a melting of cultures with Krylonean colonists. In all, the membership totaled less than 4000 people, the remainder of their original civilizations; their mutual defense was their mission.
After a war with the Terran false-goddess Justine and her rag-tag army that almost resulted in the destruction of Terra, the newly resurrected starships Maralon and Vega departed Terra to search the galaxy for any unknown colonies of Krylonean survivors. Success was again with the fledgling Alliance when they located other colonies and another starship that had long since crashed on Rabitis-2. Before the Maralon could return to Terra with the news, she wandered into the Vorg system, taken prisoner for as long was it would take to learn the secrets of her incredible propulsion system, at least until the Alliance battled the Vorgans for the right to take their starship back.
The Maralon returned to Terra (Earth) with all her passengers. The Atlanticus (Zeus’ battleship) raised the Pollador from her 500-plus year old watery grave; she entered was the Mariana Starship Port for hull repairs and a complete overhaul. Work on a new vinta began before the Atlanticus left to save the Maralon and Pollador starships and was nearing completion. When the Pollador left to return the original colonists to Arabicon, Zeus’ friends presented him with the new vinta. Life finally returned to its well-earned calm—the typical calm that always precedes a storm.
The storm came, but not that Randall, Denise, Artemis, and the android Scot were aware was happening. They went to Mars to explore an indigenous city discovered by Artemis while she surveyed the planet for ores needed by the Alliance. The city was there in all its past glory, pristine, beautiful, and functional. All that was missing were the people, save its holographic caretaker Carl. When they learned that it was going to take an entire team to explore the city completely, they returned to Terra only to find its cities burning and her people killed or missing. How could so much destruction have happened in just one day? There were three survivors though—the ancient Olympian gods and goddesses.
They all left to find survivors, but all they located was more destruction. More than that, their personal lives were in turmoil—they were doing things they wouldn’t normally do. Why were they living so recklessly? Could they get their lives back on track or were their actions merely a sign that they had given up? Was there anyone left alive to find? Perhaps they were merely on a mission to seek revenge! What could they hope to accomplish with so few people? How could the end of the Alliance come so soon? Someone or something had to be controlling their lives! Perhaps, they were being taught a lesson, but by whom? Would there even be a world left to benefit from the lesson?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014190886
  • Publisher: Lyle Drew
  • Publication date: 4/2/2012
  • Series: The Long Tunnel , #9
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 687 KB

Meet the Author

L. L. Drew never considered being a writer when he was growing up in Michigan, even though he enjoyed writing assignments when he was in primary school (always, if allowed, his stories turned to science fiction). His primary love at a young age was working on mechanical things around the house, just to understand how they worked. His interest spread to electronics, as he neared the end of high school. Selecting Kellogg Community College to continue his education, he chose electronics for his field of study (the curriculum included vacuum tube circuits only since transistor circuits were still new and integrated circuits weren’t a reality). With a degree in electronics under his belt, Lyle joined the Navy as an Electronics Technician - Radar, but he wanted to return to college. Two years later, the Navy selected him as a candidate for NESEP (Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program). He returned to college at Marquette University in Milwaukee to study Mechanical Engineering while still on active duty. Drew graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering (BSME) and returned to the Navy as an Ensign. So where did writing come into his life?
After leaving the Navy in the early 1980’s, Drew read one of several short stories written by his father. One of the stories followed the sci-fi genre, intriguing him. With his father’s blessing, he worked on the story to see if he could expand on it, finding that he easily grew it into a novel (this became the fifth novel in his own series). The problem was that the story developed questions for Drew that needed answered, such as what happened before and after that story ... nine additional novels later, he answered those questions.
While working as a Mechanical Engineer, Drew did most of his writing. He decided to try publishing, settling on a vanity press. The novel was lengthy (well over 600 pages), but that didn’t stop people from reading it. The plot excited his readers and many eagerly asked when the next book would be coming out. Drew dropped the publication, though, when work demanded much of his time, and he decided to turn to e books while he continued to write.
At present, Drew lives in Ohio with his lovely wife/ editing assistant, Rita.
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