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The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series
     

The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series

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by Michael J Martinez
 

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The last chapter of the dimension-spanning Daedalus series brings the 19th and 22nd centuries together for an explosive finale in the jungles of Venus!

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn's moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat

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The last chapter of the dimension-spanning Daedalus series brings the 19th and 22nd centuries together for an explosive finale in the jungles of Venus!

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn's moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. But Jain doesn’t realize that the possessed Stephane has bigger plans, beaming critical data to other conspirators suspiciously heading not for Earth, but for Venus…

In 1809—a Napoleonic era far different from our own—the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen through the darkest Alchemy. Only the actions of Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby and the Royal Navy have kept the French contained to Earth. But the machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon, presumed lost in the jungles of Venus.

Now, Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it’s possible to save the man she loves, or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions. In the dark, alien jungles of Venus, humanity's fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance—forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 03/30/2015
Overflowing with complexity and eloquence, the conclusion to Martinez’s Daedalus Trilogy (following The Enceladus Crisis) seamlessly blends popular elements from science fiction and fantasy, producing a work that raises the bar for both. In our high-tech near future, Maj. Gen. Maria Diaz and Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain are faced with the fallout from recent events on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. In the alchemistic past of a parallel dimension, Sir Thomas Weatherby and Lady Anne Baker are fighting in slightly steampunkish Napoleonic wars, in which the French have used the Egyptian Book of the Dead to raise zombie troops. Their timelines collide when minions of Althotas, a Martian trapped in a nightmarish prison of nothingness, endeavor to free him. Love and friendships are tested, mysteries and betrayals are unearthed, political games are played among both humans and aliens, an astronaut in a space suit hugs a 19th-century British admiral, and Martinez somehow makes it all work. He skillfully handles the intricacies of characterization and the many moving parts, building to the trilogy’s utterly satisfying and quite epic finale. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency. (May)
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Praise for The Venusian Gambit:
"Overflowing with complexity and eloquence, the conclusion to Martinez’s Daedalus Trilogy seamlessly blends popular elements from science fiction and fantasy, producing a work that raises the bar for both."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Everything the finale of a trilogy should be—constant suspense, genuine characters…. If you start this at bedtime, don’t plan on getting any sleep until you hit The End."
—Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger

Praise for The Daedalus Incident:
"Genre bending often come at great peril, but Martinez pulls it off with an assurance that makes all the pieces slot together perfectly."
—Buzzfeed.com, "The 14 Greatest Science Fiction Books of the Year" (2013)

"Martinez's debut is a triumph of genre-blending.... With a cast of superbly drawn characters, Martinez's title is a mesmerizing tale of two universes that briefly cross paths, leaving both worlds forever changed."
—Library Journal (starred review, SF/F Debut of the Month), included in Best Books 2013: SF/Fantasy end-of-year wrap-up

"A true genre bender. It mixes alchemy, quantum physics, and historical figures in ways you haven’t seen before.... Adventurous, original, and a blast to read."
—Tor.com

Praise for The Enceladus Crisis:
“A follow up that manages to improve on the first in significant ways.”
—SF Signal

Library Journal
04/15/2015
In the year 2135, dangerous aliens are making their way toward Earth and in an alternate 1809 the French occupy England with an undead army. The series that began with The Daedalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis concludes here with another tale of two eras that are inextricably tangled.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597808194
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
05/05/2015
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Martinez is the author of The Daedalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis, the first two installments in the Daedalus trilogy. A journalist and professional writer by trade, Martinez lives with his wife and daughter in northern New Jersey.

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The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trinitytwo More than 1 year ago
The Venusian Gambit, book three of the Daedalus Series by Michael J. Martinez, is the grand finale of a unique and exciting sci-fi series. Part of the beauty of this series is that it’s not simply sci-fi, it’s also daring  exploits, nail-biting espionage, brilliant war tactics, and mortal danger experienced by characters the reader  truly cares about. In short, it’s kick-ass action with great human drama.  In 1803, on an Earth of an alternate history, Rear Admiral Thomas Weatherby continues to fight Napoleon’s  devastating invasion of England and its settlements with the help of his brilliant wife Anne and good friend Dr. Andrew Finch, both highly powerful alchemists. Tom’s daughter, Elizabeth and Anne’s son, Philip are now  of age and also join in the cause. However, Napoleon is not employing ordinary armed forces, as the French  utilize their discovery of a dark alchemical secret to create soldiers from corpses; the relentless “Corps Éternelle”. Meanwhile in 2134, Major General Maria Diaz and Lt. Commander Shaila Jain are trying to stop a chain  of events that may lead to another cross-dimensional rift intended to release an ancient evil back into the world. Jain is also preoccupied by the fact that her lover, Dr. Stephane Durand, had been infected during  the Enceladus Crisis and a sentient being entered his body and had taken control. She’s determined to do  whatever it takes to get him back. The Venusian Gambit is a pleasure to read. Martinez’s story just keeps getting better and better. He's found  the perfect balance between the alternate past, where sailing ships are powered by alchemy through which they can journey to distant planets and the future, where traditional space travel is powered by science,  and technology can be used with nefarious intent. It’s always great fun when the two worlds collide; I especially  enjoy the battle scenes where cannon fire is pitted against lasers. Once again, I was glad to spend time with  my favorite characters Tom Weatherby and Shaila Jain, and looked forward to their interactions. I also enjoyed  the further character development of General Maria Diaz, Elizabeth Weatherby and Philip St. Germain. Another great thing about the book, and the series, is that Martinez’s cast of characters is diverse. Issues such as sexism are touched upon in a matter of fact way that is never in your face but subtly gets the point across.  I was amused, for example, when men of the 19th century found themselves taking orders from a female general from the 22nd and make military faux pas trying to get it right.  The conclusion of the series is very satisfying; the conflict is resolved in an explosive burst of action with results  that made me a bit emotional. I was honestly sad to reach the last page. I will definitely miss reading about Jain and Weatherby’s exploits. The Venusian Gambit is truly sci-fi magic that you won’t want to miss. Looking to spend time on another world? How about in another timeline? The Daedalus Series is your ticket  to adventure and I would highly recommend putting this series on your reading list.