Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella

Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella

by Martin Roy Hill


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"If this is Paradise, how bad could Hell be?"

A sandstorm uncovers a long buried secret in the Iraqi desert, an ancient Sumerian temple dating back at least 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. An American army patrol sent to investigate the ruins is trapped inside the temple's eroded walls, first by an insurgent ambush then by another, even more powerful sandstorm. When an enemy mortar shell blasts an opening into a hidden burial chamber, Captain Adam Cadman and his soldiers take refuge deep in the ruins. What they find hidden inside threatens to destroy every belief about the beginnings of mankind-as well as modern society as we know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499201734
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2014
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Martin Roy Hill is the author of the military mystery thriller, "The Killing Depths," the award-winning short story collection, "DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond," and the mystery thriller, "Empty Places."

Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance credits include Reader's Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.

Much of Martin's freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, "From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War," published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association. He was also a contributor to the 2013 Civil War anthology, "Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States."

Martin's short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Alt Hist: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History, Plan B Mystery Anthology, San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Writer's Monthly. His first book, "DUTY," was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection during the 2013 San Diego Book Awards (SDBA). "The Killing Depths" was also named a finalist for the SDBA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award.

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Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
What if? That's the question the author brings to light in this novella. The story revolves around Army historian Adam Cadman. He's out on patrol in the Iraqi desert to investigate some ruins. When his team is ambushed by the enemy, they are forced to take refuge in ruins, but what they find there may be worse than facing the enemy and a powerful sandstorm bearing down on their location. This is a smart well-researched story that stretches the teachings of most modern-day religions by introducing an alien element to the beginnings of mankind. This is not in any way derogatory to long-held beliefs, but merely an example of "what if." The story moved along at a fast pace keeping my interest throughout. I loved how the story was not preachy in any way, but left it up to the reader to decide what to believe. Fans of sci-fi and the military will definitely enjoy this story. Recommended. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read sci-fi military titles: they tend to focus more on military strategy than a good adventure. Not so with Martin Roy Hill's Eden - but then, I guess it can't strictly be classified in the usual 'military sci-fi' genre, either.  It's a 'crossover' that reaches from military to sci-fi to thriller and beyond. One doesn't usually associate 'Army' with 'extraterrestrial investigations' (outside of Roswell, that is), but Eden makes this connection and provides a snappy set of circumstances that revolve around an Iraqi sandstorm, a desert secret, and an ancient temple investigated by an unwitting army patrol just beginning to understand that a hidden burial chamber poses more danger than the war itself. Eden is a novella that takes the usual trappings of a thriller - military confrontations, a centuries-old secret, and cultural clashes - and adds a healthy dose of von Däniken into the mix, with a difference. If ancient aliens really had a hand in human evolution, what's to say that something wasn't left behind to spark further changes? This is what Captain Adam Cadman and his group of soldiers is about to discover in a secret that not only challenges them but which brings an alien perspective into the sequence of events. Eden can't be said to be a spiritual read in the usual sense of the word, but it incorporates some of these elements. It's not a standard 'thriller' in that the pace is not relentless, but pragmatic and thoughtful. It's not an 'alien story' in that a far bigger picture evolves, and it's not even a military novel - despite the gun-aiming soldier on its striking cover. So readers anticipating a standard 'genre' read and who seek to place Eden in any of the above boxes will find this novelette defies easy categorization. Ultimately, it's about how the 'truths' of modern day evolve from a combination of myth, daring decisions, and hope. So, if it's a thought-provoking story with an alternative twist that is desired - and if readers aren't so grounded in Christian belief that they can't be entertained and enthralled by quite a different interpretation of events - then Eden will prove the item of choice, standing well apart from any ordinary genre read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a follower of Christianity, I still find the idea behind this story believable. It had me spellbound through the read. Good writing!
Charles Graham More than 1 year ago
The author doesn't take long to get into the exciting action of the story. He weaves centuries old historical facts with present day military action realism and an unexpected ending into a short, but great read. A highly recommended book.
ellison61 More than 1 year ago
Solders on patrol in Iraq encounter ruins and enter as they need protection from the weather and gunfire. They encounter a person who gives them a history lesson that is different than what is usually accepted. Bible verses and swearing.