Ice Red

Ice Red

by Jael Wye

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Mirror, mirror, full of stars,
Who will claim the throne of Mars?

The princess: Engineer Bianca Ross, heir to a megacorporation and the Mars elevator, needs to acquire a mine on the surface to secure her place in the company. All that stands in her way is the mine's charming owner, Cesare Chan.

The evil stepmother: Victoria Ross is plotting to gain control of Mars. She plans to assassinate Bianca and seduce Cesare to further her goals, and Bianca's trip is the perfect opportunity.

The charming prince: Cesare shouldn't get involved. Bianca's visit could reveal the escaped slaves he's hiding at his mine, but he can't ignore a damsel in distress—especially one as beautiful as Bianca.

Alone, neither would stand a chance against Victoria. But together, they could rewrite a tale that's meant to end with Bianca's blood.

93,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426896422
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 09/30/2013
Series: Once Upon a Red World , #1
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 327 KB

About the Author


Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants. For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon A Red World.


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Eris Space Elevator Station, Year 322 After Colonization

She stood at the edge of the void, the great red disk of Mars turning slowly at her feet. Deep within the rusty haze of the planet's atmosphere a silver thread glimmered—the elevator cable, a giant cylinder of diamond filaments spinning itself thousands of kilometers up into space to its dock on the Eris space station. All around her the huge black wheel of the orbiting city sparkled with viewport lights and bristled with com arrays and docking locks.

But the woman at the viewport window wasn't interested in the splendid view. She scanned her eye camera out across the stars instead, looking for a larger silvery glint among them.

Ah, there it is. The corpse of her former personal assistant. A hint of his face was still visible, blackened and gaping in a frozen scream. She smiled slightly, watching her ex-PA drift away until he disappeared into the universe, one dust mote among trillions.

A discrete chime sounded. The video she had been expecting was finally coming in. Taking off her eye camera, she turned away from the viewport window to regard the blurry images on her video screen. The picture resolved slowly as her spy robot maneuvered closer to its targets; an older man and a young woman, talking quietly as they stood on the upper deck of the space elevator terminal.

It seemed her husband and his daughter were saying their goodbyes. A touching scene, she supposed, and an excellent opportunity for eavesdropping. She arranged herself comfortably in her chair to watch.

"How much time..." Bianca let her question trail off. Her father wasn't paying attention. He was scanning the cuff pad on his wrist, intent on some new data suddenly chiming through.

Probably an important com. They usually are. And when Max Ross is scanning important numbers, not even a herd of little green men line dancing under his nose could make him tear his eyes away from his cuff. Bianca stifled a sigh and waited, idly watching a maintenance bot making its way toward them as it cleaned the floors.

After a few moments, Max lowered his cuff, his bright blue gaze settling on her distractedly. "Sorry. More calculations from the Earthers."

"How long do you think it will take your team to get the Earth elevator running Da? Still estimating about three years?"

Max shrugged. "The elevator cable and space station are almost complete. It's all a matter of operational protocols and precision engineering now. Finishing it should take less than three years if they do what I tell them."

Of course the Earthers would do what he told them. Max Ross was the creator and visionary behind the original Mars space elevator, and the president of StarLine, the space elevator company. Aside from being one of the richest and most powerful men in the Solar system, he was a true genius, and therefore an invaluable part of the Earthers' project.

The new space elevator they were building was the largest and most important construction venture ever attempted by humanity. When it was complete, Earth's twelve billion people would come swarming up the giant cable, making the jump into space more cheaply and easily than they ever could with rockets alone. Instead of the occasional, expensive ship launching directly from Earth, whole fleets of ships could begin launching from the elevator station.

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Ice Red 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Engineer Bianca Ross is also the heir to a huge corporation and the Eris space elevator, which has made moving people, goods, and equipment seemingly effortless. Victoria Ross is her wicked stepmother who is setting her plan in motion to take over the entire Sol system, but she needs Bianca out of the way first. Sending Bianca down to Mars to work on the takeover of RedIce, a mining company owned by Cesare Chan, will give Victoria the opportunity she needs to get what she wants. Yet, if Bianca and Cesare have any say, Victoria will be exposed for the conniving woman she is. ICE RED is a novel which came to brilliant life, from the strange worlds and people to the unique language. There was intrigue, mystery, murder, and a fantastic twist on a familiar fairy tale. ICE RED had me caught up in the characters and action very quickly. The story kept me on the edge of my seat with the sinfully dangerous romance and exciting energy of the characters’ machinations. ICE RED is a great space fantasy with a wicked ending!
joy1226 More than 1 year ago
Jael Wye’s fascinating, fast-paced science fiction romance novel, ICE RED, throws the reader into an alien world in a Martian version of the age old fairy tale, Snow White. Bianca’s evilly vain stepmother plots to take over Skyline, a space elevator, and ultimately rule the world. After failing to keep her clueless husband’s brilliant and beautiful daughter from interceding, she decides Bianca must die. When Bianca is sent to supervise the takeover of a mining company on another planet, she is torn between lust for the handsome, brave Cesare and doing her job, so she can return to run Skyline as her father intended. ICE RED is one of the most creative stories I’ve read in a long time. Not only did it keep my eyes from drooping late at night, as I raced to read its finish, but I loved the characters, rooted for their success, and was sorry to leave their strange world.