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Dr. Melanie Destin's life is a mess. In a desperate attempt to start over, she accepts an interplanetary salvage job that will pay her enough to rebuild a new life on Mars. When she learns the real purpose of the mission is to recover a deadly synthetic virus, everything begins to unravel…
Powerful forces compete to control the pathogen. The expedition leader plans to steal it. Planetary governments are in pursuit to recover it. The corporation that hired her wants to destroy anyone who knows of it…
With her life in danger and not knowing who to trust, Mel must find a way to keep the virus out of the wrong hands. If she fails, billions will die…
The Ares Weapon is the first book in the Mars Ascendant Series, a set of science fiction thriller novels that tell the story of humanity's colonization of the solar system. If you like strong female characters, complex villains, intrigue and a page turning story that is hard to put down, you'll love this book.
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About the Author
D.M.(Doug) Pruden is a professional geophysicist who worked for 35 years in the petroleum industry. For most of his life he has been plagued with stories banging around inside his head that demanded to be let out into the world. He currently spends his time as an empty nester in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his long suffering wife of 34 years, Colleen. When he isn’t writing science fiction stories, he likes to spend his time playing with his granddaughters and working on improving his golf handicap. He will also do geophysical work when requested.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written. Have already bought sequel.
Ebola. Zika. Plague. Hemorrhagic Fever. Words to inspire fear and dread. They all can kill but are not 100 percent fatal. What do you do if a 100 percent fatal virus has been developed and could wipe out all of humanity if it got loose on any of the places in space they have colonized? That is the question for Doctor Melanie Destin. She had slid into a role of medical officer on board freighters lying between Mars and Luna to try and hide from her past and herself. In some ways, she is morally ambiguous and will do almost anything to survive. She used her position as a ship’s doctor to “earn” extra money to finance her desire to emigrate to Mars and buy citizenship by skimming alcohol and drugs from her medical stores and selling them to her crew mates. That is until a new skipper came on board and the fun-busting owners of the ship introduced prohibition for alcohol and the new captain over saw the inventory of pharmaceuticals. Unbeknownst to her, forces were at work that would place her on board a ship that was on its way to collect the deadly virus. Along the way there are spies, turncoats, friends turn out to be enemies and enemies who turn out to be friends. Everyone has secrets and hidden agendas that range from simply passing on information to schemes designed to betray everyone and blow up the ships they are on. The story drags you in and you become invested in Dr. Destin and what she has to do to survive. Along the way she is introduced to a character who appears to be a patsy for the major antagonist who has made plans within plans to betray everyone but has a very hidden agenda and is working for someone totally different. The Terrans and the Martians along with the Luna forces are all betraying and engaging in space battles and on board deceptions that keep the story moving along at a very fast page-turning pace. It was hard to put it down at any point. While all the action is going on the good doctor keeps trying to be true to herself and not get caught between the different factions. This is the first in a series. I am so looking forward to next book in the Mars Ascendant series. After reading Book 1 in the series I can’t wait to see what adventures the good Doctor Destin has in store in the next volume.