Hidden throughout the vast universe are many secrets; secrets hidden to be protected, hidden to be unseen, hidden to be unknown. Some secrets are Predators, ready to emerge and devour all. Other secrets are Givers, bestowing upon the discoverer great treasure or knowledge. While others are Keepers, holding the forgotten truths of ancient civilizations or wars fought long ago. There are even secrets that were never meant to be secret, containing things accidentally relegated to oblivion. But the greatest secrets are the Holders; they carry the fabric of life itself - its conception, its mystery, its existence.
Mars is no exception. She too holds many secrets locked away within her. Some are hidden so deeply they will never be learned, while others wait and hope for the day they will be revealed. Some date back only a few thousand years, and others date back millions. One such secret is a tall, black stone of immense power. It is a forgotten remnant of an advanced civilization that explored our galaxy when life was new on Earth. It is Keeper. And with its emergence, a Holder has awakened. It contains life beyond what anyone could have imagined or dared dream of.
Mary Waters is a young half-Oonock/half-human female and the twin-granddaughter of Queen Europa and King Kiijon of Jupiter's ice moon, Europa. Ever since she was young and heard the tale of the Oonock colony that once thrived on Mars, she has dreamed of finding it. Mary wonders how they lived and what their final moments must have been like. She also knows finding the colony will be just about impossible. When JeffRa reduced the green, living planet to a barren rock of red dust and rock, everything was obliterated; mountains, forests, rivers, oceans and the colony. Not one fragment of bone or blade of grass was left to testify that Mars was once a living planet. Yet, despite the odds and the fact that Oonocks leave no evidence when they died, Mary surmises something might have survived someway, somehow. Perhaps remnants wait for her to find them. Or pieces of pottery or the stone bendicore, the source of their power. But where? Mars is a big planet. To make matters worse, she doesn't even know if the Complex was on land or in the deep ocean, as the Oonock Complex is on Earth. Without some kind of clue or a sign, Mary fears the destroyed colony will remain lost.
Mary's fear turns into hope the day she hears on the news that the human settlement on Mars has discovered the possible site of an ancient ocean. It is in the same area where her aunt found several urn pieces several years earlier. Then, as if destined to locate the colony, she receives a letter from the Mars' Mining Company inviting her to come and explore the area. Bubbling with anticipation and excitement, Mary heads to Mars, unaware of the real reason for her invitation. The Company has discovered one of Mars' ancient secrets. It is their hope that the half-Oonock/half-human can activate the site. Content in their deception, they have no idea that their discovered secret has an agenda of its own. That is until a mysterious sandstorm kidnaps Mary, leaving behind only her empty spacesuit.
Amber, Mary's identical twin sister, is on Setus Three attempting to make First Contact with a newly discovered alien lifeform. She is the midst of meeting the Inks when she is filled with an irrefutable feeling that Mary is in mortal danger. She rushes to Mars, only to disappear too.
An Oonock team headed by the twin's Uncles, Jeanip and Earon, travel to Mars to find their lost princesses. But their task seems hopeless. There are no clues, no evidence of what might have happened to them, where they might be. The Company keeps its secret, offering the uncles their condolences. If the Waters family hope to solve this mystery, they will not only need to discover what the Company has found but uncover the real SECRET OF MARS.
About the Author
P. R. Garcia describes herself as a crazy, not-too-grayed haired old lady. Born during the winter of 1951 in Monroe County, Michigan, the youngest of three children, she attended Western Michigan University, where she majored in zoology. While living in Michigan, she became an award-winning basketweaver, carrying on the tradition of her maternal grandmother, Margaret Dark Feather. In 2008 she moved to southern California and became a volunteer at the Birch Aquarium of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a guide on the Gray whale touring boats. The following year she joined the Whalers, a dedicated group of volunteers from the San Diego Natural History Museum of San Diego, California, whose love of the Pacific cetaceans and other marine life off the shores of California matched her own. As a guide on the Hornblower and Flagship whale-watching boats, she introduced people from around the world to the wonders of the world of the Pacific cetaceans. In 2012 she combined her knowledge of these ocean mammals, her love of science fiction and astronomers’ exciting belief that life exists in the oceans beneath the ice shield of Europa, Jupiter’s ice moon, to create a new trilogy of an alien race from Europa, a race that has lived in our deep oceans for thousands of years. Using legends and known ancient landmarks from Earth’s past, she wove a story of intrigue, mystery, magic and adventure. In 2014 Ms. Garcia added three more books to the story of Europa. In early 2015, she began to tell Europa’s son, Prince Enok’s, story. Now an international bestselling author, Ms. Garcia is currently working on Book 10, which will be about Prince’s EJ’s twin daughters and the search for the destroyed colony on Mars. The Europa Saga may be the first multi-generational science fiction series ever written, spanning five generations of the Waters family. Start your adventure with a free copy of book 1 EUROPA Awakenings at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/633078 For a more traditional account, visit her webpage at http://www.prgarcia1.com SMASHWORDS Author Profile https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/prgarcia Please remember to leave a review of my book at your favorite retailer.