Seven years after the War of the Worlds, an intrepid group of humans find themselves on Mars. Some go by choice, others by circumstance. None are prepared.
Using our ingenuity, what the Martians left behind and luck, the simple plan becomes more complicated. All the suspicion, misperception and distrust existing between nations still remain on an Earth forever changed by the war.
Despite this, the greatest adventure ever attempted by the human race is an international effort: Percival Longfellow on behalf of Edward VII, Helmut von Heinz for Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, and from America, the ex-Rough Rider Major Ethan Poe. Assisted by an array of scientist and the likes of Katherine Darcy of Australia, the effort brings together a myriad of persons. Even the enigmatic Mai Li finds herself drawn into the endeavor. They become Earth’s first Æthernauts.
They find more than they bargained for. What they learn will change their view of the world and history itself.
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“People are still dirtbags," Licia hissed. "They just became socially conscious dirtbags.”
Viggo Dayne lives in a world where the air and water are clean. No one leaves a carbon footprint. The basics of life provided for.
Life and society changed. People didn’t.
Discovering and old friend died helping a street urchin find her sister, Dayne picks up the trail. Along the way, he runs the gambit of their world: Greed where there is no want. Injustice where there is no crime. Longing where there is no limit to self gratification. When he delves into the world of AI, not only does he find her, but secrets people will kill for.
As a man for hire —dwelling among the underbelly of humanity, where money is still king and everything still has a price— he thought he saw it all.
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