Synopses & Reviews
opens with a suspenseful encounter between the grandson of Dr. Robert Kanewski, while watching the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and the alien spiders first seen on Mars in The Evidence
. It’s an encounter that costs Dr. Kanewski his life, just as Endeavor blasts off and the journey to Mars continues for John Wells and crew. Later, on Rex Edwards’ commercial Mars rocket, Epsilon, the crew heads to Mars to learn more about the strange alien sightings there. With a successful launch to Mars, the three-person crew has an 18-month trip ahead of them. Can they endure the stress and loneliness of 18 months without loved ones? While they are gone, Earth will once again be tested by alien visitors and questionable religious ideas. Are the spiders truly aliens? Back on earth, there are more problems than Amy’s illness and separation from her husband. Cult-like leader, Father Raines frequently shares prophetic messages from the “Father Race.” He predicts visitations that come true and the frightened world watches and waits to see what will happen. Suspecting that the “Father Race” is a hoax, FBI Special Agent Terrance Kerry continues his quest for answers. He travels around the globe, seeking Elias Ulrich, the terrorist he believes is behind the sightings of the aliens. Frequently, he turns to John Wells for insight and together they seek the truth. Ulrich continues his escape from Navy pursuers and the FBI, headed toward a mysterious and historic rendezvous off the coast of Mont Saint Michel in France. Is there an unknowable god and is Malcolm Raines his prophet? Why does Malcolm Raines, the prophet, get every prediction about the aliens perfectly correct? Who are the mother seed? Amidst a backdrop of international intrigue and the unexplained loss of communication with the returning Mars crew, Amy Wells perseveres against the challenges of separation, and months of worry for her space-marooned husband. Acting on his own, John Wells discovers upon his return that his reunion with family would be short lived. After the murder of his wife and children, he tracks down the man who he thinks has killed his family. In a cliffhanger ending, the reader finds that everything is not what it first appears.
Is there life on Mars? That’s what Captain John Wells and his NASA colleagues hope to discover in this second installment of the Mars Hill Classified trilogy when they undertake an aggressive mission to the Red Planet. However, from the outset, nothing goes as planned. An uncanny prophecy, coupled with an unexpected alien escort when they arrive at Mars, ends in a series of catastrophic events that give John plenty to think about as he makes the interminable journey back to Earth. The mysteries of Mars, woven into a complex tapestry of international intrigue, will lead him to answers even the most faithful would fear. As he starts to put the pieces of the universal puzzle together, the pieces of his life fall irrevocably apart, but, as he must constantly remind himself, God does indeed have a plan for him.
About the Author
Austin W. Boyd is an award-winning author who writes extensively about faith issues related to technology and business. He published award winning poetry and more than two dozen technical articles and papers during his career as a Navy pilot, NASA astronaut finalist, and spacecraft engineer. The author of six novels, he is a Christy Gold Medal finalist (The Proof
, 2007) and the winner of the Mount Hermon “Pacesetter Award.” Austin currently writes for a number of Christian publishers. He has several novels in work based on themes tied to faith dilemmas in bioethics, as well as a Christian layman’s guide to Islam. Austin is employed as the Chief Executive Officer for an engineering and design firm in Huntsville, Alabama. He is active in local ministry activities, Southwood Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, and First Baptist Church of Huntsville where he has served as a teacher, deacon, and evangelist.