Set in 2049, the novel proposes a realistic scenario for man's fledgling exploration of space. The book starts innocently enough with an interesting, if not hypnotic, discovery on Mars. Thereafter it builds into a pacy thriller, encompassing ancient texts, criminal intent, cyber systems, failed relationships and adrenaline filled action sequences. A good deal of the action takes place on Mars, a planet which always fires the imagination and will continue to do so in the coming decades, as the reality of a manned landing draws nearer. However, other locations including the moon, a space station and a revolutionary space ship all help to cement the storyline into an astonishingly realistic yarn. This title is the first of the "Kalahari Series" trilogy. The second title is planned to release at the end of 2007 and the third at the end of 2008.
Born in the U.K., this is AJ Marshall's first fiction novel. The second title will be released toward the end of 2007. Marshall's previous experience includes drama and writing short stories.