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About the author:
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author.
She has lived in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as a writer, sci-entific and literary translator, and freelance web copywriter. In the past she also worked as researcher, tutor and professor’s assistant in the field of ecology at “Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia” of the University of Cagliari.
As a cinema addict, she started by writing screenplays and fan fictions inspired by the movies.
She has written original fiction since 2009.
Between 2012-2013 she wrote and published a hard science fiction series set on Mars and titled “Deserto rosso”.
The whole “Deserto rosso” series, which includes four books, was also published as omnibus in December 2013 (ebook and paperback) and hit No. 1 on the Italian Kindle Store in November 2014.
“Deserto rosso” was published in English, with the title “Red Desert”, between 2014 and 2015.
The first book of the series is “Red Desert - Point of No Return”; the second is “Red Desert - People of Mars”; the third is “Red Desert - Invisible Enemy”; and the final book is “Red Desert - Back Home”.
She also authored a crime thriller titled “Il mentore” (2014), a science fiction novel titled “L’isola di Gaia” (2014), an action thriller titled “Affinità d’intenti” (2015), and a science fiction novel titled “Per caso” (2015).
“Il mentore” was published in English by AmazonCrossing with the title “The Mentor” on 1 November 2015 and is an Amazon Bestseller (it reached #1 on the Kindle Store in USA, UK, and Australia).
All her books have been Amazon bestsellers in Italy so far.
Since October 2012 she is part of the cast of FantascientifiCast, an Italian podcast and blog about science fiction.
Since April 2013 she is an Italian Representative of Mars Initiative.
She’s often a guest both in Italy and abroad during book fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino (Turin Book Fair) and Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair), local publishing events, university conventions as well as classes, where she gives speeches or conducts workshops about self-publishing and genre fiction writing.
As a science fiction and Star Wars fan, she is known in the Italian online community by her nickname, Anakina.
Red Desert - People of Mars
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
Station Alpha: 1000 days, 5 persons.
Friendship, jealousy, hatred, betrayal.
What's hiding in Valles Marineris?
Second book in the science fiction series "Red Desert".
After 995 days on Mars, the enthusiasm of the Isis crew has turned into frustration and intolerance. Their research hasn't provided the hoped for outcomes, the resources at their disposal are insufficient, and NASA had previously cancelled the launch of a second mission, which would have brought more colonisers and equipment to the planet.
Relationships among the five members of the expedition have become difficult. Station Alpha is home to a complex web of conflicts, secrets, alliances, and rivalries.
Now a new launch window is about to open, but the news from Houston isn't reassuring at all. While the finding of a possible ice sac might give a positive turn to the events, Anna, embittered by the unusual behaviour of Robert and the cold war against Hassan, is considering the opportunity to return to Earth.
When death strikes amongst the five inhabitants of Mars, Anna finds her only possible choice is a solitary escape.
But Mars has got an incredible discovery in store for her, a key to a mystery hidden in the depths of Valles Marineris.
The previous book is "Red Desert - Point of No Return".
The next book is "Red Desert - Invisible Enemy" (a novel).
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--- This is the first book in a series of four and it ends with a cliffhanger. ---
This book is written in British English.
- Publication Date:
- 1514629917 / 9781514629918
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.25" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Science Fiction / High Tech