On Mars: Vengeance Daughter

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Poet, programmer, procrastinator, sci-fi geek, coffee snob, actor, writer.

A devoted Christian, Jim is a quiet and thoughtful man who tends to think deeply, and act slowly. Much of this inner reflection and self-assessment shows up in his writing. "Capturing what truly motivates us," is how Jim describes his approach to both fiction and non-fiction. This author has a very direct, and sometimes in-your-face, way of writing. He tries to always use conversational language; and as one test reader of his first novel put it, "made the complexities of space flight seem almost understandable."

Jim read his first novel by Laura Ingalls Wilder at the age of eight, and this began his love affair with the written word. Jim's first foray into personal writing, as a child, was poetry. These and other poetic scribblings provided the content for his first book, I Apologize for Nothing, published in April 2014.

Life, a child, a career with the Police Service, and a part-time business authoring software; all got in the way of pursuing his desire to write. In his 40's, Jim decided to turn his hand back to writing, mainly on topics surrounding self-development, spirituality, and Reiki. However, none of these really satisfied that craving for creativity. In 2013, Jim decided to pursue his creative yearnings, and he began writing for pleasure. Drawing on a solid work ethic from his experience authoring technical manuals and writing business proposals, Jim found writing for himself to be liberating and enjoyable. While working on his first fiction novel, he kept getting sidetracked by other ideas. He dusted off an old stage play he had written and published it under the title, Mama's Slippers, with the hopes of attracting production interest.

Originally hailing from the East Coast, Jim now lives just outside Cobourg, Ontario; across from a corn field. Stephen King would LOVE his place.

On Mars: Vengeance Daughter

Authored by James Melanson
Illustrated by Jonathan Hunt
Edited by Dorathy Gass, Guillaume Ruch

Twenty-five years after her mother Hlef was killed at Hellas Planitia, Fala Lane has become a warrior and the pride of the Eben Protective Services. As beautiful as her mom, but even deadlier, Fala has the body count to prove she’s no wallflower. Her partner in crime is Tee; a human sidekick and best friend, whose actions have earned her the same (if not worse), destructive reputation. Everyone in the galaxy knows: when you frak with one of them, you frak with both of them; and you simply do not want to frak with either of these women.

Which is why Fala and Tee were natural choices for the Eben and Martian Defense Force, when it came to sending a strong message to the Eridani and the Kuabatay leadership. Fala and Tees’ mission was simple: assassinate the top five operational commanders of the Kuabatay, put terror in the hearts of the Eridani, and create nothing but chaos and disaster along the way.

But sometimes, missions change.

In the jungle of Eridani Prime, in a small prison built for one, Fala finds someone that was supposed to have died along with her mother, twenty-five years ago, during that fateful night when the Kuabatay tried to take over Carter Station, on Mars. Surrendering herself so she can get inside the prison, it’s then up to Tee to spring them both out.

Blitowyn of Chernasai, through his usual manipulation and lack of any true morals or emotions, uses the chaos wrought by Fala and Tee to seize the ultimate power, the Regentship of Eridani Prime. Despite this power, he only has one thing on his mind, and that’s retribution against the Lanes. He sets his sights on revenge against those responsible for murdering the only person he truly loved (or truly loved him). He devises a plan to bring down both Mike and Fala, as well as Achael HofPin, and anyone who gets in his way.

Blitowyn’s plan comes to a crescendo in Mike’s own back yard: on Earth, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the top of one of the tallest free-standing structures in the world, the CN Tower. Alas, Blitowyn should have remembered that you can never truly trust those Eben bastards, the half-breed hybrid scum, Mike Lane … or his human-hybrid daughter, for that matter.

Resembling a Hollywood action film-style disregard for public property and innocent bystanders, the last chapter of good versus evil from the Red Planet unfolds in the final book of the On Mars trilogy. Simply put, it will give readers the chills, as a feud that has lasted for decades, if not centuries, culminates.

… And just when you think it’s over ... it isn’t.

Join Mike, Achael, Gilda, Big Martha, along with newcomers Fala Lane and Tee Boyle, as they embark on a galactic adventure that dives into the raw emotions of revenge, forgiveness, and vengeance, in the last installment of the On Mars trilogy, Vengeance Daughter.

Publication Date:
099375659X / 9780993756597
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Science Fiction / General

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