THE EPHIALTES SERIES
The Ephialtes Series is a trilogy of three novels together with five shorter pieces set in the twenty-third century. After many years of settlement and development the colonists of Mars are ready to strike out independently from the mother country on Earth.
The series interrogates the social, political, and military forces that shape the Martian secession, and chronicles the far-reaching unintended consequences that arise from it.
The novels, novellas, and short stories that comprise the series depict a sprawling story of love and hate, heroism and cowardice, and human fortitude and ingenuity. Centred on a truly epic narrative that arches across two planets and several generations of families tested by a time of crisis, the Ephialtes series offers a space opera like no other.
In 2241 the dominant superpower on Earth, the USAN, successfully concludes the fourth world war. The nation breathes a sigh of relief and looks forward to the resumption of elections.
Across the solar system the leading industrialist in the USAN’s small colony on Mars is thinking about independence. When the Martian population votes in favour Mars secedes from the union.
It seems to be a fait accompli until it’s suggested that a massive dropship carrying spacecraft, Ephialtes, built to patrol the Earth, could be refitted for interplanetary spaceflight. Maybe the USAN could use its military might to persuade the colonists to reconsider.
With an enormous instrument of war heading toward them the Martians resolve to defend their independence. Limited resources force them to rely on wit and ingenuity as they prepare their defences. Can they prevail against the mighty Ephialtes?
The peace delivered in the wake of the Ephialtes incident is more fragile than many suppose. The USAN’s rearmament program continues apace, hindered only by the harsh economic realities imposed by the Martian deuterium embargo.
On Mars, Askel and Bobby have to come to terms with an uncertain future while Foveaux and Kostovich brace themselves for the crisis they dread but know is coming.
When a shocking act of violence sends two planets careening towards conflict there is nowhere left to hide. The cold war between Earth and Mars is about to get hot, and there can only be one winner.
THE EPHIALTES SHORTS COLLECTION
The Ephialtes Series chronicles the conflict between Earth and Mars, triggered by Mars' secession from the USAN in the aftermath of World War IV.
The stories of The Ephialtes Shorts Collection make up the connective tissue between the novels Ephialtes and Phobos Rising.
The collection comprises all four previously released shorts together with the exclusive Ephialtes Short V: Why Am I So Clever?
SEE THE WORLDS
Joining the army is simply a way out for a young person from the backwaters of the USAN, and landing a plumb posting at the garrison on Mars seems to be the icing on the cake. However, the trip of a lifetime coincides with the Martian bid for independence.
As the cushy posting turns into something far more harrowing our narrator reflects on the events that took him to Mars and casts a fearful eye on what the future might hold.
A COLD WIND BLOWS
The huge biodomes in southwest Marineris supply Mars with food. Landing a job there is a dream come true for Kimberly Gooding, whose ultimate goal is to save enough money to emigrate to Earth.
When she's called on to do some work outside the domes an urban legend about the ghost of a dead commander gives her pause. The conflict between her rational mind and some baser instincts takes centre stage, and her trust in her workmates is called into question. Is the problem lurking somewhere outside the domes or is it buried deep in Kimberly's subconscious?
SON OF NEW YORK
The USAN isn’t the place it used to be. The Martian deuterium embargo is causing huge economic damage, and the public is restive. Student Adam Wilson believes in his country but is reluctant to voice his feelings in light of the burgeoning protest movement’s belligerent attitude.
Following his own brush with authority Adam has to reassess his beliefs. Could it be that their once great president has stepped over the line? With a huge schism looming Adam is going to have to pick a side, but in a world filled with uncertainty it will be no easy choice.
BE ALL YOU CAN BE
When MSS Officer Kristen Stahl is seriously injured in the Battle of Allentown Spaceport the stability of her old life is thrown upside down. Along with her injuries she has to cope with a failing relationship and the possibility there is no longer a place for her in her beloved Martian Security Service.
An uncertain future awaits all of Mars, but it seems the fates are determined to test Officer Stahl to the very limits of her capability. Can she fight her way back to where she needs to be, or is the simple act of survival victory enough?
WHY AM I SO CLEVER?
EXCLUSIVE TO THE EPHIALTES SHORTS COLLECTION ISBN-13: 978-1533634276
Dr Daniel Kostovich, head of R&D at Venkdt Mars Corp and Special Adviser to the MSS, has always been a smart cookie. When he starts speculating on the provenance of his abilities he finds more questions than answers.
As various possible solutions come and go Kostovich works on the pressing issues facing Mars - food production, defence equipment, and the unresolved conflict with the USAN. Is the ultimate answer to his question unknowable and, given the storm clouds gathering on the horizon, shouldn't his undivided attention be elsewhere?