Book Ten - The Secret of Mars

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Mary Waters is a young half-Oonock/half-human female and the twin-granddaughter of Queen Europa and King Kiijon of Jupiter's ice moon, Europa.  Since hearing the tale as a child of the Oonock colony which once thrived on Mars, she has dreamed of finding it.  Mary wants to know how they lived and what their final moments were like.  But she realizes finding the answers to her questions will be almost impossible.  When JeffRa attacked the colony, he obliterated everything: mountains, forests, rivers, oceans and the settlement.  Not a fragment of bone or a blade of grass was left to testify that Mars was once a living planet.  Yet, despite the odds and the fact that Oonocks leave no evidence when they died, Mary senses something is waiting for her to come and find it.  Perhaps a piece of pottery or a grain of bendicore, the source of their power.  But where?  Mars is a big planet.  To complicate matters, it is unknown if the Complex was on land or in the deep ocean, as the Oonock Complex is on Earth.  Without some kind of clue or a sign, Mary fears the destroyed colony will remain lost.

Mary's fear turns into hope the day she hears on the news that the human settlement on Mars discovered a possible site of an ancient ocean.  It is in the same region where her aunt 
unearthed two urn pieces several years earlier.  As she contemplates the possibilities, she receives a letter from the Mars' Mining Company inviting her to come and explore the area.  She heads to Mars, unaware of the real reason for her invitation.  The Company has discovered one of Mars' ancient secrets, and it is their hope that the half-Oonock/half-human can activate the artifact.  Content in their deception, they have no idea that their discovered secret has an agenda of its own.  That is until a mysterious sandstorm kidnaps Mary, leaving behind only her empty spacesuit.

Amber, Mary's identical twin sister, is on Setus Three attempting to makeFirst Contact with a newly discovered alien lifeform.  She is the midst of meeting the Inks when she is filled with an irrefutable feeling that Mary is in mortal danger.  She rushes to Mars, only to disappear too.

An Oonock team headed by the twin's Uncles, Jeanip and Earon, travel to Mars to find their lost princesses.  But their task seems hopeless.  As with the lost colony, there are no clues, no evidence of what happened or where they might be.  The Company keeps its secret, offering the uncles only condolences.  If the Waters family hope to solve this mystery, they will not only need to discover what the Company found but uncover its connection to the real SECRET OF MARS.

17. ENTERING THE SHIP
18. AN ALIEN STARSHIP
19. AN UNEXPECTED ARRIVAL
20.  THE LIGHT
21. THE HELIX NEBULA
22. THE ENERGY STORM
23. THE COMMANDER'S SECRET
24. A SECOND PRINCESS GONE
25.  REUNITED
26. TENTONS
27.  BEHIND GLASS WALLS
28.  THE TALE OF LEENAW
29. THE FACE ON THE OBELISK
30.MARAUDERS
31. LORD HOFFMAN
32. 
A LAST GOODBYE

 1. THE END

 2 .MARS

 3 .MARY'S DISAPPEARANCE

 4. A VISIT TO HYGONE

 5. THE KIDNAPPING

 6. A SURPRISED ENCOUNTER
 7.WEENOW

 8. FROM SORROW TO JOY

 9. A RIDE HOME

10. A SECRET DISCOVERED

11. THE ARGUMENT

12. THE FACE

13. THE SECRET OF MARS

14. THE STRYGUARD OBELISK

15. THREE UNCLES ARGUING

‚Äč16. A PLAN REVEALED


Available:  May 1, 2017

Space hides many secrets:  Secrets hidden to be protected, hidden to be unseen, hidden to remain unknown.  Some secrets are Predators, ready to emerge and devour all.  Other secrets are Givers, bestowing upon the discoverer great treasure or knowledge.  Some are Keepers, holding the forgotten truths of ancient civilizations or wars fought long ago.  There are even secrets that were never meant to be secret, containing things accidentally relegated to oblivion.  But the greatest secrets are the Holders; they carry the fabric of life itself - its conception, its mystery, its existence. 

Mars is no exception.  She holds the greatest secret of all - a tall, black stone of immense power. It is a forgotten remnant of an advanced civilization that explored our galaxy long before life began on Earth.  It is Keeper.  And with its emergence, a Holder has awakened.  It contains life beyond what anyone could have imagined or dared dream of.