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“It was the beginning… of the end.”
Second Earth, the site of the worst massacre of the Great Galactic War half a decade ago, loomed large before the supercarrier Rhea. A beautiful gemstone against the backdrop of the endless, star-filled void, the planet beckoned the Sector Command carrier and her intrepid crew as a parent would to its long-departed child.
But all was not as it seemed.
What was expected to be a barren, war-ravaged planet was in fact a life-sustaining body, with far less damage than both the Office of Special Intelligence and the Unified Council had previously reported. Adding to the mystery was the fact that the orbiting defensive satellites—put in place to protect the riddles of the world—were mysteriously missing.
Ordered to bring a contingent of Unified Marines down to the surface to investigate, Lieutenant Commander Shawn Kestrel is about to uncover the very secret that the Unified Government tried so desperately to hide.
Unfortunately, it may already be too late. When a mysterious and powerful alien vessel appears in orbit around Second Earth, it heralds the one thing Shawn and Melissa Graves hoped they would never experience again…
About the author
Stephen was born in Los Angeles, California. The son of a second generation deputy sheriff, he spent several hours each week after school (both grade and middle) at the local library. In high school, he was highly active in art, sometimes taking as many as three art classes per year. During his junior year he enrolled in journalism, where he produced a great many articles for the Opinion page. After high school Stephen joined the US Navy as a computer technology specialist, working on the west coast with an anti-submarine and scouting squadron, and later on the east coast onboard a guided missile cruiser as part of the Enterprise battle group, where he wrote his first science fiction novel while on deployment to the Persian Gulf. Afterwards, life got busy—as it usually does—and he didn’t pick up the pen for nearly a decade. He began to delve into fan fiction to practice his skills, producing several complete novels which were well received. He took the skills leaned in those exploits and produced his first published novel, The Army of Light, in June of 2013. Stephen continues to work with the Navy, now as a civilian. When not working he divides his time between hanging out with his wife Jamie, writing, or tinkering out in the garage. Unless otherwise noted, Stephen does all of his own graphic design work.
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