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Planet of Gods
Book 1 of Enigma
by David Crane
About this Book
After a long and distinguished career as a Space Marine and a scientist, Peter Blackwood looks for a comfortable ordinary retirement. But instead of a well-deserved rest, he ends up on distant planet Enigma at the whim of a powerful alien intelligence in form of a red energy cloud.
Confronting a world populated by mortals and godlike human overlords, Blackwood is hailed as a messiah by the rebels, a man who will end the tyranny of demigods.
Unable to escape until he fulfills his new mission, Blackwood has no choice but to become a symbol of freedom. With millions of lives at stake, failure is not an option.
About the Author
Crane was born in the Ukraine, which was then a part of the Soviet Union, a country that no longer exists. At the age of sixteen, he immigrated to the United States with his family to seek a better life.
After earning his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, his love of writing emerged. He continues to do so in New York City.
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David Crane's science fiction novel, Planet of GodsBook One of Enigmatakes place in the year 3,500 A.D. Inquisitive by nature and hungry for knowledge, the human race has left the confines of its mother planet, first colonizing the solar system and opening the road to the stars with radically advanced space technology. The novel's main protagonist, Professor Peter Blackwood, has been through it all. He has been a soldier in the Confederation's elite Space Marines, a planetary prospector, and colonization advisor to powerful corporations. After thirty years of excitement, discovery and danger, Blackwood wants to spend the rest of his days in comfortable retirement. But fate intervenes and launches Blackwood on his rendezvous with destiny.
Planet of Gods opens with a bang as Blackwood suddenly comes face to face with an immensely powerful and seemingly invincible alien intelligence in a form of a red energy cloud. The red cloud snatches Blackwood's private ship from its hyperspace highway and catapults him into an unexplored region of the galaxy where he is forced to land on a distant planet many light years away from home. Tough and self-reliant, Blackwood is prepared to survive on an alien world using everything he has been taught. But no training could prepare him for the dangers and wonders of planet Enigma, a world where laws of nature are twisted and altered beyond belief. There are humans living on Enigma, descendants of those unfortunate crews captured by the red cloud and forced to land, adapt, and unable to escape.
Blackwood becomes a stranger in a strange land, doing his best to survive in a world populated by mortals and powerful, godlike overlords, immortal humans with immense capacity for creation, healing and destruction. Gaining an ally in a centuries-old beautiful female overlord, Blackwood is determined to solve the mystery of planet Enigma. But scientific curiosity is overshadowed by the shocking discovery of the red cloud's grand game on the planetary scale. Against his will, Blackwood must fulfill a four-hundred-year-old prophecy and become a leader of the rebellion to end the rule of the overlords and restore the balance of nature.
Planet of Gods takes the reader into the future both familiar and alien and into a powerful mix of action, drama, suspense, love, tragedies, and triumphs. It is a story about an ordinary man fighting for his life against nearly impossible odds, trying to comprehend his role as scientist, savior, and above all, a human being with a human heart. The story will leave you with a sense of discovery and sympathy for the ordinary man who fights for survival and justice in an extraordinary world, where the fate of millions depends on his survival and ultimate victory against evil.
Coming soon! Planet of MenBook Two of Enigma.
Planet of Gods was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
230 pp, $13.97