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Reviews: The Enceladus Crisis and The Gravity of the Affair by Michael J. Martinez


The Enceladus Crisis
Author:  Michael J. Martinez
Series:  Daedalus 2
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, May 6, 2014
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
List Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781597805049 (print)

Reviews: The Enceladus Crisis and The Gravity of the Affair by Michael J. Martinez
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.


Trinitytwo’s Point of View

I was truly looking forward to this book’s release because I was heavily invested in the characters, and I absolutely loved the meshing of the two timelines: Historical Fiction meets Science Fiction = Fantastic Fiction. However, I wasn’t prepared for Martinez to immediately blast his readers with a startling and thoroughly exciting opener. Meeting Napoleon, albeit briefly, was so cool and unexpected; it snagged me, hook, line and sinker. Book Two revs up the intensity and action a few notches, and it transformed my perception from a fun read to a book I couldn’t put down. There is so much going on here between the alternate histories, different planets, and four separate plotlines that it should have become confusing, but Martinez, expertly conducts his storylines to create an exciting and brilliant symphony of action.

Definitely put The Enceladus Crisis on your summer reading list, but make sure to read The Daedalus Incident first. (my review here) It lays the foundation and sets the stage for what’s to come. Daedalus puts you in on the ground floor of the story’s technology, and allows readers time to grow fond of its characters. Then for good measure, add the novella, The Gravity of the Affair (see review below) to your list too. The Enceladus Crisis will complete your reading pleasure and packs an astounding wallop of adrenaline. This is a smart, well-written and outstanding series; no sophomore slump here, Book Two is even more exciting than the first one.


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The Gravity of the Affair
Author:  Michael J. Martinez
Series:  Daedalus eNovella
Publisher:  NLA Digital LLC, December 6, 2013
Format:  eBook, 61 pages
List Price:  $2.99

Reviews: The Enceladus Crisis and The Gravity of the Affair by Michael J. Martinez
Before his victory at the Nile.

Before his scandalous personal life made headlines.

Before he crushed the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar.

Before he died a martyr.

Horatio Nelson, England’s greatest naval hero, assumed his first command, the 12-gun brig HMS Badger, at the tender age of 20. History tells us his first voyages as captain were unremarkable. Yet in the Known Worlds, where sailing ships ply the Void and the mystic science of alchemy works wonders, Nelson’s first command goes quite differently. With his brashness and emotions untempered by experience, Nelson’s rash actions as captain of the Badger threaten his heroic destiny.

The Gravity of the Affair is a novella set in the Known Worlds of The Daedalus Incident, with events that tie into the novel (though both works may be enjoyed independently of one another).


Trinitytwo’s Point of View

The year is 1779 and a young Horatio Nelson is the commander of the HMS Badger, a small sailing brig assigned to patrol the Void in author Michael J. Martinez’s alternate universe, the Known Worlds. A pirate frigate raids a settlement where the Badger is laying over, steals precious goods, and presses into service some of the locals. Nelson decides to pursue and eventually engage the vessel, with disastrous results. The Gravity of the Affair is the account of the Board of Inquiry investigating Nelson’s decision to pursue the larger and more powerful vessel, and his thoughts and motivations behind this fateful act. It’s an excellent companion to Martinez’s series and gives readers a glimpse into events that shaped Nelson’s destiny before he became renowned as Britain’s most heroic sailor. I read this novella in between The Daedalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis and it happily filled a void for me while waiting for Book Two to be published. I must admit, I didn’t care for Horatio Nelson overmuch; he’s too pompous. But the author’s depiction of this historical figure rings true and I did enjoy learning of the events that shaped the young naval commander. While it isn't required reading to enjoy the rest of the series, this novella gives insight concerning Nelson's cameo in The Enceladus Crisis, and adds yet another layer of back story to the rich alternate universe.


Interview with Michael J. Martinez - May 20, 2014


Please welcome Michael J. Martinez to The Qwillery. The Enceladus Crisis, the second novel in the Daedalus series, was published on May 6th by Night Shade Books.



Interview with Michael J. Martinez - May 20, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to the Qwillery. Your new novel, The Enceladus Crisis (Daedalus 2), was published on May 6. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote The Daedalus Incident (Daedalus 1) to The Enceladus Crisis? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Michael:  Well, I think the most notable change was that I had a deadline! When I wrote the first book, it was just me, wondering if I could write a novel. This time, there was an editor waiting to get his hands on it, because there was a schedule. There were copy editors and cover artists and printing presses. No pressure, right?

I think the biggest change, for me, was that I had some built-in knowledge of what makes a novel work, based on my experience writing the first one. This time out, I had fewer revisions. My process remained the same – I still outline extensively in Excel, and then write to each scene I’ve outlined – but thankfully, there were fewer iterations before it became a book I really liked.



TQ:  What do you wish that you knew about book publishing when The Daedalus Incident came out than you know now?

Michael:  Given the issues surrounding Night Shade’s sale to Skyhorse Publishing last year, I suppose a lot of folks would be like, “I bet you wish you hadn’t signed with Night Shade. I know other authors who feel exactly that way, and for good reasons. I think my situation was unique in that The Daedalus Incident became the first debut from the new Skyhorse/Night Shade, and got some press because of that. I’m grateful to “old” Night Shade for taking a chance on my wacky story, and I’m grateful to “new” Night Shade for asking for two more books, and for doing such a good job on editing and covers and publicity.

So I guess I wish I knew it would’ve turned out as well as it did. This time last year, there was nothing certain for anybody, and I had no idea if my debut would be swallowed up in bankruptcy court. I’m just glad it worked out.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Enceladus Crisis that is not in the book description.

Michael:  Well, there’s Napoleon. The book description, of course, has a mystery surrounding Napoleon’s forces in Egypt in 1798, the year Napoleon Bonaparte invaded. But yes, Napoleon is in there, as a character, interacting with at least one of my fictional characters. That was something readers of The Daedalus Incident seemed to be looking forward to, given the way the first book ended. So yes, he’s there. Now, he’s not taking center stage, but readers will likely figure out he has more going on than his page-count in the book might imply.



TQ:  What kinds of research did you do for The Enceladus Crisis?

Michael:  Of course, I did a lot of research into Napoleon’s 1798 invasion of Egypt and the resulting campaigns. I especially delved into the team of scholars and savants he brought with him – a lot of their names are in the book. I also looked more into the futurist predictions of technology in the coming decades to better inform the futuristic sections of the book. The Daedalus Incident was set on a backwater, low-priority Mars base, so I didn’t need so much in the way of shiny tech. Here, I wanted more of that, because some of these visions are very cool.


TQ:  Which character in the Daedalus series (so far) has surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Michael:  I really, really like how Dr. Andrew Finch’s arc has gone. In Daedalus, we find him as a brilliant but drug-addled playboy-alchemist, and over the years he’s grown in both sobriety and power. He’s also come to appreciate his friendships, now that he actually has some. He’s looking ahead in life instead of bemoaning his station, and there’s some great conflicts that come with that, when he has to weigh personal ambition (now that he actually has some) against his friendships and what little sense of duty he has. I like Finch. I want to go drinking with him. Maybe slap him upside the head, too.

I think the hardest character is the future-setting protagonist, the British-Indian astronaut Shaila Jain. It’s not that she’s hugely complex, per se, but I feel like I have a responsibility to really get her right. She’s a woman with agency, a military officer and explorer. She’s had major ups and downs in life; she’s used to being angry and bitter but has little reason for it now. As the book gets underway, she’s in a great place, with a newly restored career and a new romantic relationship. I worked really hard to find a good balance with her because I wanted her to be as real as possible, rather than a caricature. Sadly, she doesn’t get to stay in that great place for very long. She has a long road ahead, one that I’m rounding out now in the final book, The Venusian Gambit.


TQ:  The Daedalus series is a genre-bending blend of SF, Adventure, Alternate History and Mystery. Why genre bend?

Michael:  You know, there wasn’t really a point where I said, “I’m going to genre-bend!” I knew the story I wanted to tell, and it just so happened that it bridged several genres. I think the whole series is a synthesis of many things that I’ve geeked out on through the years, and it just happened to end up the way it did.



TQ:  Please give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Enceladus Crisis.

Michael:  I’m not one given to literary flourishes, but there’s a couple of paragraphs that I rather like:
“In all his years in the service of King and country, Thomas Weatherby had been privileged to see some of the most fantastical things the Known Worlds had to offer the enterprising soul. He had plumbed the jungles of Venus to find evidence of lost civilizations, tasted the ice of Europa, explored the mines of Mercury. He had watched Finch save men from the very brink of death, watched others have their lives snuffed out with naught but a moment’s notice.

He had even seen the future, once upon a time – a future, perhaps, one of many, but the future regardless – in which invisible energies paralyzed the unwary, pieces of glass could summon encyclopediae of information at a moment’s notice, and a Hindu woman could be an officer in His Majesty’s Royal Navy.

None of these things, not a single one of them, could prepare Weatherby for the rings of Saturn.”


TQ:  What’s next?

Michael:  At the moment, I’m hard at work on The Venusian Gambit, which will wrap up the Daedalus trilogy. After that, I’m working on an idea for a new, very different, non-Daedalus series of books. It’s still a take on historical fantasy, but very much unrelated to Daedalus. There may come a point when I might return to the Daedalus multiverse, but for now, I’ve just about told the story I wanted to tell there.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michael:  Thank you for having me! The site continues to be awesome. Keep up the good work!





The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books, May 6, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Michael J. Martinez - May 20, 2014
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.



The Gravity of the Affair
Daedalus eNovella
December 6, 2013

Interview with Michael J. Martinez - May 20, 2014
Before his victory at the Nile.

Before his scandalous personal life made headlines.

Before he crushed the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar.

Before he died a martyr.

Horatio Nelson, England’s greatest naval hero, assumed his first command, the 12-gun brig HMS Badger, at the tender age of 20. History tells us his first voyages as captain were unremarkable. Yet in the Known Worlds, where sailing ships ply the Void and the mystic science of alchemy works wonders, Nelson’s first command goes quite differently. With his brashness and emotions untempered by experience, Nelson’s rash actions as captain of the Badger threaten his heroic destiny.

The Gravity of the Affair is a novella set in the Known Worlds of The Daedalus Incident, with events that tie into the novel (though both works may be enjoyed independently of one another).



The Daedalus Incident
Daedalus 1
Night Shade Books, August 13, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
(the eBook was published in May 2013)

Interview with Michael J. Martinez - May 20, 2014
Mars is supposed to be dead…...a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.

Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!


Read Trinitytwo's review of The Daedalus Incident here.





About Michael

Interview with Michael J. Martinez - May 20, 2014
Photo by Anna Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is a husband, father and writer living the dream in the Garden State. He’s spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and journalist, including stints at The Associated Press and ABCNEWS.com. After telling other people’s stories for the bulk of his career, he’s now telling a few of his own creation – The Daedalus Incident (Night Shade Books, 2013) and its sequel, The Enceladus Crisis (Night Shade Books, 2014). The third installment, The Venusian Gambit, is due out in March 2015. He’s a proud member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.



Website  ~  Twitter @mikemartinez72.





Cover Revealed - The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez


Michael J. Martinez has revealed the final cover for The Enceladus Crisis, the second novel in the Daedalus series, which will be out in May. I think it's fantastic!


The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books, May 6, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Cover Revealed - The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.


Previously in the Daedalus series:

The Daedalus Incident
Daedalus 1
Night Shade Books, August 13, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
(the eBook was published in May 2013)

Mars is supposed to be dead…...a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.

Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!



The Gravity of the Affair
Daedalus eNovella
December 6, 2013

Cover Revealed - The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez
Before his victory at the Nile.

Before his scandalous personal life made headlines.

Before he crushed the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar.

Before he died a martyr.

Horatio Nelson, England’s greatest naval hero, assumed his first command, the 12-gun brig HMS Badger, at the tender age of 20. History tells us his first voyages as captain were unremarkable. Yet in the Known Worlds, where sailing ships ply the Void and the mystic science of alchemy works wonders, Nelson’s first command goes quite differently. With his brashness and emotions untempered by experience, Nelson’s rash actions as captain of the Badger threaten his heroic destiny.

The Gravity of the Affair is a novella set in the Known Worlds of The Daedalus Incident, with events that tie into the novel (though both works may be enjoyed independently of one another).

Guest Blog by Michael J. Martinez - Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days - December 2, 2013


Please welcome Michael J. Martinez to The Qwillery. Michael is the author of the Daedalus series. The Gravity of the Affair, an eNovella set in the Daedalus world, will be published on December 6th.



Guest Blog by Michael J. Martinez - Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days - December 2, 2013




Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days

Explaining the premise behind The Daedalus Incident and its sequels and tie-ins requires a certain degree of finesse. It’s steampunk without the steam, historical fantasy without a lot of magic, a hard SF future crossed with a space-opera past. Alchemy-punk has been used once or twice, but there’s little actual “punk” in it.

My latest novella, The Gravity of the Affair, is a touch simpler, I suppose, though historical-fantasy-space-opera is as close as it gets, really. When you have Horatio Nelson sailing the Void between Europa and Ganymede, in the shadow of Great Jupiter, well…labels seem inadequate.

Fans of science fiction and fantasy love the notion of subgenre. It’s a short-hand for what you might be getting into, but as with most short-hand categories, not everything fits. Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops series can be described as military fantasy…but so can Django Wexler’s The Thousand Names. They’re both fantastic, but they’re very different books.

I think much of The Daedalus Incident, and most assuredly The Gravity of the Affair, falls into the category of historical fantasy – not that it helps a lot. A recent look through the top 100 Amazon historical fantasy bestsellers puts Daedalus in the company of Diana Gabladon’s Outlander time-travel series, Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, Cherie Priest’s Fiddlehead, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. It’s certainly fine company, but this ain’t exactly apples-to-apples.

There are always going to be books that are hard to shelve, and the books of the Daedalus series are among them. On the one hand, I do wish there were an easy-to-grasp moniker for the kind of work I’ve done, because it might make it easier for folks to talk about my books and recommend them to others. But with that said, I rather like the fact that I’ve written something that doesn’t fit easily into a category. I straddle a lot of different things in my work, and for me, that’s what makes it fun.

My point in all this is that there are any number of books worth reading that might not fit a reader’s preferred categories at first blush. A fair number of my review on Amazon and Goodreads (and if you wrote one of them, thank you!) start with something like “this isn’t what I first expected,” or “I normally don’t like fantasy but….” That gives me all kinds of writerly warm fuzzies.

One of the reasons I’m putting The Gravity of the Affair out there is to give people a taste of what’s in the Daedalus series. Primarily, it’s a fun story that didn’t really fit in with what happened in The Daedalus Incident. Nor would it have been any good if I shoehorned it into the forthcoming The Enceladus Crisis. Instead, it’s a self-contained novella that can be enjoyed on its own – and give fans of the Daedalus series a little something extra to enjoy.

Plus, I’d like to think it eases folks into my little sub-subgenre of alchemy-infused historical fantasy crossed with space opera and hard SF. Space-alchemy-punk, maybe.

Honestly, I’m still working on it. But in the meantime, forget the labels and try something new, whether it’s mine or anyone else’s. Chances are, you’ll be glad you did, even if you have a tough time describing it to others.






Daedalus

The Gravity of the Affair
Daedalus eNovella
December 6, 2013

Guest Blog by Michael J. Martinez - Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days - December 2, 2013
Before his victory at the Nile.

Before his scandalous personal life made headlines.

Before he crushed the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar.

Before he died a martyr.

Horatio Nelson, England’s greatest naval hero, assumed his first command, the 12-gun brig HMS Badger, at the tender age of 20. History tells us his first voyages as captain were unremarkable. Yet in the Known Worlds, where sailing ships ply the Void and the mystic science of alchemy works wonders, Nelson’s first command goes quite differently. With his brashness and emotions untempered by experience, Nelson’s rash actions as captain of the Badger threaten his heroic destiny.

The Gravity of the Affair is a novella set in the Known Worlds of The Daedalus Incident, with events that tie into the novel (though both works may be enjoyed independently of one another).
Links not yet live: Amazon : Barnes and Noble



The Daedalus Incident
Daedalus 1
Night Shade Books, August 13, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
(the eBook was published in May 2013)

Guest Blog by Michael J. Martinez - Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days - December 2, 2013
Mars is supposed to be dead…...a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.

Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!



Forthcoming in 2014:

The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books,  April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Michael J. Martinez - Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days - December 2, 2013
May not be final cover!
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.





About Michael

Guest Blog by Michael J. Martinez - Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days - December 2, 2013
Photo by Anna Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is a novelist, a title which still takes him by surprise now and then. He’s the author of The Daedalus Incident (one of Library Journal’s best of SF/Fantasy for 2013) and the novella The Gravity of the Affair, now available in ebook and Audible audio. The next novel in the Daedalus series, The Enceladus Crisis, is due this spring, and there’s a third book in the trilogy that he should really finish soon. He lives in the greater New York City area with his incredible wife and amazing daughter. He blogs at http://michaeljmartinez.net and Tweets at @mikemartinez72.







Reviews: The Enceladus Crisis and The Gravity of the Affair by Michael J. MartinezInterview with Michael J. Martinez - May 20, 2014Cover Revealed - The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. MartinezGuest Blog by Michael J. Martinez - Truth in genre labeling: Hard to come by these days - December 2, 2013

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