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The Daedalus Incident [Kindle Edition]

Michael J Martinez
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Book Description

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!

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"Martinez's debut is a triumph of genre-blending.... With a cast of superbly drawn characters, Martinez's title is a mesmerizing tale of two universes that briefly cross paths, leaving both worlds forever changed." -- Library Journal (starred review, SF/F Debut of the Month

"The HMS Daedalus sails a ballsy, brilliant and at times breathtaking universe and you get to tag along for the ride. I can't speak highly enough of what the author has created here" -- Fantasy Faction

"...a story that is plain good fun and adventure and that does not get bogged down into complexities of the world. A highly recommended debut." -- The Founding Fields

"This is a fast-paced and smooth read from the very beginning, and towards the end Martinez builds up the suspense and urgency like a pro....adventurous, original, and a blast to read." -- Tor.com

"...an ambitious and fun romp...entertaining and fun to read and despite its delays in publication, I hope it reaches its deserved audience, and that the author has the opportunity to explore the universe of the Daedalus, especially, much further." -- SFSignal

"Genre bending often come at great peril, but Martinez pulls it off with an assurance that makes all the pieces slot together perfectly."
—Buzzfeed.com, "The 14 Greatest Science Fiction Books of the Year" (2013)

"Martinez's debut is a triumph of genre-blending.... With a cast of superbly drawn characters, Martinez's title is a mesmerizing tale of two universes that briefly cross paths, leaving both worlds forever changed."
—Library Journal (starred review, SF/F Debut of the Month), included in Best Books 2013: SF/Fantasy end-of-year wrap-up

"...an ambitious and fun romp...entertaining and fun to read and despite its delays in publication, I hope it reaches its deserved audience, and that the author has the opportunity to explore the universe of the Daedalus, especially, much further."
—SFSignal

"A true genre bender. It mixes alchemy, quantum physics, and historical figures in ways you haven’t seen before. [...] adventurous, original, and a blast to read."
—Tor.com

About the Author

Michael J Martinez: After nearly 20 years of writing other peoples’ stories as a journalist and professional writer, including stints at ABCNEWS.com and The Associated Press, Michael J. Martinez decided he’d try his hand at telling his own tales. So far, it’s worked out better than he thought.


Product Details

  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0SBF8W
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Be Sailing Ships in Space July 6, 2013
By A.C.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first learned that "The Daedalus Incident" somehow involves 18th century sailing ships in space, I proceeded with caution. It is such a preposterous notion but I decided to go along with it because it touched something primal in my mind. It is a vision that probably visited the imagination of every child who has seen the closing scene of the classic Disney Peter Pan movie or who secretly played with their father's sailing ship models pretending these could fly because they had better not try floating it in the bathtub. Heck, Columbus, probably daydreamed of sailing his carracks to the moon and beyond but shied from writing those thoughts down (Perhaps he did. Someone correct me here).

The author braved writing those thoughts down in this book. He created a world of spacefaring 32-gun frigates and wrapped it around a fast-paced adventure story. "The Daedalus Incident" treads the borders of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. It throws in some romance, too, for good measure (it could easily have had a cover featuring a swashbuckler and a damsel in distress but, thankfully, it did not go there). Reading it felt like watching someone juggle knives while riding a unicycle on a tightrope over a flaming pit. There is always the danger of the whole thing falling apart but, incredibly, the act holds well together. I think that's how most of the excitement in "Daedalus" is generated making it so fun to read.

The author has taken great care in crafting the details of his world. He demonstrates respect for every genre he touched in the story so you soon realize he knows what he's doing. You can safely suspend your disbelief while reading this tale and enjoy the sights, sounds, and marvels of the ride knowing you won't be cheated in the end. Don't be surprised if you find yourself asking for more. Thankfully, there is promise of that.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Martinez has managed to blend the swash buckling ways of 1779 and the hard science and action of working on Mars in 2132 that makes both relavent.

And in fact this great mash up of time lines results in the collision of these two time lines in the exciting conclusion to the story.

In 1779 we have the almost "steampunk" like activity of sailing between the stars with a literal sea going ship. This is accomplished through lodestones that have been treated by an Alchemist to support the gravity and air needed by men. And by men, I mean sailors of the Royal Navy no less. Our hero is Tom Weatherby on her majesties ship Daedalus who is on a routine voyage to rout out any French ships.

Tom and the rest of the men on Daedalus are soon on a trip across the known worlds chasing a mad alchemist who is stealing the essence of the known worlds. Why he is doing this is not known. All that is known is that he must be stopped before he gets all the known worlds essences.

In our 2132 timeline on Mars our main characters are US Air Force personnel and scientists exploring Mars along with a group of rough necks mining for precious materials under the surface of Mars.

But something is wrong as there are injuries involved when several earth quakes (oops mars quakes) occur with no apparent reason. Soon both the military staff and scientists are investigating other strange occurrences.

The author is true to the mannerisms, terminology, attitudes and perspectives of each time line as we go back and forth in time. Which is outstanding as you can see the different perspectives of each group.

As you may have guessed the two time lines collide at the end of the book with an epic battle; and both groups of characters being exposed to the other's perspective.

A wonderful romp that combines both science fiction and fantasy attributes that will please both groups.

Highly recommended
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your father's scifi August 19, 2013
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The Daedalus Incident is in many ways an echo of earlier scifi stories. Only better. Alternate realities colliding is the background for Philip K. Dick's "Man in the High Castle", but we only see those two worlds come together in very brief snapshots. In this book the collision is more sustained, enough to allow the characters in each universe interact, and finally fight, together. As someone who has been reading scifi for over 40 years, I've seen my share of novel ideas brought to life by authors. Joe Haldeman taking Heinlein's starship troopers to the next level by finally learning to love time dilation, John Scalzo branching off from Haldeman in going all genetic on us with his old men (people).

I have to admit to being put off by the first few chapters that take place in the universe that isn't our own (you know, the one where the Americas never existed and pre-Victorian Europe discovers space travel instead). But the further on I read the more engaged I became, until finally I came to find that other universe just as, if not more, interesting because the author had succeeded in getting me to suspend my disbelief just long enough that I started to care about that somewhat odd reality with its even odder characters. I am sure this book would make a terrific movie, so long as they could get someone credible like Ridley Scott to do it (Scott did a fairly good job on his visualization of Philip Dick's android novel, after all). No doubt a lot of people are going to vehemently disagree with me. This author took a real risk with this book's story line. For me that risk paid off. My only closing comment to people who are considering reading this book is, just give it a chance. You may find yourself grateful for the author's courage in taking the leap that he does here. You might even start hoping he'll write a sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A "what if" novel of the best sort.
It took me a while to get into this novel, but once the author hooked me, I was well and truly hooked. Very enjoyable and I am glad I bought the sequel already! Read more
Published 2 days ago by T. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars too far off the wall
Try as I might I just could not get into this book. The beginning was just to off the wall and even boring. Perhaps just my taste in lit, but before you buy read some passages.
Published 8 days ago by John A. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not really click for me
The book was well written with reasonable character development. I did enjoy the hard science storyline set in the future, but the second storyline about a parallel universe with... Read more
Published 25 days ago by RussS
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept and entertaining story
A mix of SciFi and fantasy incorporating both dual timelines and alternate universes. The characters are a little quirky and the plot is "the usual"... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd Gutschow
2.0 out of 5 stars amateurish
If you like a blend of master and commander, pirates movies including the animated treasure planet...not for serious Sci Fi reader
Published 1 month ago by Bilbo
1.0 out of 5 stars Awesome concept, awful execution
I picked this up because it was an awesome concept. Olde Timey wooden ships, sailing between the planets? Sign me up! I wish it had been executed by someone who could write. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eneasz M. Brodski
5.0 out of 5 stars I can almost remember sailing through space!
Can you feel how excited your first time sailing to the other planets felt? Reading gives readers a magic ride !!
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Loudon
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
With some alternate history/alternate world components and clever historical references quite entertaining. Despite the subject matter believable and well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew J. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and very readable
I wasn't sure about this book when I started. However, it quickly drew me in. I enjoyed it very much.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Builds to a worthy finale
Others have given well rounded reviews so I will simply say - good read. 1 star off as it is a little slow to build & only becomes a "Can't put it down" fairly late in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arty
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Michael J. Martinez has spent 20 years in journalism and communications writing other people's stories. A few years ago, in a moment of blinding hubris, he thought he'd try to write one of his own. So far, it's working out far better than he expected. Mike currently lives in northern New Jersey with his wonderful wife, amazing daughter and The Best Cat in the World. He's an avid traveler and homebrewer, and since nobody has told him to stop yet, he continues to write fiction. He is a proud member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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