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Red Desert - Back Home (Volume 4) Paperback – August 1, 2015
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About the Author
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author.
She has lived in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as a writer, sci-entific and literary translator, and freelance web copywriter. In the past she also worked as researcher, tutor and professor’s assistant in the field of ecology at “Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia” of the University of Cagliari. As a cinema addict, she started by writing screenplays and fan fictions inspired by the movies.
She has written original fiction since 2009.
Between 2012-2013 she wrote and published a hard science fiction series set on Mars and titled “Deserto rosso”.
The whole “Deserto rosso” series, which includes four books, was also published as omnibus in December 2013 (ebook and paperback) and hit No. 1 on the Italian Kindle Store in November 2014.
“Deserto rosso” was published in English, with the title “Red Desert”, between 2014 and 2015.
The first book of the series is “Red Desert - Point of No Return”; the second is “Red Desert - People of Mars”; the third is “Red Desert - Invisible Enemy”; and the final book is “Red Desert - Back Home”.
She also authored a crime thriller titled “Il mentore” (2014), a science fiction novel titled “L’isola di Gaia” (2014), an action thriller titled “Affinità d’intenti” (2015), and a science fiction novel titled “Per caso” (2015).
“Il mentore” was published in English by AmazonCrossing with the title “The Mentor” on 1 November 2015 and is an Amazon Bestseller (it reached #1 on the Kindle Store in USA, UK, and Australia).
All her books have been Amazon bestsellers in Italy so far.
Since October 2012 she is part of the cast of FantascientifiCast, an Italian podcast and blog about science fiction.
Since April 2013 she is an Italian Representative of Mars Initiative.
She’s often a guest both in Italy and abroad during book fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino (Turin Book Fair) and Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair), local publishing events, university conventions as well as classes, where she gives speeches or conducts workshops about self-publishing and genre fiction writing.
As a science fiction and Star Wars fan, she is known in the Italian online community by her nickname, Anakina.
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The book Red Desert – Back Home is the final chapter in the Red Desert set of books by author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli. As readers of the previous books will know the main character Anna is back on Earth along with Hassan. Their ill-fated trip to Mars had led to a remarkable discovery that could almost be ripped from the headlines. There is water on the planet and in this case past readers have found there is more to that water.
The book will use a combination of o some flashbacks to steps into the future to tell a great tale. There are many characters that readers only saw through talks to Earth that will be tossed into the moment. They all will find a massive challenge as something did come back with Anna and Hassan and it is trouble and may be trouble for those in and outside of NASA.
The book is much like the other three in the series as there are many plots and twists. The characters stay true to much that has been learned through the series. There will also be some surprises in some of the earthbound characters that readers are getting their first big glimpse of. The book will not disappoint anyone who has stayed with the series to its conclusion.
The review could be longer but the fact is I want to make this as spoiler free as possible. Readers really should discover the end of this great saga on their own as it is a great read and an accumulation of a great story. It will capture the imagination and plays so well into the world’s appetite regarding Mars. To consider this series is from an independent author that has captured such a sense of the mystery speaks volumes about her. Author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli has done an impeccable job and uses her background and love of science to create such a real world that the book will be hard to put down till it’s complete.
She's been capable of creating a complicated set of plots which kept my turn the pages no stop. She'd mixed an incredible technical knowledge of everything biology-ish and astronomy with an intereting (and not too sweet to me) sentimental/romance line.
'Back Home' develops between twist and turns and flash forwards set on planet Earth, where Anna managed (with some efforts) to go back. A very serious menace, though, is putting the planet in danger, and Anna has to deal with it while coping with her personal issues.
Without adding any spoilers, I can say some characters appearing in previous books are back again and this time are more vital than ever.
The ending is what the author herself calls 'a classic ending' and I agree with her.
The feeling Red Desert saga leaves me once turning its very last page is contrasting. On one hand I'm sorry the saga is come to an end since I totally loved it. On the other hand, I'm already looking forward Monticelli's next book which should be due very soon.
I can simply confirm what I wrote in my reviews of the previous books and I can state that the author goes on in a constant crescendo, never betraying the expectations of the reader, satisfying any desire of them for action, suspense, twists, staying completely in line with the tones and the degree of narrative tension of the entire saga, never giving up to easy exploits, but always succeeding in involvilng with nicety and elegance. Perhaps this is one of the points of strength of Monticelli, an "elegant" writing which is proof of the great literary maturity of the author.
Concerning the rest, I should just repeat what is said in the other 5-star reviews.
I hope Monticelli won't keep us waiting too long for more proofs of her authoring craft.