Earth has a deadly disease.
A floating blanket of self-replicating nanomachines has spread across the Earth’s oceans, sucking carbon dioxide from air and water, suffocating marine life, causing crop failures, and bringing famine and social chaos. This environmental catastrophe will soon doom mankind unless stopped. The nanomachines’ startling complexity has scientists baffled. Identifying its source has investigators stumped. No lab admits error. No terrorist claims credit.
Time is running out. A search is on for a fugitive nanotech engineer suspected of being the terrorist. Scott Eastman, a disgraced DHS analyst eager to redeem himself, schemes to use the suspect’s ex-girlfriend. Eager to become a hero, he must choose between his duty, his honor, and his growing suspicion that the prime suspect is innocent, yet may still hold the key to ending the plague. There is no room for error.
No one has ever returned from Mars.
Travel to and from the colony—a private venture mounted by a consortium of Muslim investors—has been embargoed since the Martian Fungus began decimating Earth’s oceans. This ecological disaster has caused famine and triggered Earthside political upheavals, resulting in the reemergence of a pan-Islamic caliphate. The colony, overwhelmingly Muslim, has become a sultanate under sharia law.
Eric Issa, the Mars colony’s Safety Officer investigates a bizarre death and uncovers a high-level conspiracy that may explain how the Martian organism has contaminated Earth. An American statistician and infidel, he must quickly yet quietly identify the killer, piece together the conspiracy, and save his own skin, while protecting the dead man’s orphaned child who may hold the key to controlling the Martian Fungus on Earth.