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Description of The Chronicles of Deneb Series
The Chronicles of Deneb is a science-fiction/ space opera series set in the near future. The year is 2080 CE. The world is dying. Get ready to travel into the future to a time when nothing is certain. Where the science behind climate change was ignored, leading to drought and famine plaguing an already overpopulated globe. Massive waves of refugees stream across the planet, seeking sanctuary. Where terrorist groups have joined forces with biohackers to develop a deadly bio-engineered disease that marches across the continents like a conquering army, leaving millions dead in its murderous swathe.
Meanwhile, some of the best and brightest minds on the planet are feverishly at work – constructing gigantic Space Arks to shuttle hundreds of thousands of people to a colony on Mars. And it seems like there’s more good news: world leaders announce that a vaccine is ready. It’s all good; it’s all returning to normal.
But the truth is very different. In THE FLIGHT OF THE MAYFLOWER, the first novel in The Chronicles of Deneb, Dr. Daniel Radu – project manager for NASA’s Space Ark Mayflower – uncovers a global conspiracy of immense proportions. But Daniel cooks up a scheme of his own. Joined by a team of global experts, he and his colleagues brace themselves for a journey of a lifetime as they trek across the galaxy in a quest for survival.
Journey along with the crew of the Space Ark Mayflower as they adapt to their new home on the planet Deneb. But along with their struggle to integrate into an alien culture, a new battle sweeps across the planet with the arrival of the human-transmitted Chimera bactovirus, bringing war and fanning the flames of racial intolerance.
With a bloody conflict now raging across the planet, the crew of the Mayflower is split between the two factions and embroiled in the chaos and destruction.
FIRES OF FURY is the third installment in The Chronicles of Deneb. Will the survivors of the Space Ark Mayflower find their way when cultures clash and the fires of fury threaten to consume their lives? Now masquerading as citizens of the Collective, the Mayflower crew has a new reason to fear.
With the end of the Second Denebian War, Wesselan’s General Pallav Kóbor and his astrophysicist wife, Dr. Tara Kóbor, have high hopes that life will return to normal on Deneb7. Yet nothing can be further from the truth.In a diabolical plot to erase the scars left by the Second Denebian War, warlord turned Wessel Head of State Gomalan unleashes a fiendish scheme to heal his nation’s wounds, while his top soldier, General Ravenna, falls under the spell of a seductive Fyjer agent intent on crushing their ambitions.
Dragged into a brutal reality of terror and intrigue, can the Kóbors and warbird ace Fynn Vogel remain unscathed, or will the flames consume them and all that is evil on Deneb-7?
Read an Excerpt of The Chronicles of Deneb Series
A white mist swirled about him, blinding in intensity. It pulled Pallav through the sands of time and across the deep divide of space. Before him, a city appeared at the confluence of two shimmering rivers and forested mountains peeked out from behind whimsical wooden houses that lined the avenues. From the mist stepped a broad-shouldered man. His rugged face was wind burned and a shaggy black beard flowed down his chest. Pale green eyes, so like his own, blinked in the dazzling light. Pallav reeled back in surprise but the man grabbed him firmly by the shoulders and kissed him three times on the lips.
He stared into those eyes, pale green like his own and a sick feeling came over him. “Have I died?” Pallav asked, panic setting in. His thoughts were of Tara, of his children and the pain that they would feel. He began to struggle, to search for a way back, but the mist descended once again.
A hand guided him back into the light; the man simply shook his head and glanced at Pallav with sadness. “My kin and blood, I fear you have lost your way. Look at what you have orchestrated on this day and tell me: do you not feel remorse?”
Pallav’s response sounded disingenuous even to his own ears. “Remorse, old man… At what?”
Guest Post by Author Zanne Raby
I’m really excited at being featured as a guest author on Deb Bailey’s blog and I’d like to thank Deb for inviting me to write about my series, The Chronicles of Deneb. It’s also great to see everyone here today, and I hope that I can pique your curiosity about my novels.
First a little background. My space opera/ sci-fi series is still alive and kicking, with three novels already published and one more on the way. The Flight of the Mayflower kicks off the Chronicles. Set in 2080CE, humanity is reaping the harvest of climate neglect and inactivity. A group of daring travelers set off across the galaxy to discover a new planet to colonize but what they encounter is anything but the refuge they sought. The plot continues in Descent into Darkness, where the consequences of human colonization give rise to a whole new set of problems that they must face. In the third novel, Fires of Fury, the leaders now must examine methods to resolve the crisis, but their solution only deepens the troubles. You can find out more at www.zanneraby.com, where you can watch the video trailers for the books.
The series follows the crew of the United States of North America’s Space Ark Mayflower for a thirty year period, with the senior members of the crew stepping into the shadows as the youth pick up the torch to take their places. But along with the human refugees, naturally alien characters exist. The home planet is not one empty void but inhabited by humanoids possessing an advanced civilization. It was always my intention of keeping the aliens as minor characters, however, somehow along the way, one of them morphed to take her place alongside the original cast.
She first showed up in almost a non-speaking role. You know, the crewman in the red tunic in the original Star Trek? The ones that always died and never spoke a word? That was supposed to be her. General Ravenna, commander of the alien army. She was overshadowed by two older alien warriors who hogged the lime light when the Mayflower touched down on their planet, Deneb-7. Ravenna was mysterious, since not much was revealed about her past or her character. She commanded hundreds of thousands of soldiers who basically greet the Space Ark as it docks. Greet isn’t the right word. Ravenna was at the High Commander’s side, ready to throw everything the Denebian war host had at what they thought was an alien invasion. Then, having done her job, she was supposed to vanish into the cream-coloured pages of the novel.
But Ravenna wasn’t satisfied with staying in the wings, oh no! She blossomed, and like a vine began to spread across the pages. After all, Ravenna’s a powerful woman and not one to be kept down. When the humans manage to convince the Denebian politicians that they’re just peaceful intergalactic migrants with every intention of integrating into Denebian society, Ravenna smells a rat. She didn’t get to be the Commander of the Army by being trusting, and this ferocious woman with a mysterious past suddenly rises to major character status.
Finding herself doubting the nation’s leader, the loyal but mistrustful officer dutifully carries out the mission all the while doubt dances through her mind. And of course, she blames the humans for pulling the wool over the eyes of the nation. So my minor character now vaults into stardom by doing her utmost to unveil the truth, and she stops at absolutely nothing in her quest to be proven right. In the meantime, she thrusts reason aside when a sophisticated assassin crosses paths with her before coming to the conclusion that there’s no love left for a woman with a scarred history. Then there’s misguided loyalties that come back to haunt her when a blast from the past blows in General Diti Cavell, an old friend who takes no prisoners herself. When her own life hangs by a thread, can Ravenna tear the cords that bind her to the past? Will she learn to trust and let her guard down just enough to find a future where happiness awaits?
Her life becomes a little more clear when a debonair enemy agent attempts to seduce her in order to get access to secret military plans. When he pulls out all the stops in his charm offensive, will she let down her guard? I found myself exploring the notion of giving up control and allowing others in to your life through General Ravenna’s eyes. That’s not easy for a powerful, intelligent, and resourceful woman like Ravenna and let me tell you, she sure made it impossible for me to hold her down as a minor player once the Fires of Fury engulf the planet of Deneb and it begins a Descent into Darkness.
About Author Zanne Raby
Since the days of the Napoleonic War, there has always been a member of Zanne’s family in uniform. Choosing to follow in the footsteps of her ancestors, Zanne joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1980, and was selected to attend the Royal Military College of Canada – the first year that women were accepted into that prestigious academy of learning. After graduation, she studied to become a Transportation and Movements Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
During a career spanning 38 years, some of the most memorable experiences involved command of 8 Mission Support Squadron as part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan, leading a study on support to the Canadian Arctic involving several trips to Northern Canada, including Canadian Forces Station Alert (the most northern settlement in the world), a three-year tour with NATO at Joint Force Command Brunssum, a deployment as the NATO Liaison Officer to United States Central Command, and finally a nomination as the Deputy Commander for the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group.
After hanging up the uniform and putting away the combat boots, Zanne bought a small acreage in Central Ontario and designed her own house. With a cozy office overlooking the shores of Georgian Bay, she decided to pursue her life-long ambition: to become an author. Enough of the reports and returns that littered her desk over her career, now she could turn her attention to unleashing the creativity that had taken a back seat. The time had come to shake the dust off begin a new career. The winds of change had called.
Zanne is currently crafting The Chronicles of Deneb, a sci-fi space opera series that will take the reader from a dystopian earth on a voyage across the universe in search of a safe haven. But trouble is in store for them when the planet they land on is anything but the sanctuary they sought.
When not behind the keyboard, Zanne enjoys travel, photography, hiking, and gardening. And always, a good story to pass the time.
Zanne Raby will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.