John Mars is the oldest astronaut in the fleet and the commander of Challenger II. His latest assignment from NASA is a top-secret shuttle mission to the moon to investigate a mysterious signal. What he finds is an alien robot that murders his crew and destroys the source of that signal – a deep-space probe. When John returns to Earth without his crew, the probe, or any evidence of what really happened on his mission, NASA forces him into retirement.
Humiliated and disgraced, John takes a job as a pilot for a commercial airline, unaware that his experience on the moon has marked him more than psychologically: in the battle to save his crew and himself, John Mars was injected with an alien tracking device.
One night, while flying his regular route, John and the occupants of his plane, including his fiancé Anna, are whisked aboard a gigantic ship and thrown into deep space toward the Andromeda Galaxy – home to an Alien species called “Sels”. The Sels live for one thing only, colonization of all worlds in the known universe. And now they’ve got their sights set on Earth. But in order to decide if Earth is a worthy adversary, the Sels have something special planned for John – a kind of alien vetting program.
John, Anna and the rest of his group arrive on a Sel planet used for wargames, where alien life forms are pitted against one another – and the Sels – in death battles. One by one, John Mars’ small group of survivors succumb to the Sels. But a larger problem looms for Mars – even if he can survive the Sel wargames, how could he ever get back home and warn Earth of impending invasion and assimilation into the Sel Empire?
George P. Saunders is the author of the celebrated and controversial international anomaly, The Art of Whoring – Adventures in Prostitution. He is also the author of Monster Vice, Gray Area, The Last Elf and Mars, The Bringer of War. His recently produced and critically acclaimed contribution to the zombie-genre film world Mutant Vampire Zombies From The Hood, starring C. Thomas Howell is now in worldwide distribution. A former Juilliard alumni and retired ballet dancer, Saunders plans on donating much of the proceeds to his books to the men and women of the combined armed forces of the United States of America. During his time as head writer for Military Films in the early 1990s, wherein he was the liaison for that company to the State Department to acquire combat footage for production, and provide narration over picture, Saunders had the opportunity to work with the U.S. Marines, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and with the invincible U.S. Navy Seals in Coronado, California.
Saunders spends his leisure time, when not producing, directing, writing, or acting in feature films around the world, playing chess and perfecting his martial arts, 5-Animal Kung Fu. That is, when he’s not enjoying a single-malt scotch, Glenfiddich being his favorite, in which event, he allows his mind to become his own private playground to nurture ideas for future books and screenplays. Saunders will be introducing his very first novel written at the age of 24, Whatever Gods May Be, in March of 2012, followed thereafter by Peter at the Bat, a novel revolving around an ex-Navy Seal fighting domestic terrorism.
Saunders lives in Beverly Hills, attempting to mesh in with the plastic beauty of the landscape, and failing miserably.