A Sneak Preview of MRH's Next Book, 'Eden'

posted Apr 18, 2014, 1:14 PM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 4:11 PM ]
Final edits on my latest book, Eden, have been completed and now it heads into the production stage. Eden is a new writing experience for me. Rather than a mystery or thriller, Eden is a science fiction novella about a group of American soldiers in Iraq who stumble onto an ancient secret. The book also includes two previously published short stories, one speculative fiction, the other an alternative history. Both are sub-genres of science fiction.

Want a sneak peak at their plots? Read on!

A sandstorm uncovers a long buried secret in the Iraqi desert, an ancient Sumerian temple dating back at least 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. An American army patrol sent to investigate the ruins is trapped inside the temple’s eroded walls, first by an insurgent ambush then by another, even more powerful sandstorm. When an enemy mortar shell blasts an opening into a hidden burial chamber, Captain Adam Cadman and his soldiers take refuge deep in the ruins. What they find hidden inside threatens to destroy every belief about the beginnings of mankind—as well as modern civilization as we know it. 

Following Eden is the speculative short story, "The Last President," originally published in the Off the KUF Anthology, Vol. 2:

In the not too distant future, the American government has been completely privatized. The U.S. Congress and even the president have abdicated their powers to the Corporate Congress, run by the most powerful business interests in the land. When Sgt. Frank Wengler – an officer with LawPro, the current holder of the town’s law enforcement contract – is ordered to evict an old man from corporate housing, he learns more than he ever wanted to know about The Long Coup and The Last President of the United States.

Eden ends with the short story "Hitler Is Coming," originally published in the February 2014 issue of Alt Hist: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternative History:

What would the United States be like if the Nazis had won the World War II? In this story, OSS veteran and now police investigator Paul Klee is temporarily assigned to the post-war American SS to stop a plot to kill a victorious Adolf Hitler on his first visit to the U.S. From fascist cabbies and corrupt Party gauleiters, Klee wends his way through an America most Americans today never knew once existed.

Eden should be out by fall 2014. Stay tune for updates!
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