A gang of desperate outlaws fleeing justice.
An armed posse eager for revenge.
A thrilling chase across the high desert wastelands...of Mars!
This is the setting of James Crawford's Mariner Valley.
The space-faring nations of Earth have established settlements on the surface of Mars, some separated by hundreds of miles, where advances in science and industry are the order of the day. But technologically advanced societies still have dirty jobs to be done, and the growing ranks of bored and restless workers breeds a growing crime problem.
A high profile murder draws police officer Ben O'Ryan into the adventure of a lifetime. The killers have fled the American settlement at Chryse Planitia in a stolen military vehicle bound for the Russian base at Sinai Planum where they can get a flight back to Earth and safety. Ben's mission is to catch them before they get there and bring them to justice. With a hand picked team in five similar military vehicles, he sets off into a howling perihelic dust storm to pick up their trail.
Compounding the difficulties of weather, terrain, and isolation, Ben must check a swelling tide of revenge among the officers, including his new love Beth Dailey, who seek vigilante justice for the killers, and threaten to expose a dark secret from Ben’s past.
Full of action, danger, and "makes-you-feel-like you've-been-there" details of Mars, the story drives hard to an explosive climax on the floor of the canyon system known as Mariner Valley.
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