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The two survivors of the Isis mission are welcomed as heroes, but they can’t enjoy the adulation. The intent they are pursuing has priority over everything else.
While Anna faces her destiny on Earth, Melissa explores human nature on Mars.
But someone is having suspicions about the sudden acceleration of the Isis program.
Now that the adventure on Mars is over, what will become of Earth? More

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Language: British English
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About Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

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Nata a Carbonia nel 1974, Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli vive a Cagliari dal 1993, dove lavora come scrittrice, oltre che traduttrice letteraria e scientifica (Anakina Web). Laureata in Scienze Biologiche nel 1998, in passato ha ricoperto il ruolo di ricercatrice, tutor e assistente della docente di Ecologia presso il Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia dell’Università degli Studi di Cagliari.

Amante del cinema, ha mosso i primi passi nella scrittura cimentandosi nella realizzazione di soggetti cinematografici e sceneggiature originali, oltre che di fan-fiction (tra cui “La morte è soltanto il principio”, il romanzo fantasy di argomento egiziano, ispirato al film “La Mummia”, disponibile in ebook dal marzo 2012).

Dal 2009 si occupa di narrativa.
Tra il 2012 e il 2013 ha pubblicato la serie di fantascienza “Deserto rosso”, composta da quattro volumi disponibili sia separatamente che sotto forma di raccolta: “Deserto rosso - Punto di non ritorno”, “Deserto rosso - abitanti di Marte”, “Deserto rosso - Nemico invisibile”, “Deserto rosso - Ritorno a casa” e “Deserto rosso (la serie completa)”.

Grazie alla pubblicazione di questa serie è stata indicata da Wired Magazine come una dei dieci migliori autori indipendenti italiani e ciò le è valso la partecipazione come ospite al XXVII Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino e alla Frankfurter Buchmesse 2014.

Sempre nel 2014 ha pubblicato il thriller “Il mentore” (primo libro della trilogia del detective Eric Shaw) e il romanzo di fantascienza “L’isola di Gaia”, ambientato nella stessa linea temporale di “Deserto rosso” e insieme a esso incluso nel ciclo fantascientifico denominato Aurora. Nel 2015 ha pubblicato il thriller “Affinità d’intenti” (maggio) e il romanzo di fantascienza “Per caso” (novembre), mentre sono del 2016 il crime thriller “Sindrome”, secondo libro della trilogia del detective Eric Shaw, e “Ophir. Codice vivente”, terza parte del ciclo dell’Aurora.

“Oltre il limite” è il suo dodicesimo libro.

I libri della serie di “Deserto rosso” sono disponibili anche in inglese col titolo “Red Desert”, mentre l’edizione inglese de “Il mentore”, col titolo “The Mentor” (bestseller Amazon negli Stati Uniti), è stata pubblicata il 1° novembre 2015 da AmazonCrossing e quella di “Affinità d’intenti”, col titolo “Kindred Intentions”, è stata pubblicata il 26 aprile 2016.

Dal 2012 ha una sua rubrica nel podcast e blog FantascientifiCast. Dal 2013 è rappresentante italiana di Mars Initiative. Dal 2015 è membro della International Thriller Writers Organization.

Dall’anno accademico 2015-2016 è docente di un corso integrativo intitolato “Laboratorio di self-publishing nei sistemi multimediali” nell’ambito del corso di laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione presso l’Università degli Studi dell’Insubria (Varese).

Appassionata di fantascienza e soprattutto dell’universo di Star Wars, è conosciuta nel web italiano con il suo nickname Anakina.


ENGLISH VERSION

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author.
She has lived in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as a writer, scientific and literary translator, and freelance web copywriter. In the past she also worked as researcher, tutor and professor’s assistant in the field of ecology at “Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia” of the University of Cagliari.

As a cinema addict, she started by writing screenplays and fan fictions inspired by the movies.

She has written original fiction since 2009.
Between 2012-2013 she wrote and published a hard science fiction series set on Mars and titled “Deserto rosso”.
The whole “Deserto rosso” series, which includes four books, was also published as omnibus in December 2013 (ebook and paperback) and hit No. 1 on the Italian Kindle Store in November 2014.

“Deserto rosso” was published in English, with the title “Red Desert”, between 2014 and 2015.
The first book of the series is “Red Desert - Point of No Return”; the second is “Red Desert - People of Mars”; the third is “Red Desert - Invisible Enemy”; the final book is "Red Desert - Back Home".

She also authored three crime thrillers in the Detective Eric Shaw trilogy - “Il mentore” (2014), “Sindrome” (2016), and “Oltre il limite” (2017) -, an action thriller titled “Affinità d’intenti” (2015), and three more science fiction novels titled “L’isola di Gaia” (2014), “Per caso” (2015), and “Ophir. Codice vivente” (2016).

"Il mentore" was published in English by AmazonCrossing with the title "The Mentor" on 1 November 2015.
"Affinità d'intenti" was published in English as "Kindred Intentions" on 26 April 2016.

All her books have been Amazon bestsellers in Italy so far.

Since October 2012 she is part of the cast of FantaScientificast, an Italian podcast about science fiction.
Since April 2013 she is an Italian Representative of Mars Initiative.

She’s often a guest both in Italy and abroad during book fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino (Turin Book Fair), Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) and Più Libri Più Liberi (Rome Book Fair), local publishing events, university conventions as well as classes (University of Insubria), where she gives speeches or conducts workshops about self-publishing and genre fiction writing.

As a science fiction and Star Wars fan, she is known in the Italian online community by her nickname, Anakina.

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Reviews

Review by: Neil Shooter on Oct. 07, 2017 :
The four Red Desert stories really need to be read one after the other. I enjoyed this one, book four, so much more simply because I had also just finished reading book three.
The story was good, but I remember being so utterly caught up in books one and two.
The translation was as good as the first two books also, and much better than the translation of book three.
There is a lot of hopping around in time. Well, this kind of thing happens throughout the series, but it is more pronounced here, because some of the scenes are from the very end, and some are from the very beginning of the narrative, from before they even went to Mars, so that the contrast is sometimes jarring. I'd really like to reread the whole series with the scenes rearranged in chronological order (which is also something I had wanted from Lost, the TV show).
The ending didn't quite work for me. Perhaps because it wrapped things up slowly, while also setting up a future story. There wasn't the tight or dramatic ending like the other three books had had. But, denouement. I get it.
I just remember how much I loved, dreamed, and breathed, the first two books in this series, and I just *didn't* the last two. Still, I did enjoy the story as a whole, and I am interested in seeing what the universe holds in store, with Aurora.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

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