Ascent of Mars

This compilation book contains all three novels in the Ascent of Mars trilogy.

Part I – Oncoming Storm
Part II – Darkness of Mars
Part III - Rise of the Diadochi More
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About Roger Ruffles

I was born in 1980, in Cheshire.

Despite that, I view myself as a Manchester lad, having spent most of my adult life in the city. I developed a keen interest in science fiction at a very early age thanks to a very popular time travel series on BBC1. This has led to a life-long interest in the genre, which continues to this day, proving that the licence fee is worth it after all. The appeal of science fiction, and fantasy, is in the escapism, the look at what could be, and the sheer imagination and suspension of belief it requires – and how despite its groundings in the far-fetched, real-life often comes to imitate the imaginings of those insane enough to love science fiction.

I completed my first book at 15, and attempted but failed to get published. Looking back on it, this is probably more of a relief to those who like to read. It certainly allowed me to do more boring things, such as work, first in banking as an office junior, then in utilities in procurement, then manufacturing and latterly construction in commercial roles. It's more logical than it sounds written down.

Writing is and always will be a hobby first and foremost, a love and a way to express. An escape from reality, whilst holding a mirror up to all that is good and bad in the world. I hope you enjoy reading my books, almost as much as I enjoyed writing them!

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Also in Series: Age of Secession

About the Series: Ascent of Mars
“Let me tell you a story, of the Oncoming Storm, the Darkness of Mars, and the Rise of the Diadochi. It was at that time during the start of the Age of Secession when one of the greatest crimes against humanity was committed. This was the time when the majesty of the Sol System was reduced to nothing but ashes, the blood flowed freely and everywhere, borgite and humanist hated each other and fought to the death, and greedy men and women sought thrones to salve their own egos and self-importance, seeing power as a right rather than a responsibility. And it was all in the name of this planet – Mars.”

The Causeway; what it is, no-one outside of the Third Empire knows for sure. The Age of Secession takes a much darker turn, continuing with the House Lords and Ladies vying against each other. This is the story of the Diadochi, the successors to the Emperors of Mars, and the families that fight for that old title.

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