A game of thrones on ancient Mars!
Oracle Veritas of the House of Delphi has waited for over 65 million years to tell her story to the children of Olympus. Now, in the year 2041, the first humans from Earth have stepped onto the surface of Mars. But instead of a barren world littered with long-dead probes and rovers, the crew of the Seeker will encounter Oracle and hear of a world that was once covered in seas and lakes, icecaps and deserts, plains and forests. When it was a world called Olympus, inhabited by the race of advanced immortals that called the planet home.
How Lord Zeus, head of the ruling family of Caste Olympus, was ruler of the world. But other Castes chaff under the Olympian rule. Lord Odin, of Caste Norse, and Lord Anu, of Caste Paga, have set their eyes upon the throne of Olympus. Even as the jubilee celebration of Zeus’ rule draws near, Odin and Anu recruit the leaders of the other Castes – Dine, Asiac, Afrikans and Hindi – to their cause against the mighty Zeus.
Only Caste Zion, led by Lord Yahweh, remains loyal to the throne. A loyalty proven two centuries before when Yahweh exiled his own son, Lucifer, after a failed coup attempt. But Lucifer’s treachery will not die. He waits for the rebellious Castes to strike against his father and set him free from his prison on Gaia, the third planet in Olympus’ solar system.
As the plotters move against the throne, Zeus sees the extinction of all life on Olympus as the only possible result of the looming civil war. He is left with only one terrible solution. Zeus turns to the only person he can trust to carry out his last order as ruler of Olympus.
REVIEWS FROM ARC READERS:
“True to form, Richard delivers another great story sure to keep you guessing. In 2041, an expeditionary force on Mars encounters an oracle to the gods. The sixty-million-year-old woman claiming to be oracle tells a familiar tale of greed, ambition, pride, and the undiluted lust for power. What’s unusual is her claim that Mars was Olympus, playground to the gods.”
– W.S. Gray
“What the hell? I’ve never read such treachery, deceit—WTGF is a remarkable story. Seeing all the familiar names of the old gods and angels, the names of places, terms that I was familiar with all in one story was mind-blowing. Every day I was happy to come back where I left off. When I finished the entire story, I stared into space for a while letting it gel. It was quite an accomplishment.”
– Dawn Ireland