John Wegener Rorkon is obsessed with discovering the Emoton, a fundamental particle that is the source of human emotions, much to Scythia's annoyance, especially when he is using up their life savings in search of it. After much heartache and many failed attempts, he finally detects it…but at what cost?
John Wegener Experience the awe and wonder of a child who lives in a town in the early 1960's and has a holiday on his Grandma's farm way out in the bush. What strange things will he see? What things will he do that are just not done in town? Milking cows, making butter, emptying the toilet and more. Maybe you will reflect on some of your childhood experiences as you read this story.
John Wegener Ethan Richards develops a warp bubble drive to travel faster than light (ftl), a lifelong dream, with the help of Russian and Chinese Scientists, almost killing himself in the process.
With the help of an assembled team, Ethan builds a spaceship with a warp bubble drive to test it. The drive requires Astatine, the rarest element on earth, to produce sufficient muons that power then drive. The element is prevalent on the Saturnian moon, Iapetus, making this the destination of the first space voyage of their ship, Destiny.
Loki Mason, a business mogul always on the lookout for new means to increase his wealth and power, finds out about the Astatine deposit on Iapetus and its value for the ftl drive. He must possess the material and have monopolistic control of it. He infiltrates the team with a saboteur to delay the project while he builds a spaceship himself to take him to Iapetus.
Ethan and Loki race to be first to Iapetus to claim the Astatine deposit and control the future of ftl space travel. Both Ethan and Loki arrive at Iapetus at the same time and a standoff results, which can only be resolved with force. Who will prevail and at what cost?
John Wegener Alex Warner investigates the murder of the Caerus' Cetusian Ambassador to the Galactic Confederation. Mysterious symbols written on a scrap of paper at the scene of the crime must be clue but what? Other previous murders also have scraps of paper as clues with similar symbols on them. Alex realises these are the calling cards from a serial killer, but what do the symbols mean - and the killer is continuing his handiwork.
Ahiga, the dead Ambassador's son, is devastated by his father's murder. As he sifts through his father's possessions, he finds evidence of a clandestine organisation with the aim of replacing the governments of Cetusian controlled planets with human overlords. Agents for the organisation are cleaning up loose ends including Ahiga, forcing him to enter a game of cat and mouse to prevent being captured or worse. Ahiga and Alex cross paths with uncanny frequency, much to Alex’s annoyance.
Chooli, a Cetusian woman, meets Alex in the hotel bar where he is staying and they are instantly enchanted with each other. Their relationship slowly intensifies and grows as they parry each other’s personalities, despite Alex's prejudice of Cetusians and the devastation in Alex from his previous serious relationship. Chooli finally dares to take Alex to meet her family.
Can Alex apprehend the killer before any more murders are perpetrated? Can the conspiracy be stopped in time? Can Alex thaw his emotions and risk a true meaningful relationship again? What will Chooli's family think of him, being Human?
John Wegener Margaret is horrified by the bag lady sitting in front of the most prestigious store in town. She avoids the woman and goes about her extravagant shopping activities inside the store. But is she who she pretends to be, or is she hiding her true self? Who really is the beggar?
John Wegener Having completed the first faster than light space flight, Ethan puts together a team to travel to the Centauri star system and explore for habitable planets. They take Hu and a Chinese wormhole portal with them. All goes well and they are all fascinated by the sights never before viewed by human eyes. Meanwhile, Hu gets the wormhole connection back to Earth functioning not realising how soon it will be needed.
Ethan, Jade and some of the team start exploring one of the planets, Chariclo, in detail, discovering a closed off cave. Opening the entrance, they venture inside, stopping in their tracks when they see humanoid skeletons lined up on the floor of the cave. Who were these people, where did they come from and what killed them? A virus is detected and the people on the planet start getting headaches and eventually dying from the virus - all except Ethan. Why is Ethan immune?
Ethan realises it is a race against time to find a cure before Jade succumbs to the virus and dies, a situation he can't tolerate. Hu races through the wormhole back to Earth, taking samples back to laboratories so a cure can be manufactured, but will she get it back to Ethan in time to save Jade from certain death?
What is the mystery behind the virus?
And what is going on with Hu and General O'Conner?
The second instalment of the 'Reach For The Stars Trilogy' continues the adventure.