When a retired Seal, Mike Angel, discovers an inexpensive new space drive and begins launching satellites from his suburban back yard, the local law takes notice. When he refuses to turn his invention over to the military of the United States, the government takes notice. When he blackmails the American and Russian governments into helping him with a manned expedition to Mars, the world takes notice.
The protagonist who has developed a way to generate and control gravity using a combination of existing technologies. He manages to threaten and cajole the governments of both the United States and the Russian Federation into backing him and providing a crew of international scientists to accompany him and Vesna, his AI computer, on a civilian expedition to Mars.
While on Mars, the group discovers that, not only had the Red Planet been inhabited by intelligent life in the distant past, a pair of “alien” scientists remains there. The identities of the two and their purpose for being there provide a shocker to the Earth.
This report prepared by Walker Bennett