Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella, the latest book by award-winning thriller author Martin Roy Hill, was released on November 15 and is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Early reviews call Eden a “thought-provoking” read “which will delight any who enjoy a unique turn of plot.”
According to its author, Eden takes place in the Iraqi desert during Operation Iraqi Freedom. “After 10 years of war in Iraq — and apparently more to come — it’s hard to remember that the country was the birthplace of human civilization,” Hill said. “It was in Iraq, formerly part of Mesopotamia, that the ancient Sumerians established the earliest cities and culture. Iraq is also the place where many historians believe the Biblical Garden of Eden was said to be located.”
The cover blurb describes the plot of Eden: “A sandstorm uncovers a long buried secret in the Iraqi desert, an ancient Sumerian temple dating back at least 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. An American army patrol sent to investigate the ruins is trapped inside the temple’s eroded walls, first by an insurgent ambush then by another, even more powerful sandstorm. When an enemy mortar shell blasts an opening into a hidden burial chamber, Captain Adam Cadman and his soldiers take refuge deep in the ruins. What they find hidden inside threatens to destroy every belief about the beginnings of mankind—as well as modern civilization as we know it.”
Eden was a new experience for Hill. While he’s published sci-fi short stories in the past — the latest, “Hitler Is Coming,” was the cover story in the February 2014 issue of Alt Hist: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternative History — Eden is his first book-sized work in the genre.
“I originally intended to include two alternative history short stories with Eden—the short story “Hitler Is Coming” (mentioned above), and “The Last President,” originally published in the Off the KUF Anthology, Vol. 2. However, my editor convinced me that Eden was such a strong and compelling story, it should stand on its own. How could I resist such reasoning?”
Both short stories will eventually be published again as Kindle Shorts.
Martin is the author of the military mystery thriller, The Killing Depths, the mystery thriller Empty Places, and the award-winning DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond, a collection of new and previously published short stories.
All books are available in print and Kindle editions from Amazon.com, and in print from Barnes & Noble.