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The Angel Brings
              Fire Book #1, "Angel of Mailankh"
Cover illustration by Val Fullard (www.valfullard.com)

The Angel Brings Fire Book 1 :

Angel of Mailànkh

Earth's second manned expedition to Mars lands safely enough, and is looking forward to a historic expedition of science and exploration.

But the enthusiasm of Commander Sam Jacobson's 5-person crew is about to be severely tested : news arrives that Earth is under threat of annihilation, due to an impending collision with a comet named "Lucifer".


None the less, the crew of the Eagle II Mars lander have a mission to complete; so, with heavy hearts, they set out to explore the surface of the Red Planet.

Little do they know that the fate of their entire home-world, will shortly rest on the slender shoulders of an enigmatic being... who lies asleep... and... awaiting!

The Angel Brings Fire (Book 1 : Angel of Mailànkh): Free Sample Chapter

If you would like to read a chapter of the book with no obligation to pay, please download the following file to your PC or e-Reader (you will need Adobe's free Acrobat .PDF document reader or some other .PDF-compatible application)  :

"Best And Worst Of News"


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Cover of The
              Angel Brings Fire Book 2, "Doubt Me Not"
Cover illustration by Val Fullard (www.valfullard.com)

The Angel Brings Fire Book 2 :

Doubt Me Not

The Destroying Angel, Karéin-Mayréij, has crashed to Earth after a near-fatal encounter with a Doomsday comet. She has saved the planet from total destruction... but only at a fearful cost, for the fall has left her dazed, crippled and, most of all... alone.

Doubt Me Not describes the adventures of a now-humbled "Storied Watcher", as she learns how to survive in the paranoid, oppressive United States of the near future.

But Karéin-Mayréij isn't the only one whose life has been forever changed by her appearance upon the face of the Earth... history will never be the same!

The Angel Brings Fire (Book 2 : Doubt Me Not): Free Sample Chapter

If you would like to read a chapter of the book with no obligation to pay, please download the following file to your PC or e-Reader (you will need Adobe's free Acrobat .PDF document reader or some other .PDF-compatible application)  :

"You Can Call Me, 'Bob'"


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Cover of The
              Angel Brings Fire Book 3, "Angel and The
              Empire"
Cover illustration by Val Fullard (www.valfullard.com)

The Angel Brings Fire Book 3 :

Angel and The Empire

Having saved the Sun's third planet from a Doomsday comet, Karéin-Mayréij, the alien 'Storied Watcher', finds herself in the declining, undemocratic United States of 2040.

All's not going well : her new, adopted family has just been kidnapped by parties unknown, and the U.S. Air Force, among others, is trying to kill her.

But Karéin-Mayréij isn't known as the 'Destroying Angel' for nothing, and the U.S. government is about to find out why. Her lethal supernatural abilities are returning, and her friends and family are starting to inherit super-human powers of their own.

And the President of the future United States is about to learn the truth of the saying :

"Never get on the bad side, of a fallen-angel."

The Angel Brings Fire (Book 3 : Angel and The Empire): Free Sample Chapter

If you would like to read a chapter of the book with no obligation to pay, please download the following file to your PC or e-Reader (you will need Adobe's free Acrobat .PDF document reader or some other .PDF-compatible application)  :

"Blood On The Carpet"


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Cover of The
              Angel Brings Fire Book 4, "Children of The
              Fire"
Cover illustration by Val Fullard (www.valfullard.com)

The Angel Brings Fire Book 4 :

Children of The Fire

The fourth and final book of The Angel Brings Fire series!

As her two adopted "families" of friends and acquaintances fight an unequal, last-ditch battle for survival, deep underground in a distant, secret prison-facility, Karéin-Mayréij travels across America, recruiting a new group of super-human followers along the way.

She's desperate to rescue both the Billings and Jacobson parties, but distractions (like street gangsters, rogue nuclear weapons, double-crossing Presidents and the U.S. Air Force) have a bad habit of getting in the way.

Time's running out on all fronts... especially for the United States of 2040, which risks annihilation at the hands of an angry, guilt-ridden alien mother, who's searching for her adopted son!


The Angel Brings Fire (Book 4 : Children of The Fire): Free Sample Chapter

If you would like to read a chapter of the book with no obligation to pay, please download the following file to your PC or e-Reader (you will need Adobe's free Acrobat .PDF document reader or some other .PDF-compatible application)  :

"Daughter Tornado-Diamond-Curtain"


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(note : if you click it and don't immediately see Children of The Fire displayed, scroll down on the Lulu page that is initially displayed... it should be there) :

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book
                    on Lulu.

* Note : This is an alternate way to get the .EPUB version of the book if you don't have an iTunes account... although if you have an iPad or iPhone (or another e-Reader such as a B&N Nook or a Kobo Reader) and you order this version of the book from Lulu, it should still work with your phone or tablet.



Where to go to purchase these books :

If you want the paperback (hardcopy) version of any volume of The Angel Brings Fire, you'll have to order it from Amazon, as (so far as we're aware) this is the only distributor that can ship you a good old-fashioned paper version of the book.

With that said,
users with e-Books have considerably more flexibility in terms of where you can buy the product.
Things to consider about ordering different versions of these books :
Please help me make this new model work, by paying for these books, if you think they're worth reading!

Special notes regarding e-Books downloaded from Apple's iTunes and Google Play Store : It has come to our attention that apparently (despite our clearly-stated requests to the publishers involved), even though we have been very careful not to enable DRM at any time during the e-Book publishing process, Apple and Google have elected to apply some type of DRM to e-Books downloaded from iTunes and the Play Store.

The symptom is, when attempting to open the e-Book on anything other than an "approved" Apple device (e.g. an iPhone, iPad etc.), the user is confronted with an error message like "Locked With DRM, Cannot Open Book" (or words to that effect). With Google the situation isn't as clear but is likely to be annoying in a similar way.

Needless to say, this is a very unwelcome development that we obviously had no hand in implementing, but we'll try to help sort it out if it happens to you. If you purchase one of our e-Books from iTunes or Google and want to use it in a way that Apple and Google, in their infinite wisdom, have elected not to "approve of", please send us an e-mail and we'll send you an "unlocked" (non-DRM'ed) version of the same e-Book.

We apologize for this problem, which is unfortunately out of our control to completely resolve... all we can do is complain, which we're definitely doing!

One other thing about iTunes : It has also been noted that the iTunes application is highly resource-intensive and it has a number of bugs that can make trying to access content, including but not limited to e-Books, quite challenging. In particular, some of our readers have repeatedly encountered a "Timeout Error" when trying to download copies of our e-Books, from iTunes.

There is no single solution to this, but here are some suggestions : (1.) Upgrade to the latest version of iTunes (this worked for us); (2.) Upgrade your Microsoft Internet Explorer to IE11 or later; (3.) Disable any software firewalls on your PC while you're trying to download (please immediately re-enable the firewall when you're done) and (4.) Failing all the above, do a search for "iTunes time-out error" on Google; you will find more potential work-arounds, there.

Generally, we have found that .MOBI (the Amazon format) and .EPUB (the iTunes / Sony / Kobo format) are best at retaining the look and feel of the original (paperback) manuscript... so we'd recommend that you use one of these two formats if your e-Reader can interpret them.

As another example, the .PDF format does not generally allow "on-the-fly" hyphenation, so the book may look somewhat strange if you try to read it in this format after setting very narrow right and left margins; also, although the novel has been rendered to .PDF using a pretty standard-looking Serif font, Acrobat Reader isn't that good at font substitution (and is not very flexible in allowing the user to pick a different body typeface), so here again, "what you see is what you get, whether or not you like it".

In a similar vein, while we have done our level best to make the Table of Contents work for all e-Book versions, due to differences in formats and implementation between different e-Readers, we cannot make any hard and fast guarantees. (Speaking of .PDFs and Tables of Content... one very odd thing that we have recently noticed is that the TOC of the .PDF versions of these books seems to render perfectly in some third-party .PDF readers, for example Evince under Linux... but it doesn't work at all in certain versions of Adobe's "standard" Acrobat Reader... we have no idea at all why this is!)

The best way in which to deal with such issues is just to become familiar with the capabilities of your own e-Book reader... for example, if you don't like the default font size or typeface, most e-Readers will allow you to change this fairly easily.






Coming SOON!

The Future Burns Bright

(The New Series!)

Those of you who have read all the way to the end of Children of The Fire , may be wondering... "but what happens next"?

Well, never fear... the story of
Karéin-Mayréij and her super-human family-members and friends, continues!

The Future Burns Bright will continue the story-line begun with The Angel Brings Fire, picking up after events at the end of Children of The Fire.


More announcements about this exciting new series of science fiction / modern fantasy / superhero novels, will be forthcoming soon... so check back here for further information on a regular basis!





Marcus B.
              Shields, on a sunny day!

About the Author


Having been an avid consumer (and part-time supplier) of science fiction and fantasy content is nothing new to Marcus Shields, who has been partaking thereof, since he was old enough to read (modesty precludes the author from revealing exactly how long ago, that was).

Currently employed as a computer security professional, Shields is the author of a large number of so-far-unpublished works, ranging from the Shakhan series of pen and paper fantasy role-playing games, to a daily series of political e-mail blasts to all who are interested (and many more who are not).

He resides in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, where he shares a comfortably modest home with his wife, daughter and very furry, and very spoiled, "cross-breed" (a.k.a., "mutt") dog.

If you want to comment about The Angel Brings Fire or just want to contact Marcus Shields, this is the e-mail link to use.


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