The Future Burns Bright... Original   Science Fiction / Modern Fantasy / Superhero Novels, By Marcus  Shields

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The Future Burns Bright Book #1, "Storm In The North"
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The Future Burns Bright Book 1 :

Storm In The North

The desolate, windswept Alaskan island of Amchitka is the scene of a desperate and fateful conflict, as the Storied Watcher – Karéin-Mayréij – and her super-human followers, use their formidable supernatural powers to resist and defeat the murderous attacks of the U.S. government.

After the battle, the alien-girl and her coterie of fugitive “more-than-humans” gather in the woods of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Unbeknownst to the President, they are there to decide the long-term fate of the United States – not to mention, of the world itself.

The subtle, semi-divine hand of Karéin-Mayréij is now well at work as two super-human teams, led by Minnie Chu and Sam Jacobson respectively, embark on competing quests… to save the United States of 2040, from itself.

Who will prevail?

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Cover of The Future Burns Bright Book 2, "The Race (Part One)"
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The Future Burns Bright Book 2 :

The Race (Part One)

The super-powered FBI Team-Leader Minnie Chu (chief detective of the search for the Storied Watcher on Earth) and the equally-powerful Commander Sam Jacobson (hero of the Mars mission that freed Karéin-Mayréij), each lead independent teams on competing missions, for and against the government of the United States.

As they travel across the country without the help of their alien mentor, the Chu and Jacobson teams each encounter their own challenges, including being hunted by the U.S. military and the CIA; but other dangers – like stolen nuclear weapons, ready to detonate at any time – threaten the country. Meanwhile, a power-struggle paralyzes the Presidency, as America’s former leader (having earlier been overthrown in a coup d'état engineered by the corrupt Vice-President and the sinister Agency director),  tries to regain his office and stabilize the government.

Must Jacobson, Chu, the imposter-President and the real President, confront each other… and what will be left of the United States, if they do?

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Cover of The Future Burns Bright Book 3, "The Race (Part Two)"
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The Future Burns Bright Book 3 :

The Race (Part Two)

Continuing the narrative from the last book in the series, The Race (Part Two) opens with the legitimate President of the United States trying to wrest control of the government from his corrupt, cruel former Vice-President, who – along with the Director of the CIA – is obsessed with murdering the Storied Watcher (Karéin-Mayréij) and her “New People”.

The sinister plans of these two conspirators appear to be succeeding, as they place the Sam Jacobson (“Mars Gang”) and Minnie Chu teams – along with their families and friends – in mortal jeopardy.

And they aren’t the only ones thus endangered. The aircraft in which Chu travels, contains a nuclear weapon smuggled aboard by the fanatical “Brother” Harold Crowford, of the “Klan of Jesus Christ”; and yet another nuke has been launched by the Agency director – its bulls-eye set squarely on Karéin-Mayréij, who has finally returned to the United States to confront the President in the Oval Office.

The lives of millions of innocent people in the Washington, D.C. region hang in the balance, as the Storied Watcher and her super-powered followers fight desperately for survival!

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Cover of The Future Burns Bright Book 4, "The Future Alight"
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The Future Burns Bright Book 4 :

The Future Alight

The fourth and final book of The Future Burns Bright series!

Karéin-Mayréij (the “Storied Watcher”) and her “New People” have survived a perilous quest to save the eastern United States from nuclear annihilation, but their trials and tribulations are far from over. Not only is a third nuclear weapon, smuggled into the United States by terrorists some time ago, about to destroy Los Angeles; but many of the Storied Watcher’s own, super-human followers have gathered at the White House… with some intent on killing the President, and others pledged to defend him to the death.

The U.S. leader will need all his political and management guile, now – not only to soothe the anger of Sam Jacobson and his super-powered “Mars Gang”, but also to overcome the final, murderous plans of the “Klan of Jesus Christ” and of the CIA director!

Don’t miss this exciting conclusion to the saga of the “Guardian Angel” – Karéin-Mayréij – on the Earth of 2040!

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Notes and Caveats
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.

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 Angel Brings Fire / Future Burns Bright series of science fiction / modern fantasy / super-hero novels, to 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 Bancroft, Ontario, Canada, where he shares a comfortably modest home with his wife, daughter and very furry (and extremely spoiled) mutt.

If you want to comment about The Future Burns Bright or just want to contact Marcus Shields, this is the e-mail link to use.

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