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Alan joins his brother Dan’s private investigation agency in the hopes of reconnecting with his older sibling. Although he doesn’t know the first thing about private investigation and he’s hopeless with a gun, Dan convinces him to help him out on a covert mission for Dan’s former commanding officer.

But the mission is far more dangerous than either brother realizes. The officer and his soldiers are seeking to recover an insidious device used to manipulate Earth’s history. Humanity is under attack…and doesn’t even realize it.

Alan and Dan are ill-equipped to face this undetectable invasion…but they’re the only chance Earth has to survive.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: No sexual acts implied or described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Working Age Adults
Violence: Major violence, death


Geography: Earth
Realism: Science stretched but possible (possible science of the near future)
Setting Type: Pastoral (rural & small towns)
Time Period: N/A

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Uneasy/Tense
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Politics irrelevant to story
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Science Fiction
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements transcend modern science
  • Science stretched but possible (possible science of the near future)
  • Science of far future, attempts for rigorous accuracy
  • Science well beyond modern definitions, bordering on fantasy
Setting Type:
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Space
Time Period:
  • 2020 - 2030
  • 2030 - 2050
  • 2050 - 2100
  • 2100 - 2200
  • 2200 - 3000
  • Far Future (3000+)


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About the author

Derek Mathias

Derek is a writer of speculative fiction, whose diverse background brings a wealth of experience to his writing. He was born in Chile and grew up all over the world, living in and visiting such places as India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, France, Germany and the US. He has worked in a wide range of fields, including infantry paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, naturalist/guide in the Galapagos Islands, graphic designer, website developer, video ad designer, Thai boxing student instructor, computer applications instructor, cartoonist, and embossed metal artist. Derek has written over half a dozen screenplays and novels. He enjoys motorcycling, trap and skeet shooting, physical fitness, debating religious fundamentalists, learning Spanish and German, studying advancing technologies and weaponry of all types, and whatever else can add authenticity to his writing.

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