A Heroic, Humorous, and Inspirational Space Opera!
In the year 2247, Detectant Maxo Magnaveer yearns for an opportunity to prove himself in the Cosmic Law Force so he can be promoted to squad captain. When a greedy privateer, Colonel Zaza D'Rump, brazenly hijacks a shipment of synthetic foods on its way to Mars with plans to starve the colony to death unless he is given control of Earth's shipping lanes, Maxo sees his opportunity to rise above, save the day, and finally move up in rank and prestige.
Fooled by those he thought were allies, Maxo stumbles on the slippery edge of failure more than once as he races to what could be a catastrophic battle above Jupiter near D'Rump's secret base, Porto Blago.
With his career and so many lives at stake, Maxo gains the help of old and new friends, and begins to realize his quest may not be about proving himself to anyone, but about discovering himself and rising to his true purpose in the universe.
First, however, he'll have to survive the showdown at Jupiter's edge...
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From the Author
A couple of centuries in the future, life on Earth has changed, yet in many ways, some things haven't and probably never will. Take the eternal, existential struggle each individual wrestles with to one degree or another. In 2247, a space cop, Maxo Magnaveer, has seen his career go nowhere for nearly 20 years. He's played by the rules, worked hard, and kept his nose clean. Each day, however, Maxo finds true happiness increasingly elusive. "If only I could get promoted," he thinks. So many of us say these kinds of things about our lives but no matter our job title, income, fame, or whatever else we think is important, we remain empty inside and whisper, "I don't know who I am." For Maxo, his fragile existential bubble is about to burst. And it could not happen at a worse time or place--during a showdown at Jupiter's edge! -- Daniel P. Douglas, July 2021
About the Author Daniel P. Douglas is the pen name for identical twins Phillip and Paul Garver. Phillip is a U.S. Army veteran who also served as a senior analyst in the U.S. intelligence community and currently works for the federal government. Paul's career includes over 30 years in the museum profession. He has worked for cultural and historic sites in California and Virginia, as well as for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Phillip and Paul enjoy writing pulse-pounding, edge-of-your seat science fiction, conspiracy, mystery, suspense, and thriller stories and screenplays. Their characters are often ordinary people who tread upon a collision course with destiny, where survival means confronting personal flaws and fighting for good in the eternal battle against evil. They explore this theme in a number of published works. Their first novel, "Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project," centers on a decades-old government cover-up of contact with extraterrestrial life. "The Outworlds" series is comprised of adventure stories set in the early twenty-fourth century at the fringe of human civilization. Their "Richter's War" series blends sci-fi with hard-boiled intrigue in Los Angeles during World War II. Born and raised in Southern California, Phillip moved to Arizona to attend college, and Paul moved to Virginia to further pursue his museum career. Both have travelled extensively across the United States and around the world. They now reside in New Mexico with their families and many pets.