Front cover by Jade,
New 2012 jacket.
by Mel Keegan
ISBN: 0-9750884-7-5 .
cover by Jade
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Anti-drug war, related themes, realistic violence, frank description of same-gender relationships.
First edition: November 2007
Lulu.com edition, March, 2008.
Jarrat and Stone are back, and if the Scorpio assignment looked tough, this one is the challenge of a career. Here is the NARC novel that has been eagerly anticipated ... second-guessed ... demanded! ... since SCORPIO was released in 2004.
Jarrat and Stone are back, and if the Scorpio assignment looked tough, this one is the challenge of a career. Here is the NARC novel that was eagerly anticipated ... second-guessed ... demanded! ... since SCORPIO launched.
All roads lead to the homeworlds. The Scorpio data-trail ... the Michiko dossier ... it's all pointing in one direction, and Jarrat and Stone can only follow it to Earth. Mars. They find themselves in the timeless cities of ancient worlds, which have grown dark, wicked. Corrupt. For the outsider — the stranger, colonial, mutoid — it's a mean arena that can seem oddly alien, and is undeniably dangerous. For the 'Earther' headed back in, like Stone himself, it's not what one expected, nor a place where one would choose to be.
The action takes the NARC captains to Chicago, Marsport and the incredible skycities of the Jupiter system — new-old worlds on what was once known as the high frontier. These worlds have become new battlefields, but Death wears the same old face.
Aerosports and Angel packwar — the launch of a super-carrier — the death of a friend...
Nothing is as it seems. Very soon Jarrat and Stone learn to trust only those they know and believe only what they see, as they and the key elements of the carrier NARC-Athena bend the rules to breaking-point — and beyond.
Mel Keegan’s name is a byword for thrilling gay adventure in the past, present and future — MILLIVRES on Aquamarine.
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PRAISE FOR DEATH'S HEAD:
"A powerful futuristic thriller" — Capital Gay.
"Unputdownable" — Him.
Reader reviews are online on my website. You can post your own comments ... please note that this is a "moderated forum," where comments will be monitored, and may be edited prior to posting to prevent burned fingers and trodden toes!
Mel Keegan comments on APHELION
Making up the current catalog in February 2007, we were careful not to say too much regarding the plot. We don’t want to give the plot of APHELION away, and we were also mindful that some NARC fans had not yet read SCORPIO, so we were leery of doing plot spoilers. (The reason some NARC readers have not yet — even now — read SCORPIO and STOPOVER is simply that the advertising for the MK novels with DreamCraft is only now commencing. To this point, the vast majority of readers have found us a search engine such as Google, which sent them to Mel Keegan Online. Fact One: the number of NARC fans we still need to reach far exceeds those who have found us on their own. Fact Two: we're about to remedy this, at last!)
In this fourth Jarrat and Stone opus, the carrier Athena is returning to Earth. We see the launch of the new carrier... go to an aeroball game ... visit Stoney’s old stomping grounds ... and we’ll see city bottom on Earth and Mars. Every question arising from the enigmatic note on which SCORPIO closed is answered; and as MK says (with a secretive and somewhat smug look), “All is not what it seems, and Jarrat and Stone will be wading in it.”
For those who loved the previous books, APHELION is an absolute blast. And if you’ve not read SCORPIO and/or STOPOVER yet — it’s time to. APHELION very definitely builds on story concepts from both of those titles, especially SCORPIO, and you'll know you're not quite on the same page with everyone else. (Know that 'I must've missed an episode' feeling?!) The solution is simple: indulge yourself in SCORPIO first!