“Virus & Earth II Boxset”
“Virus -72 Hours to Live”
Winner 2016 Summer eBook of the Year – Apple Literary Awards
First Book in the Virus/Earth II series
A suspicious virus that no one can explain hits Earth. The President of the United States Arnold Patterson and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs face the collapse of the government. The President loses his family to the virus, the government is attacked, and they must deal with a ruthless warlord.
Commander Joan Herl, Commander of the space station Oasis, her husband Tom and the remaining crew deal with the virus running rampant on the station and they must find a way to survive. They must also support the moon colony Desert Beach and the Mars colony Red Dirt, who are dependent on their support.
As everyone deals with the crisis, two glaring realities become apparent. One, there is an intelligent computer that is their only link to survival and two there is another computer that has a different agenda.
“Virus – Earth’s Last Battle.”
Second Book in the Virus/Earth II series
The President moves the remaining government to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic and leaves a military unit to deal with the warlord.
The decimated US Navy is still functional, they must defend themselves from the remnants of militaries with a grudge against the US and who uses the opportunity to get revenge.
Joan Herl and her remaining space station Oasis crew returned to Earth, and a computer playing by different rules attacks them. Their only ally was the first thinking computer SIMPOC and his surrogate named Alpha. Dr. Julius who was one of the moon colony crew members steals the research for thinking computers, and with his expertise, he creates another computer that rivals SIMPOC and who starts making its own plans.
Eventually, they all find out why the virus started and who is responsible.
“Earth II – You Have no Honor”
Third Book in the Virus/Earth II Series
The remaining humans know who caused the virus. Julius sees an opportunity to gain resources and Joan, Tom Herl and SIMPOC must make a quick decision about how to keep an eye on Julius and deal with the invasion.
Joan, Tom, and SIMPOC follow Julius to the homeworld of the aliens that invaded Earth and find an enemy that invaded Earth for surprising reasons.
The battle on Earth rages as the US Navy faces an attacking alien force of sophisticated robots. Battles are fought in the Indian Ocean and Pearl Harbor.
“Earth II – Rebirth”
Fourth book in the Virus/Earth II series.
Humanity has dealt with the alien invasion and found themselves traveling among the stars. They find other alien cultures; some they can trust and some they can’t. The rebuilding must be balanced with possible alien conflicts.
A truce is finally worked out with the invading aliens, but now humans have thousands of spaceships as reparations for the mistaken invasion.
Julius, the A.I. that was part of the original collapse of humanity, still, lurks on the horizon. His only objectives are to eliminate the threats to his existence; the remaining humans and the other AI computer SIMPOC.
“Earth II – Julius the First.”
Fifth book in the Virus/Earth II Series
There is an unexplored Galaxy beyond their solar system. They must be wary of both their neighbors and Julius an intelligent computer unleashed during the viral attack. Julius was programmed to deal with the two threats to his existence. SIMPOC, another intelligent computer programmed to help humans, and the remaining humans. Julius also received a massive spaceship from the aborted attack on Earth, but he must find resources so that he can deal with SIMPOC and the survivors.
He must explore the Universe around him, manipulating and stealing to build his arsenal, and he has captured a very import human, but he hasn’t figured out who he is, yet!
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Ray was born in New Hampshire, received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at Arizona State University. Now retired from an influential, multi-decade career in aerospace,
Bringing a new voice to science fiction writing, Ray realized there was a niche that was calling him as he began to write deeper characters, create more sophisticated stories and realistic situations for Sci-Fi fans to relate to.
Initially attracted to heroic characters with powerful weapons taking on hundreds of aliens, Ray began his literary career with a desire to extrapolate Sci-Fi stories with a touch of everyday reality that most of us experience in work and our every-day lives.
His literary work is thoughtfully enriched by his decade long experience in the US Air Force where he flew C-130s on missions to 27 countries, and T-38s while training the best pilots in the world, as well as the first female US Air Force pilots.
During his 28 years at Northrup Grumman, Ray worked on some of the most top-secret military aircraft projects in the world including the F-23, F-35, B-2, Global Hawk and many more that can’t be named.
He is grateful to his wife, Charlene and his two daughters, Christine and Robynn for their support on this new journey.