Field Of Mars (The Phoenix Trilogy)

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
221 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2021
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Author Biography

Wow! After putting my writing dream on hold to raise my kids and also care for others' children in the public school system for over twelve years, I finally followed through in finishing a novel. Reading and writing have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have lived, breathed, and taught it for years, too. Therefore, the moment I was contacted by a publisher wanting to invest in my work, I freaked. I couldn't believe Phoenix was finally going to come to life and be shared with others. The Phoenix trilogy is a combination of everything I love about literature. I wanted readers to escape their four walls and go on an adventure. I hope my words can do that for you the way so many other authors' works had done it for me.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Phoenix: Field Of Mars is a work of fiction in the science fiction, Christian and historical adventure fiction sub-genres, and was penned by author Jackie Anders. The work is intended for the general reading audience, and it forms the first novel of The Phoenix Trilogy of sci-fi historical crossover adventures. Our protagonist is Kyla Marshall, an ambitious young woman whose life changes forever when she stumbles upon a secret operation that takes her back to the year 8 A.D. in ancient Rome. Never knowing if she’ll reach home again, Kyla must learn who to trust and how to survive, as well as seeking out a secret plot that could rewrite history as the world knows it.

Author Jackie Anders has crafted a rip-roaring adventurous work of fiction with plenty of conceptual excitement, deep emotions, and harrowing moments to offer its readers. In terms of its presentation of character, I found that the use of close narration created a deeper emotional resonance, especially with Kyla and her struggles, and I felt that the adjustments she made to a whole new reality were inviting and convincing. The dialogue was also highly effective, serving to display the unique traits of the characters whilst moving the plot forward in a natural way. These elements created a powerful sense of immersion which, along with the cinematic detailing of the descriptive work and the excellent pace of the plot, makes for a striking trilogy opener that delivers everything it promises. Overall, I would highly recommend Phoenix: Field Of Mars to fans of fantastic historical crossover fiction, realistic and heartfelt character depictions, and sci-fi enthusiasts everywhere.

Pikasho Deka

Phoenix: Field of Mars is the first book of The Phoenix Trilogy written by Jackie Anders. Kyla Marshall travels to Jerusalem to sort out work-related issues on behalf of Stellar Solutions' subsidiary company, West Bank Labs. But things don't go according to plan, and Kyla unwittingly finds herself waking up in the Roman Empire in 8 A.D. alongside a covert Special Operations team called Task Force 28, led by a man named Christopher Eriksen. Kyla quickly learns that the team's mission is to stop a rogue biochemical scientist named Parker, who plans to change history by releasing an unknown virus into the past to create a domino effect. Complications arise when Eriksen is taken as a slave to fight in the gladiator games while Kyla finds herself pressured to marry a Germanic tribe leader's son by Roman Senator Nicator.

Phoenix: Field of Mars is an absorbing tale filled with action and romance that incorporates actual historical events to tell a refreshingly unique story. Set during a time of world-changing events, Jackie Anders' masterful usage of historical events blends seamlessly with an engaging plot that always keeps you guessing. The characters are compelling and relatable. Kyla is a sympathetic protagonist that you can't help but root for instantly, and her relationship with Eriksen drives the narrative. I also enjoyed the brotherly dynamic between the members of Task Force 28. The plot moves at a quick pace, and I found it quite unpredictable. Overall, I enjoyed Phoenix: Field of Mars and am looking forward to reading the sequels.