Josef Stalin is dead. In the aftermath, the Soviet Union is thrown into crisis, giving former secret police chief Laverentiy Beria exactly the opening he needs. Beria’s plan is to secretly place his country’s Variants—ordinary people mysteriously embued with strange, superhuman powers—into the very highest levels of leadership, where he can use them to stage a government coup and seize control of the USSR.
America's response comes from its intelligence communities, including the American Variants recruited for the top-secret MAJESTIC-12 program, who are suddenly thrown into their most dangerous and important assignment yet. From the halls of the Kremlin to the battlefields of Korea, superpowered covert agents face off to determine the future of the planet—a future their very existence may ultimately threaten.
SubtitleA MAJESTIC-12 Thriller
AuthorBy Michael J. Martinez
ImprintNight Shade Books
Published4 September 2018
Dimensions4.25 x 6.75in.
About the author
Michael J. Martinez is a critically acclaimed author of historical fantasy and genre-blending fiction, including the Daedalus trilogy of Napoleonic-era space opera novels and the MAJESTIC-12 series, both from Night Shade Books. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and two precocious cats.
Praise for MJ-12: Shadows
“So good, in fact, that it makes you wonder why all sequels can’t be this good . . . a fun, inventive, action-packed exploration of super spies operating in the shadows of history, and an almost perfect sequel.”—Fantasy Faction, 10/10
“Martinez is just really good at hitting the ball out of the park when he writes a sequel. . . . A great spy novel. . . . may well rank as his best work.”—InfiniteFreeTime.com
“A smart look at a Cold War in many ways even colder and scarier and deadlier than the one we barely survived.”
—New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove
“A heady blend of super-spies and superpowers, MJ-12: Inception is Cold War-era science fiction done right. A taut thriller, and skillfully evocative.”
—New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson
“The Cold War becomes even more chilling as super-powered Americans are trained to become super-spies in Martinez's new alternate-history thriller. It's morally-complex, intense, and so steeped in the 1940s, you can smell the cigarette smoke.”
—Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth and The Clockwork Dagger
Praise for Michael J. Martinez
“[Martinez] seamlessly blends popular elements from science fiction and fantasy, producing a work that raises the bar for both.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review for The Venusian Gambit)