Karen’s Killer Book Bench: CRIMSON ENIGMA, Enigma Series Book 1 by Mark Shaffer

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Enigma Series Book 1


Come aboard the new “Freedom III” Space Station for out of this world adventure! Once there you join up with the Agents of ISIS as they uncover the what and why of the problems that are plaguing the Station during its opening ceremonies and afterwards. By the time the first Agents arrive on the sceen there has already been sabotage and mysterious murders. Help the members of the Space Station Investigations Bureau save the Freedom III Station, and the Earth!


Enigma Series Book 1

The story opens with two Agents from ISIS Space Station Security investigating malfunctions and possible sabotage at the United Space Agency’s newest orbital complex, The Freedom III Space Station.   The investigators spend about an hour doing a routine safety check of the outer hull area. The Agents think they may have found something so they head back inside the station to check their findings with the lab. Moving into the clean room just inside the pressure hatch they begin to remove their space suits and stow their testing equipment.

As they remove their protective helmets the air lock of the sealed room explodes. Their environment was being sucked out into the emptiness of space and they could do nothing to stop it. It was all the two Agents from ISIS could do to not be swept away with their air and anything else that was not nailed down.

They tried to hang on to the contours and projections on the wall but they both knew what the out come would be. As painful as it was Christine Walters could not help watching her partner and friend as he was wrenched from the once safe confines of the Station out into the vacuum of space. There was very little that she could do for him as he floated farther and farther away. Eventually Agent Walters strength ebbed away and she resigned herself to the same fate as her partner and released her hold on the Station. She thought of Mitch Hawkins, a dear friend of hers, and the words left unsaid as she drifted away from the Freedom III Station.

For her there was only darkness…

Meet Author Mark Shaffer…

I grew up in a little town in Northeastern Ohio called Alliance. I have lived in different cities in Ohio, but I always came back to my home town, where I currently reside.

I always enjoyed reading Science Fiction, so with my active imagination I thought I would try it. I am inspired by different locations, pictures, People and music. I am especially inspired by Al Stewart. The song “Running Man” helped me to work on my new book “Mystery by the Bay.” Also on this project I am working with Author and Editor Nancy Medina, who I became friends with on Facebook.

The book Crimson Enigma is a much longer book with sketches in it to help explain the story. The inspiration for it came more from people and music from the 70’s. Also there is a lot of me in all the characters that I create.

The artwork for the book was created by a Canadian Artist friend of mine named Angele Gougeon. She did all the Artwork for Crimson Enigma.

When I am not writing I enjoy photography and Crash and Bash model building.

I like to listen to music when I write. Over the years it has given me some of my best ideas. Al Stewart of course. And YES, ELP, Kansas and Doobies to name a few.

As for future projects, I am going to rewrite a short story I called Transference to make it longer and add artwork to it as well. Also working on two other books in the Enigma Series- Mystery by the Bay and Megastar.


Links to Mark’s website, blog, books, etc.

Crimson Enigma is available through Lulu.com, Amazon.com or I can get it for you at a special price. Markus31155@gmail.com also at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarksBookshelf


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Mark is giving away a free copy of his next book to one reader who can guess the “Links” to the other books in the Enigma Series. Leave your guesses in comments on his Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Thanks, Mark, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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2 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: CRIMSON ENIGMA, Enigma Series Book 1 by Mark Shaffer

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  2. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Mark, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Enjoyed the excerpt! I love space books. I haven’t gotten enough of them since I started the Lensman series eons ago. Your book sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

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