Phobos, fearful son of Mars. A moon often likened to a diseased potato…but is there more to the legends surrounding the satellite than mere rumor? Drawn to Mars as part of a covert mission, the team of the Esmeralda 2 are waylaid by Sir Henry Routledge, governor-general of Syrtis Major. Although at first reluctant to take on an additional mission – a search for a missing man – they change their minds upon hearing one Henry Barnsdale-Stevens has gone missing on Phobos, the mysterious moon of Mars that many say inspires fear. The explorers set out for Phobos believing they may well find the minerals they've been looking for, and save a man's life. Another myth calls to them – the strange monolith that rises from Phobos' surface…but does it extend below? The team discover this is not an ill-formed "bit of rock," nor a remnant of the Stickney crater impact. It's much more mysterious and marvelous, for there are words and drawings on the stone. What secrets does the moon conceal, and why does it inspire dread? Will the team manage to survive long enough to find the answers? Their descent beneath the surface may lead to the most amazing discoveries yet.
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