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Point Of No Return

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

Red Desert - Point Of No Return, by Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
Anna left at dawn. She entered the Martian desert, all alone. Where is she going? What secret is she hiding?

I met Anna Persson via Twitter. After we connected, she DM’d me a link to an exciting novella, "Point Of No Return".

Anna's Twitter introduction goes like this:

“I’m a fictional character - Deserto rosso/Red Desert, Marte/Mars”.


Anna Persson is fiction a character... Even better: she's a science fiction character! I certainly do like the approach.

Just like that, I was hooked.

So I read “Point Of No Return". I liked it!

What happened next was only natural: I read the entire trilogy that followed, Red Desert. I had a great time with it and, no question in my mind, you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Anna’s creator is an Italian science fiction author, Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli (aka Anakina). Following her Italian success, she is venturing into the English language market, and I'm grateful for it, because it was my chance to discover her awesome work.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll get hooked on this:

In what looks like a suicide attempt, Swedish exobiologist Anna Persson, crew member of the Isis, secretly leaves Station Alpha at the crack of dawn to travel deep into the Martian desert in a pressurised rover. As she journeys to the limit of her two day oxygen supply, she shows us memories of events from her past leading up to the mission. Little by little, as time and oxygen run out, she reveals the real Anna. Whatever her goal, wherever it is, will Anna reach her destination?

I mean, how can you resist that? I’m glad I didn’t.

What awaits Anna is quite unexpected. And she's quite a character, this Anna Persson.

My biggest takeaway from her saga: it offers an amazing journey into the character's minds and past lives while connecting them to the current events of the story in a fascinating way.

Your next step is quick and simple. Start with the novella, "Point Of No Return". See if you like it.

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