Richard D. Bangs

Welcome to my Web page. Here you will find news about my novels, Forsaken: Searching for God's Fingerprints, and Forgiven: Finding a path home. Forgiven is the sequel to Forsaken and carries on the story of Jarrod McKinley and his SETI team as they try to establish first contact with some unknown beings sending messages from a distant star system. There also will be news about other projects.

Forgiven is now in the distribution network and available in paperback and e-book. New characters and new settings carry Jarrod McKinley's search to a new level. The sequel is again an action-packed adventure but deals more with what we, the human species, might do faced with real first contact with beings from another star system. Where is this star system, what kind of society and culture have they developed, what imapct will their existence have on people on Earth? It's been fun exploring these issues and I hope it will be fun to read. The book is about 108,000 words.

Forsaken: Searching for God's Fingerprints

The year is 2088 and Jarrod McKinley is in deep trouble. The listening post he commands orbiting the Saturn moon Titan has just been hit by a massive energy wave. As he and his crew struggle to maintain life support, they discover there is a hidden signal in the energy wave. Jarrod manages to survive the inital wave but loses one of his crew. As he tries to uncover the mystery of the signal, he must survive several attacks on his life and on those around him. He races to Earth to solve the mystery and find out who is trying to hide the answer to the question, "Are we alone in the Universe?"

 

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Forgiven: Finding a path home

Eight months after Jarrod McKinley solves the Forsaken scandal, he has to return to Australia to find out who is calling him from outer space. Is the call real? Will it lead to first contact or just be another hoax like Forsaken? As he rushes for Wilpena Pound, mysterious forces try to capture him. He has to fight for his life and when he does he finds he has unseen allies work on his behalf. Darting from one close escape to another, the secret of this new call starts to unfold and brings with a new chapter in man's quest for other intelligent life in the universe.