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Author Gary Carter

About the Author

Gary Carter was born in San Diego, California, where he attended Sweetwater High School and San Diego State as a science major. He is the author of eight novels, including three science fiction: “Jump Start” — a novel concerning dragons — “The Cedars Of Lebanon” concerning a time travel adventure into the past to try and circumvent an all-out war in the Mideast that threatens to destroy the planet Earth, and “Mars Calling,” where an anomaly on the desert planet forever changes the future of a young, struggling couple, Mars and all of mankind. He is also the author of the best-selling herb book “The Beginner’s Guide To Growing Herbs And Their Culinary, Medicinal and Mystical Properties,” his national award-winning military/political thriller “For The Good Of The Many.” (Gary is a former United States Marine). Also published is his story “Mystic Summer,” a bi-racial story of young love set in a bigoted and racially charged California town in 1954, and two books of poetry, one curated.

The Cedars of Lebanon


Author: Gary Carter

Hardback ISBN: 9781629899046

Paperback ISBN: 9781629899053

eBook ISBN: 9781629899060

Genre: Science Fiction/Suspense

Release Date 04/16/2018

After an all-out war in the Mideast renders that portion of the world uninhabitable and threatens to destroy the rest of Earth with its repercussions, three women are sent back in time to ancient Phoenicia and the Levant (circa 600 BC ) to collect seeds, plant cuttings and seedlings from the now devastated area in an effort to bring them home and propagate them and restore the area before it is too late to salvage our planet. 

But the girls don't return as scheduled, prompting those in charge to send a rescue mission in an effort to find them and bring them home. Will the rescue mission not find the girls, or find them dead, destroying any remaining chances to save planet Earth? Or have they been captured by King Nebuchadnezzar and his armies and tortured and marched off to Babylon with thousands of other captives to help build the city he envisions will one day rule the world?

Mars Calling


Author: Gary Carter

Paperback ISBN: 9781955086738

eBook ISBN: 9781955086745

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date 09/05/2021

A young, married couple with no skills and trouble making ends meet on overcrowded Earth takes up an offer to travel to Mars and work there, Luis Bellandia in the mines, and Jo Anne as a cleaning woman and kitchen helper. Two months out from Earth, on their six-month journey to the Red Planet, a meteorite shower shreds the space mirror that warms the north polar ice cap that supplies the mining colony with most of its water, now no longer possible. Arriving on Mars, Luis and Jo Anne find the dome's park plants and victory gardens, dead from the now strictly rationed water, supplied by a few inadequate aquifers and ice shipped from both poles to keep the colony going.

Jo Anne, a plant lover and avid gardener, finds that she cannot tolerate the desolation after several months on the dead planet and becomes severely depressed. She decides to return home on the next available ship, thus voiding her contract and forfeiting the promised $200,000 when she completes her three-year contract. Wanting to stay, Luis becomes angry, the couple becomes estranged and no longer communicate with each other. However, several days before Jo Anne is scheduled to leave, an anomaly occurs on the Red Planet that forever changes the future of Luis and Jo Anne, Mars and all of mankind.

Leandra's Children


Author: Gary Carter

Hardback ISBN: 9798870727868

Paperback ISBN: 9798891261150

eBook ISBN: 9798891261167

Genre: Science Fiction Time Travel

Release Date 12/19/2023

In the near future, a young, married couple, Leandra and Crane Chandler, will lose their daughter, Marley, age 11, to an incurable form of cancer that is spreading around the world, killing hundreds every day. Her father, Walter McCormick, a Noble Prize-winning nuclear physicist, and his team of fellow scientists have recently constructed the world’s first time machine. They decide to send Leandra and Crane back in time to try and locate where the cancer first started and eradicate it before it can spread, thus saving Marley and the world from a new, decimating disease.


The Chandlers begin their quest in Eastern Africa circa 1.5 million BC and, unsuccessful there, move forward, visiting sites that played a  major part in the evolution and history of mankind. Follow the Chandlers as they also visit Bosgrove, England, circa 450,000 BC, Shanidar Cave, Iraq, 50,000 BC. Lascaux, France, 14,000 BC. The Black Sea (Noah’s Ark) 5,600 BC. Memphis, Egypt, 2,650 BC. Mojenho Darrow, Pakistan, 2,500 BC. Europe, 1,000 BC, and Carthage, Tunisia, 750 BC. Leandra is captured by the king of Carthage and thrown into his harem, where she is impregnated. Crane manages to escape and makes it back to Colorado Springs, home of the time machine, hating himself for having to desert his wife. A rescue crew is mounted to go back and bring her home, and what transpires thereafter forever changes the future of planet Earth and all of mankind.

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