In The Beginning
When a retired Seal, Mike Angel, discovers an inexpensive new space drive and begins launching satellites from his suburban back yard, the local law takes notice. When he refuses to turn his invention over to the military, the government takes notice. When he blackmails the American and Russian governments into helping him with the first manned expedition to Mars, the world takes notice.
In the Beginning opens in the very near future with a hero who has developed a way to generate and control gravity using a combination of existing technologies. He manages to threaten and cajole the governments of both the United States and the Russian Federation into backing him and providing a crew of international scientists to accompany him and Vesna, his AI computer, on the first civilian expedition to Mars.
Just in Time
Two years after returning from Mars, Dr. Belisar and a group of graduate students uncover several of Mike's "one-of-a-kind" personal effects buried three meters below the surface of Mesa Verde, Colorado.
When Dr. Medvedev discovers that a 2000-year-old mummy they find at the site has a surgical pin implanted in its leg, the crew suspects that they had traveled through time and had also been there.
So begins a saga of Vesna and her crew as they discover the lives and times of the ancient Anasazi, forefathers of the modern Hopi, Zuni, and Navajo peoples in the desert Southwest.
A mysterious explosion in China, Oksana is kidnapped, and SETI receives a cryptic distress call from deep space. Mike and the crew discover that not only is the speed of light not a limit to Vesna's capabilities, but they have cousins in trouble across the cosmos.