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Take a Deep Breath... It Could Be Your Last

Valkerie Jansen is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival. But that doesn't explain why NASA picks her to be part of a two man, two woman crew to Mars -- or does it?

Bob Kaganovski, the ship's mechanic, is paid to be paranoid -- and he's good at it. After a teeth-rattling launch, Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn't prepared him for this trip. He can deal with a banged-up ship, but how's he going to survive the next five months with HER just a flimsy partition away?

Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the crew with only enough oxygen for one. All evidence points to sabotage -- and Valkerie and Bob are the obvious suspects.

Oxygen is a witty, multi-award-winning roller coaster ride, with a plot that moves at the speed of light.

The authors had hoped to work in some cool controversy on science, faith, the meaning of life, the existence of God, and possibly even the Coke versus Pepsi debate, but they were having so much fun writing the story that they forgot to offend anyone.


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VALKERIE WOKE UP SCREAMING. A viper bat clung to her face with fishhook claws, smothering her with its thin, leathery body. She tore at her face, but the creature had dug in too deep. She could already feel its venom burning into her lungs, constricting her chest in a long, convulsive cough. Struggling for control, she traced the contours of her face with tingling fingertips. Slowly, the clinging creature melted into her skin, fading back into the world of dreams.

The nightmare gradually faded, giving way to a new, more gripping terror. Valkerie was wide awake now. There was no such thing as a viper bat. But she still couldn’t breathe ...

About the Authors

John and Randy have been collaborating on one crazy project after another for the past fifteen years.

Not only are they novelists, Ph.D. scientists, and entrepreneurs who've founded four different corporations between them, but rumor has it that they prowl the night wearing steampunk battle gear to rid the streets of vampires, werewolves, and ducks that poop on your front lawn after it rains.

John and Randy deny all such tales as "vicious exaggeration."


Christy Award for Futuristic Fiction
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
Silver Angel Award
Foreword Magazine Bronze Medallion Winner
Best Suspense Novel -- San Diego Book Awards Association
Best Book -- San Diego Christian Writers Guild

Oxygen Reviews

Booklist Magazine (Starred Review): " Olson and Ingermanson ... capture the ironic repartee of astronauts to the last nuance. The result is a real delight."

Library Journal: " ... a fantastic addition to any collection."

Moody Magazine: "Buckle in, take a deep breath, and get ready for a fantastic ride."

Endorsements for Oxygen

Kathy Tyers, New York Times bestselling author of Balance Point: "...the pace left me breathless. Recommended!"

Jack Cavanaugh, award winning novelist: "Oxygen is a roller coaster ride to Mars."

Jim Denney, author of the Timebenders series: "The writing is fast-paced and the characters are unforgettable.  ... will leave you gasping for oxygen."

Rick Acker, author of Dead Man's Rule: "Oxygen has it all: big ideas, fast-moving plot, well-researched science, plenty of twists and turns, and characters you'll remember long after you finish. A must read."