Penniless, flat broke, sleeping in a cardboard box in a tent city on the South Side of Chicago, this formerly undistinguished man, Stanley Marczek, becomes the first man to walk on Mars. How is it possible? Why would NASA select a civilian, non-career astronaut for the mission? Obviously, living in a confined space for nineteen months for the journey to Mars, is one consideration. Another, his screening test results prove to be exceptional, better than all other candidates. And this is a man of grit and incredible courage. He accepts NASA’s offer, seeing it as an opportunity to remake his life, earn a cool three million bucks, and return to Earth a hero. But the story isn’t just about Stanley Marczek, (aka Joksey), and the mission to Mars. It is also about his relationships with his loyal friends: Gnidek, a Viet Nam veteran, his dog Chichi, his girlfriend Hannah, and all his friends at tent city. His journey is clouded with almost insurmountable personal and technical challenges, and it is his friends who provide invaluable moral support; they are all in it together. But what is the catch? There has to be a catch. The catch is that Joksey is a man of strong will who freely expresses his mind. So when the mission is complete, and Stanley Marczek returns to Earth, he publicly questions the wisdom of all manned missions to Mars, to the embarrassment of NASA. And he does not mince words. He tells it like it is, straight out! This novel features realistic science-fiction. Although it is a comedy at heart, it makes a very poignant argument about manned missions to Mars. As a contemporary work, it contains profanity.
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Michael and Danny grew up in a lower class neighborhood in Chicago’s Bridgeport community. As kids, it didn’t seem to matter to us. We didn’t realize we had so little, because we were blessed to be raised by a truly dedicated, hard working woman, our mother, who helped us find happiness and fulfillment as children. She not only encouraged us to explore our creativity, but financed our college education by working as a clerk in a drug store. Our mother’s maiden name is Angeline Vitale.
By age 9, our first expression of creativity began with the design and construction of wood go-carts and box scooters, “Hotrods” as we referred to them, made from scrap wood and old crates. One of our first memorable experiences was a game of chicken against a neighborhood kid’s hotrod in the alley behind our house. Unfortunately, the other kid’s hotrod was destroyed. He went home crying – not a proud day for us, but exciting. Our most creative hotrod was a modified 30 gallon cardboard drum that we used to race down and challenge “Dead-Man’s Gulch,” a super steep hill heading downward from the railroad tracks behind our house. We hate to admit it, but the most fun we ever had with this special rod, hill and sport, was pushing our unknowing little sister down the hill and watching her crash – you just never knew what would happen when anyone challenged “Dead-Man’s Gulch.” Poor little sis.
In high school, Michael D’Agostino didn’t accomplish much other than chasing girls. But Danny distinguished himself by playing first trumpet in the school band. After college (Both Danny and Michael have degrees in Chemistry.), Danny took up comedy writing while Michael was busy earning patents as a research chemist. Danny’s specialized in the field of toxicology chemistry, and maintained his interest in writing.
By 2005, the brothers hooked up, writing at least 35 major comedy projects: plays, screenplays, a novel, an audio book, in addition to producing and directing comedy plays. Our first play was “The Dollar Store Lady,” directed by Danny, and we also produced video comedy, “SketchzillaTV,” and “Downtown Friday Night,” with Danny directing. Danny also wrote and composed all the background music for his acclaimed audio book, “Creatures.”
Today, Michael and Danny are diligently formatting many of their comedy novels and projects for sales as ebooks, as well as paperback books. To date, the two brothers have authored six novels and are busy working on their seventh.