The year is 2040 and the USSV Aquila is returning from a two year mission in deep space. The crew of twelve is in suspended animation. As they approach Earth the computer revives them. Only their is no response from the Earth. One of the crew has died in suspended animation and they wonder why mission control didn’t do anything. The Earth also has a red color to it. So they are forced to land by themselves at the base in Nevada.
The ship crashes and kills half the crew. The survivors find the base in ruins. Soon they discover that while out in space a plant cancer used as a weapon in the Middle East has devastated all plant life on Earth. Known as Earthblood it kills all plant life and turns it a reddish color. With the collapse of the food chain civilization has totally collapsed. They find a cryptic message from their commander General John Kennedy Zelig that they should rendezvous at the small California town of Calico on November 15. The crew decides to split up into groups and find out what happened to their families. So the crew have various adventures in this post-apocalyptic world. They find some of their family. Some die. The survivors gather at the town of Calico to await what happens next.
This was a trilogy by Lawrence James who wrote in many genres. He is best well known for the Deathlands series that he developed and wrote the first thirty some books. Using the same house name James Axler he crafts an enjoyable and believable new apocalyptic world. There is probably nothing more scary than starvation. He has a very scary world in this series. Also one that isn’t dated. Considering its still twenty years in the future it has no stuff that would date it as written in the nineties. Making it a story still believable and relevant after almost thirty years. The first book sets up this world and the characters are established. A good start to this trilogy.