Sequel to Quicksand. A traitor within USTECH has sold time-travel technology to the Chinese, who have sent agents to the past to intervene in history.
The US president is forced to intervene to prevent major world catastrophes from occurring. But is he already too late?
Once again the tenuous link between what is and what has already been is threatened with dire consequences. And all the while, secrets of the Bermuda Triangle play a major role in the frantic efforts to correct what has been interfered with – with many of those eerie secrets finally revealed.
And you’ll never guess who the traitor is…
This was my second novel, and I think that shows in its slightly less polished style. However, it is still a great tale, taking in the perils of time travel, the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, with some really cool snippets thrown in for the history buffs and sci-fi fans. And the Australian setting doesn’t hurt… 🙂
In the year 2040 the corrupt and tyrannical Chinese government nears collapse. Aiding their fall is one of the world’s richest men, Milton Black, a westerner also known worldwide as “the Pacific Baron”. Black has pursued the Chinese government and people with unrelenting vengeance, using his wealth to engineer financial chaos. With their demise imminent and in an effort to escape retribution from their people, certain top Chinese government officials prepare their escape.
With the assistance of a corrupt and unknown American employee, the Chinese manage to steal time travel technology (called TEGAN) from the American installation, USTECH. They then send two of their agents to the year 2004 where those agents hire a salvage vessel to pre-empt the discovery of a huge haul of Nazi gold, due to be found in that era. This takes place off the north-eastern coast of Australia, and in original history the captain of the salvage vessel would have found the gold soon after. The theft of the gold is done in preparation for the remaining Chinese officials who plan to escape to the past.
However, in 2040 the US government finds itself with more problems than just the rouge actions of the corrupt Chinese government. Powerful electromagnetic pulse waves, or RIPPLES, are striking at random across the east coast of the US, disabling almost all electronics and bringing with them aircraft from the previous century. These are vessels which have disappeared within the Bermuda Triangle. They are carried through time by huge electromagnetic forces, the result of natural magnetism within the triangle boosted by the enormous man-made magnetic forces generated during the “Philadelphia experiment” in 1943.
Sadly though, with the automatic defense systems of 2040 on alert due to the RIPPLES (especially at a time of Chinese instability), none of these aircraft or passengers survive, being downed instantly upon arrival.
Christian President Will Forrest waits until the Chinese government is falling under a peoples’ revolt, then attacks the Chinese time base, hidden beneath the Great Wall. Forrest must risk nuclear retaliation to halt the Chinese threat. He must also face the added threat posed by the traitor within USTECH.
In 2004, the two Chinese agents on board the salvage boat Sea Bed recover the Nazi gold. Knowing the Americans of 2040 are pursuing, they know they must move quickly or risk capture. While in 2040, the president of the US must take decisive action or risk having his nation spiral into turmoil and destruction.
The tension builds towards a violent and thrilling climax.
From the Preface
The plight of the tiny Cessna would have proven infinitely more interesting had any of the guests thought to watch its departure through binoculars. Just as the plane passed from the ability of the naked eye to see it, it seemed to pass through a wave of distorted air. The wave had little aerodynamic effect on the plane, its two passengers barely noticing the small bump it caused. They placed the blame for the shudder on the already faltering engine.
But to an observer, had there been one, it was as though the atmosphere was curved at that point, and one’s vision along with it. For a brief moment it was as though the plane was being viewed through a curved lens.
The plane did not dive. But in the twinkling of an eye, it vanished.
From Chapter 9
??? gurgled and the tips of her fingers quivered as blood from her face and the back of her skull slowly dribbled down among the keys. The small sizzling sounds from within the monitor became less audible, slowly but surely decreasing, until they ceased.
They seemed to be acting as some kind of poetic indicator, bearing witness to the life that slowly drained from ???’s body.
From Chapter 13
Without notice or any trace of warning, Ivetta No stepped forward and lowered her weapon at the larger of the two crew, Tony Barren. There came a low muffled burble from the dull green gun, and she opened up the chest of his wetsuit.
From Chapter 14
????? seized ????? tightly by the upper arm and brought a heel down heavily on the back of one of her calves. She dropped with a thud to her knees and whimpered in pain. ????? in turn brought his heel down hard on her calf muscle to prevent her from moving away. Then he let go the arm and took a bundle of her blond hair and lifted hard, holding her upright. He pointed his gun at the side of her head, the silencer beginning to mingle with her hair.
Tears of anguish flowed from the hardened ?????’s eyes. “Mister… please! Don’t hurt her, please! I’ll give you the number. Please! Just don’t hurt her!”
From Chapter 15
…the president prepared to leave, desiring to know the progress of every minute. “I’m sorry, Lou, but my decision is made and my chiefs concur. In any case, you’ll know whether I am right soon enough.”
Like the voice of doom, like a death knell, the computer’s cold and emotionless voice echoed the tragic words of condemnation in Lou Fredericks’ ears.
“Twenty-two minutes to initial strike.”
From Chapter 16
Caught in the crossfire of the two Chinese, the intruding agent found his arm wrenched away from his face by another burst of crashing lead. Before he could return the injured arm to its place, he felt something crash into his forehead, this time even more cruel and damaging than before. He fell face first to the deck, and never did it occur to him that he was dead.
From Chapter 19
Kriesler read the words about how God had restored and multiplied Job’s fortunes, and wondered if God could do that for him. It penetrated his mind with small rays of hope to think that God might set him free from prison. But how much could he hope for? After all, surely all was lost already.
From Chapter 19
“And the attack on China…?”
“It’s happening as we speak. There is no lie… several hours ago there began a civil uprising in China. The people, the armed forces, everyone is revolting. The entire leadership, as best we can tell, has fled, Lou. So for these hours the nation is without leadership. Just for a few hours we have a window of opportunity when they are vulnerable as never before.”
“So you are going to declare world war…!”
From Chapter 21
“I will make myself a curse to your people forever,” he seethed and gurgled through blood stained teeth. ????? did not reply. Already he could feel a hollow weakening feeling growing within his chest and stomach and he knew instinctively that his heart had been punctured. It felt as though his intestines were falling from his body, as his mind immediately began to lose its sharpness.
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