By Jack Du Brul
USA Today bestselling writer Jack Du Brul brings again geologist-adventurer Philip Mercer for an apocalyptic adventure.
Hired to guide the excavation of caverns deep underneath zone fifty one, Philip Mercer reveals himself drilling instantly into the epicenter of an age-old conspiracy. A reclusive order of Himalayan clergymen, via designated wisdom of the earth’s tectonic move, has estimated the tip of the world—and it really is made up our minds to work out the prediction spread accordingly.
Now, with icebergs floating throughout the South Pacific and a thermonuclear bomb set to ruin an island paradise, the degree is determined for Armageddon—and it's as much as Philip Mercer and the attractive, mysterious Tisa Nguyan to avoid a cataclysm past mind's eye.
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He'd been told by the priests who'd sent him that they guarded a powerful oracle, but he couldn't understand how the prophecy about an event many thousands of leagues from their home could be so accurate. What was apparent was that they expected an even worse explosion in—he checked his pocket watch—seven hours. His most strict order from the oracle's priests forbade him from interfering with the natural development of events. He was a witness only, a watcher prohibited from warning any who were going to be caught up in the inevitable catastrophe.
No light reached the ship, not the setting sun nor the first blush of the moon that had been near full the night before. There would be no stars. The bizarre atmospheric conditions made transmission on the newly installed wireless telegraph impossible. The Loudon was alone. Two hours later they approached the town of Telok Betong. The lookout in the forward masthead could see nothing of the town. Ash had covered it completely and smothered the lights of a population of five thousand. Cautiously Lindemann dropped anchor in six fathoms of water.
It doubled again in the last seconds before it struck land, forced ever higher by the sloping beach. From Han's vantage it seemed the tsunami had already swallowed the land. In the seconds before it toppled, the wave completely hid the hills behind Telok Betong. The surge was so powerful that it didn't pause when it hit nor slow as it drove over the town, leveling everything in its path. It raged up the shore, snapping trees like matchsticks and ripping buildings from their foundations. The rubble was tossed a mile into the foothills.