I've been asked what my next book is after not writing for over a year (see New Year's Resolution on Blog). Thankfully, mid-February I looked at the story begun in late 2017 and have increased my word count. I feel very good with my progress to date. I once said, "as an independent writer I don't have any deadlines". However, for this story, there is a self-imposed deadline simpy because of the title. My hope is to have it published by fall. I'll need all my fans' support, so, send me encouraging emails.
Professor William Lonsdale and climatologist Neil Garret are hot on the trail of a mystery surrounding a monk’s predictions from the year 1010. Old documents, recently discovered at Fleury Abbey in France, point to a potential disaster beginning in 2020. The monastic writer’s warning also implies there may be a way to avoid the catastrophe.
At the same time, world-wide seismology sensors are picking up unusual tremors in the Arctic’s Pechengsky District. The Russians are saying the quakes are the result of mining operations. However, a young woman in pursuit of her doctorate degree in earth sciences isn’t satisfied with their answer. She meets and seeks help from Neil Garrett and his partner.
Together, they learn an old, borehole drilling site is reopened in an effort to harness geothermal energy for Russian military expansion. It isn’t long before they discover the events in the arctic and the prognostications of the monk are closely linked. Drilling goes awry when the hole mysteriously begins to widen, stymieing Russian scientists. Ultimately, five unlikely acquaintances team up bringing their unique understanding of science, history, and religion to combat the forces of nature. Will their efforts prove too late to stop the foretold beginning of the end?