J. K. Accinni’s Armageddon Cometh (Species Intervention) follows where Echo left off and brings some well deserved justice that left me hanging at the end of Echo. It’s a tightly written story of intrigue, fantasy, adventure, that holds interest throughout and just when resolution comes another mystery/a thrilling one is interjected to bring the reader into the last and final sequel. This is a series that builds one book onto the next and does not disappoint. It’s an impressive intense action packed read that I recommend.
I loved the way this book started at the floor of the Indian Ocean, exact location undisclosed- The Enggano Excavation Site and Refinery. Jerry Taylor is a senior refinery engineer with impressive credentials (BS & MS in engineering from University of Michigan and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from MIT). Jerry has been working on the turbines that are processing a highly volatile chemical called Rhodophyta. The turbines he’s working on are the only ones in the world to process this chemical. Jerry has tested the turbines and sets their safe limit at 108%. When he discovers that the turbines are rapidly accelerating to 118% and the room starts to vibrate all hell breaks loose. He’s pissed and wants to know what is going on and who ordered it. A phone conversation with his boss leads the fault all the way back to Washington D.C. and Homeland Security. When Jerry hears this he resigns but he never makes it out of there alive. While packing up he tries to think of solutions to the problem and realizes that when he tested the turbines in Sacramento they worked without flaw. The outsourcing of producing the material them went to China. He connects the dots to realize they were not good products. And while he’s realizing what’s going on, the vibrations increase to a danger zone, with men still working on the bottom of the Indian Ocean. The lights go dark and Jerry’s last words are “oh s***.
Great action packed, fast paced beginning then moves to the next chapter years later and we encounter three friends, Bart, Pete, and Bruce (22 year olds – friends since high school) working in landfill sites to remove electrical appliances so the chemicals in them doesn’t leech into the ground and undergo human consumption. (Reminds me of Erin Brockovich). There’s some great character description here: Bart the rabble-rousing running off the mouth agitator who is broody at times, Bruce a large man with hands like catcher’s mitts, and Pete the quietest of the group who was bullied in school and is socially shy. They are not allowed to remove things from the collected electronic equipment for their personal use. Bruce finds a server and decides to take it, against the protestation of the others. There’s intrigue and tension building here, especially in hindsight of what happened with the beginning explosion. Did Bruce find something from that time earlier?
The intrigue builds more when we met a Mr. Arthur who runs a site, through a voice altering modulator, to expose international government conspiracies and corruption. His site is not for broad public consumption and is listened to by the patriots who send in the info to him. All his talks are recorded. The scene flips to Bruce unable to open the mysterious server, going to his friend the brilliant geek, Beaker, who does decipher it. When it’s discovered it’s a government file, they both freak out. The plot continues with the government agency (Dept. of Energy) picking up a ping from Beakers break-in and orders fly to handle him. When Beaker reveals to Bruce what’s on the disc Bruce tells his friends Pete and Bart. Their pondering to try to sort out what it could all means, Bruce’s phone rings and it’s a friend of Beaker’s frantic that three men in suits with a dark car and tinted windows carrying guns took Beaker away.
I’m driven to stay with the read and can see scenes flashing before me on a movie scene, like “The China Syndrome” or “War Games.” To reveal more of the story line at this place would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say this did not let up, page after page, I was on the edge of my seat unable to put down the read right up to the shocking ending filled with duplicity and betrayal, the unexpected. This is the most enjoyable book I’ve read in a long time and I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately.