Prelude to a Mushroom Cloud
Interesting read ... recommended … 4 stars
Burt Stephens awakens on a stormy
December night in Chicago with a feeling of unrest. His baby
sitter hastens to reassure the worried little boy. It is 1965,
just before Christmas and Stephens' parents have just been killed.
From that point the orphaned youngster is raised by his grandfather.
He does not understand the psychic encounters he begins to experience.
By 1990 a grown up Burt begins
recording his varied and various psychic experiences. About the
same time a pedophile strikes and strikes again until finally
he kills a little 8 year old girl and leaves her mangled body
and that of the family pup where her father will find her. Burt's
psychic urges continue to increase, in 1995 we find he is a well
known, admired, journalist working for The Phoenix Times. When
Burt receives a most peculiar card from The Judge, the angel
of death he doesn't know quite what to make of it. The pedophile
Darwin is undergoing his own disconcerting thoughts, decides
he should leave Arizona, hitchhikes to New Mexico, and is found
decapitated with a card from The Judge, the angel of death, taped
to his body.
All media suddenly tunes to channel
10 and nothing can be done to change the radio or TV views. The
time has come to choose a world leader. Burt is caught up right
in the middle of all of the diverse investigations, side stories
Writer Herald has produced a
chilling thriller in "Prelude to a Mushroom Cloud"
that seizes the reader by the throat from the opening lines and
holds interest fast through a roller coaster of misadventures,
agitation, extraordinary situations and worrisome mishaps. The
interwoven account of Darwin produces a antithesis to the ongoing
narrative surrounding Burt Stephens and his assorted and numerous
peculiar psychic experiences.
"Prelude to a Mushroom Cloud"
is a manifold tale filled with ingeniously interwoven suspense
filled story line, potent motivations and paradoxical contention
set against a backdrop of well developed settings that leaves
the reader gasping, troubled and perhaps even terrified to sleep
in the dark for a while. Hair raising action, pleasantly puzzling
incertitude, excellently wrought, well fleshed
characters abound. Dialogue is energetic, hard hitting and at
times filled with poignancy.
This fast paced, action packed
work is an excellent choice for a quiet afternoon, don't read
"Prelude to a Mushroom Cloud" on a dark and stormy
night! And keep the lights turned on just in case.
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