Novels by Phil Whitley

Stories of survival and adventure

SUNDOWN TWO

The Mayans, with their stone calendar, Nostradamus in his quatrains, the I-Ching, the Hopi Elders and many other ancient cultures all have end-time prophecies that seem to agree that the last few months of 2012 will be, if not The End, the end of the world as we know it. Some believe it is Armageddon, some believe it will be a New Beginning -an awakening of higher consciousness.

Without a doubt, something is changing as we near this ominous date. The sun is in its heightened 11-year cycle, hurricanes and tornadoes are more violent - and much more frequent, earthquakes have produced major tsunami - the last of which inundated Japan and caused the meltdown of three nuclear reactors and volcanoes long silent have begun erupting

Sundown Two offers our take on the theme.

It is well known that the United States has prepared many underground shelters and bunkers in which a selected handful of people will be sheltered should anything of a catastrophic nature actually occur, and it is this aspect of the doomsday scenarios that makes Sundown Two unique.

In our scenario, a runaway planet hits the sun in October of 2012, generating tremendous electro magnetic pulses, which in turn trigger giant earthquakes all over the globe, as well as creating huge tsunamis which when coupled with the solar flares, will destroy much of the Earth.

Codename Sundown, the government bunkers were designed not only to house survivors and assure the continuation of government in the eventuality of such a catastrophe, but to retaliate in the event that it appears as if America might have been attacked by terrorists and lost the resulting battle. After a month in which nobody enters the bunkers, one or more of them have now activated and are actively waging war on what its computers think is the enemy.

Designed in the aftermath of 9/11, the Sundown Bunkers were shielded from the effects of the solar flares and their computers are meant to seek out and destroy whoever might be attacking the country. If all else fails, on December 21, the Sundown Two bunker will release a multitude of electronic triggers into the jet stream that will quickly circle the globe and will then detonate every nuclear weapon on Earth.

Our protagonists, a cult leader named Gideon Cross and a survivalist named Marty Bishop learn about the Sundown threat and with a handful of followers begin making their way to the hills of Virginia, where they will have to shut down the Sundown Two bunker or see the entire world destroyed. They have an unexpected ally in United States President Margaret Ames, who Gideon finds wandering in a pecan grove in South Georgia after the crash of Air Force One. President Ames is the only one that knows anything at all about the bunkers and their capabilities, but even she doesn't have the necessary codes to shut down the bunker.

Marty's daughter, 16-year-old Jenna Bishop, is on her own, traveling roughly in the same direction as her father and Gideon Cross. Along the way Jenna has a running encounter with one of the secret service agents that parachuted out of Air Force one, and while she doesn't know it, she possess the only document in existence that may be able to save the world.

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