The Doomsday Conspiracy

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When a mysterious weather balloon crashes to earth in the Swiss Alps, the head of the NSA handpicks Robert Bellamy to track down and identify the ten known witnesses to the event. A man whose obsession with his covert assignments has cost him the only woman he can ever love, Bellamy now faces the impossible. But as he searches for clues from Rome to Budapest to Texas, this mission blows up in his face — and rips the lid off an incredible conspiracy that stretches around the ...

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Overview

When a mysterious weather balloon crashes to earth in the Swiss Alps, the head of the NSA handpicks Robert Bellamy to track down and identify the ten known witnesses to the event. A man whose obsession with his covert assignments has cost him the only woman he can ever love, Bellamy now faces the impossible. But as he searches for clues from Rome to Budapest to Texas, this mission blows up in his face — and rips the lid off an incredible conspiracy that stretches around the globe and even into space...

Alone and betrayed on every side, Bellamy must run for his life — holding an astonishing secret and the key to the planet's very survival.

The impressive #1 New York Times bestseller--with 18 weeks on the list--by the world renowned author with more than 150 million copies of his books in print. When a weather balloon crashes, a dedicated Navy man is sent to investigate and soon uncovers knowledge of a conspiracy of terror that reaches around the world, and into space--threating the very survival of the planet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sheldon spices his latest thriller, a 17-week PW bestseller in cloth, with science fiction, including aliens who arrive from another planet on an enviromentalist mission. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
A science-fiction—yes, science-fiction—novel from the master of soap. And one with a MESSAGE, too, just like the sf of yore—the clich‚s of which Sheldon shamelessly recycles as he ham-handedly depicts an earth under threat of invasion by aliens ticked off at—what else?—our destruction of the environment. US Navy Commander Robert Bellamy—Sheldon's first male lead in many years—is assigned by NSA to locate the 11 people on a Swiss bus who saw the crash of a "weather balloon." It takes only a chat with the bus driver for Bellamy to learn that the "weather balloon" was really a downed UFO containing two alien bodies. It takes talks with all the witnesses, however—Yank, Soviet, Hungarian, etc., each tracked down in the novel's repetitive first two-thirds with minimal sleuthing but maximal scenery-stuffing—for him to learn that each is killed right after talking to him: "It was an international conspiracy, and he was in the middle of it." And so are: the aliens ("a form of vegetable life" whose eyes "resembled Ping-Pong balls") circling earth in their mother ship, waiting to see whether world leaders will respond to their secret plea to halt pollution; the missing third occupant of the UFO, dying for lack of pristine water; and the international cabal, led by "Janus," that's killed the witnesses with the intent of fighting the aliens and continuing earth's exploitation. In the livelier last third, Bellamy, resorting to clever spy-tricks and help from a winsome whore, runs from Janus—whose identity you'll spot chapters away—while plotting his downfall. The fitful action climaxes in an Alpine showdown, with the celestial calvarysoaring in for the rescue. Inane as sf (and seemingly cribbed in part from sources ranging from John Campbell's "Who's Out There?" to Whitley Strieber's Communion); mediocre as a thriller, even Sheldon-style; but fascinating as one top author's earnest if inept effort (backed by a polemical postscript) to voice the kind of warning that H.G. Wells did with so much more style. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Fall)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446363662
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 171,167
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

The novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world’s top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was his most recent in a long line of huge hits on bestseller lists everywhere. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar Award. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world. Sidney Sheldon passed away on January 30, 2007.

Biography

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon was the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all of them were number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels became major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigned as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Sheldon:

"When I was 17, I was happy to be working in a drugstore, because I could steal enough sleeping pills to commit suicide."

"I have bi-polar syndrome and was not aware what was disturbing me until I received an Academy Award and went to see a psychiatrist."

"I have worked 7 days a week as long as I can remember. A business manager of mine gave me $25 worth of tennis lessons. I went down to my tennis court and we played once a week. I really enjoyed it. Playing with the pro one day, my teacher said to me that the money had been spent and did I want to continue. I started to say yes, then I realized that I didn't want to be out on the tennis court. I wanted to be in my office writing. That was 25 years ago and I haven't been on my tennis court since."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      January 30, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Ok...not his worst...not his best...

    I read it and it is a little different from Sheldon's books, and though I wont say I didnt like it, it's not making my favorite list..I did wonder how it was gona end..how could it, really..but an ok book.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    Conspiracy Spin From the Top

    Sidney Sheldon often said he was a storyteller and The Doomsday Conspiracy proves him to be a good one.<BR/>Commander Robert Bellamy answers the phone in the middle of the night and is ordered to report to General Hilliard at National Security Agency Headquarters at Fort Meade, at 0600 hours.<BR/>Bellamy¿s first thought as he hung up the phone was what could NSA want with him?<BR/>He was assigned to ONI The Office of Naval Intelligence.<BR/>After hurrying through his morning routine Robert Bellamy got into his car and drove to NSA Headquarters. Showing his identification at every stop, he negotiated a labyrinth of guards and gates before arriving at the office of General Mark Hilliard, Deputy Director of the NSA. Amenities were short and terse. Orders were already in place for Commander Bellamy to be transferred on temporary assignment from Naval Intelligence to NSA.<BR/>The problem was an international incident that seemed to be spinning out of control. A NATO weather balloon had crashed in the Swiss Alps carrying sensitive and secrete military equipment. The incident had to be kept under wraps. There were witnesses to the accident and they all had to be warned not to discuss what they saw. Commander Bellamy was to track them down and identify the witnesses but not to engage them in conversation. Others would do the debriefing.<BR/>Bellamy was given an almost impossible task -- track down an unknown number of unknown witnesses from unknown countries. The possibility of a successful investigation was not good.<BR/>And to complicate matters further Bellamy was not to use any of his old contacts or informants. That part of the order was strange but not unprecedented.<BR/>He arrived in Switzerland with only one hint of a clue. Back at his NAS briefing he was told that the witnesses had been aboard a bus and were part of a tour group.<BR/>Bellamy located the bus tour company involved and the driver. For a large sum of money the driver accompanied Bellamy to the crash site. They found a deflated weather balloon, but the bus driver said that wasn¿t what they saw the day before. The driver said it was some kind of a space ship or flying saucer.<BR/>Bellamy immediately thought of Roswell, New Mexico and UFO¿s. What was the NSA hiding?<BR/>Sheldon proceeds to lead us on a page turning romp through the Swiss Alps and Europe with Bellamy chasing and identifying witnesses. He eventually realizes that he has become a target and that the UFO theory was only part of a diabolical conspiracy. <BR/>Tom Barnes author of:<BR/>¿Doc Holliday¿s Road to Tombstone¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    Spin From the Top

    Sidney Sheldon often said he was a storyteller and The Doomsday Conspiracy proves him to be a good one. Commander Robert Bellamy answers the phone in the middle of the night and is ordered to report to General Hilliard at National Security Agency Headquarters at Fort Meade, at 0600 hours. Bellamy¿s first thought as he hung up the phone was what could NSA want with him? He was assigned to ONI The Office of Naval Intelligence. After hurrying through his morning routine Robert Bellamy got into his car and drove to NSA Headquarters. Showing his identification at every stop, he negotiated a labyrinth of guards and gates before arriving at the office of General Mark Hilliard, Deputy Director of the NSA. Amenities were short and terse. Orders were already in place for Commander Bellamy to be transferred on temporary assignment from Naval Intelligence to NSA. The problem was an international incident that seemed to be spinning out of control. A NATO weather balloon had crashed in the Swiss Alps carrying sensitive and secrete military equipment. The incident had to be kept under wraps. There were witnesses to the accident and they all had to be warned not to discuss what they saw. Commander Bellamy was to track them down and identify the witnesses but not to engage them in conversation. Others would do the debriefing. Bellamy was given an almost impossible task -- track down an unknown number of unknown witnesses from unknown countries. The possibility of a successful investigation was not good. And to complicate matters further Bellamy was not to use any of his old contacts or informants. That part of the order was strange but not unprecedented. He arrived in Switzerland with only one hint of a clue. Back at his NAS briefing he was told that the witnesses had been aboard a bus and were part of a tour group. Bellamy located the bus tour company involved and the driver. For a large sum of money the driver accompanied Bellamy to the crash site. They found a deflated weather balloon, but the bus driver said that wasn¿t what they saw the day before. The driver said it was some kind of a space ship or flying saucer. Bellamy immediately thought of Roswell, New Mexico and UFO¿s. What was the NSA hiding? Sheldon proceeds to lead us on a page turning romp through the Swiss Alps and Europe with Bellamy chasing and identifying witnesses. He eventually realizes that he has become a target and that the UFO theory was only part of a diabolical conspiracy. Tom Barnes author of: ¿The Goring Collection¿ ¿Doc Holliday¿s Road to Tombstone¿ ¿The Hurricane Hunters and Lost in the Bermuda Triangle.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    A Conspiracy about The Doomsday Conspiracy

    The Doomsday Conspiracy, an exquisite, well-written novel from Sidney Sheldon. Of the many people who believe we are not the only life in the Universe, The Doomsday Conspiracy will overwhelm you. It gives readers another perspective from the government, who attempts to hide the foray from extra terrestrials, is the government hiding top secret information from the public? Commander Robert Bellamy is given sparse information on witnesses to ¿top secret¿ files, his only lead happens to be simple there were eleven witnesses. Commander Bellamy must find every answer within unknown sources, when he learns what the witnesses had witnessed, he becomes infatuated with his mission. The eleven bystanders had not watched a weather-balloon of secret information collapse to the ground, as the government had informed Commander Bellamy, but they had seen a UFO space ship crumble to Earth. Suspense builds on every page of this book, as Commander Bellamy traces down the witnesses, he learns their fate after his visit was not a auspicious one. You will never speculate the events of the thrilling novel! Sidney Sheldon creates an immense inquiry you will ponder through the book. Can we really trust anyone? There is no answer for Commander Bellamy until the end, in which he realizes his fate is also in jeopardy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Awesome!

    Just reading the Author's note at the end of the book made me realise how much effort and research Sidney Sheldon puts into his masterpieces. The book comes off the page with such an overwhelming amount of conviction and emotional power, that at times I couldn't tear my eyes off the pages. I decided to rate it 4 stars because aliens and UFOs invading the Earth doesn't seem like a very original idea, unlike most of Mr Sheldon's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    Sheldon on UFOs = good read!

    Face it, Sidney Sheldon is no expert on science or UFOs, but he does believe in them and he tried to make an exciting UFO novel, and I think he succeeded. It's not his best, but it's still above the best of many other authors. Most of the novel is really about a spy on the run anyway, and there is a juicy love story thrown in, and the dazzling array of international locations keeps one turning pages. Besides, it's such a fast read that it isn't worth arguing about. If you're a Sheldon fan just buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    Very disappointing for a Sheldon book

    I'm always anxious to begin a read of one of my favorite authors, and Sheldon is certainly among them. I got all comfy and started to read, and I was feeling disappointed after the first couple chapters. I told myself to persevere. This was Sheldon, after all, and it HAD to get better. It didn't. In fact, it got worse. It seemed almost like somebody else wrote it. Please don't write anything like this again, Mr. Sheldon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    Thoughtful & Suspensful

    I see a lot of reviewers criticizing this novel, however, I found it very interesting. The protagonists seem well thought, the suspense keeps you thrilled at all times, so, what more do you want? This is certainly one of the best Science Fiction novel I have read in years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Sheldon Produces Another!!

    This book was at suspense through out the whole book. I am really happy with this one Sheldon!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    not expected from sidney

    i was amazed that sidney sheldon could write such an immature book,i mean after reading books such as'wind mills of the God'and'rage of angels'i could notice only one thing that his work is deterioriating by the day.the mystery is so kiddish that even a child can understand.the suspense is not at all smooth,his scenes are not whipping and his end is just not smashing.this book is certainly not a page turner!.i hope that he improves his work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Average, UFOs not believable

    I read a lot of Sidney Sheldon. This one was not one of my favorites, not even close. The storyline of UFOs was a little hokey in the beginning and it got worse as the book went on. I enjoyed the suspense and thrill of the chase while the Commander tracked down each of the witnesses and then became the 'Hunted' in the second book. Definitely kept me interested and reading, but I hated the idea of the aliens and their spaceship. Just not the type of thing Sheldon should be writing about. Stick to what you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    thrilling

    I liked this book it had goodstory line. It kept me on the seat of my pants. I don't like reading much but i actully couldn't put the book down. The charcters were created well. The ending was a dissapointment. I recomend this book to people who enjoy action thriller movie because it keeps you in the same type of suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    UNBELIEVABLE!!

    YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO KEEP THIS BOOK DOWN BEFORE YOU FINISH IT!!! SUPERB NOVEL!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2000

    WHAT AN INCREDIBLE BOOK!

    This is by far one of the greatest books I have ever read! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an incredible story... I loved every page of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    Awesome

    This was my first Sidney Sheldon and I read it in two days. For me, that's a record. Most books take me a week. This book rips along at a great pace. Great fun.

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