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Harriet KlausnerThe Y2K crisis nears with fear that many of our systems will not only fail, but dangerously so. What will happen to the overseas missiles if that occurs? John hector, CEO of Bluestar, enters the mess when he offers a viable money-making solution with Zoom software. However, the world's most powerful individual, Ben Hinnom, expects to have an information technology monopoly. Zoom stands in his way. He meets with John, who tells him what he can do with his deal. However, Ben controls medical software. He uses a by-pass code to over-stimulate John's pacemaker. Ben's only rival dies of a heart attack.
Former investigative report Dan Levin meets and falls in love with software expert Park McGuire. As their relationship quickly grows, she tells him about her suspicions on the sudden death of John and a previous employee of Ben. They combine their skills and begin to investigate the individual who appears on the edge of controlling information in the next millennium. As the 31st of Dcember, 1999, looms closer, world-wide disaster seems imminent as Ben wants to own the world. Park and Dan want to save it, but Ben seems too powerful of a foe even as the doomsday clock keeps ticking.
Format C is brilliant allegorical thriller that takes the reader on a realistic path in which the Bible meets the information technology age. The story line is non-stop action that ultimately takes the reader from Chicago to the Armageddon climax. The lead protagonists are a wonderful team, who will gain much audience support. Ben is the modern villain, using technology to destroy his opponents. Edwin Black has written one of the best millennium doomsday novels of the decade because it seems so plausible.
— Mystery Reader Journal