Leviathan (Event Group Series #4)

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This time, the event group will go to the greatest depths

The ships of the world are under attack, attacks so sudden and vicious that many ships are lost without a single distress call. The navies of the world start a frenzied search, but even these ships disappear without a trace. Enter the Event Group, the most secret organization in U.S. history. Armed with proof that history is repeating itself, the Group ...

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Overview

This time, the event group will go to the greatest depths

The ships of the world are under attack, attacks so sudden and vicious that many ships are lost without a single distress call. The navies of the world start a frenzied search, but even these ships disappear without a trace. Enter the Event Group, the most secret organization in U.S. history. Armed with proof that history is repeating itself, the Group finds themselves in the grasp of an insane genius straight out of the pages of Jules Verne.

To stop a war beneath the seas…

They are up against a descendant of the man who was the inspiration for the captain of a vessel known to the world as Nautilus. And when legend comes to life in the form of Leviathan, the most advanced undersea vessel in history, she will stop at nothing to save the seas and to render justice to humankind for a world that has long been dying. It is a world Leviathan plans to alter forever, unless the Event Group can stop her!

“Fans of Clive Cussler, Verne, X-Files, and military tactical thrillers will find much to enjoy.” —Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for David Lynn Golemon and the Event Group series

“Golemon puts his military experience to good use in this promising [series] sure to satisfy fans of The X-Files…evokes some of the early work of Preston and Child.”—Publishers Weekly

“Golemon’s third novel in the Event Group series proves to be his best yet….a mix of the James Rollins action-heavy adventure, the military gadgetry of Tom Clancy, the pacing of the television series 24, and the conspiracy theories devoured by fans of the radio show Coast to Coast AM.”—Booklist on Ancients

“A tale worthy of the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, Legend is a definite must-read for action and adventure fans. Don’t miss it.”—Megalith.com on Legend

“The author…draws the reader in with an intriguing prologue…satisfying adventure.”

Publishers Weekly on Legend

“Golemon can write action sequences with the best of them, and he lands a solid uppercut with this book. The depth of science fiction…is surprising and ingenious.”—SFSignal.com on Legend

 “The Roswell Incident—whether legend, fact, or some combination of both—has inspired countless novels and movies over the years, but David Lynn Golemon’s Event peels back the layers of Roswell with refreshing originality. The action is spectacularly cinematic, the characters compelling, and the story is a flat-out adrenaline rush that pits real-world, cutting-edge military technology against a literally out-of-this-world threat. Even better, the Event Group itself is one of the best fictional agencies to arise in the literature of government conspiracies.”—New York Times bestselling authors Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

“Fans of UFO fiction will find this a great read, and fans of military fiction won’t be disappointed either.”—SFsignal.com on Event

“Imagine mixing in a blender a Tom Clancy novel with the movie Predator and the television series The X-Files….readers who enjoy nonstop action and lots of flying bullets will enjoy Golemon’s series.”—Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

Fans of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea will enjoy Golemon's recasting of the Jules Verne novel, his fourth Event Group thriller (after Ancients). A prologue set in 1802 at an isolated French prison evokes another well-known classic, The Count of Monte Cristo, then the action leaps forward by increments until it reaches the present day. The U.S. president calls in the Event Group after a mysterious undersea vessel, the Leviathan, begins terrorizing the seas, sinking ships and subs alike. Those aboard the Leviathan threaten nuclear destruction if the land dwellers don't stop their abuse of the ocean. A traitor enables the terrorists to infiltrate the Event Group's headquarters and take its leadership hostage. Once Event Group operatives manage to board the Leviathan, the plot echoes its inspiration even more closely. While Golemon adds his own closing twist, the story line's overall lack of originality makes this less interesting than the series' first and strongest entry, Event. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312372248
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Event Group Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 465
  • Sales rank: 201,469
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Golemon is the author of the Event Group Thrillers, including Event, Ancients, and Primeval. Legend, the second book in the series, was nominated for a RITA award for paranormal fiction. Golemon learned an early love of reading from his father, who told him that the written word, unlike other forms, allows readers to use their own minds, the greatest special effects machines of all—an idea Golemon still believes. The only thing he loves more than writing is research, especially historical research, and he sees the subtext of his Event novels as being that understanding history allows us to create a better future. Golemon grew up in Chino, California, and now makes his home in New York.

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ONE

Event Group Complex,

Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

present day

The Event Group Center was as quiet as anyone stationed there had ever heard it. For the men and women of Department 5656, a dark and secret entity of the National Archives, the day was darker than even their mission for the United States government. They were saying good-bye to forty-six of their own people. One man in particular—Colonel Jack Collins, United States Army.

The assembled military, scientific, research, academic, and philosophical staffs were seated in the overcrowded main cafeteria of the complex, because the small chapel deep on level eight would have been too small for this massive turnout.

As the Dire Straits’ haunting tune “Brothers in Arms” played, the mood was somber. Director Niles Compton had made the decision, and the new head of security agreed, that no eulogy for those lost would be given; the memorial would be a silent tribute to men and women lost in the Atlantis operation six weeks before.

The Event Group was the most secret section of the federal government outside of the National Security Agency. Their task was to uncover historical truths from the past, changes in the fabric of history that led to world-altering events. This helped identify them or their parallel in today’s world, and advise the president of the consequences, good or bad, so he could make the decision whether to act or not act on a fluid situation that resembled an event from the past.

The agency was a ghostly rumor to almost everyone in government service. President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the permanent Event Group Complex in 1943 under the strictest of secrecy. It served as a research and storage facility that protected the greatest secrets of the world’s past. The concept was a child of Abraham Lincoln, thought of in the waning days of the Civil War, and finally brought into being as an official agency by Woodrow Wilson. The group’s chartered mission was to uncover the civilization-altering events that could change the course of history.

The Atlantis incident was the reason they were gathered today, to pay their respects to those lost. The scrolls of that once-mythical civilization, which described a weapon of immense power that could shatter cities by the manipulation of the earth’s plate tectonics, were discovered thousands of years later by an unscrupulous society that attempted a financial takeover of the world. This group was responsible for the deaths of millions, including the men and women remembered today.

Captain Carl Everett stood hidden in the back of the cafeteria with eyes lowered. His best friend, the head of the security department, was why he was there. Now promoted into that friend’s position within the Event Group, Everett was hesitant to start his new duties.

He failed to see a small man stand in the front of the room and move silently toward him. Director Niles Compton cleared his throat when he saw Everett was deep in thought.

“Sorry, I was someplace else,” Everett said, adjusting the sleeves of his blue jumpsuit.

“You’re not wearing your class-A naval uniform,” Niles stated.

“I really didn’t think I would find myself here.”

“I see. Thinking about Jack?” Niles asked.

“Well, more Sarah than Jack.”

“Captain, Lieutenant McIntire is where she needs to be. I ordered her home to spare her things like this. She doesn’t need a complexwide gathering to remind her she lost Jack. She needs to heal up, and then return to the Group when she’s ready, not before.”

Everett only nodded his head.

Sarah McIntire had been in love with Jack Collins, and his loss had affected her far more than anyone. She was outwardly strong and wanted to stay, but Director Compton had ordered immediate convalescent leave at her mother’s in Arkansas.

“Captain—” Niles caught himself being officious. “Carl, go back to your department. We have to get the Group re-staffed. You have some flights to make to different bases for recruitment, to get the security department up and running again. The world moves on.”

“Yes, sir,” Everett said as the last refrains of “Brothers in Arms” echoed inside the large cafeteria.

The large assembly of Event Group personnel started moving out of their chairs, and passed by Everett silently. He locked eyes with two men, Lieutenant Jason Ryan, detached from the navy, and Lieutenant Will Mendenhall, a former staff sergeant in the army and recently promoted to second lieutenant. They nodded their greeting, and then walked past the captain.

Everett saw their strength. Saw that no matter what, they would move on, not forgetting about Jack Collins and the others, but keeping what they had with the man close inside themselves. Everett decided he would do the same.

They would all honor Jack by doing their duty.

The White House,

Washington, D.C.

The president was sitting in the Oval Office, looking over a speech he had written for his appearance at the United Nations the next day. His address would cover the humanitarian efforts currently being conducted by the free world to assist North Korea and the Russian Republic in rebuilding the areas of their countries ravaged by earthquakes during the Atlantis incident, about which the public knew nothing. The extremist cell behind the earthquakes had been dealt with in the harshest capital terms, and now the president was trying to put the pieces of a smashed world economy back into the black.

He was sipping coffee when the phone buzzed. “Yes,” he said into the intercom.

“Mr. President, the director of the FBI is insisting upon seeing you.”

“Send him in, please.”

William Cummings and National Security Advisor Harford Lehman soon entered hurriedly.

The president looked at both men with his coffee cup raised halfway to his mouth.

“Billy, Harrison, it hasn’t been a good couple of days, and you’re not here to cheer me up, are you?” he said, placing his speech on the desk.

“We received this at ten this morning, addressed to me personally. I am instructed to forward it to you.”

The president set his cup down, opened the red-bordered file, and read the first page.

“And you’re taking this seriously?” he asked the director as he flipped to the next page.

“Yes, sir, the communication came in through a secure FBI covert channel used only for field operatives in foreign service. Someone knows an awful lot about our procedures to crack that little gem.”

“You’re thinking a terrorist threat?”

“That’s our conclusion, but it really doesn’t matter at this point.”

“All it is asking is that we convince Venezuela to delay the opening of the oil production facilities in Caracas for seventy-two hours; then this faction, whoever they are, will address to the world the reasons why the plant cannot go online.”

The president held up his hand when both men started to say something.

“President Chavez isn’t exactly listening to us Americans lately; he won’t want to delay opening that facility because of a threat passed to him through us. Remember, I signed the OAS petition to have him closed down. If he won’t listen to his neighbors in the Organization of American States, he sure as hell won’t listen to me, not with China and most of the European Union screaming for his product.”

“Sir, some maniac is threatening him with a nuclear strike if that plant goes online,” Harford Lehman said, pointing at the message.

“Of course we’ll pass this on to the Venezuelan authorities with the highest alert possible, but they won’t take this threat seriously. Are we chasing down any leads on this?”

“We have the obvious courses of action in the loop now, sir—Greenpeace, the Co ali tion for Green Solution, but they wouldn’t issue such a threat; they know everyone would take it as a joke. A nuclear strike is somewhat beyond their power scope, and also a bit counterproductive to their goals.”

The president looked from the director of the FBI to his security advisor. He then pressed his intercom.

“Marjorie, I need to speak with our ambassador in Venezuela. He has to get President Chavez to take a call from me; it’s most imperative that he listen to what I have to say. If that fails, I need the ambassador of China to that country. I have to talk to someone down there. Also get the directors of CIA and NSA in here, ASAP.”

“We wouldn’t term this as plausible, but breaking into our secure computer system makes this more than just your average nut,” the FBI director said, looking directly at the president. “They could have done God knows what to our system, but their only interest was to get our attention and to pass on this message.”

The president closed the folder in front of him.

“Well, whoever they are did exactly that, didn’t they?”

Excerpted from Leviathan by David L. Golemon.

Copyright © 2009 by David L. Golemon.

Published in 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    modern day rendition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    The navies from around the world are at a loss to prevent the Leviathan from attacking and sinking all types of vessels from the surface or under the sea. None of the countries have found the ability to stop the Leviathan from controlling the sea. However, the unknown Captain of the Leviathan warns the world's rulers that they will unleash nuclear weapons of mass destruction around the globe if the surface dwellers do not stop their polluting of the oceans.

    The American president sends his top team, the Event Group to stop the oceanic terrorists whose actions are reminiscent of Verne's classic Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. As they begin their counter thrust, the top secret American team is unaware that the Leviathan has a traitor inside their headquarters. This turncoat enables the enemy to take the fight to the Event Group with plans to kidnap the leadership, to insure the breakdown of command and control, and to use as hostages in the event of negotiations.

    Using the Event Group in a modern day rendition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea thriller, David L. Golemon provides his fans with an enjoyable tale. The story line is fast-paced on land and at sea although very linear with obvious actions and reactions except for a late exciting twist. Fans of Jules Verne or Mr. Goleman will take delight in LEVIATHAN, an exciting story that pays homage to great French author.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Great Book, Great Series

    The series continues and is as great as all of the rest! A page turner from the very beginning!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Technical details incorrect...

    While an interesting read, there are some quite glaring technical faults relating to submarines. The author, early in the book, mentions a Chinese submarine shadowing an oil tanker, "far beneath the sea", yet it has its periscope showing above the sea - periscopes are not long enough to reach the surface from "far" underwater. Another instance has the Leviathan goinng from "neutral bouyancy" to speed in a short time - neutral boyancy is a depth, not a (lack of) forward motion. Yet another has the Leviathan emptying her ballast tanks of air to bring her to the surface - I believe that would cause the sub to dive, not surface. Supposedly the author consulted with General Dynamics about the future of submarines -- perhaps he should have consulted about the PRESENT of submarines, as well. These mistakes really detract from the story. This was the first book by this author I've bought - I won't be getting any more.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    Nevermind the "Technical details incorrect" review, wh

    Nevermind the "Technical details incorrect" review, who cares? It's FICTION!! Great read as usual! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Excellent series

    As all the previous in this collection, this was a great read. Twists, turns and surprises, great entertainment. Hard to put down. Can't wait to start the next one!

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Excellent Cross Genre Story

    I admit that I am a fan of The Event Group Series. That said, I am also a fan of Jules Verne, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Mix all that together, and the result is Leviathan. The story is full of action, adventure, and fun, but it also probes some deep questions. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads, anyone at all, and that, I believe is high praise.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    I just finished this one in the series, these are just plain fun

    I just finished this one in the series, these are just plain fun to read!, if you like science fiction, mixed with a little black ops, tom clancy 'ish books, then you'll enjoy these. The characters in the series grow on you as you can't help but root for them and their narrow escapes from deaths door. Ok yeah, it can be predictable at times, but aren't most books or movies with central characters that way?..come on..we read to escape so these books do just that...have fun reading these...oh, just a word, there are typos in the books, I don't know how they got past the editor or spell check, but they are minor and not that bothersome...

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    As the seried continues and our hero is back form the dead, we w

    As the seried continues and our hero is back form the dead, we wait the outcome.
    i hope it is as good as the previous 3 books.
    I would like a little more depth. More pages to keep me going.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    absolutley a must read it grabs you and doesnt let go

    This was the first event group book I ever read and I look forward to reading more! This is a grab you and hold you kind of read, I recommend it and personally loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2010

    Nice Plotting but Characters Fall Flat

    Goleman always manages to put together a good storyline although it was fairly predictable. Nowhere near as suspenseful as Legend. While the mechanical marvels in Leviathan had some believability the biology element simply did not hang together. I just wasn't buying the science and found myself undergoing a number of "eye rolls" in the last few chapters. I still have not been able to work up much of an interest his characters as they are all drawn so one dimensionally. But if you find Dirk Pitt plausible (Clive Cussler)then you will like lead character Jack Collins. I hope the next one is better but I will wait for the price to come down.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Golemon Continues To Improve

    Mr. Golemon continues to improve with each Event Group effort. As in the mold with "Ancients", he has created a storyline containing a fine balance of science fiction along with scientific realism. Mr. Verne would have been proud. Episodes between periods of high action are more interesting with Golemon's continuous development of the Event Group character's persona. After four reads, one begins to get to know them, and expects certain reactions under certain circumstances. Once again, the typos are a distraction, no question. But, don't let that inhibit your enjoyment of a great adventure read. "Primeval" has been started as well.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Leviathan

    I've been reading the Event Group series practically when it started. His characters are real, the plot, while fantastic, has an air of believability. I was a little impatient to get this book and it did not disappoint. Definitely a page turner.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Golemon's Leviathan

    Same formula as his other books, linking past events with present times.
    Leviathan was not as good as Golemon's first three novels. I would however still recommend it.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    Excellent Read!

    David Golemon just gets better with each novel in this series. The event group characters are wonderfully diverse and interesting. If you like James Rollins and Matthew Reilly you have to read these novels, but start with the first one, Event. Sure the story lines are a little out there; aliens, Atlantis, Jules Verne like submarines... But if you like this stuff as I do you won't be disappointed.

    I am ready for the next event Mr. Golemon, bring it on!!

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