12 Days to Armageddon
$24.99 hardcover, $15.99 paperback
ISBN: 978-0985704780; August 1, 2012
A cautionary doomsday thriller revolving around a massive terrorist attack against the United States' satellite system that brings all communication and defense systems to a halt.
In Tino's debut novel, the first in a proposed trilogy, jihadist mastermind Hasan Hammad, aka the Serpent, embarks on his goal of becoming the supreme leader of the world. With the help of an international coterie of anti-West terrorist cells, he begins by ordering the launch of a nuclear weapon from Pakistan that explodes in space. The reverberations of the detonation create an electromagnetic pulse that renders useless all electronic equipment in the United States-no satellite monitoring, no car ignition systems, no phones. All but mechanical clocks stand still. Add to the chaos a nuclear-tipped missile launched by North Korea targeting San Francisco. Alex Bauer, retired Department of Defense analyst, and a small team comprised of his two daughters and Brian Harris, a longtime friend in the National Security Agency, lead the charge to save America from total annihilation in the wake of government and social order torn apart.
The novel contains an abundance of complex information detailing the electronic interactions behind the technology that defines modern life. Nonetheless, adventure and romance improve this provocative, action-filled tale that raises some legitimate concerns about the country's disaster readiness and our dependence on a vulnerable energy grid. A gloomy vision of the world fallen into anarchy and mayhem.
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