Mustafa al-Khalid is the spoiled only child of a very wealthy Turkish family. Through his exclusive boarding school in Switzerland and university in Munich, he is shunned by other Moslems because the source of his family’s wealth is alcohol. They own the largest brewery in Turkey. His ostracism pushes him into studying Islam where he meets and proposes to Jasmine, the only person he has ever loved. At their engagement party Jasmine, her family and most of his family are killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a U.S. Navy drone. Jasmine’s father was the head of the Moslem Brotherhood. Five other members of the high council were present and also killed. As Mustafa slowly recovers from his own serious wounds, the Brotherhood make an easy convert of him. But he’s not going to waste himself or his money on suicide bombings or even massive attacks like 9/11. Instead, he is going to create the ultimate act of terrorism, the ultimate form of suicide: he is going to end the world! As he learns the tradecraft of terrorism, he recruits radical German scientists, sells the Turkish brewery, and buys one in Russia from some generals who command tactical nuclear forces. His team buys a nuclear warhead from two colonels with a UN Disarmament Inspector from India as their accomplice. They smuggle the bomb into the US with the help of a county Sheriff in New York. They recruit a park ranger in Yellowstone who needs money and a new identity. This crisis lands on the desk of Agent Michael Cornell of the FBI. All he has to go on are reports from their Russian counterpart, the FSB. The Russians caught the payments to their two colonels and the UN Inspector. They tortured the colonels to death and threatened the Inspector. They passed on what they learned to the FBI. It wasn’t much. And it was crazy. Was it really heading to the U.S., or was it targeted for Israel? Why ship it by boat – an almost 2-week journey? Why not by air? If it were coming to the U.S., where were they going to detonate it? Nothing made sense. As the days tolled, Agent Cornell found himself working with the Chief of Naval Operations, a very attractive 43-year old blond, who got the job because she was the “father” of the “CyberNavy.” Together Agent Cornell and Admiral McNamara electronically sweep the North Atlantic looking for the ship carrying the bomb. The U.S. Geological Survey is certain that the bomb is destined for San Francisco where it would not only flatten the city but would also set off a massive earthquake along the San Andreas fault, killing millions of people. When the team is certain the bomb has reached the U.S., they are about to put a plan into effect to protect San Francisco when they are overruled by the White House. The Vice President of the United States, former governor of Hawaii and highly respected geology professor, says that the target is the Yellowstone Volcano. It is the largest volcano on the planet. The caldera is 55 miles across – the distance between Annapolis and Baltimore! It is over 1700 square miles – one and a half times the size of Rhode Island! Detonating the device in the Yellowstone Volcano wouldn’t just kill millions, it would kill billions of people. The plan switches to Yellowstone. Agent Cornell recruits a former volcanology student of the Vice President working at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO). He is unaware she is the traitor’s girlfriend. She is unaware her boyfriend is the traitor. The terrorists arrive with the bomb. Everyone, including the 388th Fighter Wing, prepared for an air strike, converges on the YVO borehole drilled into the volcano’s caldera…..
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Final Extinction is a terrorist thriller short story written by Michael Curley. Mustafa al-Khalid is the scion of a wealthy Istanbul family which owned the largest brewery in Turkey. As a devout Muslim, Mustafa did not drink, but he wasn’t concerned about those infidels who did. When he inherited the family brewery, he sold it and invested the proceeds in a Russian brewery which he renamed from the Russian for Northern to Pride. While his Russian partners believed that the new name reflected pride in their country, Mustafa had something entirely different in mind. His raison d’etre was the destruction of his enemies. Mustafa’s life had been irrevocably changed on what should have been one of his happiest days. He was aboard his yacht with his fiancee, Jasmine, and both of their extended families, celebrating the couple’s engagement, when a massive explosion left him in the hospital and Jasmine and their family members dead. It was later revealed that Jasmine’s imam father was also the head of the Muslim Brotherhood and that five other members of the Brotherhood were on the yacht. The United States had decided that taking out the six men was worth the lives of the innocent party-goers and Mustafa had to avenge those deaths. Michael Curley’s terrorist thriller short story, Final Extinction, is taut and suspenseful. The characters of Mustafa, Michael Cornell, the FBI’s ecological specialist and his boss, James Slevin, are skillfully drawn and portrayed. The premise of this tale is believable and compelling, and the plot is intricate and clever. I loved the role Yellowstone Park plays in Final Extinction and was fascinated by the scientific information the author provides about the size and scope of the Yellowstone Volcano. This is an informative and thoughtful story that presents characters who deserve their places in future stories, and I hope that Curley has that in mind. Final Extinction is highly recommended.
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite This concept is frightening. Terrorists seeking ways to use technology to create and multiply the effects of natural disasters. It made me afraid for the world my children will live in...and it was great reading. Final Extinction revolves around a terrorist attempt to use a nuclear explosion at an isolated but revered American landmark to trigger a possible extinction event. The writing is crisp and tight. The characters are well portrayed and the steps taking us to the exciting denouement are laid out in a logical sequence that will totally convince you such an attempt is at least as possible as someone flying planes into the Twin Towers. Final Extinction is only 23 pages long but author Michael Curley has set up a scenario, and created a team, that will thrill readers for many novels to come. I was at times reminded of the writing of Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. The portrayal of dedicated American professionals is spot on, as well as the reasons a rich terrorist might go to such extremes to change the world we live in. This story is an excellent explanation as to why a crack, dedicated team of scientists and agents is needed to track and circumvent terrorist efforts in America and around the world. If you like exciting, detailed stories of the dangerous world of espionage then Final Extinction by Michael Curley will certainly whet your appetite for action. But I have to warn you that you won't feel nearly as safe when you go to sleep at night.