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Flare Lawrence Diehl Brown

Flare

Lawrence Diehl Brown

Published June 13th 2012
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Kindle Edition
512 pages
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Massive solar storms, capable of disrupting civilization on this planet, are impossible to predict more than three days in advance. NASA, the National Science Foundation, and several other U.S. Government agencies have initiated aMoreMassive solar storms, capable of disrupting civilization on this planet, are impossible to predict more than three days in advance. NASA, the National Science Foundation, and several other U.S. Government agencies have initiated a $100-million-dollar-per-year program to predict solar storms. But what if a secret historical record of solar storms existed that used a simple formula to predict the most massive and disruptive incidents, and what if powerful men who would stop at nothing to secure it sought that record?Phil Sheridan is tired of his job as research assistant in a New York firm that specializes in computer programs for the classification of archaeological artifacts. When a beautiful young Turkish woman he meets is kidnapped, the only clue is an ancient clay tablet missing from her apartment. Phil flies to Turkey in search of the young woman and eventually learns that the stolen tablet is one of four legendary tablets. Each tablet is inscribed in a different, unknown language, and all four are needed in order to decipher the ancient inscription. Centuries ago, they became known as the Four Tablets of the Apocalypse.In the year 2010, the tablets begin to surface, as if compelled by a higher will. Once their existence is known, a trail of murder and mayhem follows the tablets. Phil Sheridan must pit his will and his knowledge of astronomy and archaeology against the forces of evil that seek to overthrow the world order, starting in the Middle East.It begins on the sun. Powerful magnetic fields create giant arcs of gas that soar hundreds of thousands of miles above the solar surface. Suddenly, one of the largest of them snaps. A billion tons of solar gas spews outward, racing across space toward earth. Three days later, the ball of solar energy smashes into earth.Orbiting satellites feel the blow first as the solar particles destroy solar panels and sensitive electronics. As the satellites fail, global communication falls into silence. The particles continue downward, forming a vast sheet of current that overloads power grids. Millions of people are plunged into darkness.A particularly severe storm slammed into earth on March 13, 1989, causing a system-wide power failure in Quebec. Just 90 seconds after the onset of the storm, six million people were left without power.In 1972, the entire power system of Sweden was knocked out. Radio communications were blacked out around the world. Power lines experienced surges in voltage and transformers exploded. Circuit breakers were tripped, and the electrical filters in long-distance phone lines were vaporized. Our satellite defense system was paralyzed and NORAD went belly up for three days. The military was near hysteria.But these were a minor storms by historical standards. The last mega-flare was in 1859. It was so strong that electrical current was induced in telegraph lines and messages could be sent without using batteries. The aurora borealis flared so brightly that it could be seen in Hawaii. If that storm occurred today, it would be a worldwide disaster of Biblical proportions.