Darkness blankets the eastern seaboard. From Maine to Georgia, the power grid is in shambles, destroyed by the pulse of a high-altitude nuclear detonation. Cities and towns of every size are on the verge of chaos.
Only the military continues to function, frantically searching the seas for two container ships bearing nuclear missiles poised for a second strike that will destroy what remains of America.
The President is convinced the attacks are the work of Al-Qa'ida operatives aided by elements within the Pakistani government. David Hoag knows the truth about who is really behind the attacks, but powerful forces in high places are bent on unleashing America's military might and Israel is poised for a response of its own.
Can Hoag reach the President in time to avert a worldwide disaster?
Or, is this the beginning of the end?
Excerpt from Chapter 112 Dimona, Israel
Ari glanced over Gavriel's shoulder at the notebooks, then nodded. "I concur. The Emergency Action Message has been accurately received."
As they had done before, the launch control officers unlocked the safe and removed a second authentication card. Ari compared the letters on the card to the first few letters of the message they just received. "The message is authentic," he nodded.
Gavriel took the card and repeated the process. "Yes," he nodded. "The message is confirmed." He reached across his desk and handed it to the technician. "Quickly," Gavriel snapped. "This is an order to stand down."
Before the technician could grasp the message, Khoury stepped forward and snatched it away. He held the message in one hand and drew his automatic pistol in the other. "Move this way. Both of you," he said gesturing to the technicians with the pistol. "Step away from the panel."
As they stepped aside, Khoury moved to the center of the room. "Now, this is what we are going to do. We are going to stay right where we are and wait while the missiles launch. And if everyone does as they are told, we will all get to go home at the end of the day." A broad grin spread across his face. "And then we can watch while the few Iranians who survive try to figure out what hit them."
"You cannot be serious," Ari shouted. "We have orders to stand down."
Khoury shook his head. "I do not know anything about any orders to stand down. All I know is those worthless Iranians want to destroy us. Only now, we have the chance to destroy them. And we are going to do it."
"Mike Evans is a fighter for freedom in a world of darkening and narrowing horizons. In his devotion to Israel, Mike has consistently demonstrated the moral clarity that is necessary to defend Israel against the lies and distortions of its enemies, and championed the Jewish people's claim to the Land of Israel... I look forward to strengthening our friendship on his many future visits to Israel."
- The Honorable Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minister of Israel
"The Prime Minister (Ariel Sharon) would like to express his personal appreciation to you, Mike Evans, for being such a great friend of Jerusalem and the State of Israel, speaking out with courage and compassion for over two decades. He salutes your achievements and wishes you continued success."
- The Honorable Danny Ayalon,
Ambassador of Israel
"I have known Mike Evans for more than two decades, and I consider him to be a great friend of Jerusalem and the State of Israel. He has always been there for us in our time of need speaking out with courage and compassion. Mike Evans is a true ambassador of Jerusalem, representing millions of Christians in America."
- The Honorable Ehud Olmert,
Former Prime Minister of Israel