In 1905 Albert Einstein changes the world forever with his famous equation E=MC2. It’s meaning is demonstrated 40 years later when two atomic bombs annihilated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki so ending the Second World War. 90,000 die immediately. 80,000 die later from the bomb’s after-effects.
Many who worked on its success at the top secret Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico come to oppose its use on moral grounds. Their voices go unheeded. Einsteins’ legacy is still with us either in nuclear weapons or nuclear power.
SHADOW ON THE SUN poses a similar scenario when scientist, Dr Jonathan Anderson evolves a similar, breakthrough equation. Originally he see’s it as a major contributor in ending dependence on fossil fuel and so attenuating global warming.
But his insight has another application in the military arena. His original goal is thwarted and a military system is born. With it comes a prophetic warning from its progenitor. But they are ignored as the project continues to meet all it’s developmental targets.
They come to the fore when accidently a top secret US aircraft with its Code Black equipment is lost. Millions of American lives are threatened. A rip in the fabric of space-time has occurred. And only an ancient British warlord of legend seems able to offer a solution.
The story is played out against a background of the 600 sq mile site of the former Hanford Indian Reservation in the southeastern part Washington State. Since 1943 and for the next 50 years it becomes home for the production of all plutonium used in the one time US arsenal of 60,000 nuclear weapons. In its wake it leaves a toxic legacy making it the most contaminated nuclear site in North America. The fight to prevent an environmental catastrophe still continues.
In SHADOW ON THE SUN former journalist R Julian Cox displays his deep understanding of the issues and technologies involved. He weaves all this into the novel’s many story lines along with evidence of considerable research. The result is a thought provoking and compelling read.
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Published October 23, 2012
by Northern Light Publishing Ltd.
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