1st edition, published 2014
Book #1 in the Luc Fortesque adventure series
Environmental terrorism, Wiccans, a ghostship… and the the final act of a grand scheme that dates to the end of World War II and the collusion between a centuries-old cabal and a renegade priest.
“Misquita is a prolific author; he is creating his own oeuvre in the action-adventure-thriller genre, and uses history, technology and fiction quite effectively.”
AD 42: A drunken wager over an imminent natural disaster gives rise to the Vesuvius Group. Over centuries, their power and wealth have flourished. Today, they influence the upper echelons of World Order. The member families continue the tradition of macabre, and arrogant wagers.
1947: A freighter in the Malacca Straits broadcasts a distress signal. When help arrives, every crewman and officer is discovered dead. The boarding party barely escapes when the freighter is scuttled by remote detonation.
Present day: A C130 transporting ‘clean energy’ cells developed by Future Energy Group crashes into the British Colombia rainforest. The incident claims the lives of 2 Klemtu children.
After a violent confrontation with FEG’s Crisis Response Team, the boys’ fathers resort to diametrically opposite means for justice: ex-JTF2 operative, Billy Bradford has seen enough death during a classified deployment to Iraq and seeks the legal route; Morrel Jameson turns to environmentalists led by a radical Wiccan priest, Sebastian Gardner, to exact revenge on FEG.
In a bid to return to his employer’s good graces, disgraced FEG head-of-security, Luc Fortesque agrees to ‘acquire’ weapons technology from a Chinese rival. Unwittingly, he lends himself to the final act of a grand scheme of revenge that dates to the end of World War II.
In the aftermath of a devastating attack on the world’s grandest luxury hotel, Sebastian Gardner secures top ranking in the Most Wanted List of every law enforcement agency in the world. But his actions have made him a prime candidate to execute the ultimate suicide mission, that will plunge the world into chaos.
Amid all this, Billy Bradford, must become the soldier he once was to stop an apocalypse.
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There are people who wager on natural calamities, and history-shaping events. Is our history and destiny the outcome of a macabre betting game?
During my research, I discovered that witches have their origins in women who were proficient in herb lore. Our traditional view of witches has been distorted by religious propaganda. The bastardising of their credo, has led them to be clubbed with Satanists; far from it for Wiccans ascribe great importance living in harmony and peace with every living creature.
Wicca, a faith derived from the pagan practices of nature-worship, is an officially recognised religion. Wiccans live and practice their faith freely. The Gaia philosophy that is adopted by many environment conservation groups is closely related to Wicca.
Like any religion, Wicca has its share of fundamentalists who will resort to terrorism to protect Mother Earth. Or they can seek revenge against the Catholic Church for hunting down and burning thousands of original Wiccans… as witches during the medieval ages.
After WW II, The Manhattan Project triggered the race for renewable sources of energy and ever-powerful weapons.
The ghost ship, Ourang Medan was a a Dutch freighter that mysteriously disappeared with all souls. The Medan was believed to be fleeing with a secret and deadly cargo for the Japanese Imperial Navy after WW II.
You can read more about the ghost ship here. Or read how I envisioned the disappearance in opening chapter of The Apocalypse Trigger… I’ve remained true to the account.
The idea for the grant floating hotel in British Colombia, Orb was based on this artist’s concept of a floating hotel. I imagined the Orb as a complete sphere. There would be an open-to-the-air amphitheatre at the top that resembled a human iris when seen from the sky.
Utilising detailed maps of the Swiss canton on Fribourg, I plotted the rendezvous scene in which Luc Fortesque and Henri Laurent meet their informant (the restaurant really exists); and a fight scene on the slopes of the Old City quarter that is perched upon a rocky escarpment.
I used tourist videos and layout diagrams to give readers an inside-experience of the Gothic Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
It’s not in the realm of Harry Potter – it is going to become a reality! When I came across research into cloaking technology, I simply had to feature Invisibility in the book. Not only did it get me out of a plot-block, it made the scene much more exciting. It is the perfect fiction/fantasy-meets-fact idea and I hope the Apocalypse Trigger is the first book to feature Invisibility within the realm of possibility. There are many videos and papers on cloaking on the Internet but here is a consolidated report.
(contributed by Shonna Misquita) Created by scientists at the University of Rochester in New York, the device can hide large objects from sight using cheap and readily available lenses.
Read more at Science Alert News.