In MANipulated – Consequences Denied, polar winds score the Arctic Ice Cap as a Pentagon funded research team prepares to report conclusively on climate change’s rate of advance. Below, a Russian submarine eavesdrops as the team is attacked with military precision. Lt. Col. Jim Slater, charged with updating the Pentagon’s Climate Change Threat Assessment, waits for the team’s report. Jim knows how devastating the affects of climate changes will be—but no one knows how fast the changes are advancing. One researcher, Manny Morales, manages to survive, and, trusting no one, secretly travels toward Seattle to contact Sophia, his sister and only living relative. Believing Manny dead, Sophia, a renowned scientist and climate modeler, is devastated by grief as she is drawn into an industry plot to substantiate a slow rate of climate change. She fights for her own survival after recognizing the industry data is part of a deadly conspiracy. Her life becomes entwined with Jim’s, as her brother struggles to unite with her before they are both killed. Russia moves to takes matters into its own hands as Manny, Sophia and Jim wrestle with their own demons in a toxic environment of secrecy, fear, deception, kidnaping, and murder.
A 2011 US Department of Defense report documented the most dire, long term threat to the United States. This threat was not the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, cyber or space wars, or the rising power of China. Instead, the defense analysts found world climate change, accelerated by man’s actions, posed the most significant threat to our, and the world’s security. Despite this stark warning, many politicians and talking heads continue to defy humanity’s contribution to climate change and dismiss it as a problem that does not require significant actions now. The public and our leaders remain polarized, while, at the same time, the impacts of climate change are increasingly understood by the world’s scientists. Even after the Roman Catholic Pope challenged world leaders to act, and most of us have experienced the climate changing in our daily lives, the world seems mesmerized by a staged, fallacious debate over how quickly and severely the changes will affect our way of life. MANipulated — Consequences Denied entwines the hard science of climate change with an action packed, character driven thriller that draws the reader to the heart of this debate while asking what one should do with information that transforms our reality.
Consequences Denied is the first book in the MANipulated trilogy, and is available now on Amazon.com. The second book, Crossroads, will be available in 2016.
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Thanks to my wife, Colene for the comments that mattered, and to Kathleen Evans for the powerful cover art that inspires, and to Bill Hobbs and Colette Rice for their exceptionally creative technical and editing help. Without you all, the words would still be in my head.