The Doomsday Equation: A Novel

By Matt Richtel

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York occasions journalist and writer of A lethal Wandering comes a pulse-pounding technological thriller—as creative because the works of Michael Crichton and as pressing and impossible to resist as an episode of 24—in which one guy has 3 days to avoid annihilation: the outbreak of global battle III.

Computer genius Jeremy Stillwater has designed a desktop that could are expecting worldwide conflicts and eventually head them off. yet he’s a obdurate man, very yes of his personal genius, and has wound up making enemies, or even obvious his great invention discredited.

There’s nowhere for him to show whilst the main outstanding factor occurs: his laptop beeps with caution that the outbreak of worldwide battle III is approaching, 3 days and counting.

Alone, armed with not anything yet his personal ingenuity, he embarks on quest to discover the mysterious and robust nemesis decided to wreck mankind. yet enemies lurk within the shadows ready to strike. may possibly they've got found out how you can use Jeremy, and his invention, for his or her personal evil ends?

Before he can shop billions of lives, Jeremy has to determine how one can store his personal. . . .

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No,” Jeremy says, repeats: “I referred to as for aid. ” “Heeeeeelp! ” She steps backward. Jeremy appears to be like on the scene, sees what she sees, a suspect coated in blood. He appears to be like down, then on the lady, and go into reverse. Yanks his backpack towards him, and, as he does so, pulls the calendar, tears it, obscuring the half with the blood scrawl. Hoping to scramble the coded message, if that’s what it used to be. He seems to be on the girl. “I known as 911. ” He repeats, implores. Harry emits a low, feral moan. The intruding lady blinks, calculating, her reboot approximately comprehensive, coming again to lifestyles. “I’m going for help,” Jeremy says. the girl steps ahead to Harry. She’s going to take a few motion, Jeremy thinks; she took a lifesaving type. Jeremy seems to be on the calendar, the message. He rips the head web page of the calendar, sliding the torn most sensible web page from underneath Harry’s evaporating lifestyles. He runs. earlier the lady, into the anteroom. Hears the bloody squeak of his personal footwear. He scrambles off the footwear and socks. Folds and stuffs the calendar web page and the bloody scrawl into his again pocket. takes to the air out the door, curls into the hallway, unexpectedly slows whilst he sees a number of scholars, hand in hand, speedy forthcoming, drawn via the sound they inspiration they heard of somebody yelling for support. “Dr. Ives is harm. I’m going for support. ” the scholars begin to jog ahead. Jeremy walks earlier them, a part jog, and, while he’s previous, jogs. appears to be like down, sees his toes depart no marks. Runs. whilst he reaches the stairwell, he pauses. Heads down the steps to the again. Seconds later, he’s open air, in a lonely car parking zone. He sees a brief development to his correct, Dwinelle Annex. He hears sirens. His center slams in his chest. He may possibly flip round; it’s now not too past due to return and clarify to the police that he went trying to find aid and has lower back. He has an alibi, correct, proof a person broke into his house, the surveillance tape with the development supervisor, logical factors. Justice may be served. yet there are Jeremy’s fingerprints, on his personal knife, in Harry’s again. He seems to be forward, sees the grove of historical, leafy bushes that encompass a creek-side direction resulting in the south of campus. Over the trail, the bushes converge, their leaves intermingling, taking a form, whatever round. A clock. The countdown clock. Jeremy shakes his head. Blinks. simply bushes. The log cabin. Ask it. the pc. Is it correct? there'll be battle. Is that what Harry was once telling him? possibly Harry thinks there’s going to be a clash and he desires Jeremy to ferret it out at the laptop. might be Harry thinks the pc is aware anything. every thing? Ask it. now not if he’s in penal complex. And whatever nags him, an element during this immediate set of rules his mind is operating: what if the computer’s correct, in part correct, in regards to the apocalypse? Ask it. He places his head down and walks to the grove, the trail. whilst he hits it, he sprints. TEN mins LATER, at a drugstore on Shattuck, he spends $6. ninety five for flip-flops. He walks outdoors, friends around the highway within the drizzle to the doorway to the subway, tips to San Francisco.

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