"An action-packed apocalyptic thriller"
On Corfu, a wealthy artifact collector Nikos seeking
the DNA of Jesus opens up a twenty-century-old artifact.
Unbeknownst to Nikos he has not found God; instead he has
unleashed Pandora's box containing an extinction event in
the form of an airborne plague, last seen early in the
first century. All die who come into contact with this
Desperate to find a cure to halt the pandemic plague
that threatens mankind, a scientific task force gathers at
Los Alamos. However, the brilliant group is divided. The
purists who want to save humanity are led by twenty years
old Miranda Abbott. On the other side are egomaniac Edward
Cavendish and his supporters who want to turn earth into
their playground with human clones serving as guinea pigs.
Archeologist Nathan Lee Swift has fallen from grace as
he turned from promising student into grave robber in his
mentor's quest to find the historical Jesus. He has a
chance at redemption through Miranda if they can access a
Corfu-resistant gene from those in the first century who
managed to survive the first deadly run. Could Edward's
cloning provide such a specimen?
YEAR ZERO is an action-packed apocalyptic thriller that
has two prime story lines that eventually merge into an
exciting climax. Neither plot slows down as the audience
observes a tale at hyperspeed, which means the key
characters are either too perfectly good or corrupt. Fans
of taut end of the world thrillers will want to read Jeff
Long's tale that leaves the audience captivated into a one
sitting read in spite of the length of the novel.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 20, 2002