Massive volcanic eruptions in Antarctica skyrocket global warming towards critical levels leaving the continuance of human civilization as we know it, and humanity’s very existence, hanging in the balance. 

While U.N. scientists grapple to quantify the degenerating world weather chaos resulting from the rapidly expanding volcanic mushroom cloud, a team of environmental scientists trapped near the eruptions desperately fight for their survival, clinging on to a possible rescue by a storm-embattled icebreaker.  

The U.N. concludes, with the assistance of the remaining trapped scientists’ eyewitness accounts, that there is only one slim window of opportunity to avert humanity’s imminent demise; but can the accumulating pollution be stopped in time?   

This thought-provoking, nail-biting thriller hypothetically escalates global warming to catastrophic levels, giving humanity a terrifying glimpse into a bleak future from continued manmade global warming. 

The electrifying pace, razor-edge suspense and tension, coupled with startling evidence supporting humanity’s inability to cap its own skyrocketing carbon emissions, leaves the reader questioning whether mankind can now avoid its own looming demise.

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ISBN:   978-1-921406-36-2
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 301
Genre: Fiction

Cover: Clive Dalkins


Author: Jim Sampson
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Date Published: 2009
Language: English


By the same author: 

The Genesis Enigma

* ‘When an amazing discovery in the Middle East raises questions about evolution and seems to offer a solution to impending environmental disaster, the Arabs, US and Vatican are among those desperate for a piece of the action... In a word: Exciting’...............The Gold Coast Bulletin Newspaper Book Review, December ’06 

* ‘You have detailed one of the most interesting and fascinating plot lines we have been privileged to read in a long, long time.’....... Author and Publisher, George Shaddock of London Circle Publishing, California, USA. 

LiFE Award: Literature for environment
The Genesis Enigma by Jim Sampson.


                         “This philosophical thriller demonstrates that humanity and indeed our planet is facing environmental ruin that can be traced back to the psyche of humanity itself. It is one thing to fix the direct problems before us of fossil fuel consumption and contamination of our atmosphere, but it is another to fix the human psyche itself; so bent on destroying our planet and everything else on it. This exciting story clearly demonstrates a definite link between environmental degradation and human violence, greed, over-population, religious and racial paranoia and economic and ecological vandalism, and concludes that a commitment has to be made now by all of humanity to avoid planet earth’s environmental collapse.”


9.30 p.m. Santa Monica Private Hospital, California, USA 


Horrendous storms lashed the coast of California creating total havoc. Sixty-three days of merciless mayhem with worse still to come before it peaked. Massive flooding, the likes of which were being compared to Noah’s fabled tale, and murderous mudslides just added to the chaos. Over seventy-five percent of the state was without power. Traffic in the air and on the ground, along with virtually all business, had been brought to near standstill with emergency services stretched to breaking point. With nine hundred and sixty-five people already confirmed dead, there was no end in sight. People huddled in their homes or on their rooftops, apartment dwellers crammed down on the lower floors; with no elevators, no stairwell lighting, most were without utilities of any sort.

The California storms were among countless others relentlessly battering the entire globe, with over eight million dead worldwide to date. This unprecedented chaotic weather was a direct result of upper atmospheric pollution, an aftermath of massive volcanic eruptions in Antarctica that almost overnight had accelerated global warming to this catastrophic level.

Santa Monica Private Hospital was privileged; it had a generator big enough and with enough fuel to sustain normal operations, for up to a month. On the ninth floor, environmental scientist Dr Judy Chapman lay motionless on her bed in a luxurious suite that normally had a panoramic view of the Santa Monica beach and rugged Californian coast. Outside, the monstrous storm raged in sweeping motions, the howling wind and torrential rain bombarding her double-glazed window, obliterating any chance of even a glimpse of the otherwise picture-book coastal scene. Intermittent brilliant lightning flashes were accompanied by horrific claps of thunder that shook her bed, and made the room look almost demonic. She lay there, the storm’s violence her only constant companion, hoping that this terror was not an omen for the final operation to mend her crushed spine, scheduled for 6:00 a.m. the next morning.

The gale outside reminded her of that fateful day such a short time ago, when the treacherous and mountainously stormy Antarctic seas heaved their plucky little ship one too many times, bringing down the forward cargo crane, pinning her and cracking her spine.

She struggled to cast that terror out of her mind and away from the storm, instead trying to focus on the visit earlier that day of her husband and two teenage children. They had all been there on her rescue ship when the crane came crashing down and without their quick thinking she would not have survived at all. Since the horror of the final days of the Antarctic research mission, not a moment had gone by without her constant evaluation of what else could have been done to save the lives of other scientists from their team.

Judy’s only comfort from that ordeal was that Mother Nature, in unleashing her fury on the world, had opened the eyes of mankind to the delicate and frail balance of planet Earth’s environment, and its ability to sustain life as we know it. This violent warning had mobilized humanity, and every country on earth was now screaming for critical action to be taken immediately to combat the environmental catastrophe caused by man-made global warming.

The pivotal part she had played and the sacrifice made on her recent Antarctic mission had earned her world recognition. She had been invited to give the opening address at the United Nations-sponsored World Environment Summit by Professor Ralph Becker, the summit’s convener. Although Judy knew what she wanted to say, she was still unclear about how to say it. She was nevertheless resolutely determined to walk to that podium.

Another vivid bolt of lightning together with a crash of thunder highlighted the stark white pages of the document propped up in front of her on her motionless sliding table. This paper, a detailed account of their entire scientific mission, had been left with her by Michael Van Haas, one of the few members of their team who had managed to escape with at least his life. This was their joint thesis, to support his application for a doctorate, and hers for a professorship, in environmental studies. The sight of Michael, scarred by shocking facial burns, would be a lifelong reminder of the hell they had endured during their deadly scientific misadventure.

Not yet knowing the full details of their desperate fight, and flight from that frozen hell, and knowing that she would not sleep a wink before tomorrow, she picked up the document and flicked it open to the first page. She began to read the full account of the journey that had brought her to this point, and in so doing, taken planet Earth to the edge of an environmental meltdown, and humanity to the brink of a nuclear holocaust.  


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