|About the Book|
Dr. Richard Callender, a genius and developer of the concept behind the Orion Project, a highly secretive plan by the government to create an ultra-light but durable metal, is presently in Gloucester Manor, a special rest and rehabilitation facilityMoreDr. Richard Callender, a genius and developer of the concept behind the Orion Project, a highly secretive plan by the government to create an ultra-light but durable metal, is presently in Gloucester Manor, a special rest and rehabilitation facility for high security people. Diagnosed with emotional problems, Richard wiles away his days painting and writing, all under the watchful eyes of Emily Watson, his assigned nurse, as the institution continues to assess Richard’s state of mind.Enter Thomas Crandall, Director of the National Security Agency, who personally comes to seek Richard’s help in detecting a traitor who plans to steal the Orion Project and sell it to a foreign government in three days. Despite Richard’s mental condition, the Director realizes that the scientist’s understanding of the Project and his highly developed deductive skills make him their best chance to uncover the traitor and stop the sale in time.Transported to a former missile base in Arizona, Richard, along with Emily to tend to him, undertake the task of discovering which, if any, of the ten top scientists currently working on Orion would be capable of pulling off such a theft. He quickly runs afoul of the base Commander, Colonel Riley, who considers Richard’s presence a direct affront to his own ability to find the traitor. Despite the fact that a flock of sheep mysteriously died close to the base, a mysterious black helicopter hovered over the facility for a few minutes then literally vanished, and a corporal was able to get marijuana into his barracks, Colonel Riley appears to be in complete denial that any of the Orion records are in danger.Richard’s search is interrupted by the discovery of the body of one of the scientists and the arrest of a townsperson for the crime. Before Richard can adequately interrogate him, that man is murdered in his cell.As the scientific community on the base is plunged into chaos and distrust even going so far as to accuse each other, the members call in Director Crandall personally to stop what they perceive to be Richard’s over-the-top methods of interrogation likening them to the Inquisition, guilt by association.With accusations piling up against various people, including Colonel Riley, Richard must race to solve the mystery, but is it already too late? Has the Orion Project already been compromised?Follow the clues along with Richard and see if you can unravel them yourself, then stay focused as the story builds to an explosive climax.