getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned
terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling
in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300
miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP),
destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling
of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to
a halt most forms of transportation.
takeoff, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that
has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th Century.
Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile
continent to a family he’s not even sure has survived the effects of the
attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own
struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos
Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion
to each other the strength to persevere.
Kansas, the missile reached its target.
No one on the ground even noticed the blast. Perhaps had someone been looking at precisely
the right location, at precisely the right time, they might have noticed a
tiny, momentary spark in the bright afternoon sky. Had they seen the flash, it likely would have
been attributed to the glint of sunlight reflecting off a passing
airplane. From every vantage point below
the detonation, there was no sense of the destructive capacity contained in
that tiny speck of light. More than 300
miles above the earth, a nuclear explosion impacts nothing with the force of
its blast. It is merely a large bomb
going off in a vacuum, creating no shockwaves, no fireballs, no radiation, not
even any sound.
was now the most lethal weapon to be unleashed in the history of the world, but
it was a weapon that would have had absolutely no discernible affect on mankind
200 years ago, other than creating a more colorful aurora. Upon detonation, the bomb expelled an intense
wave of gamma radiation in every direction.
The gamma rays traveling earthward interacted with the upper levels of
the atmosphere and created a chain reaction of displaced electrons that rushed
towards the surface of the earth at the speed of light. Most of the these displaced electrons passed
rapidly through the atmosphere and grounded themselves harmlessly in the earth.
conductive materials: metal, antennas,
copper wiring, and silicon chips. As
these conductors absorbed untold billions of free electrons, they experienced
sudden surges in both voltage and current.
In simple items, like a garden rake, this surge was manifested as a
harmless static electricity-like spark.
But in larger networks and sensitive objects, the consequences of the
electron overload were devastating.
Ray Gorham was born in Calgary, Canada in 1966. Prior to graduating college and settling in the United States in 1991, Ray had the good fortune to live in a variety of locations around the world. Years in Australia, England, Lebanon, Japan, Canada, and the United States all helped to shape his background, worldview, and appreciation for other people and cultures.