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What is this sci-fi thriller about?

Menacing aliens, a catastrophic asteroid, the imminent end of the world: these are the sensational elements that Gray Apocalypse fuses together in a spine-tingling thriller that will keep you turning the pages. In this tale of heroic and redemptive action, […]

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What was the inspiration for Gray Apocalypse?

Gray Apocalypse was inspired by an abduction event in Puerto Rico in May 1988. Amaury Rivera, a resident of Cabo Rojo in southwest Puerto Rico, claimed his alien abductors showed him an image of an enormous asteroid striking the Caribbean […]

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Reviews of Gray Apocalypse

Geoff Nelder, co-editor of Escape Velocity magazine and the award-winning science fiction author of Escaping Reality and Exit, Pursued by a Bee: I am a sucker for apocalyptic stories. Even if the SF academic Brian Stableford thinks they are old […]

Boqueron is a resort town on the west coast of Puerto Rico not far from Cabo Rojo.

The historic lighthouse at Cabo Rojo and its importance to this fast-paced story

Imagine the dome of a small observatory built on top of the tower of the historic lighthouse at Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Also imagine that a potent weapon is hidden inside the tower that is intended to deflect an asteroid […]

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The astonishing story of Amaury Rivera and what he was told after he was abducted near Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Gray Apocalypse was inspired by an abduction event in Puerto Rico in May 1988. Amaury Rivera, a resident of Cabo Rojo in southwest Puerto Rico, claimed his alien abductors showed him an image of an enormous asteroid striking the Caribbean […]

 

What is this sci-fi thriller about?

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Menacing aliens, a catastrophic asteroid, the imminent end of the world: these are the sensational elements that Gray Apocalypse fuses together in a spine-tingling thriller that will keep you turning the pages. In this tale of heroic and redemptive action, not-of-this-world creatures have engineered a race of hybrids that will inherit the earth once the human race has been eliminated via an induced cataclysm.

The time has come. Can anyone stop them?

How the threat is dealt with is what this unique and highly entertaining novel is all about. Read more »

What was the inspiration for Gray Apocalypse?

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Gray Apocalypse was inspired by an abduction event in Puerto Rico in May 1988. Amaury Rivera, a resident of Cabo Rojo in southwest Puerto Rico, claimed his alien abductors showed him an image of an enormous asteroid striking the Caribbean Sea near Puerto Rico, a catastrophe they predicted for the near future that would cause universal destruction and leave only a remnant of human civilization.

Rivera spoke about his experiences in a documentary by German filmmaker Michael Hesemann: UFOs: The Secret Evidence. He claimed he was taken from his car about 4:30 in the morning of May 8 and found himself aboard a spacecraft along with fourteen other people. A human looking alien with long black hair showed them holographic images that gave an idea of the alien’s home planet. Then came the hologram showing Earth’s destruction. Read more »

Reviews of Gray Apocalypse

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Geoff Nelder, co-editor of Escape Velocity magazine and the award-winning science fiction author of Escaping Reality and Exit, Pursued by a Bee:

I am a sucker for apocalyptic stories. Even if the SF academic Brian Stableford thinks they are old hat and all been done, the success of Armageddon, 28 Days Later and The Day After Tomorrow illustrates that the public wants more. Not that Gray Apocalypse is really apocalyptic. There is no experience, dystopian or utopian, of Earth after the impending asteroid event. Instead we are treated to how a government could keep an awful secret from society for 60 years. It wouldn’t be easy in a freedom-of-information democracy such as the USA, but Murdoch makes the scenario believable. In many ways the book is a kind of conspiracy theory and although it is fiction, I find myself looking up wondering if that 99942 Apophis asteroid on its way to us in 2029 need not hurl itself around the sun for a go at us in 2036 but have its course altered for a direct hit.

In this novel aliens pick on Earth, presumably because of its suitable environment–global warming and pollution notwithstanding–to create millions of hybrids to populate the planet once life above the surface is obliterated by the steered asteroid. Read more »

The historic lighthouse at Cabo Rojo and its importance to this fast-paced story

Boqueron is a resort town on the west coast of Puerto Rico not far from Cabo Rojo.

Imagine the dome of a small observatory built on top of the tower of the historic lighthouse at Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Also imagine that a potent weapon is hidden inside the tower that is intended to deflect an asteroid big enough to destroy Earth and that the fuel for the weapon is Element 115, ununpentium — the same element that fuels the alien spacecraft.

Imagine further that the fuel for the weapon is hidden somewhere in Texas. The hero must find it and then discover where in Puerto Rico he must go with it in order to power the weapon to deflect the asteroid the aliens have diverted. Their goal: to strike Earth with it to destroy all human life.

The hero has only three days to accomplish all of this. The aliens and their earthly conspirators try to do everything in their power to stop him. How he finally succeeds makes Gray Apocalypse one of the most exciting sci-fi thrillers ever written.

The astonishing story of Amaury Rivera and what he was told after he was abducted near Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

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Gray Apocalypse was inspired by an abduction event in Puerto Rico in May 1988. Amaury Rivera, a resident of Cabo Rojo in southwest Puerto Rico, claimed his alien abductors showed him an image of an enormous asteroid striking the Caribbean Sea near Puerto Rico, a catastrophe they predicted for the near future that would cause universal destruction and leave only a remnant of human civilization.

Rivera spoke about his experiences in a documentary by German filmmaker Michael Hesemann: UFOs: The Secret Evidence. He claimed he was taken from his car about 4:30 in the morning of May 8 and found himself aboard a spacecraft along with fourteen other people. A human looking alien with long black hair showed them holographic images that gave an idea of the alien’s home planet. Then came the hologram showing Earth’s destruction.

Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (circled area)

Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (circled area)

Abduction stories are usually easy to dismiss, but that is not so in the case of Amaury Rivera. When he found himself back in his car, the sun was out. In the sky, he heard jets and when he looked up, he saw three U.S. fighter jets — F-14 Tomcats — harassing a disk-shaped object that he estimated was about 100 yards in diameter. Rivera assumed it was the same spacecraft he had been aboard. In the car, he happened to have a Pocket Instamatic camera that he had been taking pictures with at a nightclub the evening before. He snapped a series of photographs that show a U.S. fighter jet in close proximity to the spaceship. Five of those photographs are reproduced here. It is for you to judge their authenticity.

In the documentary, Rivera talks about how he went public with his experience and how men who claimed to be with the CIA and brandishing a search warrant tore through his home trying to find the photographs and negatives. They couldn’t find them: He had taped them to the ceiling of the doghouse, and the agents didn’t think of searching there.

Rivera’s abduction and the grim warning of a coming cosmic disaster was the spark for Gray Apocalypse. I started playing the “What if?” game. What if the predicted asteroid strike did not involve a natural catastrophe, but an induced one? What if an alien species intended to bring an end to the human race via a diverted asteroid? What would be their motive? Was this the 2012 doomsday prophesy? What if Rivera’s abduction was the only way other aliens could give advance warning to the human race so that the planet could prepare a defense? Scientists say that with enough advance warning, measures could be taken even with today’s technology to prevent an asteroid from striking Earth. But how could a diverted asteroid be countered? Would there be enough time?

Within a month, I had the story plotted out and started writing. I now offer you Gray Apocalypse.