Sancti Trilogy #3
June 11, 2013
After the risecomes the fall When a cyber-attack at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland disables the Hubble telescope and the Nobel Prize–winning scientist in charge disappears, the only clues left behind are a cryptic countdown clock and a chilling message displayed on the missing man's computer: Mankind Must Look No Further. Newly appointed FBI agent Joe Shepherd, a former academic star with degrees in astrophysics and computer science, is uniquely qualified to handle the investigation, but he is also hiding some secrets of his own. He discovers a note in the missing scientist's handwriting that reads "end of days" and further evidence linking the cyber-attack to a series of strange events from eight months earlier—an explosion at the Citadel, an ancient monastery in Turkey; the deadly viral outbreak that occurred in its wake; and the disappearance of an American journalist named Liv Adamsen and ex–special forces operative Gabriel Mann. Liv has been trapped in the Syrian Desert, a prisoner of the prophecy that drove her there and now whispers of terrible things to come. Gabriel, infected and tormented by the deadly virus he carried out of the Citadel, is desperate to return before it spreads. Shepherd's investigation takes him on a journey to the secrets at the very edge of the universe and also deep into his own past as the countdown clock continues and extraordinary events begin to manifest around the globe—animals migrating out of season, extreme weather battering the planet, people deserting the cities as they answer a growing urge to return to their original homes. In this exhilarating conclusion to the internationally bestselling Ruin trilogy, one woman's destiny weaves the past and present together in a way that will change the future for us all. But what is the "end of days" and what does it really mean for humankind—will it be revelation or devastation?
Warning: Contains spoilers from the entire series. You can read my reviews of the two previous books, Sanctus and The Key.
Yes, I finally finished this one, albeit a bit late. My progress was hindered by a 2 hour power outage which really took away time from reading. The book was good; great really. At one point I started to wonder if this entire book started to be about aliens. I will not say whether this is true or not, you’ll have to read it to find out.
The saddest part of the book is having Gabriel being sick with the blight that kills all its victims in 2-3 days. Liv isn’t a major character in the story although she continues to be a major part of the story. You have two new main characters, Agents Shepherd and Franklin. Agent Shepherd is assigned to the case because of his experience in the astrological field, even though he hasn’t finished his training as a FBI agent. Franklin on the other hand is a seasoned veteran of the FBI who has dedicated so much time to the agency that he no longer seems to know his family again.
Franklin and Shepherd are tasked to investigate a deliberate attempt to shut down the Hubble Telescope and with it the disappearance of the professor in charge of the NASA project. They go on a chase across several states trying to figure out the culprit. Along the way they keep coming across words like T, and Mala.
Meanwhile strange things are happening all over the world. Wars are ending. Ports overflowing with local boats. People aren’t showing up for work. Everyone seems to be overwhelmed with a desire to go home, where ever that is.
The book is fast paced and there wasn’t a time I felt the story was going slow. You will lose some of your beloved characters during the story. Of course, it would be too unrealistic if no one died considering the high risk situations they keep getting themselves into. But that doesn’t make it less sad. Overall, I did not regret reading this series. It has an unusual ending but one that I found to be satisfying.