Undercover FBI agent Ian Gray’s world is turned upside down when he discovers a domestic terror group unlike any other; one composed of Americans intent on attacking the Muslim world.
As Gray scrambles to investigate this new group, he’s confronted with deadly technologies, spies, and a group of fanatics as dedicated and lethal as any terrorist organization in the world. Their plan is in motion. They have the initiative. And they aim for nothing less than the destruction of a civilization.
FROM THE AUTHOR
In his 2003 book “Our Final Hour,” Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom, estimates that the probability that humanity will survive the 21st century is about 50 percent. He says if our end does come, it will likely come at our own hands, either through an intentional act of terror or war, or by an accident or unexpected use of powerful technology.
Fifty percent. A coin flip, with humanity’s existence resting on the outcome.
Throughout human history, the amount of damage a single person, or small group of people, could inflict has been relatively small. If Nero did set Rome ablaze, or if Mrs. Oleary’s cow did the same to Chicago, that was about as much destruction as a single person could muster. Mass destruction was only capable by armies or other large groups of people.
But not anymore. As history progressed and weapons became deadlier, easier to produce and easier to use, our ability to kill has never been greater. And not just at the hands of the military.
A single person now has the ability to murder or maim dozens, hundreds, perhaps even thousands of people, simply by doing the right research and getting the right materials together. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols showed how some fertilizer, a rental truck and a primitive fuse could bring about the deaths of 168 people in an instant. The terrorists of 9-11 showed how a slightly larger group could kill thousands. Does anyone believe these men would not have used a nuclear bomb if they had access to one? Or any weapon they could get their hands on as long as they could kill as many people as possible?
It will only get easier. One day, perhaps very soon, average people might very well gain the ability to kill millions of people at any given time. How does the world go on when everyone’s life depends on every person choosing not to become a terrorist?
I’m not sure anyone knows that answer. This is the question that lies at the heart of “Ameriqaeda.” One man believes he knows the answer. He is so certain of this, that he is willing to kill to ensure humanity can survive this coming technological pubescence.