In Memphis 7.9 Chris Nelson predicted
the earthquake, but would not have been heard had he told of
what he knew. The gaint earthquake struck, followed by awesome
aftershocks, and destroyed the city and injured much of the central
River Captain BuddyJoe Simpson rescued over 2,000
crew, passengers, and refugees on the broken Mississippi River,
fighting his way through floods, past crevasses, and around fallen
bluffs in a land torn by anarchy and piracy. He brings his charges
to Memphis, and realizes they were better off on the river.
The story next moves into recovery.
How can the mythical Phoenix Bird rise from the ashes of Memphis?
Chris, BuddyJoe, and others from
the first two books step to the front in the Herculean task.
Those responsible for the safety of the city join with them.
Some of the planning and preparation done in Shelby County makes
a big difference, but in other areas, the preparation is sadly
Little help appears in the city,
for many of the expected rescurers are consumed in crying for
help themselves. Chaos and anarchy build in the city, and a mass
exodus drains away many of those who could help, leaving those
who are left with poorer and poorer odds for survival.
Chris finds himself the object
of envy, for the people find he has predicted the earthquake.
Some try to force the information from him for their own profit.
The city lapses into an outright
battle of good versus evil, and old adversaries rise from the
ashes and fight for control of what little remains. Civilization
is at stake.
The novel The Phoenix of
Memphis tells what happens to the city of Memphis and
the eastern United States, as the city tries to recover from
the devastation that has occurred when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake
strikes the New Madrid Fault.
The book is scheduled for publication
in the fall of 2006.