“He who controls the God Factor controls Earth’s destiny … if it still has one.”
An ancient evil lays buried deep in the Superstition Mountains. For young photojournalist, Jenna Blakely, and DARPA agent, Kyle Fortnum, the terrifying discovery is only the beginning of their problems. As they soon find to their horror, in their hands they hold the secret to the ultimate fate of the Earth itself. There are those who will stop at nothing to get it.
Jenna, while on assignment for her magazine, captures a picture of a bright beam of light shooting up into the night sky from the mountains of Arizona. Her editor sends her and a coworker, Peter, back to the site to investigate.
But the strange glow has done more than just piqued her editor’s interest alone. Others have noticed. The event triggers a race amongst deadly opposing forces.
The first is a covert inner circle of the Bilderberg Society, intent on finding an alien weapon to achieve their ultimate goals, ones stated on the Guiding Stones of Georgia.
Opposing them is a secret group of Jesuits known as the Hidalgos. They only owe allegiance to a centuries-dead pope. The fanatical Hidalgos are determined on keeping hidden the location of “tainted” gold, the legendary Cibola, the cities of lost gold.
Kyle Fortnum is also sent to investigate. The beam of light has vaporized a military satellite. The government is alarmed. Moreover, the strange ray targeted a distant LaGrange point in space. There, “something” invisible seems to be lurking.
Then there is Barry, Jenna’s abusive ex-boyfriend and fellow journalist. He’s out not only to steal her story and so become famous, but he wants to exact murderous revenge upon her, as well.
A Jesuit priest wanted for a double killing and sworn to stop anyone from finding the gold, Jenna and coworker, Peter, Kyle, assassins, and a maniacal ex-lover, are all thrust into fast-paced, life-or-death situations. They battle for supremacy in the Arizona Superstition Mountains, those of the legendary and famous Lost Dutchman’s Mine.
Somehow, Jenna, Kyle, and Peter must not only find the source of the light, but discover its secrets in time to stop an alien “something” streaking toward Earth on a mission of total destruction. As if this weren’t enough, there is something more, something else buried in those mountains. This is the lethal secret known only as the God Factor, a thing so powerful, it can destroy the entire population of Earth. And he who controls the God Factor will control Earth’s future … if it still has one.
From a murdered priest in Boston to assassins in the Arizona wilderness, the battle begins. Powerful and clandestine societies struggle for control of bizarre alien weapons. A government agent and an innocent young woman fight to survive and win out against incredible odds. Somehow, someway, they must save the world not only from alien destruction, but from human caused devastation, as well.
A sealed vault discovered in the ruins of ancient Babylon reveals the knowledge of Eridu, “the First City of Mankind.” But what are the records doing in Babylon? Then, two archaeologists discover a terrible secret there. Before they can communicate their findings to anyone, they pay the ultimate price for this discovery with their lives. First, graduate student Harvey Keynes dies, stabbed to death, and then Professor Gregory Pitt is brutally murdered soon after.
DARPA sends agents Kyle Fortnum and Jenna Blakely of the Department of Defense to investigate. However, this is not by choice. Someone, or “something” is blackmailing the agency and Vera Bennington, Kyle and Jenna’s boss, has no choice but to give in to the demands. Now, Kyle is under suspicion, thought to be in collusion with the unknown blackmailer, and so a possible traitor.
Arriving in Iraq, the two agents struggle to solve the riddles of the murders and try to unlock the key to the secrets of the underground chamber. But powerful foes are at work. Kyle and Jenna, along with their friend, “Ant,” a private detective, fight to achieve their goals while trying to stay alive, because someone wants them dead.
All around them dark forces gather, arrayed against them. The world trembles on the brink of a terrible crisis. Then, when an otherworldly Artificial Intelligence alerts them a secret cabal plans to trigger a nuclear war, the two DARPA agents become desperate to stop this.
Theirs is a race against time.
What is the secret that caused the deaths of the two archaeologists? When discovered, Kyle learns it is an earthshaking one. But can the agents keep the clock from ticking down to nuclear Armageddon for all humanity?
Or is the Babylon Effect unstoppable and all their efforts in vain?The Babylon Effect, by bestseller author Rob Shelsky, is a science fiction suspense novel with all the answers. With the introduction of agents Kyle Fortnum and Jenna Blakely as the protagonists, the thriller world will never be the same again.
Trouble starts when researcher, Phineas Bankhead, has his colleague and friend, Rhys Evans, run a statistical analysis on Lorimer Wave recordings. Rhys discovers the ancient bursts from space seem highly compressed and could contain a cryptic message. Phineas contacts Vera Bennington at DARPA headquarters to alert her of this fact.
But when Phineas arranges to meet Rhys near his place of employment, to retrieve an important flash drive, kidnappers intercept and abduct him in broad daylight. Events take a dramatic turn for the worse.
Rhys wonders why someone would abduct Phineas. Does the kidnapping have to do with the flash drive containing the radio bursts? Did Phineas mention the discovery to someone else besides him, perhaps the wrong person?
When summoned, the police question whether a kidnapping even took place, since Rhys is the only witness to the supposed incident. Exasperated and half-convinced the cops are right; Rhys leaves the matter in police hands. He feels he can do no more to help. He continues work on the radio bursts in the hopes Phineas will be okay.
Later, the police inform Rhys that Phineas is dead, having been brutally tortured. They want him to come in for questioning. Rhys realizes he is now a prime suspect and so goes on the run. Then, two assassins attempt to kill him.
Now he has not only the police looking for him as a wanted murder suspect, but the assassins of Phineas, as well. In desperation, he contacts an acquaintance, Kyle Fortnum, who unknown to Rhys is an agent for the DOD on assignment to DARPA. He works for Vera Bennington, the person whom Phineas had called. With Vera’s permission, Kyle arranges for Rhys to meet him in New Mexico. His goal is to bring him in from the cold, to rescue him.
But events go awry. When Kyle contacts Vera Bennington again, he discovers there are moles at DARPA, members of a group known as the Cabal, a secret inner circle of the Bilderberg Group. To bring Rhys in would not protect him, but instead endanger his life even more. He and Agent Jenna Blakely must try to hide Rhys until he can decode the radio bursts, discover the secrets of the enigma.
The task is not an easy one. For the discovery Rhys has made now has unleashed a whirlwind of powerful opposing forces who all struggle to obtain the incredible prize. Rhys, Agents Kyle and Jenna, as well as computer programmer, Myra, go on the run from agents of the Cabal sent to kill them. The assassins are also intent on containing the knowledge of the significance of the radio bursts. The Cabal wants the contents of the message only for themselves.
To complicate matters, an ancient society, The Brotherhood of the Snake opposes the Cabal and is intent on the opposite, on dispensing the secret knowledge to everyone.
In the middle of all this, Agents Kyle and Jenna barely manage to stay just a step ahead of their enemies. At the same time, Rhys and his new companion, Myra, work feverishly to decode the message. They discover it comes not from aliens in outer space, but from a long-dead civilization in another universe. The aliens offer humanity an incredible gift and a dire warning. But is the gift the “pearl of great price?” For as Kyle and the rest find out, nothing comes without its terrible drawbacks.
Still, agents Kyle and Jenna fight to keep all of them and the message safe until either help can arrive or they can reach some decision, for the contents of the message are explosive. If acted on, the directives will forever alter Earth’s future, humanity’s destiny.
Then, when events come to a climax, Kyle must make a fateful decision. Should he take the ultimate step offered to him by the message? Does he dare become more than just a mere human in order to save them all? And if he takes this crucial step, can there be any going back for him, or for all of humanity?
The Creator Code is an exciting, action-packed, suspense novel: “a real science fiction thriller, one that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats and makes them wonder what’s going to happen next! Not only does the fate of all humanity and Earth’s future hang in the balance, but that of the entire universe, as well! – Author and Editor, Shelby Vick of Planetary Stories Magazine.