The Doomsday Equation
Imagine a computer algorithm, a process of set of rules to be followed in calculations or to solve problems being able to not only solve the problem in a finite number of steps but also predict the future of the stock market, gas prices, the weather, oil prices and much more. What would happen if this algorithm could not only predict global outbreaks of conflicts with a certain amount of accuracy on regular basis? Jeremy Stillwater is a genius without many friends. His interpersonal skills are poor and need professional assistance and working and interacting with co-workers and people does not come easy to him. Strong minded, filled with his own thoughts, independent and definitely defending his latest algorithm which predicts that WWIII is just three days away. What will happen if he tells the people on earth that in three days there will be a huge amount of lives lost on a colossal scale. What happens as he rationalizes what he begins to see on his computer or IPAD screen? Someone has created a program that shows when things are heating up around the world and the colors like the colors used by the government to alert the public of high alerts or terrorist attacks are used to delineate when things are happening global wide. But, when telling his Silicon Valley financiers about what he has learned no one believes him. As a matter of fact he begins from the start to suspect someone has tampered with his computer and is trying to make him look bad. But, things progress and Jeremy slowly realizes that what he sees if real. With his own ally, Nik, he hopes to uncover who is behind this plot to destroy the world. His government watchdog handler, Andrea and girlfriend, Emily is skeptical and he does not know whom to trust.
As the reader gets to know Jeremy you begin to realize that he is quite paranoid, self-absorbed within his own realm of reality and definitely mistrusts everyone he meets and knows. Alienating those who might help him the only one that will deal with him is Nik. Jeremy sifts through his computer files, checks the data and realizes that someone or something else is involved and possibly it is not the world that is coming to an end but someone is after him but why and who? Added in there is a second plot line dealing with a group called the Guardian of the City. For whatever reason someone decides to free a lion from the San Francisco Zoo but as of yet this has not come to Jeremy’s attention. Researching more into the Guardian of the City I found a group called Neturei-Karta that the author sites in his notes at the end of the book and formed by a group of Orthodox Jewish People in 1938. They according to their name stand for the self-proclaimed guardians and will kill their enemy at all costs and anyway they deem fit.
Jeremy is frantically searching for the person or persons that are responsible for what he thinks will be a global attack. Trying to relate this to any figure in authority proved futile and dealing with both Evan, Harry and Andrea did not elevate his status and no one is taking him seriously. Evan created a company called the SEER and is suing him. Harry his mentor winds up dead and Jeremy assumes Evan is behind it all.
Author Matt Richtel created a character in Jeremy Stillwater that is definitely not the most likeable. His strange personality borders on bio polar at times and presenting the story through the eyes of the main character helps readers understand him better he seems like someone who if one more thing happens he will ignite and disintegrate. Throughout the novel he rationalizes his behavior and tries to convince everyone of what he thinks is going to happen and even reunite with his girlfriend Emily in strange ways. Jeremy thinks the world is about to come to an end and yet he starts to realize that something or someone just might be behind what is happening.
Trying to follow conversations that he has with others will not be easy and his people skills are way down there. He is a loner, enjoys his own company and definitely feels he needs no one in his life except when he deviates and seeks out Emily and her son Kent. Imagine the pressure he is feeling when thinking that this algorithm is right and is predicting that the world in three days will end with the outbreak of another World War. Reading the figures, seeing what he finds and learning more about how he is going to determine his course of action brings to light the technological advances that computers provide. But, when no one believes in him and the Pentagon tells him his algorithm is wrong, his backers and financiers shun his thoughts what happens will change his perspective as he learns about the Guardian of the City.
Then the plots intertwine and Jeremy witnesses something that sends him on a quest to find more than just answers as The Guardian of the City strikes and one man falls prey.
Learning about Janine and how she became part of the Guardian of the City is revealed in Chapter 15. What happened to her and her mother explains why she found solace within this group and much more. A quote from the Book of Genesis explains it even more in page 108 and 109. But, what she is charged to do and why will change everything for not only her but Jeremy too. The history of the guardians is revealed on pages 159- 160 and the lies, deceptions and betrayals start to become clearer to Jeremy.
What is SEER and just what is Evan up to? What does Harry’s message mean about the log cabin and AskIT. What part does Andrea play and whey about Evan? Why does Andrea’s boss disappear or is he really dead?
Why is tantalum involved and what does this have to do with Iran? But, finding Evan and meeting with him would do more than enlighten him and learning that this had something to do with top-secret effort to attack Iran using a bomb siphoned from Russia would change the complexion of everything. But, when you hear what Evan relates, the real reason why. Explaining that “ Potemkin went to Carlos Fox the billionaire Mexican chip manufacturer, and Raj Arooth, the venture capitalist,’’ and others even higher up. Using the algorithm to work backward meaning: rather than putting business first to emphasize profits= they’d discover what economic models would lead to peaceful outcomes in imperiled regions.” Creating what he called a Peace Machine. Reverse engineering peace by creating economic hubs in places with the deepest traditions of conflict.” Imagine technology that could predict the future of conflict! Listen as Evan explains it to Jeremy and the light begins to shine and he realizes just why Harry was killed, Andrea’s part and who right in front of him has another agenda that he did not see.
As the link between the Guardian of the City and the entire situation comes to light and what the job of this person was in regard to Jeremy the author enlightens readers as to what the Pentagon really wanted and why Jeremy was never sent to other countries to test out his work. But, Jeremy as one-person states is only as we can tell out for himself, wanting the glory and learns the true meaning of being uses. The harsh truth is given as Jeremy learns the reality of his key fob, who this group really is and that the Guardians are everywhere.
How far will they go to get what Jeremy carries with him? How far will Jeremy go to protect the two people he cares about the most? What does Tw1nkleKent1201 mean? What does this have to do with the State of Israel? The ending will leave you with some unanswered questions and wondering what is going to happen next to Jeremy and where the Guardian will strike next. What does the lion symbolize and why free them? As we learn the Lion of Judah is the symbol of the tribe of Israel and to Christians, the lion is Jesus who came form the tribe of Judah. How all this comes together you will have to learn for yourself and the end result as to whether the algorithm works will come when you hear Jeremy’s final thoughts and learn the answer by reading Doomsday Equation for yourself. A powerful story and a difficult plot to unravel at times as many will either root for Jeremy or some might hope he falls.
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