The year is 2025. Immense numbers of people swarm the globe. In countless, astonishing ways, technology has triumphed—but at a staggering cost. Starvation is rampant. City dwellers gasp for breath under blackened skies. And tottering on the brink of environmental collapse, the world may be ending...
It is a future that could well be ours. In their second shocking and fascinating portrait of America's possible destiny, Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka have again written a breathless thriller, a book that gives us an important warning and ultimately a message of hope.Warner - 1st Edition - April 1986
Imagine cities with blackened air, where men, women, and children gasp for breath. Imagine a countryside with almost no trees... a land where severe droughts, dust storms, and forest fires rage. Imagine an America of astonishing achievements — but so overpopulated and ravaged by its own excesses that it totters on the brink of the destiny predicted long ago in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
This is the world that confronts us in Nature’s End — a world only a few years from now. With all the vivid detail, compassion, and compelling suspense of their New York Times bestseller, the highly acclaimed Warday, Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka now bring us another riveting novel based on scientific fact. Where their earlier book depicted the grim reality of nuclear war, Nature’s End portrays, the same powerful documentary style, a devastation even more likely to occur: total environmental collapse. It is a crisis that will endanger the entire globe — and demand all the creativity, strength, and courage of humankind.
As Nature’s End opens, the horrifying proposals of Dr. Gupta Singh are gathering momentum. A frightening demagogue with a saintly Gandhi-like demeanor Singh has dared to voice the unthinkable: the voluntary suicide of one third of the world’s people.
Threatened by poisoned air, water, and food that no longer can support the too rapidly growing populace, nation after nation has joined the Depopulationist International. And now, as the United States stands on the edge of environmental disaster, terrified voters elect a Depopulationist majority in Congress.
Time is running out; only a handful of Americans can stop Singh and expose the danger of his views before his Manifesto becomes the law of the land and millions die. Led by journalist John Sinclair, they find themselves on the run, speeding toward catastrophe, with their lives — and the lives of all humanity — hanging perilously in the balance.
As Singh fights back, in one master stroke of psychological warfare after another, their hope lies in the coded data files of Sinclair’s dead son, Tom, and a mysterious clue: the secret of mankind’s future has something to do with children and a place called Magic.
Here are the horrors — and the wonders — of a technology that is both destroying and advancing humanity. Here is a mystery, a quest, a thriller — an absorbing novel about a future that may someday be ours.
"Chillingly Credible... Entertaining and Intelligent... Atmosphere and Action Keep the Pages Turning." —Washington Post Book World
"A whale of a tale... even scarier and even better reading than Warday." —Detroit News
"A chilling apocalyptic vision." —United Press International
"Mixing scientific detail with the gripping, roller-coaster pace of a spy novel, Strieber and Kunetka create an exciting book that belongs more to speculative fiction than science fiction... a pensive, passionate book." —San Diego Tribune
A New Masterpiece of a Frightening Future
"Beats Stephen King for horror... the settings are so real. Entertaining." —Detroit News
"May succeed in what environmentalists have failed to do: shake up a complacent public into realizing the potential for danger in the rape of the environment... chilling and compelling... so much more than a novel." —Toledo Blade
"Right up there with the winners, a must for anyone who cares about tomorrow." —Harry Harrison, author of West of Eden
"Enough plot twists and absorbing questions to sustain the reader's interest... should help reduce pollution by keeping a lot of people in their favorite reading chair and out of their cars." —People
"Don't start this novel if you have something else to do for a couple of days... alternately exhilerating and exhausting." —Tulsa Daily World
"As gripping and chilling because of its undeniable facts and plausible predictions as for its suspenseful and snowballing plot." —Witchita Eagle-Beacon
"A disturbing book, urgent in its warning." —Ocala Star-Banner
"Has plenty of hook and momentum... keeps the reader sucked to the page." —Kirkus Reviews
"Frighteningly real." —Publishers Weekly
"Prophetic... a though-provoking view of the future." —Booklist
"Strongly recommended." —Library Journal