If civilization were destroyed today—would John Thomas Rourke be able to survive...?
The Russians, consolidating their brutal hold on America after the bloody horror of World War III, are planning an act so vicious that mankind, itself, may never recover from the blow. John Thomas Rourke, the ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority is the only one with a prayer of stopping them.
But the Reds aren't afraid of Rourke. They fear the same thing he does: the imminent combustion of the earth's atmosphere into a global mass of deadly flame!
Though Rourke has finally found his family, it will be a short reunion if he can't find a way to survive the Earth Fire. When all of humanity is about to burn in a hell of its own creation, it will be the final—and perhaps fatal—test of Rourke's skills as... THE SURVIVALIST
"Tell Tom Maus I'm back and I want to see him—I'm John Rourke."
A few moments later the door opened, Tom Maus, his good-natured, slightly gravelly sounding voice low, said, "You've been a busy man, Doctor Rourke—you and Major Tiemerovna have been very busy. Come in—"
"We have some friends with us—I wanted to tell you first."
"What kind of friends?"
"Two Soviet Special Forces officers and ten enlisted men—but they're on our side so to speak—"
Maus started to slam the door. Rourke stepped into it, pushing the door back. "Look—in a day, maybe six days at the most, nothing will be left. It's the end of the world, Maus—for real, the end of the world."
Rourke watched Mau's face in the grey-purple light.
"You're joking—and it's in poor—"
"I'm not joking," Rourke told him quietly.
"He is telling the truth," Rourke heard Natalia whisper beside him. "I wish to God he were not."