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The Prophet

Written By:Jerry Ahern - 1984

  • The Prophet  - Jerry Ahern cover


If civilization were destroyed today—would John Thomas Rourke be able to survive...?

World War III was just practice for what's coming. And even those who survived the original fire-storm—like John Thomas Rourke—won't have a chance when the next round of carnage begins.

But Rourke, the ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons specialist, and survival expert didn't strggle to stay alive in this brutal world only to die in a final holocaust of fire and blood.

As six nuclear missiles are poised to start the ultimate conflagration, Rourke's constant quest for his wife and son becomes a desperate mission to save both family and all humanity from being blasted into extinction. If he should fail, no man will ever walk the earth again—not even... THE SURVIVALIST



The infrared seeker confirmed what Rourke had already detected—crosses with bonfires burning beside them, at the edge of the valley surrounding the base as he swept over at mach point five. He rolled the plane into a steep right bank, pulling up and climbing, arming his weapons systems—Sidewinder missiles and the gun. Leveling out, he switched the seeker system from infrared to television, setting his weapons-control panel off computer and to manual—it was somehow more personal when done by hand.

He kept his speed down, cutting off his climb, leveling out, then starting to dive, the television camera below him in the fuselage behind the nose on maximum resolution, picking up what appeared to be at least a thousand of the wildmen, perhaps more, massing.

He released the arming safety switch—ready.

He worked the button

There was a rush, a roar, a buzzing sound and a contrail of smoke, the Sidewinder from portside at the fuselage rear firing, tracking into the crowd of insane nonhumans.

Rourke pulled up the nose, the explosion belching white smoke beneath him. He started the craft to climb, leveling off then and banking into a roll, hearing some of the cargo slightly shift but not move, leveling out. The next missile armed—he started down...




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