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The microprocessors controlling America’s strategic defense satellite network fail, rendering the network useless and the country vulnerable.

WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE

millennium coverAs experts scramble to defeat the problem, a desperate genius and his small army of doomsday mercenaries set in motion a plan to use the software bug to commit the crime of the millennium.

TERROR STRIKES THE WORLD

If his plan succeeds, the world’s financial systems will be left in ruins. And worse, an accidental shutdown of the US nuclear arsenal and nuclear reactors will unleash an ecological catastrophe of global proportions. With the seconds ticking away, Washington enlists all its resources into a desperate battle to save the country — and the world — from ... THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT

The Clock Is Ticking...

  • “Written in the technothriller genre of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy, Joseph Massucci does an excellent job in combining New- Age literature with an action thriller.” – Ron Callari, Editor, y-two-k.com
  • “This technothriller exploits Millennium fears and, unlike other novels of its genre, takes readers on a ride made even more compelling by the idea that it's events could really happen... This is a good read, with plenty of bang for your Millennium buck.” – Kevin Rittner, The Herald Tribune
  • “The result of Massucci’s blending imagination with the potentially devastating computer crisis is the industry’s best millennium thriller.” – Howard Miller, Huntsville Times

An Interview with Joseph Massucci

Does your next novel THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT pick up where GORGOM left off?

MASSUCCI: The Millennium Project is not a sequel, per se; it's a different scenario with the same characters set two years later. The story begins five days before the end of the century. GORGON's Julie Martinelli is unexpectedly and suddenly drafted by a special branch of the US Military to work on a highly classified project and sealed away with several of her colleagues deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, the military's high-tech NORAD bunker.

There she learns that the microprocessors controlling America's top-secret strategic defense satellite network have failed, rendering the network useless. Julie's job is to find a solution before our enemies discover we're vulnerable to attack. Meanwhile, a mad genius and his small army of doomsday mercenaries are using this window of opportunity to commit the crime of the millennium.

The heroes of both books are Julie Martinelli — a smart, beautiful biochemist working in a government lab — and Colonel Joseph Marshall, a seasoned Special Forces commando. How did you create these characters?

MASSUCCI: Julie and Marshall are purposely larger than life. After all, those two novels are escapist reads, so I needed to go beyond the normal, everyday types. Marshall and his Gunnery Sergeant Williams are extraordinary soldiers caught in very dangerous situations. In GORGON, for example, they're forced to fight an enemy they can't see. Julie, on the other hand, is more "normal," but undeniably gifted. It's fun watching her get swept up in extraordinary situations she really doesn't want any part of.

What was the biggest challenge writing THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT?

MASSUCCI: Trying to make reading about computers exciting. I use computers merely as the means to give our bad guy, Alexander Skile, a way to perpetuate his crimes. To create action, I introduce other elements and scenarios that lend themselves to adventure and suspense.

Such as?

MASSUCCI: Well, for starters, the story opens with the crash of a 767 airliner on its final approach to Dulles International Airport. The pilots lose control when the aircraft's 140 computers mysteriously begin shutting down. Other interesting scenarios include surviving a helicopter crash atop the Colorado Rockies; thwarting a hijacking of a military train; recovering a satellite from a murky mountain lake bed; having the air slowly sucked out of NORAD's bunker city; a shoot-out at a crowded Chicago Mercantile Exchange; the collapse of one of Chicago's water tunnels; a sexually dysfunctional genius; torture and dismemberment — wholesome fun for the entire family!

So The Millennium Project is not for children?

MASSUCCI: Definitely not for children. Nor do I recommend it for the squeamish.

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