Excerpt 1 from Renaissance, a thriller
I’ll be posting excerpts from my novel, Renaissance. Here’s the quick synopsis first.
First: Renaissance is not about the Renaissance; it’s about a man—and a world—that undergoes a renaissance, a rebirth. This book is of a mixed genre but mostly an adventure, a thriller flavored with financial and political seasoning; it is tightly plotted and engagingly intricate, but interwoven with philosophical undertones.
What if you truly had the chance to go back in time to rewrite history and save the world from imminent destruction? What if your mission was to gain enough financial and political power to actually make a difference? But what if the power that gave you the opportunity had a competitor?
The immense oil tanker was traveling at 16 knots when its bulbous cutter crashed into the sliver of shallow water barely forty feet wide that separated the seawall from the deeper waters of the Bosphorus Straits. It shattered the sandstone barrier like it was hard candy and slammed into the docks directly in the center of downtown Garipce, driving the cutter into the shops on the other side of the street. The superstructure of the ship absorbed the shock, collapsing upon itself like a spent accordion, but the momentum of the oil was freed to follow the natural way of things. Easily breaking through the weak deck, it carried the bridge and the crew on an immense black tidal wave, sloshing viciously forward with the pointed power of an avalanche. The black liquid mountain was moving at 14 knots as it exited the broken ship, leaving its former container behind like an angry panther leaping upon an unsuspecting prey. As the panther hit its target, it first broke an electric street light, which ignited the mass almost instantly. Just before the captain impacted upon the wall of the town hall, he saw the panther become an inferno.
His last thought was that history would show it was only a small, obscure town that was destroyed. He was responsible, to be sure, but it would barely even be a footnote in the long story of human endeavor.
He was wrong. Very wrong.