"World war is coming but no one will believe him...."
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted July 17, 2015
Thriller Techno | Thriller
What if you designed a computer algorithm to predict war
and one day it told you that a massive war was coming,
one that would devastate the entire world? Jeremy
Stillwater has designed just such a program.
Unfortunately, his acerbic personality and a stunning
past failure of his program have left him without any
resources, as his friends and girlfriend have all
abandoned him. Meanwhile, the countdown has started and
Jeremy is determined to figure out what is going on.
The concept behind THE DOOMSDAY EQUATION is fascinating.
I like the way Matt Richtel weaves together technology, a
good conspiracy, and the potential for an apocalyptic
war. Figuring out how all the pieces and players fit
together is part of the fun as Jeremy doesn't know who or
what to trust when everyone seems a potential enemy.
Unfortunately, this also means we spend a lot of time
with Jeremy and getting his opinion. Fortunately, he
quickly becomes occupied in the unfolding crisis so we
don't have to listen to his nasty thoughts and opinions
about others for too long. Instead, we get to see more of
his intelligence shine, even as his lack of people skills
hinders him since he doesn't know who to trust.
THE DOOMSDAY EQUATION is an intriguing albeit unevenly
paced thriller. I think I would have liked the storyline
a lot better if Jeremy hadn't been so antagonistic and
condescending towards others. Readers who like thrillers
and aren't as invested in having likable characters may
find THE DOOMSDAY EQUATION more to their tastes.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist
comes a pulse-pounding technological thriller—as ingenious
as the works of Michael Crichton and as irresistible as a
summer blockbuster—in which one man has three days to
prevent the outbreak of World War III and the world's
What if you knew the world was going to end?
What if no one believed you?
Jeremy Stillwater is a genius with computers but not so
with people. Maddeningly self-righteous, he's alienated
girlfriend and infuriated his Silicon Valley financiers
the government agents who saw military promise in his
innovation: a program that seemed to be able to predict
Even Jeremy has begun to doubt the algorithm's
Then one day his computer has a message for him. War is
coming. Three days and counting until massive nuclear
Is it real? A malicious joke? A bug?
Isolated yet relentless, Jeremy soon uncovers an ancient
conspiracy of unspeakable danger. And it will take every
of Jeremy's stubborn ingenuity to survive another minute,
let alone save the world.
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