Dr. Lauren McKenna is on her way to meet her husband,
Donovan Nash, in Monterey, California when a meteor
shower riddles holes in the cockpit of their Gulfstream
jet. One of their engines is also taken out by either a
rogue meteor or possibly space debris. They drop altitude
and limp into the Monterey airport on a wing and a
Donovan is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium awaiting the
celebration of Eco-Watch's newest research ship, the
Buckley. Eco-Watch is a private environmental research
organization founded by Donovan. As he is on an
observation deck of the aquarium, he witnesses a large
meteor fall into the Pacific Ocean. Donovan knows right
away what is about to happen. He sees the Buckley head
out to sea, and, before he can adequately prepare, a
tsunami is approaching Monterey.
Lauren is an earth science consultant to the Defense
Intelligence Agency. She goes into research mode when
their plane lands, because she fears the tragedy of what
has happened could be devastating for the Monterey
peninsula, as well as a good portion of California. Fires
are already breaking out all around them from the meteors
and space debris. Can she find a way to stop the fires
and find Donovan?
SPEED THE DAWN is Philip Donlay's eighth Donovan
novel in this series. The book opens with riveting
excitement and never stops. It is a fast-paced, frantic
and wild roller coaster ride to the end. The chapters
toggle back and forth with Lauren's quest to quench the
fires and Donovan's quest to find his beloved mentor,
William VanGelder, and get them both to safety. Lauren is
the strong, intelligent and driven female heroin in this
story. Donavan is always resilient and resourceful. They
are surrounded by a collection of supporting characters
who always add a fascinating twist to the storyline.
Travel by boat, plane, helicopter and truck with them in
Mr. Donlay's latest adventure thriller.
In the style of Clive Cussler, best-selling author Philip
Donlay climbs to a new height of terror in his 8th Donovan
Hundreds of white-hot meteor fragments plunge toward Earth
near Monterey Bay, California. Huge fires ignite the
tinder-dry landscape and, as the sun sets, the power grid
collapses and the fires grow, illuminating a nightmare
created in hell itself. Donovan Nash realizes he is trapped.
Injured and growing desperate, his options dwindling,
Donovan fights to keep himself and a small band of survivors
alive until dawn, when they can make one last attempt to
escape the inferno.
Meanwhile, Donovan's wife, Dr. Lauren McKenna, working with
the Pentagon as well as the Forest Service, envisions a bold
approach to stop the fire from spreading all the way to the
Bay Area and the seven million residents living there. She's
terrified that, if not executed perfectly, her plan could
cause the death of thousands of people―including Donovan.