Doomsday Conspiracy reads like a novel Tom Clancy and Stephen King might have co-authored while drunk, with help from Danielle Steel to make the story end happily.
Robert Bellamy, a Navy Commanding Officer, is ordered to investigate the crash of a weather balloon in the Swiss Alps and identify the tour bus passengers who saw the wreck.
Bellamy thinks it’s a very odd job to be treated as top secret and given top priority, but he follows orders. Witnesses say they saw a space craft with two dead extraterrestrial creatures in it and an empty seat that had obviously been occupied. The witnesses even had their photographs taken in front of the spacecraft.
Each of the witnesses is murdered within hours of Bellamy’s reporting their identity to his superior officer.
When Bellamy learns that three of the witnesses have been killed, he begins to smell a rat.
The liner notes say the story unfolds to reveal “why the world must never learn an incredible secret shielded by an unknown force.”
If it did, I was laughing too hard at the crazy story to notice.
The Doomsday Conspiracy is certainly the most bizarre bestselling novel since Diane of the Green Van.
The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon
William Morrow. ©1991. 412 p.
1991 bestseller #6; my grade: D+
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