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.
Making a movie version of a great book rarely turns out well. If E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is anything to go by, turning a great movie into a book is a disaster.
Even people who didn’t see the movie know the general outline of the story: A being from outer space who comes to earth to gather botanical samples, misses the space ship trip home, and is befriended by an American kid, 10-year-old Elliott Thomas.
E.T. gets Elliott and the other two Thomas children, Gertie and Michael, to get him the additional parts he needs to build a transmitter from the Speak and Spell so he can contact his space ship and arrange to go home.
The entry of an UFO into American airspace hasn’t gone unnoticed.
All the resources of America’s government are on the trail of the extra-terrestrial.
They’re no match for the juvenile Dungeons & Dragons fans on bicycles who rush E.T. to the landing site just in time to catch his return flight.
The movie’s special effects made the silly story an entertaining fantasy suitable for children of all ages.
The book renders the story too ridiculous for any reader.