The War of Immensities “I think the planet is in trouble and it’s screaming out for help. I believe you are the first to hear the voice of Gaia. ”The Earth is shaking itself apart. Volcanic eruptions of
escalating magnitude and frequency threaten to collapse the planet within two years. Norwegian-American Harley Thyssen, the aging enfant terrible of the Earth Sciences, heads
up Project Earthshaker, aided by his volcano-chasing student Jami Shastri and seven innocent bystanders drafted because of their personal experience of the mysterious Shastri Effect.
Six of his team are all miraculous survivors of the first eruption in the series, sharing eight days in a New Zealand hospital in a strange coma apparently unrelated to their injuries They
recover and return to their normal lives, but a few months later, they are drawn together again, to meet up in the middle of the Australian bush for no accountable reason, and realise that it is
not a remarkable coincidence.
Kevin Wagner, American businessman, is sure a new, more advanced species of human has evolved and he is their logical leader; Andromeda Starlight, second-rate entertainer from Trinidad,
evolves into the very personification of the Goddess Gaia; Brian Carrick, truck driver from Melbourne, whose simple Science Fiction approach to the effect allows him to explain the inexplicable to a desperate world; Lorna Simmons, Irish born receptionist from Auckland, a
passionate girl who believes the Shastri Effect is a higher expression of love, and so falls in love with an entire planet and it with her;
Chrissie Rice, French-Vietnamese skier, knows it is the hand of God at work and threatens to become the first modern non-Catholic saint;
Joe Solomon was a trustworthy Greek Lawyer, until his belief that it is all a big government cover-up causes him to defraud the US taxpayers of millions of dollars to fund the project;
And with them, Dr Felicity Campbell, a humble GP
from Wellington, who originally treated the six and has inadvertently become the world’s leading expert on the Shastri Effect, if only because everyone else knows even less about it than she does.
Slowly they are drawn into Harley Thyssen’s web, to become warriors in a battle against forces at the very limits of human comprehension. For if Thyssen is right, then there is a war raging throughout the cosmos that began with the birth of the universe and will continue until the end of time, and now it’s humanity’s turn to enter the conflict.