The Apocalypse Mechanism an excerpt – by J.M. Richardson

Today, is an exciting day for J.M. Richardson, his second book, published through Winter Goose Publishing, is OUT, and Muse In The Valley has an exclusive excerpt.   To put you in the “feel” of the story, here is a description of Joshua’s newest release:

 The Apocalypse Mechanism

Brilliant New Orleans Professor James Beauregard’s life is spiraling into complete despair when a startling discovery is made halfway across the globe that requires his expertise. Is there really an ancient machine that could push civilization into the throes of oblivion? As he attempts to unlock the secrets of this waiting apocalypse, Professor Beauregard is hunted by an archaic fundamentalist cult determined to bring about humanity’s end-of-days. Will he find the key to stopping the world’s oldest weapon of mass destruction, or will the Cult’s wish to purge all evil be the Earth’s demise?

Chapter 14 (an excerpt)

“I was waiting for that question,” James smiled. “In the heyday of these inventions, most high learning and innovation was shared. The library at Alexandria, Egypt, held thousands of scrolls filled with this learning, and scholars from all areas of the ancient world flocked to it. Unfortunately, the library was destroyed, and much of the knowledge was lost. However, people in China and the Middle East continued to learn. It was just Europe that fell into the dark ages. They didn’t begin learning again until after the crusades and the Renaissance. Our culture is based primarily on that of Europe’s, so we’ve begun where they’ve begun.”

“Yes, but why did Europe stop learning and innovating?” she was still confused. “Weren’t they exposed to Greek and Roman culture? Shouldn’t they have built on this technology?” she motioned to the exhibits around her.

“Now that, I’ve always been confused with,” he smiled. “I’ve researched and studied that very question for years. Most historians think that when the Roman Empire split up, Europe reverted back to its backward ways. But I don’t buy that. The Middle East was part of Rome, too, but that didn’t stop the learning there.”

“Did you ever find any answers?”

“The only thing I ever made a connection with has to do with natural disasters.”

“You mean storms? Droughts?”

“More like earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. It seems that Europe’s fall into the dark ages coincided with a couple of hundred years’ worth of wicked natural disasters. And it seems that the seismic activity happened every twenty to forty years in some sort of strange pattern.”

“Weird,” Noelle silently analyzed the geological implications. She drew on years of study and research to attempt to help James with his theory. Then came the grin of an epiphany. He could see her forehead muscles relax and her eyes soften. James half expected her to slap her forehead with her palm.

“I’ve seen something like this before,” she said with a heavy breath.

“You have?” he said with a great level of surprise.

“Yes,” she smiled. “Seismologists call it an earthquake storm.”

Earthquake storm?” he puzzled.

“Yeah,” she continued with enthusiasm. “You can enter all of the seismic information for an area over time into a computer model, and track patterns from event to event. Stress is put on the bedrock below, and when it gives, there’s an earthquake. But when the bedrock moves, the stress is transferred somewhere else, creating another potential earthquake situation. It’s the law of conservation of energy. You can’t create or destroy energy; only transfer it. Based on the information entered into the model, they’ve actually been able to predict where the next earthquake can occur. And they’re working on trying to predict when.”

“Wow, I don’t know what to say,” James smiled in amazement.

“Well,” she smiled back, “you can start by telling me what this thing over here is.”

James turned his head as far to the right as he could without moving his body, then his shoulders followed. He scanned the room in the direction in which she was pointing until his eyes became affixed upon a small display at the other end of the room. At first, his mouth dropped open slightly, then he began to smile in excitement.

“I don’t believe it,” he gawked. “I was hoping it would be here, but I really didn’t expect . . .”

“What? What?!” she exclaimed.

“It’s . . .” he paused a moment, “the Antikythera Mechanism.”


J.M. Richardson, author of The Twenty Nine and Newly released, The Apocalypse Mechanism, is a native of southeast Louisiana where he studied education and social sciences, earning his degree from Louisiana State University.  He has been writing for leisure nearly all of his  life, wrote competitively in high school, and had intensive writing coursework in college.   He now resides in the Fort Worth, TX, area with his wife and two daughters where he teaches geography, history, and sociology.

Source:  Winter Goose Publishing

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I want to thank J.M. Richardson, for his continuous support of Muse In The Valley . This is his 3rd appearance, and I am really looking forward to receiving The Apocalypse Mechanism in September for review.


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  1. The pleasure, as always, is all mine. Thank you for the support, Kim.

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