Down To A Sunless Sea Author:David Graham Book Club Edition — The time is the immediate future. Twin crises rock the globe: dwindling oil supply and the still unresolved Middle East conflict. And America is hit hardest of all. A soaring trade deficit has turned the dollar into worthless paper; the country's economy is in ruins. Civil violences divieds a starving, terrified population liv... more »ing in gutted cities and rural poverty.
A huge airlift is undertake in an effort to evacuate those fortunate Americans with family or business contacts overseas to safer, less troubled nations. The greatly expanded British national airline, supported by North Sea oil supplies, takes on much of the burden, and in grisly scene reminiscent of the last days of Saigon. Captain Jonah Scott flies his "stretched:" Jumbo Jet into Kennedy Airport for another 600-passenger load of refugees. Scott's crew spends a nughtmarish stopover in vandal-infested New York; then, at midnight, flight Delta Tango lifts off for London.
Delta Tango is 1,000 miles out over the Atlantic when, with no warning, the long-feared nuclear war breaks out in the the Middle East. Within an hour, as Scott and his crew listen helplessly, the conflagration leaps across the golbe and one international airport after another falls into radio silence.
With fuel supplies dwindling rapidly, Delta Tango searches frantically for some sanctuary on the devastated globe where the 600 survivors can find shelter from the sickening radiactive cloud blotting out the sun. How this supersonic ark on which the very survival of the human race now depends speeds toward its last remaining hope for safe harbor, how its crew and human cargo bear up under the unbelievable stress of navigation the silent, deadly ocean of radioactivity and suspensse with a stunning and inspiring conclusion.
DAVID GRAHAM served with distinction in the RAF as a fighter pilot during World War II, and later as a flying instructor. He is now a technical writer for an aeronautics firm in Great Britain, and lives in Southampton, England.« less