Prophecies of Chaos is a fast-paced, international political thriller. It is the sequel to Monsoon Rising. Both stories feature Billy Gamble, a nomad wondering the world unable to go home to his beloved Wyoming. His only procession is a well-worn pair of cowboy boots that he wears constantly. He has a relaxed style.
This story starts in Norway with the murder of a Noble Laureate of Economics after a speech at Oslo University. During Billy’s adventure, he will travel to seven different countries, including Turkey, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Ukraine, Russia and Iceland. A mysterious figure from Billy’s past called, “Mister” catches up with Billy in Greece. Mister offers to help Billy clean up some of his past sins if Billy can find, Lena Nolan, the widow of the murdered Nobel Laureate and the daughter of a U.S. senator that has gone missing.
Billy travels to Spain where Lena was last seen. He finds her in a flamenco theatre in Madrid and follows her to Cordoba on a high-speed train. In Cordoba, Billy is surprised when two mysterious figures attempt to assassinate Lena with a sniper rifle and a small pistol. He saves Lena and goes on the run with her in hopes of keeping her safe and uncovering the individuals behind the assassination attempt. Together they travel to Morocco where they stay in a funky hostel owned by one of Billy’s past lovers. The two assassins catch up with Billy and Lena in Fez, Morocco where they again attempt to kill Lena in the famous leather tannery. Billy kills both assassins with a knife and discovers they are Russian FSB agents.
Billy and Lena travel to Kiev, Ukraine where Lena’s dead husband has family that will protect her. It is in the Ukraine that the story takes a hard turn. Lena is plotting revenge of the Russian government and people that murdered her husband. She is using a computer program that can topple an entire country and take down its government by creating a chain reaction of events that will create chaos within the society like a line of falling dominoes. The events created are things like fresh water contamination, food shortages, extended power blackouts, government corruption, the collapse of the labor market and the crash of the country’s currency. Lena and her team of family members and friends of her dead husband cross the border into Russia using a zip-line from a Ukrainian hilltop that leads into a Russian forest. In the meantime, Billy is captured by the Ukrainian secret police and turned over to Mister. Mister explains what Lena is doing and why the American government can never allow Russia to fall into chaos. Both the Russian FSB and the American CIA are trying to stop Lena from carrying out her plan.
Billy tracks Lena down and tries to convince her to abandon her plan and travel back to the U.S. with the help of the CIA. She agrees, but Lena is shot by the Russian FSB as they attempt to escape and dies.
The concept for the book cover should demonstrate a feeling of international espionage and chaos. The images in the story that might make interesting elements in the cover are as follows:
Sniper in Bell Tower
Explosion of Factory
Russian Currency (Ruble -High Denomination)
Bull Rider in Rodeo in Wyoming
Dam in Moscow on Moskva River
Greek Monastery on top of hilltop (Meteora, Greece)
Moroccan Dye and Tannery Factory (Fez, Morocco)
Moscow – St. Basil’s Cathedral, Gorky Park, Royal Palace, Red Square, Opera House
Istanbul at Sunrise (Minarets, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia)
Moroccan Street Market
Cordoba Royal Stables with Dancing Horses
Horses running wild through Cordoba’s street market in alleyways