A terrorist plot to blow up the government’s high-level
nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, threatens
to fulfill a Hopi prophecy that this world will be destroyed
by poison rain.
the rebellious daughter of a Hopi clan leader, the maverick
U.S. Army officer she once loved and lost, and a shaman
with supernatural powers, challenge the threatened disaster
and join forces to save America from
being buried under a massive cloud of radioactive fallout
—the poison Rain in the Hopi prophecy.
first they must unravel the mysteries of Yucca Mountain
as well as the terrorist’s hidden identity, while
the shaman seeks salvation on a vision quest and enlists
the spirit world to help them in their dangerous journey.
is the timely story of the fight to stop a fanatical terrorist
from creating an explosion on American soil 10,000 times
more deadly than Chernobyl —a very real danger that
faces America today.
woven throughout the twists and turns, setbacks and suspense
of this adventure is the mystical culture of the oldest
people to inhabit this continent, who believe The Creator
appointed them guardians of the world’s safety and
gave them knowledge of the future to help them fulfill
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Notes from the Author
in the 1990’s, when I was a producer on a weekly
TV Newsmagazine show, researching a story about the U.S.
government’s plan to store more than 70,000 tons
of its most dangerous high-level nuclear waste in tunnels
built a thousand feet under Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The
Department of Energy (DEP) held a public meeting to discuss
this plan, and immediately found itself being attacked
by nuclear physicists, government geologists, a wide variety
of scientists, almost every national environmental group,
local legislators, residents, and anti-nuclear protesters.
They argued that Yucca Mountain was too dangerous a place
to store lethal, volatile, nuclear waste that would include
weapons-quality uranium and plutonium. The 1,000-foot-high
mountain ridge, they pointed out, was located in the third
most active earthquake zone on the continent, in an area
crisscrossed by more than 30 fault lines—including
three that go right through the tunnels where the nuclear
waste is to be stored— and over an large aquifer
of underground water scientists believe has been trapped
there since the southwest was an inland sea and a Jurassic
In the event of a strong earthquake, the scientists said,
those fault lines would act as free flow channels for
the underground water, flooding the stored casks of nuclear
waste, and setting off an atomic explosion big enough
to bury America under a massive cloud of radioactive fallout.
As one government geologist explained, nuclear waste gets
hot as it decays, and that heat would be absorbed by the
stone walls of the tunnel. If any moisture entered those
tunnels it would be like throwing water on a hot rock.
The water would turn into steam that would build up, like
in a pressure cooker, and eventually blow the top off
of Yucca Mountain, blasting the more than 70,000 tons
of high-level radioactive waste and debris into the atmosphere.
That, he added, would be enough to kill every man, woman
and child in the United States, and affect people around
the globe. Plutonium alone will kill anyone who simply
these arguments, the Department of Energy (DEP) went ahead
and approved the Yucca Mountain site as a repository site
for high-level nuclear waste, and the drilling of the
underground tunnels began.
About this time I came across a book of Native American
writings entitled “Touch the Earth,” which
contained the text of a letter written by the leader of
The Independent Hopi Indian Nation to President Richard
Nixon, warning him that according to a prophecy given
to their ancestors, this world would soon be destroyed
as punishment for mankind’s greed and selfishness.
The signs for “the end of all life as we know it”
have now all appeared, they said.
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Notes from the Author, continued...
In light of everything I’d learned about the threat
of a nuclear disaster at Yucca Mountain, the timely Hopi
prophecy captured my curiosity, and I visited the Smithsonian’s
Museum of the American Indian. With the help of their
staff, I researched the mystical culture and history of
the Hopi, who claim to be the first inhabitants to set
foot on this continent, and were appointed guardians of
the world’s welfare by “The Creator.”
In order to fulfill their responsibility, their legends
say, the Hopi were given nine prophecies of what would
happen to this world in the future. Eight of the prophecies
have been interpreted as becoming true. The Ninth and
Last Prophecy tells how this world would be destroyed,
and also instructed the Hopi to warn the world of this
impending disaster, so that people could change their
greed and selfish ways and save their lives. Which explains
the letter to President Nixon.
Then a member of the museum’s research staff showed
me a report written by Smithsonian anthropologists who
visited and interviewed the Hopi in the late 1870’s—towards
the end of what was described as the Indian Wars. The
anthropologists dutifully recorded what the Hopi told
them about their lives and beliefs, including the prophecies.
And according to the anthropologist’s report, the
Ninth and Last prophecy given to the Hopi’s ancestors
says . . . this world will be destroyed, land and people,
by an invisible rain of poison dust. This dust will arise
when people unearth the buried underground. This will
be dangerous because dust from this disturbance will rise
into the sky and we will inhale this dust. This dust will
also enter the clouds and mix with the rain, and will
eventually fall into springs and lakes, and poison the
water and the earth on which we live. And we will be drinking
this poison water, which in turn will be the cause of
illness and disease among people and all living creatures,
from which death will result.*
As I read this prophecy, a chill went down my spine. All
I could think of was how could a prophecy that was first
only revealed to the outside world more than a hundred
years ago— long before anyone even imagined an atomic
bomb— so accurately describe radioactive fallout
and how it can contaminate and kill us all?
That was when I decided that I had found a story I simply
had to tell. And the more I researched the story behind
our government’s Yucca Mountain repository, and
the more I learned about the mystical, supernatural beliefs
and culture of the Hopi, the more compelling and incredible
it became until, finally, I wrote “FORETOLD . .
. inspired by actual events and recorded prophecies.”
I also realized that no one would read a boring, erudite
report about a possible nuclear explosion, so I deliberately
wrote it a fast-paced, fascinating suspense thriller novel
(complete with a romance) that would appeal to young adults,
men, women, and anyone interested in living in a safe
I hope you will read FORETOLD and enjoy it. But more important,
I hope you’ll take its underlying message to heart
and agree our elected government must not risk the safety
and welfare of our country and ourselves by storing nuclear
waste at the Yucca Mountain site. In these days of Twitter
and blogs and Facebook, I urge you to share your concerns
with friends and, especially, to your representatives
in Congress, who even now continue to support efforts
to not only activate the Yucca Mountain repository, but
also expand the amount of high-level nuclear waste to
be stored in its underground tunnels.
Remember what happened at Chernobyl—where only twenty
tons of nuclear material turned a countryside into a wasteland,
affected the lives and health of countless thousands of
people, and released a plume of radioactivity that encircled
the entire globe. Then imagine what releasing more than
70,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste into our environment
And also remember that for twenty years, residents who
lived in the vicinity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
plant in Japan were assured that nuclear power was safe,
that every precaution had been taken, and that an accident
could not happen. We know now those “experts”
were wrong—which makes FORETOLD even more timely
and urgent than I could ever have imagined.
Perhaps it is time we listened to the warnings of the
Hopi—and shared their responsibility to protect
the world’s welfare.
Mary P. Manilla