About Foretold

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.

Only 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.

But 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.

FORETOLD 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.

And 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 their destiny.


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Notes from the Author

FORETOLD began 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 swamp.

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 breathes it.

Despite 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 environment.

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 would do!

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

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