Book Review: Terminal Beginning: Book by Rockford native will keep you on the edge of your seat

By Susan Johnson
Copy Editor

From a mysterious green sphere that is suddenly discovered in the arctic, to a secret government research institute, to an informal hostel for travelers, comes a tale of intrigue and suspense. “The End of Days” is coming upon the world, and one talented but unsuspecting woman is given the chance to stop the impending doom, even as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are unleashed.

Heath D. Alberts blends his technical knowledge of computer circuitry with the age-old drama of good vs. evil, as Terminal Beginning (ISBN-10: 1452816573; ISBN-13: 978-1452816579) incorporates biblical prophecies from the book of Revelation and scientific achievements unknown to us today.

Laura Thorne has been working on an advanced scientific application of Crystalline Theory. “Her theory stated that focused beams of Holden waves could be utilized in three-dimensional space to penetrate a crystal at any given x/y/z coordinate. This would, in turn, deposit or retrieve the data at that coordinate, and that coordinate only.”

Laura’s life plan suddenly changes when she is abducted and taken to a secret government facility before she can graduate from The Academy. She is invited to join a select group of researchers at an underground compound where her project can be brought to full fruition, with technology to benefit the U.S. The only catch is that she must officially “disappear” and give up all connections to her previous life, family and friends.

This is an unusual book, not organized into chapters. One continuous story flows together, linking the various characters and story lines. At first, they seem to have no obvious connection, but gradually the threads of the story are drawn together as the plot takes on the character of a metaphysical struggle. Angels and demons battle for victory on the Earth. One special man becomes Laura’s ally—but is he who she thinks he is—or something more?

As the promo on the back cover says: “Beings that have long lain dormant and shrouded in secrecy have now awakened and are walking the Earth once more: many are duplicitous; a handful are neutral; and only one is bent on helping her.”

This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, following the mystery down its many paths until all come together inexorably at the final goal. Keep your bookmark handy because there are no page numbers!

Heath D. Alberts is the operations manager of Sugar River Machine, Inc., in South Beloit, Ill. Born and raised in Rockford, he is an avid collector of rare and modern first-edition books. This is his first novel.

Terminal Beginning is priced at $14 retail, available from as a Kindle selection, or may be ordered from your local bookstore.

From the June 23-29, 2010 issue

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