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The President of the United States gazed into the camera. "Don't panic," he said. "Stay tuned to your emergency stations... And may God have mercy on us."

In a race against time, Daniel Prentice and his colleagues rush to meet a gargantuan challenge: developing the software that will save the world from chaos when the year 2000 arrives. But as the deadline looms even closer, another source of chaos - and evil -arises from ancient roots, threatening global enslavement and terror - and doom - if Daniel's plan succeeds.

As Daniel struggles to fulfill his commitment, he feels his life being inexplicably torn by forces he cannot fully comprehend: his opportunity to gain worldwide power and wealth, his attraction to a beautiful woman at the center of intrigue, and the image of his humble mother, praying earnestly on her knees. Suddenly the world is spinning out of his control, people he knows are being caught up in the vortex, and nothing is what it seems.

Brilliant young entrepreneur Daniel Prentice, head of Prentice Technologies, a highly successful software developement company, gets the attention of the President of the United States when he solves the Y2K problem for a nationwide bank chain. The president wants him to fix the "millennium bug" in all government computer systems before the year 2000. Applying the theory that "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link," Prentice realizes that the solution must be all or nothing. Either every computer must conform to a single program, or the whole system will crash, and along with it, civilization as we know it. Utility grids will black out. All records - government, banking, medical, property, financial - will be lost in cyberspace. Machines from VCRs to automobiles will cease to run, telephones will go dead, and mass communications will fall silent. Prentice developes a "millennium chip" programmed with a code which every person in the nation must use in order to buy or sell anything at all. His success gains him not only unprecedented fame and fortune, but the attentions of Lauren Mitchell, a beautiful and intelligent operative on the president's staff.

Daniel does not sense the far-reaching evil that his plan can spawn until Adrian Romulus, the head of the newly formed European Consortium, enlists him to solve the Y2K problem for Europe. When he realizes that Romulus intends to use his technology to gain world control, he tries to extricate himself from the assignment. But Romulus has ways of forcing compliance, and Daniel finds himself and Lauren in mortal danger as he struggles against time to keep his invention from plunging the world into chaos.

The technological nightmare our world faces as it nears the year 2000 is real and has the potential to create worldwide chaos. But as Grant R. Jeffrey and Angela Hunt show us in this timely and compelling novel, solving it may lead us one step closer to Armageddon.

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