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What if the British had failed to sink the German battleship Bismarck on her maiden voyage? This is the subject of Golem 7 when the project team discovers an alteration in the history and learns that Bismarck escaped and safely reached the French port of St Nazaire (Brest), After a brief time there to effect repairs, the dread German raider breaks out again and sinks a transport to take the life of a man who had a very special mission in the history of WWII, a man who never should have died that day at sea. The consequences seem insignificant at first, until the year when the Cumbre Viejo volcano on the island Palma exploded again to ravage the eastern seaboard of the United States with a major tsunami. The team soon discovers that the trail of the new terrorist responsible for the nuclear attack on Palma leads them right into the midst of the hunt for the Bismarck! Now they struggle with the British to find and sink the German battleship, as the fate of all western civilization again rests on the outcome.

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A daunting alternate history naval saga ensues, where the many quirks of fate in the campaign are examined in detail. They stack up one on top of another in a precarious house of cards--and all of them had to happen for the Bismarck to be sunk. A fuel hose was damaged, which prevented Bismarck from taking on a full load. A rendezvous with a replenishment ship was forsaken. A radar component was jarred loose on Bismarck, causing her to send escorting cruiser Prince Eugen into the vanguard with fateful consequences for HMS Hood. Battleship Prince Of Wales scores a lucky hit on Bismarck’s fuel bunker. Cruiser Sheffield was mistakenly attacked by British Swordfish torpedo bombers--a crucial event that allowed the British to correct their misfiring torpedo detonators. And a one in a million hit by a torpedo damages Bismarck’s rudder and allows the pursuing British battleships to catch her.  Which Pushpoint sealed the German raider’s fate?

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The Secret Hold of HMS Rodney

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Few people know that the British Battleship HMS Rodney had a very special cargo secreted away in her holds on that fateful day when she engaged the Bismarck. More was at stake than this one ship--much more.  Rodney had been scheduled to accompany an outbound “Winston Special” convoy for a time before departing to head for a much needed overhaul and refit in Boston. Her decks were crowded with packing crates holding new boiler tubes and much other equipment to be used in her refit. The project team attempts to send vital information back through time to aid the British pursuit, but in the end they are forced to make direct interventions, joining the action in the UK and at sea. As it was, Rodney was instrumental in the great sea battle that finally takes place in the hunt for the Bismarck--in both Meridians of time. Rodney’s third and fourth salvos scored hits on the German ship with her big 16 inch guns.

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One can only speculate on the disaster that may have unfolded if Rodney had been sunk that day, or if she had failed to reach the scene of the battle. Deep within her hold she was carrying a shipment of gold bullion and the Elgin Marbles, priceless segments of a relief wall carving from ancient Greece. A discovery made by the novel’s main character is earth shattering in its implications, for the value of these marbles goes far beyond their artistic worth. Something is hidden inside one of the elegantly carved pieces. The team subsequently learns the full implications of this discovery, a revelation so monumental that it changes our entire view of all human history to date! And through it all a bank of diligent computer search programs dubbed Golem 7 is instrumental in the hunt. Now they keep a vigilant watch on Time itself, for nothing we think or see can be taken with any certainty from this moment forward.