What do Mountain View, Oklahoma and Beatty, Nevada have in common. EMP – Nuclear Winter author Thornton D. Barnes graduated from high school at Mountain View, Oklahoma and his family and he lived in Beatty, Nevada while he participated in Project X-15 on the NASA High Range. His family and he love both towns and wished to recognize them in his books. Both are also named in Barnes’ book, “My Odyssey to Area 51.”
An EMP, (Electro Magnetic Pulse), weapon of mass destruction is the precursor to Armageddon. Thornton Barnes’ book, EMP, is an eye-opening look at life before, during, and after an EMP attack on the United States. The world suffers a panic attack in the early hours of this devastating event triggering an even bigger disaster: a nuclear winter unleashed on the world’s population.
Within days, 7.8 billion of the planet’s 7.9 billion inhabitants are dead, dying, or vaporized. Mankind’s only hope for survival is Barnes’ group of survivalist’s that take refuge in the Yucca Mountain military installation some 2,500 feet underground; complete with blast doors, natural springs, and an endless amount of supplies to keep the group alive for decades. Barnes’ group must overcome problems only imagined in deep space travel: isolation, vitamin deficiency, no sunlight, leadership, illnesses and births. The group must pull together as one to survive underground, for mankind, and mankind’s place in the universe.
Thornton Barnes understands group dynamics, weapon technology, and EMP’s. Barnes worked military intelligence as an officer, on NASA space programs, and at Area 51’s, Dreamland, on projects so secret the CIA, from which Barnes was employed, had no idea – even today – what exactly went on there.
Barnes is able to share insight on what workers of classified undertakings at top hidden bases all over the world and on deep space projects, use as inspiration to protect the countries and people they love on both sides of the fence. They use projects like “the God Particle,” atom smashers akin to the, super collider, and the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, the atom splitters, nuclear weapons.
The United States has always sought a way to harness the energy of a nuclear explosion and focus this into a single beam of power no wider than a coffee can opening and direct that energy at the enemy. Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer’s fusion technology gave birth to Stanley Kubrick’s nightmarish character, Dr. Strangelove. Dr. Zempf, (Dr. Strangelove), a college professor and mad scientist, can best be described by Charlton Heston’s co-Character in the, Omega Man, Jonathan Matthias, a former news anchor turned nocturnal mutant and leader of, The Family, describes a scientist to Heston’s character, Army Col. Robert Neville, M.D., as, “A man who knows nothing until there is nothing left to know.”
I have read Barnes’ book, EMP, several times now and each time I read, I get a strange sense of the words being a warning to mankind of an ultimate fate as we wish for greater technology. Be careful what you wish for.
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Saturday, June 15, the town of Beatty, Nevada welcomed back its Cold War veteran of Project X-15 from when the Beatty Tracking Station on the NASA High Range at Beatty supported test flights X-15, XB-70, Lifting Body, LLRV, YF-12, and the CIA’s top secret A-12 Blackbird. Barnes, author of “My Odyssey to Area 51” and “EMP – The Nuclear Winter” conducted a presentation to the town of beatty at the towns community center. Titled “Beatty’s Contribution to Space Development & the Cold War,”Barnes spoke on the NASA projects at the Tracking Station & Jackass Flats as well as Beatty’s involvement in declassified the CIA’s Project OXCART at Area 51 where Barnes participated as a member of “The Seven Sisters,” the secret radar coverage of the CIA’s top secret flights of the A-12. At Beatty, Barnes also participated in the establishing eight world speed and altitude records on May 1, 1965 with the Air Force YF-12 Mach 3 intercepter Blackbird.
After the presentation, Barnes conducted book signs of his books with partial proceeds donated to the Beatty museum. Barnes is working with the Beatty Museum staff to establish the legacy of the tracking station at the museum. Barnes was accompanied by his wife, Doris, daughter, Debbie, and her husband, Wayne.
Barnes’ books may be purchased from the Beatty Museum or directly from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace, and most other book outlets. Website