The Doomsday Conspiracy

by Sidney Sheldon

Hardcover, 1991

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OPERATION DOOMSDAY... ACTIVATE... Commander Robert Bellamy of US Naval Intelligence is dispatched on a top secret mission. A weather balloon carrying sensitive military information has crashed in Switzerland. Bellamy must locate the ten witnesses to the incident so that they can be sworn to secrecy. But as he conducts his search Bellamy begins to suspect that he, too, is being hunted, by an unknown lethal force... that what he was told about the balloon was only one part of an almost unbelievable happening..

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(264 ratings; 3.3)

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LibraryThing member DomingoSantos
Not impressed. The ten scenarios in Book One were boringly the same as if a formula had been used. The only difference from one scenario to the next was essntially only a difference in names and places. On the other hand, Book Two had a good pace and twists and turns to keep this reader's interest.
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I'm surprised the book---according to the cover---garnered a best sellers mention. Overall, I generously gave it two stars.
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LibraryThing member Abhishek23
It is not often that the hunter becomes the hunted, so why is naval intelligence officer Commander Robert Bellamy is being hunted across the globe by half of the world ‘s special forces.
It all began on the strange morning when he received a phone call from his office at 4’o clock . He was asked
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by his general to trace several witnesses to air balloon accident carrying secret military equipment. Robert found it rather amusing until the general gave the warning “you don’t have to contact any of your contacts, you are on your own”. Nonetheless he agreed to do the job.
But then it all turns fishy when Bellamy learned that all witnesses he has traced were all dead under mysterious circumstances. Robert was too well trained to know what next, THEY ARE COMING FOR HIM.
What was so important in that air balloon that people are dying and he himself is being hunted?? Robert ponders; what if it wasn’t an air balloon at all? What if it was something out of the world…
Ok, to be honest this book not out of the league , it’s just an ordinary thriller with a kick ass guy who outsmarts his foe on every occasion save one (no point for guessing). But (wait for it) nothing is as it seems, is it? So what’s different ?Aliens , yes you read it right they got aliens who have decided to take over the earth and enslaves every human being and our guy has to brave his way through every obstacle to stop this doomsday conspiracy.
An absolute page turner , thriller to the hilt. you can’t put it down and actually you will be done with the book by the time you find anything to complain about.
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LibraryThing member Versha.Bharat
The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon was a real entertainer! The author’s style of writing is what I enjoyed the most, it was simple, clear, witty at times and fast paced too! One could easily relate to all of his characters , specially the protagonist Commander Robert Bellamy, the
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portraying of that character was very real and convincing, thank god he was not one of those picture perfect super hero who knew everything! Other than that the plot was very gripping with enough twists and turns and mystery to keep the readers engrossed. I am glad I read a Sidney Sheldon book at last it was a treat for a first time reader like me and I will definitely be reading more of his books!
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LibraryThing member ague
The Doomsday Conspiracy is one of the earlier green books (1992) that combines tree hugging with Roswell, New Mexico. Sheldon is a good writer, and a great writer when he writes his best.
LibraryThing member ashishg
While book has sci-fi elements, they are incidental to story. A decent book with moderately gripping story and poor climax.
LibraryThing member NickVellis
As an avid reader, lover of Sci- FI and political thrillers I was pleased to come across The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon, published in 1991. Sheldon, who has written many a blockbuster, was a surprise addition to my Sci-Fi want list.

When a UFO crashes, practically in front of a Swiss tour
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bus, US Naval Intelligence assigns Commander Robert Bellamy to track down the handful of witnesses. Bellamy conducts a world-wide search using his well honed skills, finding one witness after another. The man hunt becomes comical by its repetitive nature. The farce continues when each witness is assassinated right after Bellamy leaves town and he himself becomes a target betrayed by everyone he ever knew. What takes weeks and thousands of miles for our intrepid hero to discover is puzzled out by the ready after perhaps the second grizzly state sanctioned hit. Locations are beautifully described, but they become a distraction. Bellamy’s memories of traveling to these locals with his ex-wife ultimately become annoying. He becomes an object of pity rather than an intrepid agent on the run. The science fiction aspect of the novel is it by far the weakest part of the plot. The aliens and the menace they represent are but a weak sub plot. Expectations for our aliens in the 21st century are much higher than in 1991, apparently. Today we expect them to be powerful in a helpful, manipulative or truly menacing way. Instead we get an impotent creature lost on earth and in need of Bellamy’s help to be rescued. Watch out alien creature, everyone he talks to gets killed! The hero is a disappointment in this novel. Billed as a brilliant agent he puzzles out the location of witnesses with nearly no information and he befuddles his pursuers time and again but is ignorant of the forces behind the plot and has no suspicions despite the global nature of his betrayal. The climax also failed as it was abrupt and anti climatic with the non-powerful aliens abducting the bad guys. Move along, move along. There’s nothing to see here.

Neither good Sci-Fi nor political thriller it suffers from an under developed plot, flat characters and distracting repetition. Despite good pacing and great potential The Doomsday Conspiracy was a disappointment. Fortunately, other Sheldon stories are much better.
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LibraryThing member nvellis01
As an avid reader, lover of Sci- FI and political thrillers I was pleased to come across The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon, published in 1991. Sheldon, who has written many a blockbuster, was a surprise addition to my Sci-Fi want list.

When a UFO crashes, practically in front of a Swiss tour
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bus, US Naval Intelligence assigns Commander Robert Bellamy to track down the handful of witnesses. Bellamy conducts a world-wide search using his well honed skills, finding one witness after another. The man hunt becomes comical by its repetitive nature. The farce continues when each witness is assassinated right after Bellamy leaves town and he himself becomes a target betrayed by everyone he ever knew. What takes weeks and thousands of miles for our intrepid hero to discover is puzzled out by the ready after perhaps the second grizzly state sanctioned hit. Locations are beautifully described, but they become a distraction. Bellamy’s memories of traveling to these locals with his ex-wife ultimately become annoying. He becomes an object of pity rather than an intrepid agent on the run. The science fiction aspect of the novel is it by far the weakest part of the plot. The aliens and the menace they represent are but a weak sub plot. Expectations for our aliens in the 21st century are much higher than in 1991, apparently. Today we expect them to be powerful in a helpful, manipulative or truly menacing way. Instead we get an impotent creature lost on earth and in need of Bellamy’s help to be rescued. Watch out alien creature, everyone he talks to gets killed! The hero is a disappointment in this novel. Billed as a brilliant agent he puzzles out the location of witnesses with nearly no information and he befuddles his pursuers time and again but is ignorant of the forces behind the plot and has no suspicions despite the global nature of his betrayal. The climax also failed as it was abrupt and anti climatic with the non-powerful aliens abducting the bad guys. Move along, move along. There’s nothing to see here.

Neither good Sci-Fi nor political thriller it suffers from an under developed plot, flat characters and distracting repetition. Despite good pacing and great potential The Doomsday Conspiracy was a disappointment. Fortunately, other Sheldon stories are much better.
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LibraryThing member AliceAnna
A little paranoid (hence the 'conspiracy' I suppose). About visitors from outer space and taking out all the witnesses so as not to create a panic.
LibraryThing member soosthemoose
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Interesting and unique.
LibraryThing member lamour
A mysterious weather balloon crashes in the Swiss Alps. Robert Bellamany is sent to track down the 10 known witnesses. As he locates them and reports their address, they are killed which he only discovers after he finds all of them. He then realizes that he is to be killed as well.

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world government agencies want these people dead is because the balloon was a UFO and the governments wish to avoid world panic. One alien escaped the crash and in the end assists Bellamany in escaping death.

Fast paced, this is a page turner.

Sheldon includes an afterword in which he sites many sources on UFO's which he used in creating this novel.
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LibraryThing member nvellis01
As an avid reader, lover of Sci- FI and political thrillers I was pleased to come across The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon, published in 1991. Sheldon, who has written many a blockbuster, was a surprise addition to my Sci-Fi want list.

When a UFO crashes, practically in front of a Swiss tour
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bus, US Naval Intelligence assigns Commander Robert Bellamy to track down the handful of witnesses. Bellamy conducts a world-wide search using his well honed skills, finding one witness after another. The man hunt becomes comical by its repetitive nature. The farce continues when each witness is assassinated right after Bellamy leaves town and he himself becomes a target betrayed by everyone he ever knew. What takes weeks and thousands of miles for our intrepid hero to discover is puzzled out by the ready after perhaps the second grizzly state sanctioned hit. Locations are beautifully described, but they become a distraction. Bellamy’s memories of traveling to these locals with his ex-wife ultimately become annoying. He becomes an object of pity rather than an intrepid agent on the run. The science fiction aspect of the novel is it by far the weakest part of the plot. The aliens and the menace they represent are but a weak sub plot. Expectations for our aliens in the 21st century are much higher than in 1991, apparently. Today we expect them to be powerful in a helpful, manipulative or truly menacing way. Instead we get an impotent creature lost on earth and in need of Bellamy’s help to be rescued. Watch out alien creature, everyone he talks to gets killed! The hero is a disappointment in this novel. Billed as a brilliant agent he puzzles out the location of witnesses with nearly no information and he befuddles his pursuers time and again but is ignorant of the forces behind the plot and has no suspicions despite the global nature of his betrayal. The climax also failed as it was abrupt and anti climatic with the non-powerful aliens abducting the bad guys. Move along, move along. There’s nothing to see here.

Neither good Sci-Fi nor political thriller it suffers from an under developed plot, flat characters and distracting repetition. Despite good pacing and great potential The Doomsday Conspiracy was a disappointment. Fortunately, other Sheldon stories are much better.
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Publication

William Morrow (1991), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 412 pages

Original publication date

1991

Pages

412

ISBN

0688084893 / 9780688084899

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