A ticking time bomb is an invaluable element for increasing the page-turning factor in your mystery or thriller. What better way to incorporate a ticking time bomb than to set the novel in a location that's about to disappear? This post marks the inauguration of the "Five Places to Go Before..." series, which will highlight locations on the verge of extinction. Incorporate one into your thriller to up the stakes just that much higher.
Pasto, ColumbiaThe Las Lajas Sanctuary is a spectacular cathedral built into the side of a gloriously green mountain. But it might not be around forever, because Mt. Galeras sits right above it. See this architectural wonder in person before it is destroyed!
|Las Lajas Sanctuary, Pasto, Columbia|
Saint Pierre, CaribbeanOnce known as "The Paris of the Caribbean," St. Pierre has already been completely obliterated once by Mount Pelee. Much of the old city has been rebuilt, so come see this lovely French community before it is gone once again.
Pompeii and Herculaneum, ItalyOf course, this list would not be complete without the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum - the ticking time bomb in my novel, The Vesuvius Isotope. Another eruption of Mount Vesuvius is long overdue, and these priceless sites might not survive the next one. I love the image in this fresco from Pompeii showing Mount Vesuvius covered in green - sort of like Mount Pelee above...yikes!
|Fresco of Mount Vesuvius From Pompeii|
Shimbara, JapanThis glistening white castle is just one of a series of similarly constructed beautiful castles in Japan - but it might be the one most in danger. Looming above the castle is the active Mount Unzen, just one of Japan's dangerous volcanoes.
Photo credit: Commons.wikimedia.org Santuario Nacional de Las Lajas by GameofLight is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Seattle, WashingtonAlthough quite a distance from Mount Rainier, Seattle lies in the path of destruction should the volcano erupt with sufficient force. It is expected that lava flow from a major eruption would pour right into the downtown area. And then, you'd be confined to the space needle replica in Las Vegas. The horror! See the real one when you can.
The impending eruption of Mount Vesuvius lends a ticking time bomb to the action in The Vesuvius Isotope, the best-selling debut novel by Kristen Elise. Buy The Vesuvius Isotope on Amazon.
From the ancient ruins beneath Mount Vesuvius, a two-thousand-year-old document has emerged. It is the only text ever attributed to the ambitious, inquisitive, and cryptic last pharaoh of Egypt...
Kristen Elise, Ph.D. is a drug discovery biologist. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, stepson, and three canine children.