New science fiction details the horrors of mass extinction after a magnetar erupts and strikes the Earth

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William de Berg announces the release of his latest book ‘Shield Down’

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William de Berg gives science fiction lovers a feast as he releases a new novel set in a dystopian Earth after a dangerous magnetar erupts while the Earth’s magnetic shield is down. “Shield Down” (published by Trafford Publishing) also details the politics and corruption of modern-day science.

The book introduces readers to Professor James Templeton, a brilliant but maligned astrophysicist who alone predicted the eruption of SGR 0245+05, a magnetar within close galactic proximity. Dr. Jacqueline DeFazio, his former lover and head of NASA’s Space Life Sciences Division, summons him to consult with the government about the prospects for a major starquake in “+05”.

Templeton tours one of over 100 American underground mini-cities that were built in the preceding decade based on his scientific predictions, and is astounded by the realization that NASA and Dr. DeFazio were following up massively on his predictions of doom, even as they were attacking him in public. Almost immediately after the high-level briefing, the magnetar strikes.

With this thought-provoking theme, de Berg also addresses the crisis on modern science, which is beset with politics, financial self-interests and failure to replicate findings. He also uses this topic to highlight the gamma-ray bombardment theory of mass extinctions put forth by prominent astrobiologists.

“My novels are meant to inform, provoke and entertain,” de Berg says. “[My book] is fictional but also a fact-based treatment of various topics in the 200 or so footnotes listed. Much of the scientific ideas and arguments are presented in realistic dialogue between the characters.”

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“Shield Down”
By William de Berg
Hardcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 246 pages | ISBN 9781490798813
Softcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 246 pages | ISBN 9781490798790
E-Book | 246 pages | ISBN 9781490798806
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
William de Berg is an American author who has written three previous conspiracy fiction thrillers dealing with topics such as 9/11, CIA drug trafficking, the occult financial system, oil wars, media, control and the Bilderbergers. His novels contain a mix of historical facts and analysis wrapped in thrilling action and suspense. "Shield Down" is his first science fiction novel.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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