How much research went into The Genesis Resolution?

I spent the better part of a year researching every detail before I wrote my first sentence. With the exception of a Brasserie that I blew up in Chapter 5, every building, highway, park, hospital and tunnel is geographically correct.

Roberto CalviThis level of detail gives a measure of authenticity to the storyline, and the research itself was almost as much fun as writing the book. As one investigative thread led to another, the plot itself changed to accommodate historical facts. Prior to starting my research, I had never heard of Roberto Calvi and the Banco Ambrosiano scandal, SS officer Kurt Gerstein and his connection to Pope Pius the Twelfth, or that the Vatican has, to this day, sealed all letters, documents, records and archives relating to Pope Pius XII during World War II.
K159 Submarine
Likewise, I had never heard of the Camorra, the real Italian Mafia, nor did I know that a Russian nuclear submarine, the K-159, sank in the Barents Sea in 2003. I wove all of these events into the storyline.

One interesting tidbit that I couldn’t fit into the book occurred while I was in Rome, touring the Vatican. Our hotel’s only English-language TV station reported that the Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile supercooled magnetic doughnut used at CERN to smash atoms, had suffered an emergency shutdown. The LHC is arguably the most sophisticated “machine” ever built by man costing in excess of 6.6 billion US dollars. That’s billion with a capital “B”.
Power Grid
It appears that a bird had dropped a baguette (French bread) on one of the main power busbars, supplying power to a section of the ring’s magnets. If the collider been in operation at the time, the shutdown could have been catastrophic. While no real damage was done, the media was having a field day with the birdy baguette-bomber that shut down the world’s largest machine. Even as a writer of fiction, I couldn’t have come up with story this fantastic!

In answer to the question of why it happened. I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time.