A long time I started a story but never finished it. Now I cannot find it because I forgot the author and title. I remember it being from a famous author but not his most famous work.
The story starts with a reporter hired to research terrible sounds coming from western Carolina mountains (Asheville). It turns out that something has opened up in the earth (like a volcano) and shot out a supersonic "vehicle" that is tearing across the nation. Citizens and news media are terrified of this new menace to the civilized world and cannot capture it.
That is as far as I got. I would love to pick up from there and find out what happens. Does this sound familiar to anybody?