ZOMBIE APOCALPYSE: THE ORIGIN Thrills and Horrifies
In response to an Ebola outbreak, world governments simultaneously release an Israeli developed immunizing super virus in every major airport. But the developer withholds a secret about the super spreader delivery system.
Unaware of the developer’s secret, a Russian agent substitutes Z-Factor, another bioengineered super virus, for the immunizing agent. The plan is for infected Ukrainians to beg the Russian military to restore order. Russia’s plan backfires. Z-Factor rapidly spreads throughout the globe.
In the United States, Colonel Jack Crown, M.D. and Dr. Benjamin Lieber battle zombies and contagion while the U.S. government keeps citizens in the dark. Dr. Lieber’s late uncle’s research may yield clues to help him defeat the virus. But first Benjamin and Jack must battle the White House and fight their way out of D.C.
The Z-Factor virus gains ground while Jack and Benjamin work to stabilize the Outbreak Compound, a long-established top secret government funded research facility in Virginia.
Three hundred miles away, the survivors of the Homewood community mourn their losses and defend themselves against new threats. Claire and Mark Landi, a father and his teenage daughter, possess unique genes that may or may not hold the key to a cure. They set out on perilous journey to the Outbreak Compound.
Civilization unravels as the living battle government misinformation, the physical and psychological effects of the outbreak, feral humans, and zombies. Dangers mount from the living and the undead.
Targeted Age Group:: 12 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The zombie apocalypse genre has few origin stories. I have a degree in chemical engineering and worked as a chemical engineer. I also studied bioengineering. I wanted to add a scientific explanation of how people became infected.
Would any humans be resistant, and if so, what is a rational explanation of how that could happen? Would a cure be possible for others, and would it be feasible to manufacture a vaccine or a cure in a dystopian world? How quickly can scientists respond before they are overwhelmed?
It seemed to me that people such as scientists, soldiers, suppliers, and engineers are underrepresented in the zombie genre. How they would fare if they organized? What would be their biggest challenges?
This novel examines psychological pressure. Fear can be a bigger enemy than disease. How would prepared survivors deal with feral humans and zombies? How would their thinking change as a result of an outbreak? Who would change for the better, and who would deteriorate and why?
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters are based on people I know. A combat doctor, medical doctors, researchers, politicians, and families.
"The soldiers didn't want to use bullets in such close quarters. These men are strong and well trained in hand-to-hand combat. Yet Munwes didn't stop even when they applied pressure to nerves, shattered a knee, and twisted an arm out of its joint."
"So if they didn't shoot him, how did they subdue Munwes?" I asked.
"They bashed in his head."
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