The last thing John remembers is insurgents sawing off his arm. Now he's shackled to an operating table, and, astonishingly enough, his dismembered limb is still attached.
John wants to settle the score, but first he must escape. To do so, he needs your help.
Your choices determine John's fate. Can you guide him through the dangers of MH-ZERO?
Author's Note: This story has branching paths. At the end of each section, John will ask what he should do next and offer a handful of choices.
There are two ways to navigate these choices. The easiest way is to click the links I've supplied. Alternatively, you may use your e-reader’s chapter list to skip to the appropriate section number (which you’ll see noted in parenthesis).
Hidden inside each of us, buried deep in our DNA are remnants of code from ancient viral infections. Scientists call these pieces of code fossil viruses. Usually this code lies harmlessly inert in a species, and over successive generations, mutations further reduce its capacity to ever code for what it once was. But what if an embedded viral RNA strand remained dormant and unchanged for millennia, only waiting for the correct missing nucleotide to bring it back to life?
Dr. Steven McQuinn lives with his lovely wife, Holly and ten year old son, Jeremy in a quiet suburban home in Maryland. A virologist at the U.S. Army’s Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), he has been on the forefront in studying some of the hottest pathogens on the planet, but nothing has prepared him for what he is about to face. Something that everyone in his field once thought of as impossible has happened–a pandemic has spread instantaneously around the planet infecting most of the world’s population. Worldwide, people are becoming sick and falling into deep comas. Only a few seem to be immune.
As McQuinn and the research team at USAMRIID race against time to discover what the mystery pathogen is and how it could have infected an entire planet so quickly, the laboratory becomes progressively isolated from the outside world. News stations drop off the air and the team loses contact with outside resources; they are on their own in this seemingly insurmountable fight.
It appears that a Pandora’s Box has been opened, unleashing a mindless evil upon mankind. Even USAMRIID is not isolated from the disease and the infection quickly rages through the staff like an out of control wildfire. The real horror reveals itself when the infected awaken from their comas with a virus-ravaged brain that harbors an insatiable fury. The infected are now no more than enraged rabid animals that savagely attack with deadly intent.
Forced to leave the facility, Steven rushes home to his family through the post-apocalyptical landscape that has befallen the world. They set out on the road to find sanctuary in the country. Meeting up with other uninfected survivors the growing group will have to fight their way through hordes of infected as they discover that no place is really safe. No matter how prepared you are, how cautious you try to be, your best laid plans are not enough to protect you from the Zombie Virus.
It happened in a moment. A seemingly innocent cure for
the common cold suddenly mutates, nearly destroying the world and killing 3/4
of the population; many of the remaining people are turned into Hybrids, veined
creatures that hunt the dwindling number of survivors. Freed from their
prisons, the criminals take it upon themselves to destroy the remaining
survivors, angered at the way they were treated in the past.
Sparrow Jacobs manages to survive the outbreak, traveling
on her own after her family perishes; she bands together with fellow survivors
and helps them to fight the infected and the criminals roaming about. However,
when a cure is rumored to exist, she must risk her life to retrieve it, as the
leader of the criminal population holds a personal grudge against Sparrow. The
reformation of the Earth or the complete collapse of everything everyone has
held on to is up to her.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the smash hit One Second After series comes 48 Hours, a nail-biting and prescient thriller about a solar storm with the power to destroy the world's electrical infrastructure
In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, a "Carrington Event" that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world's electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.
Will the world's population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?
William R. Forstchen is at his best in 48 Hours, a tale of the resilience of American citizens when faced with a crisis.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
“Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated. Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It’s a wow. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick.”—Washington Post
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .