Author-selected Quote from the Book #3

ZAPOCALYPSE: Pathogen (Book 1) by Carol Lynski

Author-selected Quote from the Book #3:

“I read a book once where some white man wrote ‘These are the days that try men’s souls.’ Now I don’t know about the time he was goin’ through, but it could not—could not, I say—be worse than today!”

The room knew there was no stopping Auntie once she got going.

“No. We need the Lord today …”

“Amen!” cried the crowd, many on their feet.

“But as much as that, we need good men, strong men and women, to lead us through the darkness.” Auntie turned and stared at Stokes, raising her cane to indicate him. “We need those with the strength, the ability, and the nerve to protect us. To help those who are weak.”

Many turned to Stokes and his sister, Toya, sitting back in the pews. “Amen!” they shouted again.

“We live in deprivation,” Auntie continued.

“You know it, sister!”

“But we do not lack in intelligence, in courage, or in love of our neighbor.” Auntie’s eyes drilled into Stokes. He fought to keep contact. Stokes had done things most would consider evil, rising in the ranks of his gang, the Shujaa, named in the 1970s from the Swahili word for warrior. Auntie had a power over all those in the Poynt, and even Stokes had to look away from the steel in her eyes.

Her voice softened. “This is a new day. This is a new beginning. What has gone before was before. If things get worse”—she shook her head, taking in the room—“and they look to get worse, we have only each other to rely on.”

Book Review

ZAPOCALYPSE: Pathogen (Book 1) by Carol Lynski

Book Review:

In a crowded field of zombie apocalyptic fiction, Zapocalypse: Pathogen is a refreshing look at societal collapse caused by near complete collapse of government and infrastructure as a result of unchecked pandemic and government blundering response in the early stages of a pandemic. Ms. Lynski’s near prescient approach is amazingly relevant today in light of CDC announcements of the current flu pandemic.

I eagerly await the next installment.

– Jason Foster 

Book Summary

ZAPOCALYPSE: Pathogen (Book 1) by Carol Lynski

Book Summary:

Science is a wondrous thing; diligent adherence to scientific principles has led the world into a new age of information, healing, and knowledge of our universe. However, sometimes science is subject to another law—that of unintended consequences. Such is the case when a genetic therapy breakthrough binds with the feline herpes virus. Instead of curing millions of organ failure, it unleashes the unthinkable—the zombie apocalypse.

Unlike zombies in common lore, these zombies are not dead: their hearts beat, they breathe, and they can die with blows other than to the brain, but the destruction of the frontal lobe of the brain leaves most of the Zs without the ability to plan or think; they just eat. The infection affects more than humans—dogs, rats, coyotes, and other omnivores can also succumb.

Luckily, mankind is not completely lost. A few are immune to the virus. Dr. Emma O’Conner, a family medicine resident in San Antonio, Texas, is the first to prove that. She is evacuated to a CDC facility and protected by Lieutenant Colonel Angus McLeod. Emma speaks to other survivors over the radio with Canadian broadcaster Alistair Breedham and becomes the mostly loved face of hope as the country falls apart.

Pockets of survivors band together to create new towns, each finding a way to increase their chances of making it in the world. Charlene, homemaker and former PTA president, leads those in the Elysian Heights subdivision outside of Marietta, Georgia. Guillermo, a fourteen-year-old genius, rallies those in the Yucatan to his side. Stokes, formerly third in command for the Shujaa gang in Camden, New Jersey, protects those in Pyne Poynt. Elisandra Hudson, the secretary of state, must help the president reestablish control so that the country survives. Peter Saitou crosses the miles through Z-infested lands to find the woman he has loved since his teen years, Emma.

Most humans want to survive and work toward that end, but there are those who thrive on chaos and the misfortune of others. Bands of raiders attack the communities. Others feel called by God to recreate the country into one that would put God and his laws above all.

Each story weaves around the other, demonstrating the strength of human spirit in a world filled by chaos.