Scenes of the Apocalypse #18 – Side Effects
The Apocalypse could bring about horrors that we can’t accept now. It might make current problems worse or bring new ones, but the threat of side effects will be there either way. Who’s to say one of them wouldn’t be a new virus that makes people insane and sends them out looking for blood?
Did you know that there is currently a disease that has many of the symptoms as a Zombie? Called Nodding Disease, it’s scary to think the walking dead plague may have already arrived. Does that mean we are now living in the start of the Apocalypse? It would certainly explain why the CDC has an online page telling people what to do in the event of a Zombie-outbreak.
Zombies are only things of myth, legend, and the imagination, right? They exist in stories…but what if there was already a chemical that transformed people into raving lunatics with only violence in their minds? There is. Now imagine that chemical released on a Warhead, in a major city, during the Apocalypse. Within a year, the new rage disease would spread across the planet, consuming everything.
But what if it also mutated?
In my series, a nuclear war releases chemicals from foreign and US bombs and these toxins mutate current diseases into more lethal forms. One of those, I call Rage Walkers disease. It is the newest virus to challenge mankind’s stronghold on the earth.
“Seven very gifted survivors are destined to rebuild their country after a nuclear apocalypse…If they can stay alive long enough to find each other. Impossible to put down.” – The Review Blog
“What causes their eyes to do that? Do you have a theory?”
Luke sat his mug down so she wouldn’t see the way his hand shook. “None I care to share.”
“I have ideas of my own, you know.”
Luke grinned. “Are they naughty? We’ve got a few hours to kill.”
Kendle didn’t return the joke, too worried to be distracted so easily.
“I think it’s something from the War.”
That had Luke’s mind taking notes. He hadn’t thought of that. “Like a side effect?”
She was thumbing through one of the old magazines he’d dug out for her. “Chemical Warfare.”
“Our nukes didn’t have that shit.”
“But if there was a world war, not just our weapons were fired, right?”
LJ saw her point and found himself almost able to see where she was going. “If it were a gas, it could affect optic nerves, too…”
“Yes. I think parts of this island are contaminated with something that has side effects that include dementia, rages, and changes in appearance, like a mutation almost. Did you see the twitching the Mayor was doing when we first met him by the creek? Some type of chemical nerve agent is what I think.”
Full of realistic and fantasy situations, the Life After War series is a combination of more than 7 genres, so there’s a good chance of everyone liking it and learning a few things about survival at the same time. You can get a free copy at the link below, of the first book in the series. It’s free for all of this year to celebrate the possible end of the world on 12/21/2012.
Adrian’s Eagles: Three months after the War of 2012, Safe Haven refugee camp has made it to South Dakota and now holds six of the seven special survivors meant to lead the rebuilding of their country -but it can’t be done until they find a safe place to settle… and who can think of peace when there’s a huge camp of foreign invaders less than a day behind their group and they only want one thing? Safe Haven and everyone inside the light.
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Btw, a huge thanks to David for hosting me on my Scenes of the Apocalypse release tour. Have you read Resistance Front yet? It’s only $0.99 and all the profits are being donated to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children! I just downloaded a copy to my Kindle. Gonna have a great summer of reading by the time I gather up all these new books!