Novel 'Plague' Looks At Future Possible Pandemic
August 22, 2006 Entertainment News(PRLEAP.COM) The annuals of history are riff with new diseases that appear and play havoc on the human population. Our modern times are experiencing an upsurge of new illnesses with more then 40 having been identified within the last few decades. Most recently Avian flu has been the most hyped disease although it is by far not the only one that can threaten the future of human life on the planet and possibly not even the most dangerous. For instance, Nipah virus, which was first identified in 1999, has about the same fatality rate as Avian flu yet hasn't seen the same news coverage despite being easily spread from person to person. Yet, one of these two may not even be the one that gets us. Viruses mutate on a regular basis. Today's stomach ache causing virus my be tomorrows killer pandemic and a hard to transmit virus like Ebola is just as likely to evolve into a nightmare strain that can be spread simply by coughing. Such has almost already happened. Had the Reston strain of Ebola been able to infect human beings, rather then just simians, the events in 'Plague' may have come true nearly two decades ago.
Moss Valley and his friend Boose Harrison begin there work week normally in 'Plague' for the last time. By the end of the week the Ebola outbreak being reported on in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has gone from a local danger to a worldwide crisis because of one young boy and his family that infects everyone on an international flight from Kinshasa to Paris, France. Not until the CDC team sent to the DRC begin dying does it become apparent that the virus is a new strain far deadlier then any known previously. By then the virus has a toehold all around the world and containment is impossible. Survival is the only option, by any way possible, for the billions placed at risk.
"The inspiration for my first novel came to me in a recurring dream in which I watched from the top of a building as a city burned around me. Unlike most dreams this one didn't fade away. The image of a city being consumed in a conflagration haunted me for the better part of a week until I begin piecing together why a city would suffer such a catastrophe," says author Jeremiah Donaldson. "Being a fan of disaster movies and the lessons of history I decided that one city being brought down was but the manifestation of a far larger problem, thus was born 'Plague'."
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Jeremiah Donaldson has been writing for 15 years. Although from Kentucky, he resides in Florida with his girlfriend, two kids, and three pet rabbits. Plague is his first novel, but has two poetry collections available, To the Edge of Nothing and Back Again and Twisted Delusions of Earthly Dreams, and a third book that defies logical explanation called The Stoned Poet: Legend of the Ephiroll Man which explores many of the vulgarities of society in a comedic light. All are available for free download from the authors home on the web at www.ephiroll.com.
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