Viral Times

Viral Times

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Star reporter Dayton Winstead grapples with the attack of a network-carried pandemic in Viral Times, when HIVE-5 drives out full-contact sex. Love takes a beating in Viral Times. Casualties of loved ones mount in a pandemic that spreads through touch.

Viral death battles love and faith in a time when a pandemic makes touch fatal. Rogue reporter Dayton Winstead juggles all these, after a viral pandemic of HIVE-5 and AIDS Ultra drives out full-contact sex. When millions die in less than a year, new VR SimSuits on a network give the world the technology to experience passions in simulations as real as any now-deadly embrace. But love takes a beating in Viral Times. Casualties of loved ones mount in a pandemic that spreads through simple touch. Dayton’s lost wife haunts his heart and drives his work through a losing battle.

Although SimSuits keep the virus at bay, they also open the door for attack. Nobel-winner Jenny Nation’s evangelistic faith sparks the geneticist’s mission to erase the SexNet, the lure of the Suits, plus any sinner who wears one. On the seventh day after her ultimatum, Nation’s engineered virus Mighty Hand will sweep through the net and into the Suits to infect the millions who believe they are safe.

Humiliated and broken by a counter-attack against his investigations, Dayton meets Angie, a naturopath with her own losses of love to bear. Spreading the medicine of natural immunity through ageless practices and cures, she finds herself on a head-on course with Mighty Hand’s death and Dayton’s love. Mighty Hand threatens to change their world forever — unless Angie and Dayton can find and forestall the first biological virus to attack over a network. Only faith in immunity and courage to risk infections can recover love in Viral Times.

“It’s a tale full of danger and love and hope, and infused with a weird steampunk glamour. Think William Gibson meets Raymond Chandler–better yet, experience this world of fear and faith for yourself.”
— DONNA JOHNSON, author of Holy Ghost Girl

“I loved this book. Viral Times is very Crichton-like and certainly a cautionary tale for the future of public health. I used to scare people in my field by telling them the implications for a pandemic, and how easy it would be to get it started.”
— Laurel Sharmer, Emeritus Professor of Public Health, State University of New York

“It’s Andromeda Strain meets 1984, a world where Big Pharma invokes divine influence and deadly viruses spread via machines. Viral Times makes Armageddon look desirable by comparison.”
— GUY SMITH, author of Afterlife