Published: 2013, independently published
An ancient fundamentalist organization chooses to lash out against its enemies by conducting several attacks simultaneously across the globe. One of these assaults unleashes a deadly virus within the Pentagon, which sets off a chain reaction of events that the United States may not overcome.
The virus mutates beyond anything the terrorists had expected and the nation’s capital is plunged into a violent zombie outbreak that threatens to infect everyone in the region. A desperate and misguided attempt to stop the potential global epidemic backfires as the undead survive the brutal pre-emptive strike and continue to wreak havoc on the human population when they reemerge from the bowels of the ruined city.
Grayson Donnelly, a former Army officer who is stranded in the Midwest during the outbreak, is forced to fight for his life and for the survival of his adopted community while his fiancée Emory is trapped in the Washington, D.C. quarantine zone. She struggles to come to terms with her own survival while living in a government-operated refugee camp just outside of the city. Both Grayson and Emory must learn to adapt and do whatever is necessary in order to survive in a nation that is nearing anarchy as the terrorists’ heinous scheme takes on a life of its own.
His second wife had called him an egomaniac and the term “asshole” was a daily occurrence. One of the Company’s shrinks had diagnosed him with Antisocial Personality Disorder. “Great, I’m a sociopath, tell me something I don’t know Doc,” he’d told the psychologist after his prognosis. But the man had only chuckled and stamped CLEARED FOR COVERT OPERATIONS across his file. Apparently, not caring about how others feel, having a propensity for violence and then being able to compartmentalize it all away is what the Company desires in their field agents.
I love my work. I spent an inordinate amount of time researching and writing for this project. I’ve had people get into arguments with me because they thought I was an established writer using a pen name for a side project. Literally emails back and forth on my facebook page calling me a liar and demanding to know what my real name was…Seriously, this is my first completed book!
Born and raised as an Army brat, Brian Parker moved all over the country as a child before his father retired from the service and they settled in a small Missouri town. After his father’s retirement, the family purchased a farm where he learned the rewards of a hard day’s work and enjoyed the escapism that books provided someone with bigger dreams.
Brian is currently an Active Duty Army soldier who enjoys spending time with his family in Texas, hiking, CrossFit, writing and Texas Longhorns football. His wife is also an Active Duty soldier and the pairing brings its own unique set of circumstances that keep both of them on their toes. He’s an unashamed Star Wars fan, but prefers to disregard the entire Episode I and II debacle.
Brian’s ongoing projects include a post-apocalyptic fiction novel set in the United States (small sections can be found on his blog) and a children’s book that blends education opportunities with mild horror themes.
I post pieces and parts of my new book on my blog as I write them. They are 100% unedited though, so I write a section, pull some of it to post and go from there. The final product may end up being different (and definitely edited for punctuation/content) than what’s on the blog, but it’s a fun way for people to see what I’m writing and where I’m going with the project.
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