Virus scare . . . an opportunity to re-read SV-1

The world seems to be — perhaps prematurely — shitting its collective pants at another virus making the news (HERE and HERE)

While I cannot say there’s nothing to worry about (getting wiped out by viruses is not that far-fetched of an idea), I can say that people lose track of the fact that the US averages about 30,000 deaths from the flu . . . each year. We take that in stride and it doesn’t even make the news.

All this talk about viruses and stuff brought to mind the first novel (still unfinished) I began sometime in the 1990s and wrote in earnest in 2005 and 2006 until I went back to work. After 2013, when I retired again, I wrote lots of other stuff and have yet to go back and finish this effort.

This is what I said about it when I first posted it here in October of 2013:

It was never intended for publication; I just wanted to write characters I could believe in. It’s something I would want to read, about people who act like I think people should act in those circumstances.  As such, it might not be for everyone . . . but maybe someone will find it to their taste.

Despite not being finished, it stops at a convenient point (there are additional chapters but I’m unhappy with them). I still occasionally re-read it and enjoy doing so.

If anyone wants to read my first serious writing effort, these are the links to the posts that comprise the story so far.

Chapters 1-4 can be found HERE.
Chapters 5-8 can be found HERE.
Chapters 9-12 can be found HERE.
Chapters 13-16 can be found HERE.
Chapters 17-19 can be found HERE.
Chapter 20 can be found HERE.
Chapter 21 can be found HERE.
Chapter 22 can be found HERE.
Chapter 23 can be found HERE.
Chapter 24 can be found HERE.
Chapter 25 can be found HERE.
Chapter 26 can be found HERE.
Chapter 27 can be found HERE.

Note that chapters 20-27 are presented as single posts because I was asked to do so. Apparently, reading three chapters at a time was too much for some.

Understandable since reading on a computer is different from reading a book.

Let me say this: if there is a demand for a conclusion to this book, I’ll be more than happy to put some effort to that end.

All I need is at least 20 people leaving comments on this post saying what they like about the book so far, which characters they’re interested in, and tell me the name of the kid Lindsey likes to babysit and the color of Clay’s eyes.

Sorry to be specific but I just want to make sure people have read the book and not just setting me up. I’m suspicious about  certain things; lots of people hit “like” without reading word one of what I write.

Given that the readership for the original was dismal, I’m confident I can let this rest for a bit longer, but you never know.

Here’s a photo just because . . .

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