Jim LeMay is from Missouri, the land of Mark Twain, Edwin Hubble, Walter Cronkite, Robert A. Heinlein, Yogi Berra and many other notable Americans. He has worked at many of the same jobs, professions and avocations as the people in his novels – bartender (and, with his wife, tavern owner), homebrewer, land surveyor, civil engineer and land developer – and a few things they have not (artist and newspaper man among others). He currently lives in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area with his wife, Nyla.
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In 2072 a mysterious disease sweeps the world, killing nearly everyone. Civilization collapses. A long Dark Age of ignorance and superstition ensues. In the 676th year after the pandemic, Jack, an orphan boy, makes his precarious living as the mysterious thief called the Shadow. His life becomes even more dangerous as he is drawn inexorably into a centuries-old search for a lost cache of gold.
The Shadow of Armageddon
In 2072 a deadly disease sweeps the world, killing nearly everyone. Governments and civilization disintegrate. Twelve years later, Matt Pringle’s scroungers meet John Moore, an intelligent orphan boy attracted to the adventurous life he imagines they lead. Matt cannot dissuade him from joining the gang even though death’s shadow stalks it. A larger rival gang chases them across their empty world.
A Shadow Over the Afterworld
In 2072 the ancient war between mankind and bacteria clash in a worldwide pandemic which kills nearly everyone it infects. Civilization and governments collapse. Gang member John Moore and Mayor’s daughter Alicia Coleridge, despite their very disparate backgrounds, must find out how to adapt to each other and to this new empty, unsympathetic world which many have come to call the Afterworld.
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- Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1
on Jan. 18, 2015
I'm tired of zombie books, movies, et al. but I'm also a sucker for free books. Glad I read this one for several reasons. The first is the protagonist, Zed, a young man with no particular goal in life. He's flawed but likeable. He faces the advent of this horrible disease cluelessly but adapts, learns and grows.
I also found the disease more believable than usual. It's more complex than most "Z-Diseases" with various levels of infection. Zed for example, is one of the slow-burners, who contract the disease but remain mostly normal. Interestingly, he is able to walk among the infected brain-fried (usually) without danger.
Other interesting characters appear and interrelate believably. The story is a page turner with the right mix of violence and compassion with a sense of menace always lurking in the background.
The only distraction (a minor one) was the book's need for more careful editing.
- Slow Burn: Infected, Book 2
on Jan. 18, 2015
The action is not quite as intense as in the first book which is good. It allows time for character development. The sense of menace is always lurking in the background though and the book's end seems to prepare us for a new series of dangerous situations.
This book was also more carefully edited than the last.