Fall: Counting Down
Fall: Counting Down is a new
Apocalyptic Thriller written by Jeff
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Fall: Counting Down
end of times may not emerge from the night like a thief creeping
through the shadows, or rage with fearsome abruptness like a nuclear
blast lighting up the night sky. Instead, it may lift its head far in
the distance, glare directly into the sun, and hide from no one. It
will crawl slowly forward, moving with absolute purpose, unyielding in
its approach. The final bell will not ring for decades, but it will
ring, and there will be no way to stop it.
Ray Breckford faces
such a future. Within the routine of his very normal life, he finds
himself immersed in circumstances in direct contrast to his
personality. He is methodical and logical, appreciates structure and
abhors turmoil. He sets goals and devises straightforward plans to meet
them. He does so as an accountant for a local hospital, during a time
when humans can suddenly and inexplicably no longer reproduce.
all mammals face a barrier to conception. There is no clear cause for
the dilemma, only speculation. Scientists and engineers explore
theories in hopes of explaining the mystifying condition, but all
efforts fail in offering an answer. People of the world are somewhat
slow to accept the dilemma, but when they do, panic erupts.
Ray witnesses terror and confusion unfold as governments across the
globe react to the crisis. Those with authority hope to maintain
control over a population that begins to see extinction as their
inevitable future. In hopes of stemming the chaos, restrictions are
placed on the most common facets of life, and for a time, order is
Ray, however, notices an alarming tension rising all
around him, not only from the calamity but also from the strict
regulations enacted to maintain peace at any cost. Decisions meant to
protect the innocent grow beyond the scope of their original
intentions. Policies initially designed to guard the welfare of certain
citizens lead to even greater turmoil.
Hoping to gain enlightenment from disorder, Ray becomes entangled in a
series of events which thrust him further into a tempest of unrest. As
he searches for safety and sanctuary within the mayhem, he faces
difficult questions regarding his role in the dwindling legacy of
humankind. Ray does not seek the attention, but his unwillingness to
ignore the plight of friends and strangers places him within a struggle
for control and security. While he realizes his limitations in
preventing civilization from entering the abyss, he attempts to save
one small piece of humanity in hopes of grasping light for a darkening
Slow Fall: Counting Down is
an Apocalyptic Thriller. It is my first attempt at such a storyline and
I must admit it is a rather strange tale.
stories intrigue me, and I have talked often to my wife about zombie
preparedness. Surviving the first wave is obviously important, but
those waves will keep on coming, growing larger as well. I wanted to
write an apocalyptic story along those lines, but lately, the zombie
story has been done to death. (Forgive me for that, but I couldn't
resist.) Instead, I tried to imagine an end of the world scenario which
might cause the least amount of suffering. When I considered the idea
of mammals failing to reproduce, I thought I might have found a way
where humans could face extinction more gracefully. As I considered the
circumstances, I realized "graceful extinction" was probably never
going to occur, and thus, I had the basis for this story.
book covers the first few months of just such a situation. It's
possible it could grow into a series, but I need to gauge interest in
have done with some of my other ebooks, Slow Fall: Counting
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the reception of the story and whether it deserves additional attention
in the future.
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