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In Viral Times, Ron Seybold creates a mesmerizing and horrific future world that blooms like a deadly plant from the seeds we sow today. It's a tale full of danger and love and hope. And infused with a weird steam punk glamour. Think William Gibson meets Raymond Chandler -- better yet, experience this world of fear and faith for yourself. --Donna M. Johnson, author of Holy Ghost Girl

Viral Times is a highly original work unlike anything I've recently read in the dystopian genre, and it will certainly leave its audience with many questions about the speculative potential of its terrifying plot becoming a reality some day. If you're looking for high concept, thought-provoking and detailed, complex fiction, I'd highly recommend it. It leaves you with a new perspective on science, belief, and the human condition. This was a surprising and bold read. Seybold's unforgiving postmodern world marks him as a kind of Aldous Huxley for this generation. I found Viral Times to be an engaging read for the plot and characters themselves, but it's the wider message about modern reality, intimacy, disease and fear that really absorbs a reader s attention throughout the tale. --K.C. Finn, Readers Favorite

A viral pandemic of HIVE-5 and AIDS Ultra drives out full-contact sex. It's Andromeda Strain meets 1984, a world where Big Pharma invokes divine influence and deadly viruses spread via machines. In Viral Times, Ron makes Armageddon look desirable by comparison. --Guy Smith, author of Afterlife

About the Author

Ron Seybold has created stories in journalism for more than 30 years, arriving at fiction with 25 years of community and computer reporting, evenings of acting and hours of radio broadcasts, all in a lifetime of learning to write what he doesn't know. He coaches writers in Austin workshops and lives with his wife Abby and their standard poodle Tess Harding.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Workshop Writer Press; 1st edition (February 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985006706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985006709
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,408,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I completed Viral Times in less than a week after I purchased it. I felt compelled to finish. The disturbing future of super intelligent viruses that cause humans to acquire mutated AIDs through casual touch is haunting. And this horror becomes more disturbing because the characters' emotional and sexual needs for each other are profound and lyrical. I love the allusions to Tolle's Now and Cash's music. The story left me with a new respect for the eastern focus on the body's self-healing powers as opposed to our western approach of creating chemicals to kill viruses.
I am impressed with the eloquent focus on underlying, universal love that crosses lines of sexual orientation. And I love the graphic reminders of crimes committed in the name of organized religion.
This book and the lead character Dayton will not be forgotten.
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Seybold takes the reader to a dystopian near-future where insurance and drug companies have teamed up; yet where the human race is in danger of being wiped out by ever more intelligent and virulent viruses. People are afraid of human contact and resort to virtual reality sex. The book has a dashing male hero, who just happens to be a reporter (Ron's alter ego?), and a heroine steeped in eastern and Native American mysticism, mythology and homeopathic medicine. Throw in a far right religious wing nut and you have the perfect stew. Viral Times is thought provoking, yet a fun read - the perfect combination.
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Finished with my kids' Hunger Games trilogy, I am reading more books about futuristic societies. The questions they pose always lead to lively dinner table and book club conversations. The compelling premise of Viral Times does not disappoint. In addition, Seybold's background infuses his main character with gritty, journalistic authority and a distinctive voice. In particular, I appreciate how Seybold orchestrates a confluence of science, religion and humanity within a believable futuristic framework. Viral Times would make a fascinating movie.
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