Ocean Drive once was heavy with sun-baked tourists, but now it features disease-ridden corpses and madly hungry dog-zombies. Power-hungry leaders of the New Caliphate, a terrorist state in the Middle East, have released a deadly plague that knows no boundaries, eroding the might of the United States, already weakened by diplomatic maneuvers and inner social malaises.
A group of survivors huddle together in Shallow Cove Manor belonging to a former editor-in-chief, who believes he and the others can wait out the effects of the deadly virus. To pass the time and entertain themselves, the manor’s residents tell each other their stories, not forgetting to indulge to carnal pleasures too. Not everyone is content to simply wait, and personality clashes soon lead to deception, deal making and violence. As the days inch forward, the situation becomes tense, and survivors begin to die some mysteriously and others from the virus.
Can the last ones endure until New Caliphate forces take total control over the country, or will things go from bad to even worse before the final resolution? Complete with allusions, sarcasm and wit, Vitali Ianko’s provocatively forestalling thriller offers an unforgettable twist to an age-old story of survival at any price.
Vitali Ianko settled in the United States in 1992, after living and working in Russia, Armenia, and Switzerland. Born in Azerbaijan in 1946, Ianko earned his PhD in Engineering in Moscow in 1983. He has written articles related to hydromechanics, blood circulation, article intelligence, mechanisms of problem-solving and unconsciousness. Ianko co-founded the Center of Psychological Rehabilitation for Armenian children traumatized by a 1988 earthquake. He researched posttraumatic stress disorder while a visiting professor at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University and provided psychological help to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.
Ianko’s first novel, _ The Promise at the Sea, was published in 2004. It earned the Franz Werfel Award after being published in Armenian in Yerevan in 2015. He has no Facebook account, no Twitter, no Instagram, preferring the wisdom of his 2,500 books collection and his family warmth.