In Gleed's first novel, a highly infectious virus (The Sleeping Death Contagion — SDC) kills most of the Earth's population in less than three months. In only three days, the virus causes the death of nearly every infected victim as they sleep. Only a rare and random genetic immunity to the fatal effects of the virus leaves less than one in a hundred thousand survivors.
This story follows the lives of six different survivors in Canada, England, Kenya, China, France and the United States for the first nine months after the disease strikes.
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About the Author
"Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham, "No Blade of Grass" by John Christopher, "On the Beach" by Neville Shute and "The Stand" by Stephen King are among his favorite novels.
Gleed was born and grew up in the small village of Dishforth in rural North Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to Canada in 1969. He spent most of his high tech career in Ottawa, Canada with Nortel and Systemhouse and he was a founder of the Canadian software company, JetForm Corporation. He retired in 2002 when the company was taken over by Adobe.
In talking about his new novel, John Gleed said, “Have you ever dreamed about a world where you can live wherever you want, without regard to what you can afford? Have you wished that you could go into any store and just take what you wanted no matter what the price sticker said? This is the kind of world in which the subjects in my story find themselves ... but this freedom came at such a great cost."