by K.M. Halpern


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A mysterious Front, originating in Scotland and slowly expanding outward, threatens humanity's existence. In defiance of the known laws of physics, it only kills humans and is otherwise undetectable. Panic-stricken nations struggle against both the advancing menace and a tide of civil unrest. Desperate individuals must find their own paths, and find them quickly. Although very slow, the Front can be deceptively difficult to escape. Mankind has only a few years to pool its rapidly dwindling resources and save itself from extinction.

Amid growing chaos, the novel follows the choices made by a Glaswegian shopkeeper fleeing her rioting city, two National Guardsmen facing an impossible situation in the mountains of Colorado, a young girl whose family is disintegrating around her, and a desperate Chinese prisoner facing the unknown. A last ditch effort by a brilliant scientist and her inexperienced protege may represent humanity's only hope.

Through the lens of these lives, and a variety of other stories, essays, and TV transcripts, we experience a world struggling to come to grips with its impending mortality. Prisoners are sacrificed, governments bomb their own people to halt the waves of refugees, suicidal sports form, and life becomes a race for survival against the slowest but surest of enemies.

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ISBN-13: 9781945671043
Publisher: Epsilon Books
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

K.M. Halpern holds a PhD in theoretical physics from MIT, has served as Managing Director at a major Wall Street firm, and is the author of two books of very short fiction. He lives in Cambridge, MA, where he currently is working on "The Protected," an epic centered around a seemingly indestructible woman.

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