Viral Times

Viral Times

by Ron Seybold

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Sex. Disease. Love. Fear. Faith. Grief. Star reporter Dayton Winstead juggles all these in Viral Times, when a viral pandemic of HIVE-5 and AIDS Ultra drives out full-contact sex. After millions die in less than a year, new SimSuits on a network give the world the technology to experience SafeSex's passion, lust and climax in simulations as real as any forbidden embrace. But love takes a beating in Viral Times. Casualties of loved ones mount in a pandemic that spreads through touch. Dayton's lost wife haunts his heart and drives his work through a losing battle.

Although SimSuits keep the virus at bay, they also open the door for attack. Nobel-winner Jenny Nation's evangelistic faith sparks the Nobel geneticist's mission to erase the SexNet, the Suits' lure, plus any sinner who wears one. On the seventh day after her ultimatum, Nation's engineered virus Mighty Hand will sweep through the net and into the Suits to infect the millions who believe they are safe.

Humiliated and broken by a counter-attack against his investigations, Dayton meets Angie, a naturopath with her own losses in love and sex to bear. Spreading the medicine of natural immunity through ageless practices and cures, she finds herself on a head-on course with Mighty Hand's death and Dayton's love. Mighty Hand threatens to change their world forever, unless Angie and Dayton can find and forestall the first biological virus to attack over a network. Only faith in immunity can recover love in Viral Times.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014017039
Publisher: Workshop Writer Press
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
File size: 823 KB

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 leads writers in Austin workshops and lives with his wife and yoga teacher Abby Lentz and their standard poodle Tess Harding.

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Viral Times 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Viral Times is a pandemic-style dystopian novel by Ron Seybold, focusing on the aftermath of a modern day viral disaster. When a kind of super-AIDS virus prevents human beings from touching one another without risking death, the world turns to SexNet to experience intimacy on the most realistic level possible. Our central characters are reporter Dayton and homeopathic, somewhat mystical Angie, who both have lost loves and haunting memories in their pasts. When a new electronic virus called Mighty Hand threatens to purge the perceived sinners using SexNet to make some kind of physical connection, Dayton and Angie begin their quest to find a natural solution to the viral problem, resulting in powerful questions about Eastern and Western medicinal beliefs. This was a surprising and bold read. Ron 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. 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 Viral Times as a thrilling read that leaves you with a new perspective on science, belief, and the human condition.