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Carl Sims, a young virologist, discovers a plot hatched by a group of international scientists to cull, in a matter of weeks, two-thirds of the world’s population—some 4.5 billion people—by releasing a deadly virus. Their goal is to reduce Earth’s population from an unsustainable seven billion to two billion. What is he to do? Try to stop the conspiracy, or join it?

It’s horrific, yes, but what if this culling could prevent the extinction of some 40 percent of the planet’s flora and fauna? Or if he was certain it was the only way to prevent an even larger human die-off, incurring significantly more suffering, by the end of this century? Or if he were convinced it represented the only hope for humanity surviving at all? This is at the heart of this thriller, for these viruses do, in fact, exist.

Most everything that plagues mankind today—the highest concentration of atmospheric CO2 in three million years, escalating extinction rates, habitat loss, fishery collapses, climate change, polar and glacial ice thaws, arable land loss, desertification, aquifer depletions, ocean acidification, unprecedented air pollution, looming famine, and social unrest—stems from overconsumption which, unchecked, will lead to Earth’s sixth mass extinction event.

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  • “Robert Johnson’s first novel tackles an issue that most in the media, the arts, and entertainment industry—even the environmental community—are afraid to discuss directly: overpopulation. Despite the potential for despair or preachy diatribes, the gravity of the issues is woven into the story with plenty of colorful characters, gallows humor, and a suspenseful plot that unravels across continents, making for an entertaining and thought-provoking debut.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Johnson knows his science.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Johnson’s debut thriller could be more science fact than science fiction…A scary premise. Get a flu shot. Wash your hands regularly.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Robert Johnson was born and raised in Oakland, California, before eventually moving to Hollywood. After earning an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, he became a screenwriter, earning first place honors in Samuel Goldwyn and Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Awards. His first book, Thirteen Moons: A Year in the Wilderness, chronicled a Henry David Thoreau–esque year he spent living out of a teepee on the banks of the American River high in the Sierra Nevadas. He currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Charles Carroll is an actor and voice-over artist residing in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He is an avid film buff and stays active in the local film community.