Scourge of Sheol: a Novella

Scourge of Sheol: a Novella

A Plague Sweeping the World, a Virtual Reality Environment to Battle It, and the One Man Who Can Find the Way Out

In the near future, a deadly plague sweeps the earth ripping apart the mind and body of each victim. A team of researchers creates Sheol, a virtual reality world, to try to lead patients safely through each terror, yet none survive. When Mr. Abram's son becomes infected, his child's faith in him and the sacrifices enabled by a father's boundless love are the boy's only hope—and maybe the world's.

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About the Book

In the near future, an incurable plague has infiltrated every city in the world and the mind of every victim it meets . . . every mind, aside from that of Mr. Abram, a wealthy business magnate in Manhattan.

Mr. Abram witnessed the scourge first hand when his beloved wife fell ill before him. First, sight is turned black, then hallucinations, then with every misstep the patient takes in the dark of her mind, comes a new form of blood-letting, bone-dissolving torture. Finally, if the disease is not put on hold through induced coma, comes death.

In spite of his apparent immunity and the mountains of wealth he heaped into research for a cure, no patient on earth has yet been led to survival.

It’s not until Mr. Abram’s son also falls victim to the disease that he learns just how far his research endowments have gone. A virtual reality environment, Sheol, was created to aid and guide the patient interacting with the disease – a disease which can itself think. There is a possibility to save his boy, but the method will test the limits of a son’s faith through fear, and a father’s love through sacrifice.

What are the bounds of the love of a father for his son, and will it be enough to save him? Will it be enough to save the world in this Christian allegory?

Genre: Sci-Fi
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Spire Starter LLC
Publication Year: 2017
Length: Novella

eBook Price: $4.99
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About the Author
Erin M. McDermott

Erin M. McDermott was born and raised in Rochester, New York, and has resided around the globe—from Chicago to Germany to Ireland and Asia, among other locales. She is an accomplished scientist, engineer, artist, and writer, and holds a B.S. degree in applied physics from Kettering University. Her first published work of science fiction is the novella Scourge of Sheol. Future works will also illustrate and combine the unique perspectives she gained through her studies in physics, language, cultures and religion. While she continues to travel, New York City is currently her home base.

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