It arrived without warning. A plague of unknown origin. Like a biblical pestilence, it swept through modern civilization almost overnight, destroying good and evil alike. Leaving only a handful of survivors to make their way through an empty landscape, and face the unknown horrors that lay hidden in a savage new world.
In a deserted midwestern department store, a few people banded together for survival. but beyond their temporary haven, an evil was stirring, an evil that preyed upon human weakness for its own twisted ends. Soon all that would stand between the world and a reign of insanity was the unlikely fortress of humanity, armed with what could be found on a department store shelf and what courage they could muster to battle a monstrous, merciless scourge...
Excellent book! Anyone who enjoyed The Stand by Stephen King will be blown away by this story, which is every bit as good as and maybe even better than the Stand. If you happen to find this book somewhere, don't be discouraged by the cover art which has absolutely no relation to anything that happens in the story. (The paperback version has a picture of a red demon face with children wading through lava inside its mouth--whoever thought of that illustration and why is a mystery to me.)
A version of the black plague is set loose that is much more lethal and communicable with a mortality rate over 99%. In the aftermath, the trials that people go through to survive bring their true personalities to the surface. It seemed very realistic in how things happen and how people might act in such a situation. There is alot of graphic violence... makes me wonder if people would really descend to such a level in such a case. But looking back at New Orleans, I have to think maybe they would. In any case, I would really recommend this book. I think it is probably the best hidden treasure book that I have happened upon in a long time.