The Perses Effect
By R.E. Robinson Jr
The world has been changed forever. Death and mutation have swept across the planet leaving some of the survivors altered into non-human races and gaining powers that would take time to comprehend. Always thinking ahead Evan Root invited family and friends to live on his farm shortly before the comet that started it all was destroyed.
As the remaining population rebuilds Evan Root and his wife Jordan are producing bio-fuel to use and trade. On a routine trip to the market murmurs of disappearing town’s people span the crowd. While at the market Evan’s group is ambushed and when he finally makes it back to the farm he finds out his wife has been abducted. Evan feels her abduction has everything to do with her power.
Hoping it will lead him to his wife Evan and his companions must discover who or what is behind the disappearances while defending themselves at every turn.
The book at its heart is a story of survival. What would we do right now if the world crumbled around us? No internet, no power and very little fuel. With the 2012 Mayan prophecies looming I decided to go in the direction of a world devastated. I have watched countless shows about people trying to prepare for the end of the world. That was an intriguing thought.
As I worked on book one I decided early on that I wanted my story to be a little more than just about what would happen if the world collapsed. Books and movies have covered invading armies and post apocalyptic scenarios but I wanted something different.
I looked at astral phenomenons like meteors and asteroids but decided not to make that a centerpiece either. There are a number of books and movies covering that subject, some good and some bad. Years before when my friends and I were talking about the worlds collapse the mention of a global catastrophe came up. This was years before movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon hit movie theaters. I didn’t want to rehash those ideas because they were still fresh on the publics mind. I decided to keep the idea of the comet for my delivery.
Kicking around more ideas some of my first drafts included vampires and zombies. I nixed those quickly as well. I personally don’t care to see any more stories of vampires and zombies. Don’t get me wrong; I love zombie stories and a select few about vampires. I’m not going to name the few vampire stories I hate, take a guess. I just felt that it wasn’t right for my book so I reworked the story further.
Even asking for ideas from friends I didn’t feel that my book had real weight. It just seemed like an action adventure. I do like those types of books also but I wanted the story as a whole to be meatier. I also retooled the characters to drive the story more.
I took a step back as I retooled everything. I needed to focus on what I knew. One of things I knew about is the military. Weapons, vehicles, etc. have been a part of my life since I started going to Georgia Military College Prep School. After school active duty seemed like a natural fit. I enjoyed my time in the service and would do it all over again if given the chance. I knew I didn’t want to make it a career so when my time was up I discharged with honor from the Army.
After my service I went back to Georgia Military College to study criminal justice. I was fascinated with forensic science and thought I wanted to pursue a career in that field. A television show called CSI changed my mind. College and the job market were flooded with CSI want-to-be’s so my career path went in a different direction.
Life changes and I didn’t get to finish college until years later after getting laid off from a job of seven years and divorced from the same number of years of marriage.
Ronald E. Robinson Jr. served in the US Army and has a criminal justice degree. He lives in Georgia with his family.