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The Tilian Virus

(The first book in the Pandemic Sequence series)
A novel by

There are days when the wind is so biting one can barely curse the cold through chattering teeth. There are days when the sun bakes down and complaints can only roll slowly off weary tongues. There are days filled with superstition; days marked in history; days of remembered significance.

This was not one of those days. There was nothing remarkable about it. Even the weather was too average to elicit comment. It was any day. It was every day. And, in many ways, it was the last day.

When Mike Allard, a history teacher at the local high school in the rural Tennessee town, arrived at work there were some murmurs of illness; students and teachers absent with signs of flu. Even for a newly employed teacher like Mike, a half empty class was a welcome gift. By that night, though, the murmurs grew more panicked. Every television station broadcast wall-to-wall coverage of the sudden outbreak. Before midnight, the word "pandemic" had become insufficient. The Tilian Virus had swept the globe with incomprehensible speed. The government urged patience - explaining that while the symptoms were severe, recovery seemed likely.

But then the victims changed. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters lost what made them human and reverted back to the predatory instincts at the core of existence.

Weaving together events seven years apart, The Tilian Virus explores the curse of hope as Mike Allard leads a small band of survivors to an unknown end. Struggling to keep those around him safe, Mike wrestles internally with the futility of survival in a world of withered decay.

"This character-driven story based on the destruction brought on by the Tilian virus is one worth reading." -

The journey continues in THE TILIAN EFFECT:

The journey ends in THE TILIAN CURE:

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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Tilian Virus (The Pandemic Sequence) (Volume 1)
Author(s): Tom Calen
ISBN: 1-61868-090-0 / 978-1-61868-090-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permuted Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2011 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Tilian Virus: Book One of The Pandemic Sequence (Volume 1)
Author(s): Tom Calen
ISBN: 1-4701-5377-7 / 978-1-4701-5377-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Tilian Virus
Author(s): Tom Calen
ISBN: 1-5226-7611-2 / 978-1-5226-7611-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Tilian Virus: Book One of The Pandemic Sequence
Author(s): Tom Calen
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Tilian Virus (The Pandemic Sequence Book 1)
Author(s): Tom Calen
Publisher: Permuted Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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