Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.
When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.
As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?
"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesdays" is a linkup hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea.
I'm going to use the first paragraph of the books prologue, because it is more ... evocative. Let me show you what I mean....
"The patient had charcoal-black eyes, hard and cold, as if rounded chunks of volcanic rock and been shoved inside her eye sockets. Her skin possessed a sickly white pallor, as if it had been sucked dry of all its nutrients and hung up on a clothesline. Dark veins crawled over her body like wriggling snakes, pulsing with every unsteady heartbeat. Her mouth hung open, and a pockmarked grey tongue hung uselessly over her lower lip. Her bedridden form emitted the stench of necrotic flesh.
Glenda Alvarez was 63 years old, young compared to the other residents. Just last week she'd had her hair permed and her nails manicured. The virus had hit fast."
"Teaser Tuesdays" is a linkup hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.
This is from approximately 58% on the mobi file:
"If he died tomorrow, his nudity would be all they would remember, not the Nobel Prize, not the Schist vaccine. No, his humiliation would be his legacy."
So, what do you think? Too far out for you? Not far enough?
Here's a little about the author:
Originally from California, Nicholas Conley has currently made his home in the colder temperatures of New Hampshire. He considers himself to be a uniquely alien creature with mysterious literary ambitions, a passion for fiction, and a whole slew of terrific stories he’d like to share with others.
When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler, and — like many writers — a coffee addict.
So, how did I come by this read, do you ask? The book will be on tour (via Sage's Blog Tours) and I will post a review here on the porch this coming, Sunday, November 22, 2015.