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John was leading a normal life when the pandemic started, but all of that is about to change. Borders will collapse. Politicians will turn the media against their own people. Society will reveal its fragility and collapse in on itself.
Can John, the last sane man in Canada, complete his odyssey back to the relative safety of his island home of Newfoundland?
“An unnerving portrayal of a collapsing society. There is no staying safe in Andrew Peacock’s Viral.” -- Glenn Deir, CBC host and the author of The Money Shot and Sick Joke
“This novel presents a vivid and timely prophecy of a pandemic worse even than Covid -19. The novel explores the fragility of our society in an intensive, fearsome way and yet leaves us deeply relieved that our current pandemic is not so bad after all. This book is a must-read; painful in its forceful depiction of society, yet somehow leaving us feeling better because it depicts a scenario even worse than that which we are facing in 2020.” -- William Pryse-Phillips, MD FRCP FRCPC DPM Emeritus professor of medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
“Few people can pull together the elements required to create a gripping, terrifying, realistic pandemic. Peacock’s novel Viral is as contagious as the outbreak in his story.” -- Paul Carberry, bestselling author of Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak
Andrew Peacock is an award-winning author born in Toronto and raised in Northern Ontario. A lifelong creative, his first book 'Creatures of the Rock' was long-listed for the 2015 Leacock Medal for humour and won the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for the best non-fiction book in 2014. He currently lives in Freshwater with his wife, Ingrid, and dog, Charlotte. His second book, 'One Brave Boy and His Cat,' was released by Flanker Press in 2019. He worked in a mixed animal veterinary practice in rural Newfoundland from 1982 until 2010.