Ahoy there me mateys!
three days in april (Edward Ashton)
This book was a fun sci-fi romp set in Baltimore, one of my oldest home ports there on the Chesapeake Bay. Something causes 90% of the population of Hagerstown, Maryland to violently die simultaneously. Is it a terrorist attack? A plague? The end of the world? A group of friends and recent acquaintances must unravel the mystery and save the whole human race.
This book had some truly delightful quirky characters. My favorites were Terry, Anders, and Inchy. The plot is silly and fast. The book is told from the perspective of the various main characters. The end is particularly crazy and fun. I must say that I loved it. If you like humor, technology, and thoughtful questions about human security then give this one a whirl.
Amazon has this to say about the novel:
In a world divided between the genetically engineered elite and the unmodified masses, Anders is an anomaly: engineered, but still broke and living next to a crack house. All he wants is to land a tenure-track faculty position, and maybe meet someone who’s not technically a criminal—but when a nightmare plague rips through Hagerstown, Anders finds himself dodging kinetic energy weapons and government assassins as Baltimore slips into chaos. His friends aren’t as helpless as they seem, though, and his girlfriend’s street-magician brother-in-law might be a pretentious hipster—or might hold the secret to saving them all.
Frenetic and audacious, Three Days in April is a speculative thriller that raises an important question: once humanity goes down the rabbit hole, can it ever find its way back?
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