New Novel for Morrisburg resident, John Gleed


Have you ever dreamed about a world where you can live wherever you want, without regard to what you can afford? Have you wished that you could go into any store and just take what you wanted no matter what the price sticker said? This is the kind of world in which the subjects in the novel, “Earth’s New Beginning” find themselves…but this freedom came at a great cost!

This new novel by Morrisburg resident, John Gleed, will be available shortly as a paperback from Aventine Press. It is available now as an electronic book (ebook) on Amazon Kindle, Chapters/Indigo Kobo, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony eReader and more.

The story gives an account of how the human race came to an extraordinarily rapid and unexpected near-extinction early in the twenty-first century. No thermonuclear or biological war, pollution catastrophe, or any kind of human created disaster played a part in this downfall of modern man.

A highly infectious contagion kills most of the Earth’s population in less than three months. The Sleeping Death Contagion (SDC) virus causes the death of nearly every infected victim as they sleep, in less than four days. 

The nature of SDC was such that it could have resulted in the extinction of the human race. The high level of infectivity and the short time period to fatality had catastrophic results. Only a rare and random genetic immunity to the fatal effects of the virus prevented the total extinction. However, it leaves less than one in a hundred thousand survivors (0.001 per cent) – less than three thousand in North America.

The story follows the experiences of four different survivors in Canada (in the Morrisburg area), England, Kenya and the United States through the rapid spreading of the infection around the world.

It then follows their individual survival stories for the first nine months after the disease strikes.

John Gleed is a retired high-tech executive living in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada on the Canadian shores of the St. Lawrence River, bordering New York State. He has always been interested in apocalyptic fiction about what might happen if a worldwide catastrophic disaster occurred. 

“Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham, “No Blade of Grass” by John Christopher,“On the Beach” by Neville Shute and “The Stand” by Stephen King are among his favorite novels.

He was born and grew up in the small village of Dishforth in rural North Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to Canada in 1969. He spent most of his high tech career in Ottawa, Canada with Nortel and Systemhouse and he was a founder of the Canadian software company, JetForm Corporation. He retired in 2002, when the company was taken over by Adobe.

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