WARNING: THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A POPULAR POST WITH SOME. THE SIMPLE ANSWER IN TWO PARTS: 1.) You and your loved ones will have a far better chance of remaining uninfected by COVID19.2.) As it starts to become even more obvious that COVID19 is here to stay for a while, this may be your last chance to acquire these supplies (I don’t have data to support this one, but just take a look at the news). Is this panic or fear based? No. It’s data based. The first thing we need to do is DROP the mantra “BUT THIS ISN’T AS BAD AS THE SEASONAL FLU!” It isn’t, YET…but scientific data and disease epidemiologists says it WILL BE…or at the very least IT SHOULD BE. Let’s hope math and the experts are wrong. Or as a good Marine buddy of mine once said, “you can wish in one hand and shit in the other…and see which one fills up first.” You get the not so pretty picture. THE SLIGHTLY MORE COMPLICATED ANSWER IN MANY PARTS: 1.) COVID19 IS NOT GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON. It’s Reproductive Number (R0 or “R-naught”) is somewhere between 1.4 and 4, which is
As you can imagine, I’ve digested hundreds of articles over the past few weeks related to the coronavirus threat. Several have stood out as well-balanced and informative. Giving these articles a few minutes of your time will put you on the right track to “Prepare without fear. Prepare with intelligence. Prepare with benevolence.” — Dr. Hal Cohen. Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Tracker Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S. USA Today’s Coronavirus, explained: Everything you need to know about COVID-19. CORONAVIRUS AND U.S.: ADVICE AND ACTION STEPS TO PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY Responding to Covid-19 — A Once-in-a-Century Pandemic? Just how contagious is COVID-19? And, if you missed my blog post on COVID-19, you can read it here: COVID-19 PRIMER.
As of yesterday, I can no longer individually reply to requests for information or opinions regarding the COVID-19 virus. The number of emails and messages has become overwhelming. That said, I don’t want to leave readers and friends hanging, so I’ve put together the key information, predictions and recommendations that I’ve gathered or formed over the past few weeks. BEFORE I GET STARTED—THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC, but it is definitely time to take a few key steps to avoid panic later. Disclaimer: I’m not a scientific expert in pandemic epidemiology…or anything for that matter. I exhaustively researched pandemics and healthcare plans to address pandemics for my first novel, THE JAKARTA PANDEMIC (TJP), which was published in 2010. TJP was one of the first modern novels to address the average citizen’s experience during a lethal pandemic, from the arrival of the virus to a sensationalized breakdown of society. The virus I “brought to life” was far worse than anything we’ve seen in recorded history. That’s how you sell fiction. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything even remotely as deadly and destructive as the virus I created for that novel. Why tell you this? Because we’re not dealing
This topic often comes up in conversation, and I often lead with “I don’t read nearly as much as I did before I started writing.” While that may be true, after doing a little back-tracking into 2019, I came up with a fairly healthy list of books that I somehow found the time to read. I’d like to share that list with you, to include a few words about the titles or series. I’ll also link these titles to Amazon if you want to dig deeper. No affiliate income is derived from these links. I probably missed a few books…as I created the list, I thought of more. LITERARY FICTION: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter – Heart wrenching, based on the true story about one Polish-Jewish family’s epic struggle to survive the World War II. Compelling from star to finish. YES…I need to expand this section in 2020! HORROR: Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay – Modern day, sublime version of The Exorcist…and so much more. The end will blow you away. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Trembly – Made me scared to get up in the middle of the night…again. The Outsider by Stephen
Book 2 in the Ryan Decker series is now available internationally at Amazon (see links below book cover) in ebook, paper and audiobook formats. A Border Patrol murder exposes a high-level conspiracy in USA Today bestselling author Steven Konkoly’s explosive thriller. After exposing and dismantling a deep-state conspiracy that nearly destroyed his life, Ryan Decker finds his covert skills have put him on the radar of influential Senator Steele. Now Steele needs his help. Two patrol agents were killed in a bizarre explosion near the US-Mexico border—and the evidence doesn’t line up with the official story. Enlisted by Steele to run an undercover, off-the-books investigation, Decker and his partner, Harlow, head to the border town of Tecate. But when they’re caught in an ambush, Decker realizes they’ve stumbled onto something far more dangerous than any of them understood. The cover-up is rooted deep in the Department of Defense itself. Fearful for their own lives and unable to trust anyone outside their small circle of skilled associates, Decker and Harlow set in motion a risky plan to stop a criminal conspiracy. US AND INTERNATIONAL LINKS BELOW! Available at AMAZON in ebook, hard copy, hard cover and audiobook form. CLICK HERE FOR THE U.S.
WOW! It has been over a year since I last posted here. Crazy that more than a year has passed since the last Steven Konkoly book. I promise I won’t make you wait that long again. That said, I think you’ll find the long wait to have been well worth it. THE RESCUE has arrived, featuring Ryan Decker, Harlow Mackenzie and a cast of memorable characters that early readers have thoroughly enjoyed. Don’t take my word for it! Over 600 reviews with a 4.6 out of 5 average speak for THE RESCUE. US AND INTERNATIONAL LINKS BELOW! Available at AMAZON in ebook, hard copy, hard cover and audiobook form. CLICK HERE FOR THE U.S. STORE CLICK HERE FOR THE UK STORE CLICK HERE FOR AUSTRALIA CLICK HERE FOR CANADA
That’s what will happen when you start reading book 3 in The Zulu Virus Chronicles! SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Fire extinguisher is probably the right answer. FIRE STORM: Book 3 in The Zulu Virus Chronicles is now available in ebook and hard copy format. Audiobook will be available in mid-March. CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE KINDLE BOOK CLICK HERE OT ORDER A PAPER COPY SOMETHING MERCILESS WATCHES OVER THE OUTBREAK–GUIDING ITS COURSE. Having narrowly survived the KILL BOX, HOT ZONE’s hardened survivors and their KILL BOX allies separate to pursue different objectives–outside of the Indianapolis quarantine zone. For David Olson, that means bringing his son south, to the safe haven of his parents’ home–far away from the infected cities. Eric Larsen takes him up on the offer to rest and heal at the house, before departing on the long journey to find his family in Colorado. For Rich and his secretive black ops team, that means transporting Dr. Chang and Dr. Hale to a secure facility out east, where they will join the nation’s few surviving bioweapons researchers–with the hopes of pinpointing the source of the virus and possibly developing a vaccine. Neither group will get very far, before
Not something you normally hear! FOURTEEN NOVELS—8,000 pages—6,300 Amazon reviews later, I bring you…. A FIFTEENTH NOVEL. KILL BOX: Book 2 in The Zulu Virus Chronicles is now available in ebook and hard copy format. Audiobook is on the way (early January). CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE EBOOK CLICK HERE TO ORDER A PAPER COPY A LETHAL BIOWEAPON HAS BEEN RELEASED ACROSS AMERICA. With their daring escape plan thwarted at the last possible moment, HOT ZONE’s motley band of survivors faces a worst-case scenario. Forced to take refuge near the epicenter of the bioweapons outbreak, deep inside in a city gone mad, THEIR TIME IS RUNNING OUT. Unable to slow or adequately contain the infected population, the government has triggered KILL BOX, a desperate and merciless contingency protocol. HOT ZONE’s survivors have less than twenty-four hours to escape the KILL BOX. The Zulu Virus Chronicles places you at ground zero during a chillingly realistic, insidious “event.” This is a story about regular people from different walks of life coming together to survive an unthinkable disaster. Welcome to the KILL BOX!
I know. The blog post title sounds like some kind of movie nobody should watch, or an audiobook nobody should listen to! I figured the worse the title, the more curious you’d be. Morbidly curious. HOT ZONE just hit the audiobook shelves at Audible and iTunes, so instead of a post with a single title, I thought I’d create a post listing all of my audiobook titles. A one stop reference for those of you with long commutes, long walks to take, long breaks at work OR those of you who simply don’t like to “READ.” I know who you are! CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR EACH STORE I’ll start with HOT ZONE and break it down by series after that. Happy Listening! HOT ZONE at AUDIBLE | iTUNES THE PERSEID COLLAPSE SERIES THE PERSEID COLLAPSE (BOOK 1) at AUDIBLE | iTUNES EVENT HORIZON (BOOK 2) at AUDIBLE | iTUNES POINT OF CRISIS (BOOK 3) at AUDIBLE | iTUNES DISPATCHES (BOOK 4) at AUDIBLE | iTUNES THE JAKARTA PANDEMIC at AUDIBLE | iTUNES (sort of a prequel) THE BLACK FLAGGED SERIES ALPHA (Book 1) at AUDIBLE | iTUNES REDUX (Book 2) at AUDIBLE | iTUNES APEX (Book 3) at AUDIBLE | iTUNES VEKTOR (Book 4) at
Not words you’d typically want to hear under any other circumstances. HOT ZONE, the first book in THE ZULU VIRUS CHRONICLES, is now available in Kindle or hard copy on Amazon. The audiobook version will follow in August. HOT ZONE is also enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program. CLICK HERE TO GRAB THE KINDLE VERSION CLICK HERE TO GRAB A PAPER COPY While you wait for you book to arrive or download, check out my recent chat with LEE WEST, author of the Blue Lives Apocalypse series. Lee was one of first to read HOT ZONE, providing some spot on developmental advice. You can also CLICK HERE to check out THE ZULU CHRONICLES VIRUS PRIMER for more information about the series. QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH STEVEN KONKOLY: Lee: Having just finished HOT ZONE, I’ll start out by saying “I see what you did there.” Steve: Is that a good or bad thing? Lee: It’s a very good thing. For those of you wondering, there’s a subtle tie-in to one of your previous series, I won’t give it away, but let’s just say that it’s brilliant, hiding just below the surface. Obviously, you did this on purpose. Can you expand on that?