Jim “Gam’pa” August was living the dream. Recently retired and financially comfortable, he spent his care-free days in the company of his four-year-old grandson Bosco O’Bama the Third. Together they enjoyed all the amenities of Jim’s personal amusement park, Whateverland. They rode horses and interacted with the many animals who roamed free in the Land o’ Jungles. Were awestruck by the amazing demonstrations in Land o’ the Future and thrilled by the rides and games of chance in the Land o’ the Midway.
Yes, Jim was living the dream and heartily embraced every minute spent there with his red-haired, gapped-toothed, amazingly brilliant grandson.
There was only one problem.
None of it was real.
Nearly a year earlier Jim contracted a life-threatening viral infection whose high fever ravaged his brain and neuro-pathways, leaving him with intermittent memory loss, vivid long-term hallucinations and an inability to fully function in the real world.
His two adult daughters, Anne and Eleanor, tended to his needs and kept him out of trouble during his “hallucinatory excursions”. But now, with his condition worsening, and them undergoing life-changing experiences of their own, their everyday life is spinning out of control.
When a period of clarity is brought about by a new experimental drug, Jim is stunned to see the devastation his illness has had upon his loved ones and determinedly sets out to make things right before time runs out.
Zackary Richards lives in upstate New York. His first success, Frostie the Deadman won the Writer's Voice Award for best young adult novel and was later published by Burns Publishing. He has since written several new books including a follow up to Frostie the Deadman titled 'Half Moon Falls' which has been published by Ari Publishing.
In addition he also has several non-fiction novels titled Divorce-The Middle Aged Man's Survival Guide, How to Write. Publish & Market Your Novel into a Bestseller, The Marriage Rules, How to Start Over, Rebuild your Mind, Body & Finances and five adult fiction novels, Noon-The Rise to Power, The Messiah Complex, The Dead Machine, a collection of his most popular short stories titled Storytime and his most recent, Noon 2: The Resurgence.
In addition all of his non-fiction novels are available as audio books through Audible.com See www.aripublishing.com for new releases.
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