|About the Book|
“Total Commitment” is pure fiction - but fiction based on history, ongoing political upheavals in the Middle East and North Korea, as well as recent developments in viral genomics. In the novel, the horrific events of September 11, 2001 have promptedMore“Total Commitment” is pure fiction - but fiction based on history, ongoing political upheavals in the Middle East and North Korea, as well as recent developments in viral genomics. In the novel, the horrific events of September 11, 2001 have prompted Western nations to pursue a highly-classified, very controversial initiative to cripple rogue states in their efforts to develop and utilize their weapons of mass destruction.Shortly after the Department of Homeland Security assumed control of the facilities on Plum Island in 2003, a cohort of dedicated investigators was assigned to a secure BSL-3 lab constructed for the sole purpose of developing the “perfect” biologic agent. Now, after several years, those researchers have finally produced a modified Influenza A virus which is highly contagious, can immobilize its victims for several days, and is “safe” to use on unvaccinated populations.Unfortunately, before final testing of the virus’ effectiveness can be completed, Iran has acquired a nuclear weapon and Kim Jong-un is ready to test South Korea’s defenses. The Israelis can’t wait for the U.S. to respond. They are planning a preemptive strike on Iran. Now there is a real possibility that they will use their own nuclear weapons before the virus can be deployed.However, these global developments are not the main focus of the story. Instead, “Total Commitment” defines the roles –some active and some passive - of several individuals who may soon experience what may be a foretaste of Armageddon. As the viral-borne pestilence spreads world-wide with total disregard for friend or foe, Cole Patterson is oblivious to the potential disaster. His primary focus is directed toward revenge for September 11, 2001, but his commitment to God and country may have blinded him to reality.Garrett and Wade are intimately involved in U.S. operational planning, but the actual scope of that plan is leading to conflicts of conscience for at least one of them. Myra’s research on Plum Island has come to fruition but she may discover that the end does not really justify the means.Solana Soto is frantically searching for her missing son, Manolo. However, she is unaware that Manolo is confined in an Arizona facility specifically designed to test the virus’ lethality. In desperation, she attempts to enlist help from a husband who deserted Manolo and her several years ago. Her spouse is willing to help but the infection may cost him his life.Colonels Hirsch, Donaldson, and Broderick are dedicated soldiers. They are also caught up in events which are beyond their total control. Yet, as soldiers, they will do their duty. They will follow orders regardless of the collateral damage.Some of these individuals will muster the fortitude necessary to survive in a chaotic environment. Some will experience loss, grief, and even remorse. Hopefully, in the end, a modicum of salvation awaits them all.