by Darrel Sparkman

Chrysalis - cover
Part of the Black Cloud Rising series:

What will you become when you lose it all? Will you change? Or will you die?

Colt Blaine had it all—a great job in scenic Springfield, Missouri, a new house in suburbia, a beautiful wife, a great marriage, and two wonderful kids.

And then—in the blink of an eye—it all goes away.

No jobs. Nothing to barter with for food. Foreclosure. A straying wife. Not bad enough? Fuel supplies run out in the Midwest. No fuel means no delivery trucks and no food. Electricity is spotty and then the grid shuts down completely. There is no fuel to run the auxiliary generators. No electricity means no clean water. No hospitals. No defense against disease.

And so the nightmare begins. Law enforcement and the National Guard crumble before organized gangs. The city and countryside become a funeral pyre of desperate, starving people with no hope, nowhere to go, and nothing left to do—but die. Zombies? Nope. Just plain folks.

Colt loses everything he values in life. Rock bottom. His entire world may have been turned inside out through circumstances beyond his control, but he’s still alive—barely. Now he must fight for survival among gangs, sickness, betrayal and death, finding love and loyalty in unexpected places and emerging an entirely changed man.

Chrysalis is a raw, fast-paced story of one man’s journey from despair to triumph in a dangerous new world, and what he becomes to get there.

Publisher: Fleet

In a world obsessed with zombies, Chrysalis deals with a premise far more worrying and dangerous. sparkman delivers another knockout. —Gil Miller, author of Spree

About the Author

Darrel Sparkman resides in Southwest Missouri with his wife. Their three children and eleven grandchildren live nearby. His hobbies include gardening, golfing, and writing. In the past, Darrel served four years in the United States Navy, including seven months in Vietnam as a combat search & rescue helicopter crewman. He also served nineteen years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, worked as a professional photographer, computer repair tech, and was owner and operator of a greenhouse and flower shop. Darrel is currently retired and self-employed. He finally has that job that wakes you up every day with a smile.