D. Michael Battey Pens New Science Fiction with Social Twist, ‘Tenacity Gene’

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One band of unlikely heroes fight to reclaim humanity in new book

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Effort, shared will, shared goals, God’s grace, faith, tenacity and perseverance can triumph over despair, death of loved ones, want, disease, and lack of resources

As in Suzanne’s Collin’s “Hunger Games” trilogy, author D. Michael Battey pens a new book with young, resilient, resourceful individuals overcoming terrible odds. In “Tenacity Gene” (published by iUniverse), Battey asks the questions, “What would a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world be like after a worldwide pandemic that wiped out all but tenacious, addictive, alcoholic, compulsive survivors?” and concurrently, “What do we do, as a species, to survive in a world where many would kill us for the most meager of resources?”

“Tenacity Gene” tells the story of one group of individuals who make a dangerous journey to join like-minded people who want just not to survive, but to prosper, set in the not-so-distant future in the middle of the 21st century. A plague caused by a bio-engineered virus-like particle has spread across the world, replicating itself within hours in its human hosts, killing only the “normal people,” those without the gene causing addiction, alcoholism, and obsessive compulsive disorders.

In the midst of despair, hunger and the danger of ruthless killers engaged in a second civil war, there is the will to rebuild, to repopulate, and to reclaim humanity.

Battey has created a colorful cavalcade of spirited characters. The protagonist is Commander Hoggue, although one of his cadets, Roy Baker, is a close second for the choice of character that readers will love to hate. Roy's cousin, Doug Dorshug, plays a pivotal role as lives unfold in their small corner of the world. Roy's bodyguard and brother-in-arms, Nick D'Angelo, also plays an important part, along with his canine comrade and tracking dog, Tink. Ruthie Yoder, her mother Rachel, and her father Heinrich are the Amish family who bring healing and prosperity to a struggling farm in North Carolina.

“Tenacity Gene” was written with an important message in mind. “Addiction is a treatable metabolic disease, not a moral failing,” Battey states, adding that “there is always hope for humanity. Effort, shared will, shared goals, God’s grace, faith, tenacity and perseverance can triumph over despair, death of loved ones, want, disease, and lack of resources.”

About the Author
D. Michael Battey is a former United States Navy nuclear engineer who served during the Vietnam conflict. After attending Palmer College of Chiropractic, he managed a private practice in Florida for nearly 30 years. Now semi-retired, he resides and works in Orlando, where he loves spoiling his miniature pincher, Lula.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.


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