Author Spins Tale About Comet, Pathogens, Rebuilding Civilization

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Dennis Michael Whelan releases sci-fi adventure, ‘A Thief in the Night.’

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When a comet collides with the moon, its disintegration triggers a mini ice age and the release of an airborne pathogen via ice crystals, which drastically reduces the earth’s population as people breathe the tainted air. The struggle for survival is narrated by a former Vietnam veteran, who helps shape law and order, the embryonic new civilization and the search for his lost pilot son in author Dennis Michael Whelan’s new novel, “A Thief in the Night” (published by Balboa Press AU).

“Everything in this book has been carefully researched and all the scenarios shown and expressed from actual comets and their composition, to sniping, aviation, weaponry, global temperatures and weather possibilities are real. Action scenes are all plausible,” Whelan explains. “The book has always been in my head and just needed to be written down. It also of course required considerable research.

An excerpt from “A Thief in the Night”:
So that was it, all the hype and angst and worry of the last few months reduced to a stain on the surface of the moon and enough information to probably spawn a generation of films and books and the scientists a good deal of information but for the people of the world, within a couple of weeks, an interesting event but little more, but I was left with a sense of unease. There was something about that stain on the moon easily observed through any telescope that had a primeval feel and would probably stay for as long as the moon existed.

“A Thief in the Night”
By Dennis Michael Whelan
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 498 pages | ISBN 9781504302579
E-Book | 498 pages | ISBN 9781504302586
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dennis Michael Whelan was born in England and was a member of the Royal Air Force. He has been an aviator for more than 40 years, enjoyed a successful business career and switched careers 20 years ago to provide employment services for people with intellectual and other disabilities. Whelan was a voluntary Lifeline telephone counselor for many years, which fostered an interest in human relationships. Having written numerous short stories, this is his first book.

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