Title: LEVIATHAN – A SHORT STORY
Author: SAUL TANPEPPER
Genre: SPECULATIVE FICTION
Length: 31 PAGES
Publisher: BRINESTONE PRESS
Type of Book: EBOOK
Received From: THE AUTHOR
Release Date: FEBRUARY 11, 2017
Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Earth is dying.
On a barren, windless shore of a dead sea, two people, a father and his child, eke out a meager existence. They eat what little they can find. They are tormented by memories and tales of what the world once was.
Then, on a day no different than the thousands of others they have lived, the child hears the ghostly call of a sea creature presumed extinct for decades. Was it real? Or was it the last gasp of planet nearing death?
Leviathan is a short, dark, and haunting post-apocalyptic story (6500 words) written in stream-of-consciousness. Fans of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which inspired this story, will recognize similarities.
Appropriate for readers of all ages.
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As the world nears its end, a father and his child are tormented by the ghostly call of a sea creature presumed extinct for decades.
Is it the last gasp of a dying planet? Or a reason to hope?
This is an thought-provoking and extremely interesting story. It may have been short, but it packed a punch. It is worth reading.
I rate LEVIATHAN as 4 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Saul Tanpepper is the speculative fiction pen name for Ken J. Howe, a retired PhD molecular biologist and biotech entrepreneur who writes full time in multiple genres. The pen name honors the memory of his high school buddy, who passed away at age 27. “Salt and Pepper” was a favorite epithet, given the author’s premature graying.
After a childhood in a small town in Upstate New York, he entered the U.S. Army and was trained as a combat medic. He did a tour in West Germany before the wall came down, working as both a medic in an armored infantry unit in Mannheim and a hospital attendant in Frankfurt. After returning Stateside, he did a tour as a trauma specialist in the emergency room at Walter Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and at Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts.
He attended university in Santa Barbara, CA, majoring in biology and creative studies while working as a medical assistant. He studied molecular biology and genetics as a graduate student, then completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Berkeley.
Prior to entering the work force, he and his wife spent six months traveling through the Middle East and Africa, logging over 50,000 miles in a refurbished garbage truck.
He spent 10 years in biotech, working his way from bench scientist to Director of R&D and site manager of a major pharma company. He then formed his own company, Collabria BioSciences, and was VP of R&D of another startup.
He retired from the business in 2011 to write and publish full time. Under his real name, he writes literary young adult, middle grade, and children’s picture books. As Saul Tanpepper, he writes and publishes speculative fiction (scifi, horror, fantasy).
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, children, and many pets and farm animals.
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