Title: The Genesis Effect
Author: Philip R Morehouse
ISBN: ISBN - 13: 978-1985309876 – ISBN - 10: 1985309874
Page count: 293
Genre: Fiction; Survival/Adventure
Book Price: $14.99
Kindle Price: $4.99 or Free with Kindle Unlimited membership
He was born in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York where he started his life's training on the family-owned farm. Throughout his youth, he was mentored by his grandfather who taught him how to spearfish, set a trap, and stalk big game. These skills back in those days were crucial to the family's survival.
After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy, where he received engineering and survival training then was assigned to an amphibious ship that was deployed as a part of the Cuban Blockade Missile Crisis, and later rescued Americans from Haiti, during the Dominion/Haiti Crisis. e also served an extended hitch during the Viet Nam War. After returning home, I married, and joined the Army National Guard, serving in various aerial and ground support photography assignments.
Among the many diverse jobs, he has also worked as a professional writer and photographer for over 60 years. With his family grown and on their own, he now pursues what he loves the most - writing true-to-life, survival, adventure-type stories from which he draws on his past experiences and extensive research.
Tell us about your book:
“The Genesis Effect” is a story of how a modern-day family is forced to turn their backs on society and forced to survive amidst the chaos that is enveloping the world around them.
This family like so many others is an average single-parent family of three, Marty, a teacher and mother, Amie her 16-year-old daughter, and William, her 17-year-old son dealing with everyday life. However, to build some kind of normalcy within their family, she accepts her estranged husband’s request to come and see him where he now lives. The family had lived separate lives for several years while he was healing from PTSD and given his reported improvement, they both felt it was time to try and reconcile.
While deep in the North Carolina mountains, one night, they discover that their cell phones no longer work – then using a short-wave receiver, they learned that an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) had been released high up in the atmosphere across the US. The whole infrastructure of the US was at a standstill and riots were breaking out in all the major cities. Looters were stealing food, water, guns, and ammo from stores and shooting anyone who got in their way. There was no longer any law and order. The banks were all closed – money was useless. To get what you wanted, you had to resort to bartering, looting, or taking it by force. Within the next few weeks, they would see firsthand the worst of humanity. They quickly discover that unless you can live off-grid like their father and make do, you will not survive.
How does this book relate to your real-life experiences?
Remembering my childhood, I could draw much of what I had learned about surviving on nothing but my wits and what I could hunt, fish, trap and grow for my existence and later read about in periodicals.
How long did it take to write the book?
It took 4 months from concept to rough draft, initial edits, and final edit to finally have it published on 05/02/2018.
What inspired you to write the book?
I felt compelled to write “The Genesis Effect” because of what I have learned about survival and what the bible and history had taught me about the rise and fall of empires and the ensuing chaos that follows. Perhaps if only a few people read and take this information to heart, they will be prepared to protect their families against the apocalyptic degradation of society.
Let’s talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Having a computer and word processor at my disposal, and being retired, I find that I have the time and resources to write, and what better subject to draw on than my past experiences and studies of world events when measured against that of global history?
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I would hope that my readers would come away with a greater awareness and understanding of how world events can and will affect them during their lifetime and that one of those events might very well be a US or worldwide catastrophe and how they might survive it.
Where can we go to buy your book?
This book is readily available online through Amazon.com as a softcover or a Kindle download or at Barnes & Noble. If any of your bookstores should be out of stock be sure to give them the following number: ISBN - 13: 978-1985309876.
Excerpt from this novel:
“ We are essentially without power, food, and water unless you live off the grid like we do and can make do as we do, only these people will survive. That means that those who do and can survive and who have managed to get out of the cities and out to the farms, mountains, and off the grid, will be subject to those who have become marauders; horde, locust, parasites, or whatever else you might want to call them. They will shoot and pillage everyone for the sake of finding food and water. They will be like locusts, destroying everything in their path.”
“Can’t cook anything, food is spoiling in the regenerator, no lights and walking to the sink, she pulled the handle down and barely a drop of water came out of it. So that means no water. If we don’t get the power on and soon, it is going to be getting nasty out there.”
“As they walked down the street and headed out to the nearest highway leading out of town, they could see others also walking, all of them just staring straight ahead and as the miles passed beneath their feet, more and more people joined them until all they could see ahead and behind was a wave of humanity on the move. After a time, there were so many, that the highways could no longer hold them and they started spreading out across the aprons on the highways, and then they spilled into the fields and woods along the highways until they could see no end to the people on all sides of them. They dared not stop for rest, or they’d be trampled by the masses. So great were their numbers, that the sound of their movement created a humming sound, like a swarm of locusts as they mowed down everything in sight. They became numb, like zombies in their drive to stay upright and to keep moving. ”
“It was the first day of their new lives. The sun came up just like any other day. They went to check all their snares – two animals were caught, both rabbits. They’d have to tighten their belts until the traps started yielding more game. The food in the root cellar was now considered too valuable to be used for anything but an emergency.
After the first meal of the day, they all sat on the front porch to discuss their future – their survival. They termed it, “the first day of the rest of their lives”.
“Along the way, Ben taught them how to track; read signs that would indicate where “others” might have left tracks – he emphasized the importance of being aware of their surroundings at all times – “from now on, your life is going to depend on it - until you know who and what the others are all about, they are to be considered the enemy.” Out here in the backwoods, not everyone is here because they like the scenery, many are criminals, hiding from the law and they’d murder you as soon as look at you. “Trust no one,” he empathized. Beyond them, there will soon be the “locusts” to contend with – they are no longer your friends – they are marauders – lawless killers.”