Previously published in Germany under the name Zookland by Atlantis Verlag in 2011.
Metamorphic plague has swept across the Earth over the last five years. Victims become rabid non-sentient zooks, immensely strong and so fast that a normal person can’t even see them. One third of humanity has died, but humanity is fighting back, balanced on the razor’s edge between survival and apocalypse. Jake Chestnut and Gary Landon, both ex-army, are partners in Seraglio, an independent Kent Washington based zook hunting firm. Both lost their families to plague and are part of the less than one percent of humanity with the innate ability, ESP, reflexes, and willingness to shoot where the zook will be next that are necessary to combat feral zooks. Zook-hunters are charged with hunting down and killing plague victims. These battle scarred men and women have been on the front line with no reprieve for five years, and the survivors have developed an esprit de corps similar to that of the WWI Aerosquadron. Killing zooks for a living is tough, but the alternative is worse; eight months after infection, zooks metamorphose into non-corporeal ghasten, who live in collectives, herd zooks, kill with energy discharges, and create rifts in the fabric of reality that have swallowed cities. While working a contract to clear a first of its kind community/safe enclave for the elite, Seraglio uncovers a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. Government. When Gary is badly injured, Jake must untangle a web of conspiracy and complete Seraglio’s contract – and discover just who he needs to kill in reckoning.