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‘Mind Virus’ By Charles Kowalski

Washington, D.C.

Sunday, March 22

Everything was going according to plan.

The man with blue eyes blended in perfectly with his camouflage: blue jeans, a white T-shirt bearing an American flag with a cross in place of the stars, and just for a touch of extra realism, a “WWJD?” wristband.

As he joined the crowd jostling its way into the Verizon Center, he drew no notice beyond a “Welcome, brother! God bless you!” from an usher.

Of course, no one asked to inspect his backpack. Even if they had, they would have found nothing more suspicious than a 64-ounce water bottle in an insulating sleeve…

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    • Hi Katherine,

      I’m not sure that this opening is quite so innocent, as the narrator is already alerting the reader to the fact that his backpack may be of interest to the authorities – that definitely makes ‘ominous’ the more apt adjective for these lines. There is already an air of tension building!

      Thanks for stopping by this week, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

  • Remembering the premise from when you featured this earlier, it’s a chilling beginning! Terrorism on any level is so frightening!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Given the recent events in Manchester, UK last week, maybe this has not been the best time to run a feature on ‘Mind Virus’ and I do agree with you wholeheartedly that terrorism on any level is so frightening.

      However, I am expecting to publish a guest post by the book’s author in the near future and I really needed to set the scene for the story, as I don’t yet know what Charles’s chosen discussion topic will be.

      Also, books have been written with a similar premise, for many years now and if we gave in and decided not to mention them as part of our everyday reading, then those authors wouldn’t exist in our catalogues any more and the diversity of reading genres would be severely depleted.

      I do hope that this one is as good as the opening lines indicate 🙂

    • Hi Priyanka,

      I mentioned the word tense in my reply to an earlier comment, however intense in a very quiet and subdued way, is another great adjective for the opening sequence of this story.

      An organised plan, at what appears to be a large religious gathering never bodes well, but if you check out the full synopsis, things may not be quite what they seem!

      Have a great weekend and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      These days just about every move that most of us make can be construed as suspicious, from the way we look at someone in the street, to some small innocuous action such as bending down to tie a shoelace in a public place!

      I’m sure that reading ‘Mind Virus’ is going to send my imagination into overload, but no more than any other of the suspense thrillers I read on a regular basis.

      Thanks for stopping by, we had a lovely day catching up with friends and family. I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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