Using the theory that evolutionary mutations can occur spontaneously, not just over eons as Darwin postulated, OF SUDDEN ORIGIN is a four-part series covering the outbreak and consequences of a catastrophic event, akin to a plague. A sudden fever results in near-coma, then destruction of the frontal lobes of the brain. The result is a ravenous killing machine, determined to consume all "Fresh Meat" (living humans and animals). Those bitten but not consumed turn also. Named "Fiends" for the disease acronym, these former humans are almost unstoppable. From Florida, encroaching North, they travel in search of food. The remaining U.S. population has mostly evacuated for Eastern Canada, but the bizarre nature of the pathogen means no one on the continent is safe.
OF SUDDEN ORIGIN is a captivating narrative, with a wide cast of well-tuned characters and non-stop action. I won't give away any secrets, but the nature of the second generation Fiends, and the true source of this pathogen, are especially intriguing, weaving in science and "future science."