Yeah, I know, we already did an announcement on this one, but we thought maybe a little reminder couldn’t hurt …

NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten has announced the release of his latest horror/thriller – Grim Reaper: End of Days. The story, a modern-day Dante’s Inferno, takes place on December 21st, 2012, exactly 666 years after the last End of Days event when the Black Death wiped out half the world’s population.

Patrick “Shep” Shepherd was a promising major league rookie baseball pitcher when September 11th, 2001, hit. Shaken by the attacks, Shep left behind his soul mate and newborn daughter to enlist in the Armed Forces. Eleven years and four deployments later, Shep finds himself in Manhattan’s VA hospital. His left arm is gone, his wife and daughter are gone, and he is haunted by the nightmares of war.

December 21st.: While world leaders meet at the U.N., Mary Klipot, a bio-hazard level-4 scientist working at the CIA labs in Fort Detrick, enters the Big Apple with Scythe, a swift-acting version of the Black Death designed to wipe out America’s enemies abroad. Believing she is carrying out God’s wishes, Mary infects herself, then unleashes Scythe upon Manhattan. The threat of a worldwide pandemic forces officials to seal off the island … the president among those trapped.

Determined to rescue his wife and child, Shep follows his guide, Virgil Shechinah, through the plague-infected neighborhoods of Manhattan, revisiting the “Nine Circles of Hell” as portrayed in Dante’s Inferno. And the Grim Reaper, loose upon the land by a humanity who has once again tipped the scales in favor of evil over good, is stalking Patrick Shepherd.

Will pandemic be the 2012 doomsday event prophesied in the Mayan Calendar?

Grim Reaper exposes an illegal U.S. bio-warfare program that is creating biological weapons designed to wipeout entire populations. The author flies way above the radar, naming the CIA sponsored U.S. lab that weaponized the 2001 anthrax attacks on Senators’ Daschle and Leahy, while detailing how dangerous these biologicals really are.

Could the events described in Grim Reaper come true?

According to the bible, “when evil runs rampant the imbalance between light and darkness summons the Angel of Death to walk the earth.” Just before the Black Death struck Europe, greed and corruption ran rampant.just as it does today. And the 2012 presidential election will only inject more darkness and negativity into society.

Published in hardcover by Variance Publishing LLC on October 10th of this year.

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