James Rains, author
Run. Fight. Die. Alaska’s Kodiak Island has been harboring a dark secret for centuries — and that secret is about to be unearthed. Dr. Joseph Karikoff and a group of survivors must race against time to flee the horrors unleashed on the island. For almost a millennium, the legend of horrific beasts roaming Kodiak Island and killing village children in the dark of night has remained one of Alaska’s greatest mysteries. Scholars at a remote dig site on Afognak Island discover a petroglyph in a cavern, identifying it as a sinister place where religious leaders performed animalistic rituals. Dr. Karikoff, the island’s leading Native American historian, believes that artifacts found in the cave will answer the questions surrounding his people’s darkest religious practices. But instead of answers, he unearths a biological malady that transforms friends and family, mothers and children, wives and husbands into wild, irrational, animalistic killers with abnormal strength and speed. As the infection spreads and hope dissipates, will Karikoff be able to save those he loves and stop their destruction by a prehistoric disease? Only this is certain: he must run, fight, or die. If Stephen King, with his flair for horror, and Michael Crichton, with his knack for blending truth and fiction, had come together to write a thriller — AFOGNAK would be it!