Attack of the Food Zombies!
It is the near future. The coronavirus has been licked. But then came . . . food zombies! Dubbed the "Unfed," they'll literally eat your lunch!
A violent food riot at a low-rent buffet off the Las Vegas Strip brings cops to find diners madly gobbling the cheap eats. The culprit seems to be some drug that had been added to the food.
Then the buffet's manager is found dead in the desert under flat-out weird circumstances. He has literally eaten dirt and died, after ingesting the drug.
Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, FBI agent Rochelle "Leafy" Chun and eccentric FDA investigator Mary Louette Baumgartner launch an investigation to track down the culprit.
They are joined by master chef Giovanni "Nonny" Ciotti, the culinary genius founder of a three-star Michelin restaurant, as well as Las Vegas' premier Emperor's Feast "Gourffet."
Their intrepid investigations lead to disgraced neuropharmacologist Edwin Kane, who has created the ultimate computer model of the human gustatory system.
He has used his computer model to secretly develop the drug gustatene that gives any food an irresistible, highly addictive taste.
The chase is on, and the rogue scientist is pursued by, not only by Chun, Lou and Chef Nonny, but drug dealers, corrupt industrialists from the food giant GloboChem, and vegan terrorists, called Veganites.
The drug dealers see gustatene as a highly profitable product. The food industrialists see gustatene as the ultimate food additive that would enable them to make their foods irresistibly addictive.
The Veganite terrorists see gustatene as an ultimate weapon of mass destruction. After all, when gustatene is sprayed on crowds of people, they erupt in a mad feeding frenzy—on each other!
And Kane creates an even more potent version, GX, which threatens to become pervasive in the global environment, creating a worldwide epidemic of ravenous food zombies.
Can the heroes thwart the Veganites, the drug dealers, and the GloboChem industrialists? Can they stop Kane? Can they find a cure for the food zombies and prevent the global spread of the scourge of GX?
Attack of the Food Zombies is not only a "sci-fry thriller," but a revelatory novel about the ubiquity and dangers of the massive industry of food additives and addictive manufactured foods.