The Tartatus Variant


Kurt James’ thrilling dystopian adventure “The Tartarus Variant” is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and a few shady bookstores.

The Tartarus Variant – 2019 saw the spread of the Coronavirus across the world. In time, the Coronavirus mutated into a different variant. Then, variants such as Delta, Omicron, and 12 other variants quickly engulfed the planet. In 2031, the Tartarus Variant became dominant. Humanity was on the brink of extinction because of the collapse of the world’s infrastructure. This is a one-man, one dog, and one horse’s story of survival. Then the story becomes something more when Dixon Mateo rescues a girl named Alba Jesse from a pack of wild dogs.


“What worried me the most about myself was I had lost count of the lives that I had taken since Tartarus had ravaged the world. Death faces haunted me at night sometimes; I had just added more faces to that carnival of lost souls that was deep within myself-conscious. To survive, it had become my second nature to kill. The 5% that had survived Tartarus, along with me, had been changed in the aftermath of the deadliest virus that the world had ever seen. It was not pretty what humanity had become. Had we lost our soul? Did we ever have one? Tartarus had laid its claim to those that it had not killed. It had transformed us into something that was not civilized anymore.”


What folks are saying:

Amazon – 5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the fittest!!

Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2023

I loved this new book! It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who was going to make it out alive!! It was easy to visualize how something like this could one day happen in our unstable world. Thanks for a great read!!

Amazon – 5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn’t put this one down!!

Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2023

Tartarus Variant is something different from his usual fare, and I liked it. He knocked this one out of the ballpark… I absolutely loved the ending.

Kurt James © 2023

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Kurt’s family roots were from western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years, Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographers through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. The Denver Post, PM Magazine, and 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado featured his poetry. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour, and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 16 books all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand, Kurt James novels, short stories, reference books, and poetry, are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt has 3 books that he is currently writing. The 8th book in his Rocky Mountain Series - Raphael Eye for an Eye. His third ghost town reference book, Kansas Ghost Towns, Hauntings, Treasure Tales, and Other BS. And a western/horror novel - Devil’s Tower Spirit of Chiha Tanka. Kurt is a proud member of Western Writers of America.

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