The Infinite Death of the Sun begins with a family in Oklahoma finding an injured man on their ranch in the middle of the night. The man can’t remember who he is or where he comes from, but the husband and wife suspect that he has ulterior motives and is feigning amnesia to cover a government eminent domain conspiracy. Because of this, they treat his wounds themselves and rehabilitate him without alerting the authorities. Over time, as he regains his strength and starts taking part in chores around the ranch, the family doubts their earlier suspicions and believe this man truly does have amnesia. The mother, father, teenage son, young triplet girls, and their youngest child Mary grow close to the man and start to treat this lost soul as one of their own.
In other parts of the world, from police stations to emerging air bases in the South China Sea to NASA, agents of subterfuge with pale skin and stark black hair start taking over the people in these command control nodes and turning them into mindless drones. One scientist at NASA, equipped with a titanium plate in his frontal lobe from a car accident, is unaffected by one of these agents and bears witness to his coworkers turning into drones and forced to work on a feat of engineering greater than anything that had been attempted before on Earth.
Snippets of diary entries detail newlyweds Amanda and Pierre as they move to South Africa and start a life there.
One night, as the amnesiac man on the ranch in Oklahoma becomes lost again, he stumbles upon something in the hills that brings back the memories of who he is and where he comes from. And why the people of Earth are all condemned – unless he and his new family can save them.
A novel that starts as a southern mystery and turns into full-fledged science fiction, The Infinite Death of the Sun questions the illusion of choice and is an attempt to answer Plato’s ancient question of “How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?”.
Patrick Compton is an active duty Air Force Captain and started writing his first novel, The Infinite Death of the Sun, while stationed in Alaska. Much like the changing scenery in the story, he continued writing as he traveled to the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Qatar, Oman, Italy, and eventually finished in the panhandle of Florida. Patrick grew up in middle Tennessee and attended the Air Force Academy, graduating with a B.S in Environmental Engineering (which has nothing to do with creative fiction writing). He enjoys doing pretty much anything outdoors; snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping, you name it. Regardless, whatever activity he is doing is accompanied by a book, usually with multiple dog ears of his favorite passages. His favorite novels include Into the Wild, Ender’s Game, Blood Meridian, Invisible Monsters, and The Stand.