Almost Invisible-
a different kind of survival story
'Almost Invisible- a Different Kind of
Survival Story' is a quiet and
unassuming counterstrike to all the
'guns blazing, terrorist menace, shit
hitting the fan, Mad Max, zombie
survivalist' stories that are littering the
minds of America like so many mutant
leaves falling twisted and tattered from
otherwise healthy trees.

While those folks watch the sky for
bombs, frantically hoard  supplies
against an EMP or governmental
collapse, and almost eagerly await the
coming apocalypse, the world literally
ends silently and without fanfare or
fireworks every single day for people
right in front of them.

People like them, losing employment
and home-

"Lately there was a whole different
brand of newcomers at the shelter-
those who were trying with all their
might to wake from this nightmare-
they couldn’t believe that this venue,
this crowd, was their new reality. This
type of misfortune only happened to
‘other people’. Surely those who were
‘one paycheck away from disaster’
could never be…them.

And they looked shell-shocked, dazed
from pinching themselves, shaking
themselves, frantically trying to wake,
to turn to their spouse lying in their
comfortable bed in their familiar home,
to chuckle at the silly dream they’d
had. And they became numb with the
great weight of the truth that they’d
never wake up in that place again. Not
physically. Not mentally. Never."

People like them, returning from war-

"His name was Mike and he’d come
home from war physically intact but
mentally vaporized.

Not recognizing who their son had
become, and feeding off of the alien
fear that flashed from his eyes, the
atmosphere in their home had gone
from joyful homecoming to dismayed
confusion when he didn’t bounce back
into his former life but sank deeper and
deeper into the nightmares in his mind.
The images that were plastered onto
the backs of his retinas and never ever
went away tangled up with the echoes
of war and the reek of violence and it
became all too clear that although he
was home, he’d never be there again.

The nights were the worst- without the
careful waking attention to keep the
demons at bay they exploded into life
as soon as he slept, and he screamed
and swore and beseeched a god who
never listened to make it stop.

To just make it stop.

So they’d had him hospitalized, and
drugged, and kissed him goodbye and
went home to mourn him as if he were

When he’d had all the treatment and
care that was allowed for such things,
and had been sufficiently subdued by
the medications, he was asked if he
wanted to call his family to come get

He told them calmly, “No thank you,
Sir- no need to trouble them. I know the
way home”.

When he shuffled into the shelter six
months later, hungry and dirty, un-
medicated and twitchy, the social
worker found his ID in his wallet and
was able to track down his family, who’
d fallen on their own hard times,
wished him the best, declared their
love for him, but declined to come get

People like them, people like us,
invisible and real, unseen behind the
blinding sparkle of the romantic
fantasy End of the World.
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What people are saying about "Almost Invisible- a
Different Kind of Survival Story"-

"This is a great book for life lessons everyone should
give it a read. So timely for the day we live in.
Thought provoking. Love the characters."- Amazon

"A very interesting and enjoyable read. Not quite
what one would expect in a survival story. A heart
warming story."- Amazon reader

"I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I
must admit I probably wouldn't have been drawn to
this book on my own. My first impression was the
book was to be a doom and gloom book about the
state of the earth, with the end coming soon. I was
thoroughly surprised. The book is an easy read and
definitely keeps you engaged. While reading this
book I kept thinking it was a "LORAX" (Dr. Seuss)
book for adults. I would recommend this book to all. It
is a book that makes you stop, think and reflect."-
Goodreads reader

"Ms. Dixon writes with clarity. Her messages are
simple and profound. In my opinion, if you don't
become re-awakened, find yourself nodding in
agreement, or simply unable to stop reading, then it's
time for soul searching."- Amazon reader

"I was taken by the quality of the writing and the
riveting nature of the characters in this book. With
unexpected twists and turns it is one of those that is
difficult to put down once you begin reading. Caution,
you may find yourself having an attitude adjustment
(in a good way) when you finish the book."- Amazon

"I was very sorry when it ended. It gave me
something to think about. The story stays with me
still."- Amazon reader

"What a totally wonderful story. Ms. Dixon has
created a character both gentle as a summer breeze
and as strong as granite. This is a feel good read that
will warm your heart. Highly recommended."-
Amazon reader

"I enjoyed the viewpoint. I thought it was idealistic
but sometimes it's nice to avoid the violence. I love
the gray man invisibility of the main character and as
a 58 year old woman I sure can relate"
-Kindle reader