ELEVEN TWENTY-THREE by Jason S. Hornsby
Government agencies have quarantined Lilly's End, Florida, reporting it is the victim of the first major smallpox outbreak since 1972 in Yugoslavia. This is a lie.
In the event that unmarked planes are spotted producing thick trails of exhaust over United States airspace, remember that these contrails are comprised of nothing more than condensed water vapor. There is nothing to fear. This is a lie.
Layne Prescott, a former high school teacher returning to America after months of living abroad, meets a strange man in a Shanghai airport and ends up carrying a mysterious briefcase with an attached wrist shackle home with him. Back in the small town of Lilly's End, Layne must cope with more than just the effects of his past indiscretions and his recently deceased father's funeral. Each day at precisely 11:23, the small town of Lilly's End sinks into violent chaos, and people are dying. Cut off from the rest of the world by a strict military quarantine and with the population in rapid decline, Layne and his friends wait with dread as the clock ticks downward.
Lilly’s End is a safe, normal place where all is well. There is no need to panic. This is a lie.