But now in this hateful age of ours not one is safe, not though some new labyrinth like that of Crete conceal and surround her; even there the pestilence of gallantry will make its way to them through chinks or on the air by the zeal of its accursed importunity, and, despite of all seclusion, lead them to ruin.
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That summer of the Pestilence was brutally hot, and the stench of rotting flesh hung in the air like an invisible, noxious fog.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
Rivers of fire …. bloodthirsty Vikings …. pestilence so thick you can’t breathe …. and mixed into all that, like some devilish bouillabaisse, bird knows how many wights and hollowgast!"