Interesting. I've decided to re-read the book purely out of fascination for the story itself.
Would you mind my engaging in a bit of shameless self-promotion?
There is a book on kindle called "The Pale Horse". It tells the story of a world-wide pandemic that also wipes out the vast majority of humanity. Think of it in terms of "The Stand" without the supernatural stuff.
I wrote it. Kindle put the first pages out as a teaser, so you can see if you like it. I am about to finish up the rough draft of another (much shorter) novel and when that one is done, I'll put it on kindle as well.
Take a look at it if you want.
I will definitely check that out once I'm done with The Stand! How cool!