Yet at the same time, often I can't stand that sort of story either, which is odd, since that's what I've ended up writing here. Instead of a constant, smooth narrative, it leaps between several different characters and even locations to nudge them along a bit. The time is even odd, Cezar and Anika are a day or so ahead of the other characters, which means I'll have some catchup to do.
Still, it is a useful tool for what I'm trying to do, the "disaster movie" approach to storytelling where you introduce multiple characters and then bring them together in some ghastly event that tests men's souls. Hopefully its working here, because it is such an integral part of the story I can't discard the device.
*I've deleted the story portion, as the book is going to be published soon and I don't want to give away too much for free.