Paralyzed Peoria man publishes first novel with help from voice-activated machine

By Joe Bennett

March 18, 2012 Updated Mar 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A Peoria man held a book-launch for his self-published novel this afternoon, a goal he accomplished despite the adversity of being paralyzed from the neck-down.

With the help of a voice-activated computer, Kevin Harmon finished his spy-thriller, "The Archangel Response," after eight years of work.

The book was published about one-month ago.

Harmon says he has already sold about 1,000 copies in both e-books and paperback.

"It's amazing. It's just really truly amazing," Harmon says. "I never thought it would go this far, but it's doing well and people seem to like it. They're really enthusiastic and supportive so I couldn't have asked for more, really."

Harmon says he working on the outline for a sequel to his book and expects to publish a trilogy.

You can find the e-book at and a paperback version at or at Agatucci's in Peoria.

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