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Petroplague
     

Petroplague

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by Amy Rogers
 

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What if bacteria turned all the gasoline in Los Angeles into vinegar?

Carmageddon doesn't begin to describe it; PETROPLAGUE does.

UCLA graduate student Christina Gonzalez wanted to use biotechnology to free America from its dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Instead, an act of eco-terrorism unleashes her

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What if bacteria turned all the gasoline in Los Angeles into vinegar?

Carmageddon doesn't begin to describe it; PETROPLAGUE does.

UCLA graduate student Christina Gonzalez wanted to use biotechnology to free America from its dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Instead, an act of eco-terrorism unleashes her genetically-modified bacteria into the fuel supply of Los Angeles, making petroleum useless.

With the city paralyzed and slipping toward anarchy, Christina must find a way to rein in the microscopic monster she created. But not everyone wants to cure the petroplague--and some will do whatever it takes to spread it.

From the La Brea Tar Pits to university laboratories to the wilds of the Angeles National Forest, Christina and her cousin River struggle against enemies seen and unseen to stop the infection before it is too late.

Set in the mountain-ringed Los Angeles basin, this terrifyingly plausible science thriller about good intentions, unexpected consequences, Peak Oil, climate change, experimental biofuels, and the astonishing power of microorganisms will give you pause every time you fill up your car.

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"It's wonderful to read a thriller like Petroplague whose author knows her subject backwards and forwards, and demonstrates it on every page...Amy Rogers nails every aspect of L.A., from neighborhoods to our isolation in the event of a disaster like this one." PopcornReads

"This is the best science-thriller I've read this year. Maybe ever." BookTrib reviewer Seeley James

"Petroplague has earned a spot in the top five on my best of 2011 list." ThrillersRockTwitter

"Amy Rogers is the crisp, haunting new voice of science thrillers. If you think global warming is scary, wait till you read Petroplague." Norb Vonnegut, author of Top Producer and The Gods of Greenwich

"Petroplague is a terrific thriller debut and Amy Rogers really knows her science. Petroplague ratchets up the tension and danger with every chapter. The tense, tight plot and interesting characters kept me reading late into the night. Amy Rogers is one to watch--I can't wait for her next book." Paul McEuen, author of Spiral

"Rogers goes out of her way to actually talk about a scientist and the way science is done as more than just caricatures...Though the public largely trusts scientists, what we do is mostly a black box, and more humanizing portrayals can only help." Kevin Bonham, ScienceBlogs.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940419008
Publisher:
ScienceThrillers
Publication date:
07/03/2013
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Amy Rogers, M.D., Ph.D., began her writing career in elementary school by (unsuccessfully) submitting anecdotes to Reader’s Digest in hopes of earning twenty-five bucks. By junior high her real passion was science, especially microbiology. In the bedroom of her home in rural southern Minnesota, she kept Petri dishes of bacteria in an egg incubator and won purple ribbons in science fairs. That passion led her to study biochemistry at Harvard, and ultimately to earn a doctorate in immunology. Wee beasties animated her years of teaching microbiology at the university level. More recently, micro-critters inspired her to write novels and short stories that highlight their amazing powers.
Amy writes thrilling science-themed novels that pose frightening what if? questions. Compelling characters and fictionalized science—not science fiction—make Dr. Rogers’ books page-turners that open the reader’s eyes to threats they never imagined before.
Amy loves dim sum, Ted Drewes, redwood forests, Minnesota lakes, Hawaiian beaches, and cats. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two exceptional children who believe she has an unreasonable tolerance for mysterious things growing in her refrigerator.

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Petroplague 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
L_Franco More than 1 year ago
Really great book that is also very thought provoking! Christina is a scientist going for her Ph D and using an engineered organism to help create a environmentally friendly fuel. Unfortunately, Eco-terrorists have blown up the primary fuel tank and end up creating a disaster of unheard of proportions. As Christina and her mentor, Dr. Chen work to find a cure for the problem, there are others working against them. As earthquakes begin and total havoc reign, will they solve the problem before the entire country is brought to their knees? You'll have to read the book to find out! ; ) highly recommend this excellent book!
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Maplady-999 More than 1 year ago
Perfect blend of science and fiction ~~~ riveting, thought provoking book. Encore, please!