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Ill Wind
     

Ill Wind

3.0 8
by Kevin J. Anderson, Larry McKeever (Read by), Doug Beason
 

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An "oil-eating" microbe has been released by a multinational oil company in order to avert a disaster in the San Francisco Bay. But the microbe propagates through the air. And when every car in the Bay area turns up with an empty gas tank, people begin to suspect something is wrong. When, a few days later, every piece of plastic worldwide begins dissolving, it's too

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An "oil-eating" microbe has been released by a multinational oil company in order to avert a disaster in the San Francisco Bay. But the microbe propagates through the air. And when every car in the Bay area turns up with an empty gas tank, people begin to suspect something is wrong. When, a few days later, every piece of plastic worldwide begins dissolving, it's too late.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A promising disaster scenario fizzles as Anderson and Beason (coauthors of Assemblers of Infinity and The Trinity Paradox) succumb to lightweight plotting, facile characterization and an apparent need to allude to as many pop-cultural artifacts as possible. When a panicky oil company tries to clean up a major spill in San Francisco Bay by dropping genetically engineered oil-eating microbes on it, the little organisms go berserk and start devouring most of the world's long-chain polycarbons (gasoline, plastics, etc.). Within the first 150 pages, this leads to a breakdown of communications and information-processing systems. From there until the end of the novel, however, affairs are basically limited to several displays of plucky ingenuity (during which one character compares the work of his group, unfavorably, to that of the Professor on Gilligan's Island). Meanwhile, an acting president and a general, independently, attempt to enforce martial law on an unwilling populace. The heroes are heroic, especially scientist Spencer Lockwood and pilots Billy Carron and Todd Severyn (the latter atoning for having unwittingly dropped the petrol-eating organism in the first place). Todd's girlfriend, Iris Shikozu, stages a post-apocalyptic rock concert at the Altamont Speedway. Almost all the chapter headings are titles of old pop songs, books or movies (Good Vibrations, The Stand, Urban Cowboy). It's possible that those who care, as Iris does, about Kansas's live comeback album will find this fascinating, but most readers are likely to feel that The End of the World As We Know It deserves better handling. (June)
Library Journal
Two best-selling authors team up to confront a biotechnological catastrophe.
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“Compulsively readable. The best disaster novel in many years. The problems of a United States falling apart at the seams as petroleum products vanish are shown at the national and local level, always through the effects on individuals. The basic idea is terribly plausible, the science spot-on, the politics totally persuasive. Ill Wind is a book you will read when you should be doing other things. Once you start, there is never a thought you might not continue to the last page.” —Charles Sheffield, senior scientist, Earth Satellite Corporation, and award-winning author of Cold as Ice, on Ill Wind

“A real winner. This book has potential to become a classic. Your grasp of the science, the technology, and the potential scene-and your ability to weave a truly engrossing fabric involving all of theme in authoritative fashion-are unique. My only worry is that you may have done to biotechnology what The China Syndrome did to nuclear energy-scared the hell out of the public.” —Dr. D. Alan Bromley, former assistant to the President for Science and Technology, on Ill Wind

Ill Wind is a believable and fast read. It goes George Stewart's classic Earth Abides one better, illustrating the perils of overreacting to environmental problems and misusing technology.” —Dr. Wilson K. Talley, president of the Hertz Foundation and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ill Wind is compelling reading. A clever, believable, and adventurous epic.” —Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Rush

“I enjoyed Ill Wind thoroughly. Anderson and Beason have managed to take a plausible premise and turn it into a very entertaining (and also plausible) 'civilization in the aftermath' story.” —Walter S. Scott, president, Worldview Imaging Corporation

president of the Hertz Foundation and former admin Dr. Wilson K. Talley

Ill Wind is a believable and fast read. It goes George Stewart's classic Earth Abides one better, illustrating the perils of overreacting to environmental problems and misusing technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736637138
Publisher:
Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written dozens of national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader's Choice Award. He has set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing.

Doug Beason is the author of fourteen books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition (bought by Universal studios' Joe Singer, producer of "Courage Under Fire") and Ill Wind (optioned for a mini-series), as well as two non-fiction books. A Nebula Award finalist, his short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

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Ill Wind 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
VampireRanger More than 1 year ago
This book is fairly interesting.(It's not the genre I normally read.) The book isn't engrossing, but it does make you think "What if something like this really happened?"
The characters don't have much background and I found it hard to connect with any of them.

If I recomended this book it would only be to people interested in survival or "What if" situations.
ajt79 More than 1 year ago
It was worth the second read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little anti-climactic, but overall a very good read.
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Musadutoe More than 1 year ago
The book started off good with but quickly fell apart after the death of the lead scientist. After that, there were four story lines loosely connected but all poorly fleshed out. I can not help but wonder that if it was not for the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, that this book would not be republished. If a reader is looking for post disaster genre to read, then S.M. Stirling is a good start. I would not reccomend this book for anyone to read.