Ill Windby Kevin J. Anderson, Larry McKeever (Read by), Doug Beason
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.
“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
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.
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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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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.
It was worth the second read.
A little anti-climactic, but overall a very good read.
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.