Ill Wind

Ill Wind

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It's the largest oil spill in history: a crashed supertanker in San Francisco Bay. Desperate to avert environmental damage--and a PR disaster--the multinational oil company releases an untested "designer microbe" to break up the spill.
An "oil-eating" microbe, designed to consume anything made of petrocarbons: oil, gasoline, synthetic fabrics, and of course plastic.
What the company doesn't realize is that their microbe propagates through the air. But when every car in the Bay Area turns up with an empty gas tank, they begin to suspect something is terribly wrong.
And when, in just a few days, every piece of plastic in the world has dissolved, it's too late...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 563 pages
  • 106.7 x 167.6 x 38.1mm | 226.8g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0765357763
  • 9780765357762
  • 1,175,537

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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."i
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632 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (233)
3 31% (197)
2 9% (59)
1 4% (26)
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