Ill Wind by Kevin J. Anderson


Ill Wind
Title : Ill Wind
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It is the largest oil spill in history a supertanker crashes into the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay Desperate to avert environmental damage as well as the PR disaster , the multinational oil company releases an untested designer oil eating microbe to break up the spill.What the company didn t realize is that their microbe propagates through the air and it mutates to consume anything made of petrocarbons oil, gasoline, synthetic fabrics, plastics of all kinds And when every piece of plastic begins to dissolve, it s too late.


Ill Wind Reviews


  • Jay Michaels

    Ill Wind 1995 by Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason We expose our insecure spots This novel seemed to be an extremely logical followup to Michael Crichton s book _The Andromeda Strain_ 1969 For starters, the story s pacing is up to the expectations of contemporary readers, in contrast to the aforementioned work While Dramatis Personae listings sometimes raise a caution flag for me, the wide slate of characters helps provide a variety of backgrounds and perspectives of many real modern Ill Wind 1995 by Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason We expose our insecure spots This novel seemed to be an extremely logical followup to Michael Crichton s book _The Andromeda Strain_ 1969 For starters, the story s pacing is up to the expectations of contemporary readers, in contrast to the aforementioned work While Dramatis Personae listings sometimes raise a caution flag for me, the wide slate of characters helps provide a variety of backgrounds and perspectives of many real modern day North Americans While _The Andromeda Strain_ essentially involves a space probe bringing back mutated bacteria to Earth, _Ill Wind_ outlines what might happen if intentionally mutated microbes were released to digest an oil spill near San Francisco, California 4 to 5 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989 and what happens when the bacteria get out of hand I was halfway through the book before I read the back cover blurbs, and was quite surprised to find the pithy assertion from drummer Neil Peart of the Canadian rock group Rush that _Ill Wind_ is compelling reading A clever, believable, and adventurous epic Anderson and Beason manage to weave the diverse characters individual stories into a satisfying whole, with a hopeful ending Be aware there is occasional profanity, sexual activity, and acts of violence depicted, if you re offended by those things Aside from that, the characters are real even though a few aren t exactly likable , and Ill Wind gave me reason enough to look up other novels by the Anderson Beason duo, not to mention their individual works 20 Dec 2005

  • Veeral

    Blah blah thought blah blah apocalyptic scenario blah Started good blah blah but blah blah Blah blah wrong Utterly blah blah and blah blah blah horrible blah blah mediocre Blah blah suicide blah preferable Blah blah waste blah time blah blah blah Blah blah at any blah cost do not blah blah this blahking book.Blah Stars.

  • Matt

    This book is perhaps topical now than when it was first written Instead of the Gulf Coast, an oil spill occurs in San Francisco Bay, prompting outrage cries for a quick response The oil company that owns the tanker turns to one of their RD experts, who has developed a microbe that consumes petrocarbons such as crude oil, gasoline, synthetics, styrofoam and plastic Spray the microbe over the Bay, dissolve the oil, avoid an environmental and PR nightmare Simple.What the company This book is perhaps topical now than when it was first written Instead of the Gulf Coast, an oil spill occurs in San Francisco Bay, prompting outrage cries for a quick response The oil company that owns the tanker turns to one of their RD experts, who has developed a microbe that consumes petrocarbons such as crude oil, gasoline, synthetics, styrofoam and plastic Spray the microbe over the Bay, dissolve the oil, avoid an environmental and PR nightmare Simple.What the company doesn t know is that the microbe s inventor, after successive family tragedies, has become an emotionally unstable man he s falsified his research, lied to management the microbe doesn t stay where it s sprayed, it can propagate through air.What starts as a local catastrophe becomes instead a global cataclysmBut enough of my moonlighting as a synopsis writer, if you enjoy the occasional disaster story, this is a good one No heroes here, just regular people dealing with a world without fossil fuel combustion, Ziploc bags, or recorded music the horror

  • Greg Sidor

    A plan to clean up an oil spill in San Francisco by using bugs meant to digest the fuel goes horribly wrong The world is thrown into what may be the last oil crisis, and society doesn t fare well The book follows several characters as they try and survive, defend themselves, and return to some semblance of civilization in a post petrol world.Anderson creates a compelling world, and we become very aware of how reliant we are on oil How long would you last

  • A~

    Ill WindThe short of the story is everything is made of oil.Starting on an oil carrier that is heading into the San Francisco harbor, wait that can t be real can it Holy Shit they really do are we a fucked up species or what Anyway on board the boat is a man, Conner, who has gotten in trouble for stealing from his ship mates His plan is to get everyone out of the bridge so that he can steal his employment papers, including his identity, and any evidence of his wrong doings He pulls the fire Ill WindThe short of the story is everything is made of oil.Starting on an oil carrier that is heading into the San Francisco harbor, wait that can t be real can it Holy Shit they really do are we a fucked up species or what Anyway on board the boat is a man, Conner, who has gotten in trouble for stealing from his ship mates His plan is to get everyone out of the bridge so that he can steal his employment papers, including his identity, and any evidence of his wrong doings He pulls the fire alarm and while everyone is investigating he locks the bridges door, grabs his papers and crawls out of the window Unfortunately he decided to do this just at the tanker is heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge Hyjinks happen the boat crashes into the bridge spilling oil everywhere.Unsurprisingly, people are upset about this turn of events It gets worse when operations to remove oil from the boat before it sinks fail, leaving a lot of oil at the bottom of the bay that will leak for years The company who owns the tanker, Oilstar, is looking at being responsible for the worst man made pollution disaster in all of history This doesn t make the execs happy So when they are given an option by one of their departments they jump on it without hesitation.One of their departments, bio remediation, has a germ that will eat a certain component of oil It is bred to only eat this and is not able to move through the air or survive very long without food The agency sprays the germ and everything is OK.Oh wait that would be a pretty boring book.Instead, what they do not know is that the lead researcher of the department is experiencing serious depression after losing every member of his family to accidents or war On top of that he is suffering from terminal cancer He has decided that this kind of disaster will never happen again The reports and samples he provided for testing did do what it claimed to do, but that is not what he puts into the sprayer Instead he puts in a stronger strain that eats anything petroleum based and is airborne In the White Sand desert a group of scientists have successfully tested a solar power beaming system Using small satellites in space they beam energy to a field of antennas The satellite only beams for five to 10 minutes but the idea is to put up a lot of them and as each one passes over they beam the power Their small scale test of just 7 satellites works as predicted providing uninterrupted power the whole time Even better, near by is a governmental experiment to build a large rail gun With modifications this project could be used to launch the 20 satellites waiting for deployment However, they are hampered by a governmental bureaucrat named Nedermyer is opposing this plan because of reasons, yes that is the best I can come up with for his motivation.The germ is sprayed and soon it has cleaned up the oil, then it moves onto cars eating the gas right out of them and then onto other oil based products such as plastic and condoms Quite rapidly the world is regressed back to the steam age The team in White Sands realizes that most of their system is non plastic based and what is made of plastic can be replaced Within months they have electricity running and batteries to save it They then start working on moving the electricity to the surrounding area In Washington D.C The Speaker of the House finds himself the President of the United States, a job he never wanted, he planned on retiring and being a lobbyist Still he tries and most of his trying is making and draconian laws and not understanding when they are not carried out Isolated from most of the world he grows increasingly paranoid but determined to hold the US together One of his orders is for all military bases to take control of civilian populations around their bases and put them under martial law In Albuquerque a General Bayclock takes over the city and enforces martial law with great strictness Soon, despite declaring he is reluctant to be in control, he is hanging dissenters and people who are stealing to survive He hears about White Sands and decides it would be nice to have power He sets off with some of this troops to take over the program and bring it back to Albuquerque Along the way he uses his forces as a tool to project power with activities such as raiding from smaller communities food that he does not need but takes anyway to show who is the boss.Todd Severyn was an oil company contractor who was tricked into spreading the wrong germ He has been spending the time since the disaster trying to make up from it When he hears that White Sands has electricity and with the satellites that are in JPL can produce , he decides this is his chance at redemption He has a cross country set of adventures that includes crashing a steam powered train, cannibals, and a crazed killer Eventually he gets 10 of the satellites to White Sands only to have them captured by Bayclock before he can make the last mile to deliver them.The scientists believe their facility is possibly the last chance to keep humanity from slipping back and decide to stand up to the General, with science So they Macguyver some bombs, a catapult and a freaking rail gun powered shot gun that takes out 30 people with a shot, too bad it only works once.Eventually the conflict comes down to a fist fight between the General and a pilot who has joined the scientists After the General is killed his army quickly gives up and a majority of them join with the scientists.In DC the president watches as one by one he loses contact with his military bases or receives reports that they have deserted and joined with the civilian population rather than rule There are a few nuclear subs left that have stayed deep enough in the water to be safe from the oil plague He orders his military staff to have them start to nuke American cities In response everyone leaves the office and the president is now just a man in an empty office with no power.Likes This story was pretty engrossing I stayed up till 1 30 am on a work night to finish it A good number of characters but not so many that I was lost And I feel that you can definitely tell the Beason influence meld with Anderson as it does not quite read like his Saga of the Seven Sun books, and this is a good thing.Bad The lack of effects portrayed We are told a couple of times that there will be mass starvation but it never seems to happen, or if it does it s swept under the rug and never covered Nedermyer s motivation, in the beginning of the book It s never explained why he is not supportive of the White Sands project Then after when they are one of the few places producing working electricity he still seems opposed to the project eventually deserting them for the General s camp It almost felt like he was added to give tension but never really flushed out enough to explain why he was causing the tension

  • Stephanie

    It s not often that I am disappointed in a book by an author I like, but this one definitely was disappointing It starts out with a great premise an oil tanker rams the Golden Gate bridge and creates one of the worst oil spills in history The oil company, desperate to mitigate the disaster, tries an experimental microbe that eats long chain hydrocarbons which breaks down the oil and makes the clean up much faster The microbe is supposed to be safe and unable to spread but it becomes airborn It s not often that I am disappointed in a book by an author I like, but this one definitely was disappointing It starts out with a great premise an oil tanker rams the Golden Gate bridge and creates one of the worst oil spills in history The oil company, desperate to mitigate the disaster, tries an experimental microbe that eats long chain hydrocarbons which breaks down the oil and makes the clean up much faster The microbe is supposed to be safe and unable to spread but it becomes airborne and starts eating a long list of hydrocarbon compounds that are part of everyday products we have grown to rely on The result is the end of our convenient life and the breakdown of society.Unfortunately the story also breakdowns here Instead of focusing on a few key characters and a main story, the book wanders through the lives of too many unimportant and uninteresting characters telling partial stories but never getting us interested in them or what happens to them In fact, one of the characters I was the most interested in is killed off very early and with him dies the chance to get many of the answers I would like to have seen revealed.The most interesting side story is that of the scientist who has a line on how we can generate electricity from the sun and sent it all over the world but even that is undeveloped and folded into a military sideline which is so predictable it is uninteresting I had hoped for a better ending but even it is unsatisfying and dull.This book was written before Anderson started on the Dune prequels and before his great series the Saga of the Seven Suns all of which are much better books than Ill WInd Possibly his collaborator Doug Beason may have been responsible for this story but in any case, it is mediocre at best and fortunately Anderson has done much better

  • Olethros

    Cat strofe de origen humano y camino hacia el apocalipsis G nero Ciencia Ficci n por poco, en algunos casos.Lo que nos cuenta Tras el naufragio de un gigantesco petrolero en la bah a de San Francisco, la enorme marea negra que provoca tiene consecuencias biol gicas, pol ticas y sociales La compa a responsable del barco decide usar una bacteria en pruebas para eliminar la mayor parte de los hidrocarburos liberados en las aguas, pero el alcance del microorganismo ser mucho mayor de lo esp Cat strofe de origen humano y camino hacia el apocalipsis G nero Ciencia Ficci n por poco, en algunos casos.Lo que nos cuenta Tras el naufragio de un gigantesco petrolero en la bah a de San Francisco, la enorme marea negra que provoca tiene consecuencias biol gicas, pol ticas y sociales La compa a responsable del barco decide usar una bacteria en pruebas para eliminar la mayor parte de los hidrocarburos liberados en las aguas, pero el alcance del microorganismo ser mucho mayor de lo esperado por casi todos Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite

  • Faye

    The book starts with a bang , literally An oil tanker crashes into the Golden Gate bridge in SF Cue loads of scientists, politicians and environmentalists clashing heads A prior experiment with oil eating microbes is pushed as the Saviour solution to the disaster. BUT and there s always a but the microbe is not what it say it is Cue wIling and knashing of teeth as the end of the known world, oil, petrol , plastics even cling film melts into a gloopy stinking mess mankind is knoc The book starts with a bang , literally An oil tanker crashes into the Golden Gate bridge in SF Cue loads of scientists, politicians and environmentalists clashing heads A prior experiment with oil eating microbes is pushed as the Saviour solution to the disaster. BUT and there s always a but the microbe is not what it say it is Cue wIling and knashing of teeth as the end of the known world, oil, petrol , plastics even cling film melts into a gloopy stinking mess mankind is knocked back into the 19th C Really enjoyed this apocalyptic book, a different take on an End of the World scenario , can recommend it

  • Olethros

    Cat strofe de origen humano y camino hacia el apocalipsis G nero Ciencia Ficci n por poco, en algunos casos.Lo que nos cuenta Tras el naufragio de un gigantesco petrolero en la bah a de San Francisco, la enorme marea negra que provoca tiene consecuencias biol gicas, pol ticas y sociales La compa a responsable del barco decide usar una bacteria en pruebas para eliminar la mayor parte de los hidrocarburos liberados en las aguas, pero el alcance del microorganismo ser mucho mayor de lo esp Cat strofe de origen humano y camino hacia el apocalipsis G nero Ciencia Ficci n por poco, en algunos casos.Lo que nos cuenta Tras el naufragio de un gigantesco petrolero en la bah a de San Francisco, la enorme marea negra que provoca tiene consecuencias biol gicas, pol ticas y sociales La compa a responsable del barco decide usar una bacteria en pruebas para eliminar la mayor parte de los hidrocarburos liberados en las aguas, pero el alcance del microorganismo ser mucho mayor de lo esperado por casi todos Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite

  • Bradley

    I was sorely tempted to keep this book It is a very solid read and made me desperately flip pages I enjoyed reading it, but I am going to let this blessing pass on to someone else I am really picky what sci fi books I keep because I only have so much room My to read pile is enough for two bookshelves and something has to give I can t bump one of my beloved fantasy books for this volume, but rest assured it is well worth the time to read.