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Petroplague [Kindle Edition]

Amy Rogers
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Book Description

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, rendering the city's petroleum useless. With the city 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 struggles against enemies seen and unseen to stop the infection before it’s too late.

Editorial Reviews


"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 The Gods of Greenwich

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

"A terrific thriller debut...Amy Rogers is one to watch." Paul McEuen, author of Spiral

"It's wonderful to read a thriller whose author knows her subject backwards and forwards, and demonstrates it on every page. As someone who lives in the LA area, I always look for signs that someone doesn't know this area or how it operates.  Amy Rogers nails every aspect of LA, from neighborhoods to our isolation in the event of a disaster like this one."

"A great example of lab lit in the Crichtonesque school of epic science disaster writing...Amy Rogers has done an excellent job of not only crafting an exciting and thrilling piece of lab lit fiction, but also of offering an education in the science behind the scenes and a glimpse of a future we might face."

"Rogers goes out of her way to actually talk about a scientist and the way science is done as more than just caricatures..." Kevin Bonham,

About 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's thrilling science-themed novels pose frightening "what if?" questions. Compelling characters and fictionalized science--not science fiction--make her books page-turners that seamlessly blend reality and imagination. Relentlessly curious, Dr. Rogers works for scientific literacy and nature education for kids. 

This author 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 194041900X
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IK4WEC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, exciting science thriller. September 10, 2012
Other than Michael Crichton's Prey I've never read a science thriller. Why I have no idea, I love science and I definitely don't mind a good thriller, but for some reason this genre has never hit my radar. Now that I've finished Petroplague though...Well, I think that may be about to change.

Petroplague is a fascinating look at a reality we may very well find ourselves tangled within. When a university experiment in biofuel is targetted by an eco-terrorist, a chain reaction of devastating events soon follow. Designed to "eat" oil, the syntrophus bacteria (the stars of the experiment) begin to destroy the fuel supply when they're released into the Los Angeles soil, screeching life in L.A to a grinding halt. One thing this book did very well, was paint exactly how devastating this event would be. Even if, like me, you don't rely on cars for your transport, once the petrol (gasoline to those of you in the States) is contaminated, EVERYTHING is affected. It has a huge knock on effect. If you can't drive your car, catch a bus or hail a cab, how do you get to work? If you can't get to work how do shops run? If cars/trucks/buses are down, how do you get food and supplies into your area? If you have an accident, or something happens, how does an ambulance or fire engine reach you? How can people broadcast the news on any other devastating effects if they can't get around? And if there is bacteria in the fuel supply, who knows what kind of affect that could be having environmentally. Now imagine this going worldwide, imagine the efforts officials would be making to contain it so that it doesn't spread that wide. Terrifying to think of, right?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Science December 12, 2011
By Beth
On the basis of having read two books by Michael Crichton, I will tell you that if you like his books, you'll like PETROPLAGUE by Amy Rogers, M.D., Ph.D. Except, in some ways, PETROPLAGUE is better.

The book begins with an environmentalist who wishes he could do something really big. From there, we move to the main character, Christine, a biologist and Ph.D. candidate, working the La Brea Tar Pits. There's an accident. Then there are further accidents in and around Los Angeles. All are the result of oil gone bad.

An eco-terrorist blew up an underground storage tank at an abandoned gas station, and now genetically modified bacteria is in the Los Angeles fuel supply. It's eating up the fuel, causing accidents and halting the area transportation systems. And the environmentalist who wanted to do something really big now knows the really big thing he can do: spread the bacteria to other parts of the world so that no one can use oil, the root of all evil.

This idea of unintended consequences of environmentalists sounds so much like a Michael Crichton idea, I'd have sworn that Rogers cowrote this book with him if he were alive. But, even though I almost never think a movie based on a book is better than the book, I did feel that way with Crichton books. I don't think that about PETROPLAGUE.

It's not that this book wouldn't make a great movie. I'm sure it would, and I'd love to see it.

But PETROPLAGUE is based on science, and probably because of Rogers' credentials in microbiology and immunology, all of her book sounds possible. It's not science fiction. When the accidents happen and cars and airplanes stop working, these really don't sound like a stretch.

This is compared with a Crichton book I read, STATE OF FEAR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Succesor to Michael Crichton? April 28, 2013
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If Amy Rogers keeps writing thrillers like Petroplague, she might be crowned the successor to Michael Crichton. Like Crichton, she has an M.D. behind her name, but also a PhD. But don't let that scare you. She takes a ptoentially complex subject and writes in a simple, straightforward style. She explains the technical aspects very simply, allowing the reader to understand exactly what's happening and why.

What is happening is that an eco-terrorist's act has released a special, laboratory-developed bacteria into the petroleum supply of the Greater L.A. area. Vehicles can't operate, necessary supplies and foodstuffs can't be delivered and the situation in L.A. is becoming chaotic and dangerous--crime,looting,etc. Only one person has the possible solution. That's Christina, a PhD. candidate at UCLA who developed the bug. The action follows Christina, her sister River and River's beau Mickey as they fight against an unscrupulous corporate chief who is thwarting their efforts. Add in some ominous earthquakes, a California wildfire and an L.A. mayor who desperately wants to believe in Christina and you've got a thrilling rollercoaster of a ride.

As an independent author like Dr. Rogers, I've been reading a lot of independent authors. Her book is by far the best I've read. I would have given it five stars but I thought the involvement of a senior public official in the end was not quite what would happen. But to those seeking a romantic angle, it's there.

And a note to Dr. Rogers; Please write more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars it is a fun book. It kept me entertained to the very ...
Although truly unrealistic, it is a fun book. It kept me entertained to the very end.
Published 2 days ago by Wildcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
I bought Petroplague as a kindle format, and found myself unable to put it down - from start to finish - it was a fascinating read of science-fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank S. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Brave New Energy World
This is far better than your average disaster story. Plus it's not an anti-Big Oil climate disaster yarn. I think Amy calls this genre Sci Thri, for Science Thriller. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephen J. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of writing, a pageturning plot with an arc.
I took my time reading is book on my Kindle because I enjoyed reading it. The writing is crisp and the plot is really interesting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cafegato Mardo
1.0 out of 5 stars dumbed down direct steal of Ill WIND
For those of you who won't consider anything copyright before 2013, just bear in mind that this is the totally dumbed down version of a novel written by Kevin J. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Campeau
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid book that will keep you interested
I bought this book because of the intriguing premise. I found the editing to be solid, the storyline interesting if a bit predictable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by William Amerman
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a read definitely
It was a good book. I enjoyed the story and pace. It was a fast read for me and although I would have like to have had more science within the plot, the soft explanations she... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Planner Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly blends "what if" with "what is" -- a page turning thriller...
If you're a fan of techno-thrillers, you'll want to read "Petroplague" by Amy Rogers just for the breath of fresh air it brings to the genre, especially by its characters--all... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chanticleer Book Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good science
Enjoyed the story and the science behind it. Characters were pretty well developed. It was believable and couldn't have happened in a more appropriate place.
Published 16 months ago by John M. Hudak
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast, fun read...
A fast, fun read with lots of cool science and plenty of excitement. i'm a bit of a geek, and I found myself thinking several ideas were especially cool. Read more
Published 17 months ago by kenn
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Amy Rogers, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-educated writer, scientist, educator, and critic. Through her book review website, her publishing company ScienceThrillers Media, and her own writing, Amy advocates for literate entertainment in the form of great stories with real science.

Amy writes thrilling science-themed novels in the style of Michael Crichton (PETROPLAGUE, REVERSION). She also composes a monthly column "Science in the Neighborhood" for Inside Publications. She is a member of International Thriller Writers.

Amy loves dim sum, Ted Drewes, redwood forests, lakes with loons, 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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