Black Monday by Bob Reiss
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A plague that will cause the death of millions. A plague that will destroy countries. A plague that will plunge the world into a dark age. A plague that will make nobody sick...

When the first planes go down -- in Europe, in California, in Asia -- authorities blame terrorists. All flights are grounded as world leaders try to figure out how the global assault has been coordinated. And when cars, ships, and factories stop running too, it becomes clear that the common link is oil. Somehow a microbe, genetically engineered to destroy petroleum, has infected the world supply. The world descends into a new dark age.

Dr. Gregory Gillette, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, is a disease hunter specializing in microbes that attack human beings. When the Pentagon taps him to be part of the Rapid Response Team assembled to track and kill the devastating Delta-3 bacteria, he quickly discovers that his expertise is ignored, his presence meaningless. The leader of the task force is an old nemesis who sidelines Gillette.

Gillette returns home to Washington, where he watches in horror as food becomes scarce, neighbor attacks neighbor, and government collapses. With winter approaching, the capital faces anarchy and Gillette faces a choice: to stay with his family or to disobey orders and find the microbes' antidote through clues that may not even be real.

About Bob Reiss

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Bob Reiss is a New York based author and journalist, a former Chicago Tribune reporter and former correspondent for Outside Magazine. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Parade, Rolling Stone and other national publications. Reiss has published 14 novels under both his own name and the pseudonym Ethan Black.
Published February 13, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even as the world is descending into chaos, however, a mysterious assassin is moving through the United States, making a series of apparently random yet carefully chosen killings that are somehow related to the biological attack on the world's oil supply --- and he is on a collision course with G...

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In 1972 Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis wrote a book called MUTANT 59: THE PLASTIC EATERS which set down a similar premise – what would happen if a bacterium started eating plastic.

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Dr Greg Gillette is used to looking at the less obvious solutions, and begins to suspect a conspiracy that involves American oil companies - the problem is getting a bureaucratic, ignorant boss to listen to him This is the kind of apocalyptic science thriller Michael Crichton was so well known ...

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