Dust by Charles Pellegrino

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Get all your chores done. Unplug the phone. Turn off the TV and the computer. Clear the decks completely--because you wont want any interruptions once you settle into the most pulse-pounding reading experience of the year.

The change begins silently, imperceptibly, inexorably. One natural effect topples into the next, like an array of dominoes that stretches to every corner of the globe. Before anyone realizes it, the earths ecology has utterly transformed itself. And the days of the old world are finished.

In an idyllic Long Island community, paleobiologist Richard Sinclair is one of the first to suspect that the environment has begun to wage bloody, terrifying war on humanity. What initially appear to be random, unrelated events are, in actuality, violent eruptions in a worldwide biological chain reaction. Along with a brave group of survivors, Sinclair must learn to understand the catastrophe while it rolls around them, slowly crumbling a panicked world and energizing a reactionary fringe that welcomes the apocalypse. The survival of humankind depends on finding an answer immediately--for all else is dust.


About Charles Pellegrino

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Charles Pellegrino has been known to work simultaneously in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology. The author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including "Unearthing Atlantis", "Dust", "Ghosts of the Titanic", and the "New York Times" bestseller "Her Name, Titanic", he is the scientist whose dinosaur-cloning recipe inspired Michael Crichton's bestselling novel "Jurassic Park". Dr. Pellegrino lives in New York City.
Published March 1, 1998 by Avon. 387 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Within weeks the soil goes sterile, crops fail, India invades Pakistan, starving vampire bats bearing mad cow disease swarm into the Caribbean--and cities around the world simply ``drop off the map.'' As a frantic Richard and a former rival, Leslie, succeed in ``biomorphing'' replacement insects ...

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After the bugs kill his wife, Sinclair and his nine-year-old daughter escape to the relative safety of a nearby research facility, and Sinclair begins an investigation of the widespread insect extinctions that have brought on a host of other, world-threatening disasters.

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But what really makes the book work is the way it involves the reader directly;

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