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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. Scott Reiss Narrator: Dick Hil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. This thriller is reminiscent of Michael Crichton’s best.

When a Muslim cleric predicts planes will fall from the sky, America braces for a terrorist attack. But when the prediction proves true, the real cause is far more terrifying: a microbe that eats oil, effectively destroying all gas-operated mechanisms.

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. He understands the devastation the microbe could cause, and his far more chilling theory is that the microbe is synthetic and the work of terrorists. When no one will listen, Gilette must take it upon himself to stop the epidemic only he can foresee. As the world’s economy grinds to a crashing halt, Gilette races against the clock to find the source of the microbe and its antidote.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reiss, a Hollywood screenwriter, has created a true page-turner of pell-mell action and momentum”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The quintessence of savvy, fast-paced, white-knuckled thrillers.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Dead on.”


  • “Thrilling, ultra-hip, and completely engrossing.”


  • Black Monday is so well done you'll think about stocking your basement with canned goods. Seriously. AudioFile Golden Voice Dick Hill expertly brings R. Scott Reiss’ novel about Armageddon to life with frightening skill.”


  • “Screenwriter Reiss plants himself firmly in Michael Crichton territory with this techno-thriller...Written with urgency and wit, the novel is imaginative and plausibly plotted...Sure to be a crowd-pleaser.”


  • An AudioFile Earphones Award winner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert Brase | 2/7/2014

    " A bacteria in refined oil that turns the refined product into what basically amounts to tar would definitely not be a good thing. That is the premise for Black Monday and Reiss does an excellent job with the idea, turning it into a very scary novel with a large cast of characters on both sides of the playing field, good and bad guys. The only problem was a few flashback scenes that some of the characters experienced were not prefaced and caused me to slow down and attempt to figure out what was going on. Other then that slight setback this one cracks along at a good pace and keeps the readers attention with the race to attempt to solve the bacterial problem that causes the world to come to a grinding halt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe | 1/31/2014

    " Pretty interesting projection of what may happen when we lose our oil. It won't take much to break us down from nationalism, to regionalism to tribalism. The psychology of it all is worth the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sonia | 1/19/2014

    " Stopped reading after the book describes the murder of a 4 year old girl. After reading that, I thought... is this really what I want to read for "entertainment"? I decided "no". Also, I was offended by the author's use of "real father" instead of "birth father" for his adopted children... no man who adopted children would describe his childrens' birth father as his "real father". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 1/15/2014

    " Really plausible story of the end of civilization as we know it. We are too dependent on oil and its sources. "

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About the Author

R. Scott Reiss lives in New York. The film rights to Black Monday have been optioned by Paramount Pictures.