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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 Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455186792
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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.”

    People

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

    Mademoiselle

  • 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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award winner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 12/26/2013

    " The premise of this book--the world's oil supply is contaminate--but I found the character development to be lame. Our hero is a juvenile delinquent turned CDC doctor who has the most beautiful wife, a pair of perfect kids, and the greatest neighborhood where everyone socializes together. The bad guys are unlikeable stereotypes--a pompous team leader who compromises the project by talking too much to his over-sexed mistress who is actually a spy, a corrupt ex-cop who covets our hero's life and his bully son. Of course, our hero doesn't really suffer any true loss throughout the whole book. The people he knows who die are an elderly woman, the bitchy alcoholic neighbor and the man neighbor who was nasty towards our hero. Oh, and how convenient to have move into bitchy neighbor's house our hero's one loyal employee, who our hero helped out when the guy was called into work with a pregnant wife and no family. Then we have an extrodinarily beautiful woman scientist, with whom our hero shares a physical attraction, so he must "wrestle" with himself and his feelings for this other woman. This aspect actually irritated me because it added nothing to the plot. At least the bad guys had a part to play, albeit predictable. Again, I did thoroughly enjoy the concept of this disaster and the portrayal of our society should this type of thing happen. The research of microbes and oil production processes made up (kind of) for the lack of originality in our characters and sub-plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SinisterAgentMulder | 12/14/2013

    " (audiobook) If you enjoy apocalyptic stories then this is an entertaining twist to the end of the world possibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/7/2013

    " This book will make a killer pesudo-sci fi, post-apocolyptic action movie. As a book . . . meh, it was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/6/2013

    " Starts slowly but gets increasingly better as it goes on. I sensed strong American patriot undertones however the book is redeemed by its realistic portrayal of an oil crisis and its decent and engaging storyline. 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dragynlady | 11/6/2013

    " This book really freaked me out, because it makes you think about how dependent we are on the status quo and how horribly wrong things can go if you take away the things we take for granted. We live in a huge and fragile time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay David | 11/5/2013

    " I'm at a loss as to why anyone would call this a good read. Flashbacks constantly slowing the pace, characters that are stereotypes, extremely poor time/space directions (ie staging), inconsistent motivations. The premise was a very promising one but there's no way I could recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 7/22/2013

    " Starts out great with a virus in the world's gas storage. Interestig story of an armegedon type situation. Unique idea. But eventually just dragged on too long "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 3/20/2013

    " Great idea, poor execution. My biggest problem was that the author seemed to rely heavily on convenient coincidences to get over major hurdles in his book, especially when it came to transportation or cell phone usage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Tinkertoy | 2/26/2013

    " I kinda knew the story before I started reading but did enjoy the book. It makes you wonder about technology and terrorists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Rowan | 2/18/2013

    " Great novel.. reads like a Grisham, action packed, fast paced and some political mystery. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 11/9/2012

    " Interesting premise, but very slow going until about two-thirds through the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 7/12/2012

    " Very suspenseful account of eco/bio terrorism attack and one man's efforts to stop it or control it. Recommend it to readers who like Cussler, Flynn, Coonts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/1/2011

    " An excellent summer read! So fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/3/2011

    " It was a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 9/6/2011

    " This is a scary scenario. It really makes you think about being one of those families that has 6 months supply of essentials - the survivalists. We are really too dependent on oil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Bain | 6/23/2011

    " Great political and science-fiction thriller. Very real world scenarios and great character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Brackeen | 4/3/2011

    " Interesting view of what would happen when the worlds oil stops flowing. Definately PG-13 tho, no kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 12/21/2010

    " I kinda knew the story before I started reading but did enjoy the book. It makes you wonder about technology and terrorists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/25/2010

    " Starts out great with a virus in the world's gas storage. Interestig story of an armegedon type situation. Unique idea. But eventually just dragged on too long "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 10/20/2010

    " Great idea, poor execution. My biggest problem was that the author seemed to rely heavily on convenient coincidences to get over major hurdles in his book, especially when it came to transportation or cell phone usage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 7/22/2010

    " Great novel.. reads like a Grisham, action packed, fast paced and some political mystery. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 5/20/2010

    " Interesting view of what would happen when the worlds oil stops flowing. Definately PG-13 tho, no kids. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 12/23/2009

    " I found this in a desk drawer at work and thought I'd give it a try. It is lousy stuff. Trashy little novel with the worst stereotypes available to this type of book. The dumb military man, the genius who no one listens to...ahhhghh! Forget it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 11/3/2009

    " This book touches on the subject of biological warfare ((I guess?)) and what would happen to the world if all the things we rely on suddenly stopped working.

    Very realistic and very enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/21/2009

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 8/18/2009

    " It was a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/13/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 7/15/2009

    " This is a scary scenario. It really makes you think about being one of those families that has 6 months supply of essentials - the survivalists. We are really too dependent on oil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 6/17/2009

    " Very suspenseful account of eco/bio terrorism attack and one man's efforts to stop it or control it. Recommend it to readers who like Cussler, Flynn, Coonts "

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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.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.