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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kyle Mills Narrator: Erik Steele Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781482977271
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Erin Neal has been living a secluded life in the Arizona desert since the death of his girlfriend and he isn't happy when an oil company executive comes calling. A number of important Saudi oil wells have stopped producing and Erin is the world’s foremost expert in resolving just these kinds of complications. 

Erin quickly finds himself stuck in the Saudi desert studying a new bacteria with a voracious appetite for oil and an uncanny talent for destroying drilling equipment. It soon becomes clear that if this contagion isn't stopped, it will infiltrate the world’s petroleum reserves, cutting the industrial world off from the energy that provides the heat, food, and transportation necessary for survival. As the threat becomes more real, Erin realizes that there’s something eerily familiar about this bacteria. And that it couldn't possibly have evolved on its own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterful thriller writer Mills returns to his series hero, former FBI agent Mark Beamon (last seen in 2002’s Sphere of Influence), with a pulse-pounding apocalyptic scenario that is terrifying in its plausibility…Mills’s meticulous research, pacing and carefully developed characters make this variation particularly convincing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Mills has done it again: another up-all-night read (with nightmares to follow).”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitzi | 1/18/2014

    " Nicely done thriller about a terrorist plot involving oil-eating bacteria. It paints a good picture about what the world will look like when oil runs out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes Derby | 1/16/2014

    " Very well written book. When it came out, I think a lot of us could have seen what ended up happening at the end of this book actually happening. And frankly, in our current political climate, it could still happen. Well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/15/2014

    " I have to admit that I love pulp political thrillers, and Kyle Mills is my favorite author in that genre. This book is pretty interesting, it poses the question - what would happen if the world were faced with a 35% drop in oil production in just 4 months. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wynter | 1/8/2014

    " This is a book about terrorists putting a bacteria into the water injectors of oil wells and affecting the world's oil supply. It was VERY interesting and I ended up increasing my food storage at home after reading this book! I also love FBI/CIA novels, so this fit the bill for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/27/2013

    " A group of radical environmentalists have unleashed bacteria on the world's oil supply. Former FBI agent and reoccuring character, Mark Beamer, is in charge of stopping the group. Plenty of action, it's scary how this could possibly happen and change our lifestyle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/24/2013

    " Kyle Mills has fast become one of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, this is the last of the Mark Beamon series. I want more!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Beth | 12/21/2013

    " An excellent "armageddon" type thriller that perhaps every American should read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 12/4/2013

    " not as well written as his other books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Sterzer | 12/2/2013

    " This was the second book I tried to read by Mills, but I never even got to chapter 3 with the language being so strong. I don't know why they have to do that, and it's not every once in awhile it was very thick with language right up front. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 11/26/2013

    " It's an airport paperback. Mildly entertaining and easily forgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.j. Dottino | 10/31/2013

    " This is a truly awesome worst case scenario thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 10/21/2013

    " A good ecoterrorism book. I liked the characters and the action. Interesting description of how invested we are in oil. I'd read him again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pa | 9/9/2013

    " A tale of ecoterrorism. A fairly good read, though nothing really special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Puyleart | 8/13/2013

    " Interestng story... Although I thought the plot could have been more developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Irwin | 5/17/2013

    " Good to see the return of Mark Beamon. Also painted a picture of a dark world once the oil starts to run out...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie Prentice | 10/17/2012

    " Fast paced environmental thriller. It's a very terrifying concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 9/21/2012

    " This was the second book I read by KyleMills and I liked it better than the first one. I'm not running out to the library to grab all of his books but I'll read more sometime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Walter Straus | 9/10/2012

    " Fair. Interesting idea, but not much plot to keep it going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 9/8/2011

    " I spent about $1.34 for this book, which is about what it is worth. Fast read, but not really a good book. Interesting concept though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 9/6/2011

    " Something got lost between the idea of a good story and the written result. Consequently, this attempt at a techno-thriller falls way short. Perhaps Kyle Mills should stick to writing more stories like "Fade." As Darkness Falls, so does Kyle Mills rating for this turkey. 2 of 10 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 4/6/2011

    " This was the second book I read by KyleMills and I liked it better than the first one. I'm not running out to the library to grab all of his books but I'll read more sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pa | 3/31/2011

    " A tale of ecoterrorism. A fairly good read, though nothing really special. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 1/29/2011

    " It's an airport paperback. Mildly entertaining and easily forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitzi | 12/28/2010

    " Nicely done thriller about a terrorist plot involving oil-eating bacteria. It paints a good picture about what the world will look like when oil runs out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Walter | 12/15/2010

    " Fair. Interesting idea, but not much plot to keep it going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan457 | 5/23/2010

    " Great eco thriller.
    What if 1/3 of world oil reserves disappeared over a 4 month period? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.j. | 9/19/2009

    " This is a truly awesome worst case scenario thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepseareader | 7/22/2009

    " Loved it. Read it on the plane from New York. Good characters. Good plot. What would happen if bacteria began eating our oil supply?
    Mills has just gone on my favorites list. I'm going to buy the next book.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Beth | 6/29/2009

    " An excellent "armageddon" type thriller that perhaps every American should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/24/2009

    " I have to admit that I love pulp political thrillers, and Kyle Mills is my favorite author in that genre. This book is pretty interesting, it poses the question - what would happen if the world were faced with a 35% drop in oil production in just 4 months. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 3/2/2009

    " not as well written as his other books
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wynter | 1/14/2009

    " This is a book about terrorists putting a bacteria into the water injectors of oil wells and affecting the world's oil supply. It was VERY interesting and I ended up increasing my food storage at home after reading this book! I also love FBI/CIA novels, so this fit the bill for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 8/10/2008

    " This book freaked me out a little bit. Sure its far fetched but the way gas/oil prices are going these days the situation described in this book cant be completely out of the question.

    The book is fast paced and well written. Two thumbs up. "

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About the Author
Author Kyle Mills

Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The Ares Decision in Robert Ludlum’s Covert-One series. His other works include The Immortalist, Fade, Darkness Falls, Lords of Corruption, and Rising Phoenix, among others. He lives in Wyoming.

About the Narrator

Erik Steele is a professional actor living in New York City, where he has worked both on and off Broadway and in film. He has toured with the prestigious Acting Company, performing Shakespeare and Sheridan in theaters from Atlanta to Anchorage. He holds an MFA in acting from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.