Could the cure for America’s oil addiction be worse than the disease? That’s the scenario explored in Slow Apocalypse by John Varley—a harrowing account of a family man forced to fight for survival in the tradition of The Road.
Despite the bloody decade that followed 9/11, the U.S. is more dependent on Middle Eastern oil than ever. One scientist is out to change that, by developing a bacterium that slowly changes petroleum into a useless solid. But he didn’t count on it escaping from a single Iraqi oil field to infect the entire world’s fuel supply....
When screenwriter Dave Marshall finds out about the threat from a military consultant, he realizes that he’ll do anything to protect his family from the chaos that's coming....
Hardcover Book : 448 pages
Publisher: Ace Books Inc./Imp Of Putnam Berkle ( September 04, 2012 )
Item #: 13-600110
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I expected much more from John Varley. A one time great author who seems to have reached his summit and started heading down the far side of the mountain.
The Premise was interesting, but that is where the positive ends. I struggled through the whole thing, including week characters like a hollywood writer that has morality, (this is fiction, after all), a foul mouthed daughter and a wife that goes from severe depression to all of a sudden (without much development) being a strong contributor.
It's going to be hard to come back to Varley in the future after this slow apocalypse.
Reviewer: Dean P
A small group of people that try hard to keep togehter and reach a safe haven. After the worlds crude oil supply is destroyed, and the world falls into a nightmare without fuel. A government that disappears and deserts its responsabilites, mentioned only from time to time. The end was good with a hope for the surviviors chances. glad that this will not be an on going series like 'The Change'.
Reviewer: John S