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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Dec 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765367114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765367112
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #857,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a kid who grew up on Kevin J Anderson and Rebecca Moesta’s Young Jedi knights Series and a disciple of Post-Apocalypse fiction I had high hopes for Ill Wind which fell flat almost immediately. This book gets bogged down quickly by uninteresting characters to much description of an ecological disaster from too many points of view, and basically no story to speak of. Period. There is nothing but a premise and filler. This is a boring book that I would not read again nor recommend to anyone else who actually want to read good literature.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
That seems to be true of this book as well. Ill Wind is the story of the chaos that results when a tailored microorganism destroys the world's petrochemical products. I found the descriptions of the collapse of civilization to be interesting, but found the scientific basis not quite believable. The jump from an organism that just destroys octane to an organism that destroys all oil- and plastic-based products is just too great.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book. Other reviewers have mentioned that it follows the standard "disaster format" of multiple characters and plotlines, but this works for me. I found each of the characters to be engaging (with the possible exception of Connor Brooks, who was just too whiney for belief).
I admit that I initially picked up this book because I enjoy biotech thrillers, but I'm glad I did.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The opening pages, wherein an oil tanker collides with one of the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge and spills tons of crude into the San Francisco Bay, are pure suspense and realistic action. Sadly the multiple stories that follow are standard disaster thriller filler. The novel is far from boring, it's just that it suffers from the same problems with contrivance and characterization that plague other 'cast of thousands' disaster epics. This is strictly for those that can't stop themselves from watching The Poseidon Adventure or The Towering Inferno whenever it pops up on cable.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ill Wind is well-enough done and a good cautionary novel. But I liked the plot in the "original" version better - of course, there are no new plots and art is all in the rendering. Pass on this one.
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By A Customer on Jan. 14 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ill Wind is about the grounding of a supertanker and subsequently a petroleum-eating bacterium which gets out of control. A broad story with "a cast of thousands". I found it hard to keep track of all of the characters. The description of the tanker, and of the grounding are accurate. The novel is particularly effective in demonstrating the dependence of modern society on petroleum and petroleum derivatives.
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