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What if bacteria turned all the gasoline in Los Angeles into vinegar?Carmageddon doesn't begin to describe it.PETROPLAGUE does.Christina Gonz lez expected her research to change the world. But not like this.The UCLA graduate student wanted to use biotechnology to free America from its dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Instead, an act of eco-terrorism unleashes her genetica...more
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Published by Diversion Books (first published July 19th 2011)
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Spiral by Paul McEuenPetroplague by Amy  RogersMicro by Michael CrichtonPrey by Michael CrichtonDragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward
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Morgan Mussell
Neil, a disaffected eco-activist, meets an explosives expert at 2:00am. They drive to a deserted gas station in south-central LA.

Christina Gonzales, a PHD student at UCLA, volunteers at the La Brea tar pits. After monstrous gas bubbles burst over the tar, Christina and her co-worker smell vinegar, which doesn’t make any sense.

An elderly woman spots a huge puddle of “drain cleaner” in the alley behind her house. She blames the neighbors and calls the police because this could injure her cats. A m...more
On the basis of having read two books by Michael Crichton, I will tell you that if you like his books, you’ll like PETROPLAGUE by Amy Rogers, M.D., Ph.D. Except, in some ways, PETROPLAGUE is better.

The book begins with an environmentalist who wishes he could do something really big. From there, we move to the main character, Christine, a biologist and Ph.D. candidate, working the La Brea Tar Pits. There’s an accident. Then there are further accidents in and around Los Angeles. All are the result...more
Seeley James
Jul 06, 2012 Seeley James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Kathy Reichs, Patricial Cornwell, James Rollins etc
I have a huge ego. To keep its luster, I keep it away from embarrassing situations. Naturally, I was a bit intimidated when I followed a stray link from Booktrib to the website of Havard grad, former Cal State Professor, Amy Rogers, MD/PhD. I know several PhDs and find myself constantly steering their conversations away from topics that will make me feel like a mere mortal at the foot of Mount Olympus. Topics like chemistry, physics, geology, math, news, weather, and … yeah. Well. Anyway. So I a...more
Other than Michael Crichton's Prey I've never read a science thriller. Why I have no idea, I love science and I definitely don't mind a good thriller, but for some reason this genre has never hit my radar. Now that I've finished Petroplague though...Well, I think that may be about to change.

Petroplague is a fascinating look at a reality we may very well find ourselves tangled within. When a university experiment in biofuel is targetted by an eco-terrorist, a chain reaction of devastating events...more
International Book Giveaway & Review:
After seeing a review we had done for a science-based thriller a few months ago, Amy Rogers approached us about looking at her novel Petroplague. It sounded like a very interesting concept, so I read it. Not only was it interesting but it was also a very believable thriller, a la Michael Crichton, thanks in part to Amy’s background in microbiology and biochemistry. And she’s sponsoring an international giveaway for us to host!

For some reason, Los Angeles...more
Liese Sherwood-Fabre
The US has prepared for public health emergencies with stockpiles of antibiotics, anti-virals, and field hospitals. But what if the plague doesn't strike humans--or even animals? What if the victims are gas-powered and the infection turns gasoline to vinegar?

Amy Rogers' thriller PETROPLAGUE explores such a premise when an experimental virus infects oil deposits and refined products in the Los Angeles area. It is up to the doctoral student whose sabotaged experiment is at the heart of the plague...more
Liese Sherwood-Fabre
The US has prepared for public health emergencies with stockpiles of antibiotics, anti-virals, and field hospitals. But what if the plague doesn't strike humans--or even animals? What if the victims are gas-powered and the infection turns gasoline to vinegar?

Amy Rogers' thriller PETROPLAGUE explores such a premise when an experimental virus infects oil deposits and refined products in the Los Angeles area. It is up to the doctoral student whose sabotaged experiment is at the heart of the plague...more
I received this book through the Goodreads First Book giveaway.

While the main character was a bit whiny and some parts of the book were unnecessarily wordy, this was a good book. Petroplague is a fairly fun and easy read.

It was very exciting, full of action and twists. Just when you thought it was going to calm down for a second, something else would happen to keep you reading. Sometimes I felt as if there may have been too many exciting moments one after the other, but not so much as to be cumb...more
Chanticleer Book Reviews Editorial
If you’re a fan of techno-thrillers, you’ll want to read Petroplague by Amy Rogers just for the breath of fresh air it brings to the genre, especially by its characters—all realistic scientists behaving like real scientists would--and a fresh plot that avoids some of the tired clichés—lots of murder, mayhem, and a protagonist who performs a series of almost superhuman feats, one after another, and emerges unscathed. If you don’t usually read techno-thrillers, this one’s definitely worth picking...more
Andrew Ives
I've only read the Kindle sample, but it's a fairly extensive one so I can say with some confidence that Petroplague is well-written and exactly my kind of near-future brand of realistic sci-fi. I don't ordinarily gravitate toward American books, and this is very American, but I enjoyed it rather more than I expected to.

(I hope one day to read the full book and will amend this review.)
J 'gywenivere'
My greatest fear...the books that authors are writing regarding all the dystopian genres...they may be fiction now, but it isn't going to be to far off when they will be considered 'non-fiction'.
O.C. Heaton
Hot Zone meets Andromeda Strain
Except the bacteria eats petrol
No big deal? Imagine.
Carmageddon in LA!
And other surprises follow.
Excellent Sci with Fi
William Davis
If Amy Rogers keeps writing thrillers like Petroplague, she might be crowned the successor to Michael Crichton. Like Crichton, she has an M.D. behind her name, but also a PhD. But don’t let that scare you. She takes a potentially complex subject and writes in a simple, straightforward style. She explains the technical aspects very simply, allowing the reader to understand exactly what’s happening and why.

What is happening is that an eco-terrorist’s act has released a special, laboratory-develope...more
I received this book for free on a giveaway from First Reads. My husband read this book and this is HIS review.

An entertaining book, I enjoyed reading and diving in to the story. It was like an action movie you watch and you enjoy it but it is not a movie you walked out of amazed about how good it was. You walked out feeling satisfied that the money you spent was worth the entertainment.

A few things about the plot and the situations could be researched better and improved and some additional ed...more
*First Reads Won*

The pseudoscience and science behind this book is really interesting. It makes the reader think while keeping them entertained with drama and action. I prefer books that don't sit in between these fences though. It was not real science heavy, more about the concept than actually going in to detail about the underlying cause and actual science. May be I've just had quite a bit of science education and like to think that more then most people (which is probably true), but I felt a...more
Laurie Franco
Really great book that is also very thought provoking! Christina is a scientist going for her Ph D and using an engineered organism to help create a environmentally friendly fuel. Unfortunately, Eco-terrorists have blown up the primary fuel tank and end up creating a disaster of unheard of proportions. As Christina and her mentor, Dr. Chen work to find a cure for the problem, there are others working against them. As earthquakes begin and total havoc reign, will they solve the problem before the...more
Interesting read, with real science as a basis.
Veronica Dedow
I won this book through goodreads. I had a bit of a difficult time at the beginning only because it's unlike anything I've ever read. I quickly lost myself on the book and loved every minute of it. This sort of thing seems very plausible. It's quite scary. I applaud Amy Rogers for this well written book about a gasoline plague. I also really enjoyed the budding romance at the end. Perfect ending to the book! :)
Mia Darien
This was recommended to fill my Crichton void and I can see the comparison, but it still didn't grab me the same way. It took me a while to get into it, although I found the premise fascinating. But I didn't like Christina. I found her naive and irresponsible until late in the story. I liked River and Ramirez more, and I liked Mickey a lot. So it wasn't bad, but I won't be raving.
Amy Rogers
Sep 24, 2011 Amy Rogers rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Science thriller with microbiology themes. Genetically-altered bacteria that eat oil and turn gasoline into vinegar contaminate the fuel supply of Los Angeles and paralyze the city. Only the young graduate student who helped create the bacteria for noble purposes can stop the plague. For my full review, see
Jeni Wyatt
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The science thriller is not my normal genre, but I thought I'd give it a shot. The storyline itself was definitely scary; however,the character development was lacking and the "who-dunnit" was a bit too predictable.
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Robin Martin
This is a really smart thriller written and published by a mommy-professor-acquaintence of mine. Extremely well done. The characters are well rendered and the plot is very compelling. I was impressed and do recommend it.
Oct 25, 2012 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anne by: Felicia A
This was a good book but it took until a third of the way in for me to be able to really have any interest in it. I dont know why because, like I said, it was a good book.
Loved this book. Read If you like Michael Critchton and Kevin J Anderson - Ill Wind,
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Amy Rogers, M.D., Ph.D., began her writing career in elementary school by (unsuccessfully) submitting anecdotes to Reader’s Digest in hopes of earning twenty-five bucks. By junior high her real passion was science, especially microbiology. In the bedroom of her home in rural southern Minnesota, she kept Petri dishes of bacteria in an egg incubator and won purple ribbons in science fairs. That pass...more
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