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July 6, 2013


SLOW APOCALYPSE                                                          4 STARS
by John Varley

Despite wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as 9/11, the United States’ dependence on foreign oil has kept the nation tied to the Middle East. A scientist has developed a cure for America’s addiction—a slow-acting virus that feeds on petroleum, turning it solid. But he didn’t consider that his contagion of an Iraqi oil field could spread to infect the fuel supply of the entire world…
In Los Angeles, screenwriter Dave Marshall heard this scenario from a retired US marine and government insider who acted as a consultant on Dave’s last film. It sounded as implausible as many of his scripts, but the reality is much more frightening than anything he could have envisioned.
An ordinary guy armed with extraordinary information, Dave hopes his survivor’s instinct will kick in so he can protect his wife and daughter from the coming apocalypse that will alter the future of Earth—and humanity…
Earth...and HUMANITY.


This genre of fiction is of the future and what happens after an apocalyptic event takes place.  Something like nuclear war and plague.  It seems like all of these type of books are similar.  Something happens which reeks havoc on large portions of the world.  There end up being good guys and bad guys.  Then there is survival of the fittest. Most of the time the books end  happily with the strength and fortitude that brings people through bad time.s  In SLOW APOCALYPSE, the author brings in oil field destruction, airborne bacteria, floods, earthquakes and fires.  Some how a TV writer from Los Angeles finds out about what's going to happen.  He thinks he is way ahead of everyone else at surviving this, but is her?   You will be left a little boggled waiting to find out about his family and friends who have bound together to try to escape L.A. and get away from this horror.  The problem being, all routes  are blocked by one disaster or another.  Communities won't allow anyone in.  So the group finds their way out of the city in an attempt to find Utopia. They encounter much hardship but persevere.  The author gives us reason to think about an upcoming disaster that may happen and how to prepare ourselves for it.  Will doomsday come?  Will we be prepared?  It will be survival of the fittest, No doubt.  Are you ready?  It may be nearer than you think.

The author started out rather slow, but the pace picked up and it became a page turner.  This was a "I don't want to put it down" book.  I know there are a lot of books on the Apocalypse out there, but you may want to read this one.  Every author of these books seem to have a different take on what it will be like.  If you like this genre, go for it.   The author did a good job of intriguing his audience.

I would give this book 4 STARS

I was given a complimentary copy of this book SLOW APOCALYPSE from NightOwlReviews on behalf of the author, John Varley for this unbiased review.

About the Author

John Varley is the author of the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, Mammoth, Red Lightning, and Rolling Thunder. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his work.

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