Synopses & Reviews
An all-too-plausible eco-thriller from the best-selling author of The Second Horseman
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 wells have stopped producing and Erin is the world's foremost expert in resolving just these kinds of complications. As far as he's concerned, though, he's left that world behind. Not his problem.
Homeland Security sees things differently.
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. But worst of all is its ability to spread. 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. Erin realizes that there's something eerily familiar about this bacteria. And that it couldn't possibly have evolved on its own.
"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. Maverick environmentalist Erin Neal has become a pariah after his provocative book angered both conservationists and conservatives, and a recluse after the death of his ex-lover, eco-terrorist Jenna Kalin. His solitude is interrupted when Beamon, now the head of energy security for the U.S. government, tracks him down to stop a disaster: the destruction of the world's major oilfields by bioengineered bacteria remarkably similar to ones Neal himself considered designing. The bioweapons have already infected the major Saudi sources of oil, and the impact on the U.S. economy makes the identification of the terrorists and a plan to stem the spread of their microorganisms the national priority. While such plots are a dime a dozen, Mills's meticulous research, pacing and carefully developed characters make this variation particularly convincing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Mills, the standard-bearer for doomsday thrillers, offers another entry that is as disturbing as it is entertaining....Mills has done it again: another up-all-night read (with nightmares to follow)." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Darkness Falls unfolds in fast-paced chapters, a contest of wits and a race against time....The reader is engaged because Mills, much like Nelson DeMille, creates characters as articulate as they are intelligent, in a lovable macho way....This is a top-notch thriller..." The Denver Post
"While I found the story...compelling and scary as all get out, I found its presentation dull and uninteresting and, for the most part, an obstacle to my enjoyment of the tale....No one in real life is this stupid or one-dimensional." Chicago Sun-Times
From the author of the award-winning The Second Horseman comes an all-too-plausible eco-thriller, in which a new bacteria with a voracious appetite for oil threatens the world's energy supply.
A topical and provocative thriller about a man-made biological threat to the worlds oil reserves. Only one man is capable of stopping it
About the Author
Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including his award-winning The Second Horseman. Growing up in Oregon as a Bureau Kid, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount of information about the FBI, which he incorporates into his novels. He and his wife live in Wyoming and enjoy rock climbing.