The Last Gasp, Trevor Hoyle
A large, dense, frightening novel from the UK author of This Sentient Earth. In 1990 the ocean’s oxygen-producing plankton are dying from pollution. Maverick oceanographer Theo Detrick predicts a disastrous drop in the air’s oxygen content within 20 years. Nobody believes him. Polluter-industrialist J.E. Gelstrom is furiously empire-building. The US/USSR military have abandoned nuclear weapons for a better deterrent–environmental warfare. Marine biologist Gavin Chase teams up with Detrick’s daughter Cheryl to gather facts & alert the public. The climate warms, the protective ozone layer thins, equatorial regions become uninhabitable. The military, led by maniacal Major Madden, unleashes environmental weapons while retreating to secret, sealed labs to breed mutants able to survive anaerobic conditions. Eventually the dying Gelstrom has a change of heart & gives funds to Chase & friends who work desperately to reverse the ecological transformation.
Revised in 2016.
3.9 rating based on 209 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
No oxygen, no life
Scientists have been warning for decades that we are
poisoning the Earth. Now their prophecy is coming
true. The oceans have become polluted, destroying a
crucial link in the planet’s life-support system.
While corrupt superpowers plot to secure the last
remaining clean air for the privileged few, one
team of maverick scientists from across the globe
are the planet’s only hope.
TIME IS SHORT.
THE AIR IS RUNNING OUT.