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Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Kava
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On the busiest shopping day of the year, a group of idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the equipment in their backpacks will disrupt stores' computer systems, causing delays and chaos, disrupting capitalism, if only for a moment.

What they don't realize is that instead of jamming devices, their backpacks contain explosives. And they're about to become unwitting suicide bombers.

FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell must put her own political troubles aside to work with Nick Morrelli and figure out who's behind this terrorist plot--a massacre that's all the more frightening when a tip reveals that Maggie's brother is one of the doomed protestors.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Bestseller Kava's superb Maggie O'Dell thriller (after Exposed) features a particularly memorable villain, the Project Manager (aka Robert Asante), the third party behind 1995's horrifying Oklahoma City bombing, along with real-life terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Now Asante has directed an attack on Minnesota's Mall of America during Black Friday, the big retailing day after Thanksgiving, that kills 32 people, including two students who were duped into carrying devices that they believed would just create an electronic blackout. FBI profiler O'Dell, still recovering from the death of her boss, must work with her new superior, hypercritical Raymond Kunze, as well as her ex-boyfriend, security consultant Nick Morrelli, to prevent a second major terrorist outrage Asante has planned to follow shortly after the first. Kava peppers the breathless action with enough intel to make the premise scarily real. (Oct.)
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"Move over Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter" - Guardian "Not for the faint of heart." - Peter Robinson "Kava's writing is reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell in her prime" - Mystery Ink"

Product Details

  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778328007
  • Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U89RV2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take the Escalator to Terror April 22, 2010
Black Friday by Alex Kava is the first book by her that I have read. I thought it was great! In our new world that includes terrorism, it is a scary thought that this could really happen!!!
It is a Maggie O'Dell novel. The story is about five college students that go to the Mall of America the day after Thanksgiving. The day the retail world calls Black Friday. Sounds normal right? Wrong! These students are called cutaways by someone known as the Project Manager. This man talked three students into carrying a red backpack into the mall with "jamming devices" inside. They were told that these devices would screw up the store and mall computers. Being the busiest shopping day of the year, it would cause mass confusion. Little did the students know but they were being turned into suicide bombers.
One student named Dixon brought two friends along.He wound up being called from the mall by his Grandfather because his Grandmother had to have heart surgery. Thinking nothing of it he handed his backpack over to his friend Rebecca.
After Dixon left, Rebecca had to go to the bathroom. Their other friend Patrick waited for her in the food court. The other two students with the backpacks were walking seperately through the mall as instructed. Rebecca went to the bathroom but forget to get the backpack off the hook on the stall door when she left.
When she got back to the food court, she told Patrick she would be right back and left to retrieve it. As she approached the bathroom it happened. A huge explosion! The Project Manager had used his remote and detonated two of the bombs. The third would not go off for some reason.
Chaos...confusion...death...body parts was everywhere.
I have to stop so I do not give away who is involved and what happens next. Read the book! It was a fast reading page turner. It will make you really think about how vulnerable we really are.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot; Bad Execution January 16, 2010
I have been reading Alex Kava novels since 2003, and never before have I been disappointed. This book at just under 300 pages feels like almost 500. It is slow moving, and relies on conspiracy theories (and the fact that the reader knows these theories) to move the plot along. In this book, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell, a profiler for the FBI, is called in by the Interim Director to investigate a series of explosions inside the Mall of America on Black Friday (according to the book this was Nov. 23, but unless it takes place in 2007 that is not possible since 11/23/09 was a Monday). My first major problem came after Maggie received the phone call. Instead of immediately getting ready, she and her friends gather around her television to watch Fox News to see what is being reported. This makes little sense to me. It seems that if Kava wanted to create a sense of urgency, she would not have had her main character standing around talking to her friends about the Interim Director's reasons for bringing her in on the case. My next problem is that it seems that in order for Nick to be present in several of Maggie's investigations, he needs to change jobs left and right: Sheriff, lawyer, and now security consultant? This is starting to get ridiculous. Another problem was the lack of her circle of ancillary characters, which were only present at the beginning and end of the book. Yet another problem was the fact that unbeknowst to Maggie her half brother (referred to as her step-brother, although they have the same father) was tangentially involved in the bombing. It took more than half of the book for her to find that he was there, despite the fact she saw someone who looked like her father in the lobby of the hotel the investigation is headquarted at. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Thriller.. January 6, 2010
By Tazlvr
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I love the Maggie O'Dell books by Alex Kava. She grips your senses from the 1st page, and then you have to hang on from there.

This book was riveting and a great thriller, The Black Friday concept is what caught my attention. I would never have thought about when I go out to a mall the day after Thanksgiving, that there would be a bomb at a place I would be shopping. This book will make you think about that, with the way the world is today.

All in all I really enjoyed this book, but the ending fell a little flat. If you are a Kava fan and a fan of Maggie ODell then you will enjoy this book. I hope that this story will continue in another book to help tie up some loose ends!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 STAR book from Kava & Maggie O'Dell October 8, 2009
I always wait for Alex Kava books. Wish we could get her to write 2 books a year. Her books are fast paced and each of the chapters leaves you wanting more. I find myself reading late into the night because of this. I enjoy how Kava writes true crime into her novels -- bits & pieces from the news, past & present. Its WOW, that she even considered "backpacks" for her crime -- and look how that was actually being considered???

In this latest thriller she brings in surrounding characters and their interaction with Maggie O'Dell is what we're all looking for - more Maggie. I was impressed that she's making something happen between Nick and Maggie. That's been important to my following her series. If you enjoy fast reads -- and like true life thrillers, this one couldn't have come at a better time. Read for entertainment!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, as usual!
Hope it continues down the road with Maggie and crew catching the Program Manager! I love Patrick being in Maggie's life now. Now on to book 8, "Damaged"!
Published 22 days ago by V. Fuchs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
kava does a great job
Published 1 month ago by Gail Lombardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Marcus Fontenot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 2 months ago by Carol Adams-Curlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 3 months ago by JoAnn Milliner
5.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal, taking down America
Alex Kava, as always, is suspenseful, carries her stories all the way through and you just cannot hardly put the book down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sue Cushman
4.0 out of 5 stars I would give this one a strong five stars but the author simply will...
The overall scenario in this addition to the Maggie O'Dell series deals with the haunting nightmare (a very real possibility) of a terrorist bombing of a large American Mall; in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars Too close to home...
This book was awesome and brought events to close to home. Suspense and action packed from beginning to end. A must read.
Published 4 months ago by William Van Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Stuff!
The idea of terrorists at ANY mall on the busiest shopping day of the year is scary stuff! Add to that Maggie's half-brother is in the middle of this mess! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sheryl Sanders
2.0 out of 5 stars an on book
Didn't understand why this book was written and too many pages were wasted!
Maggie doesn't do anything special at all!
Published 5 months ago by Arathi
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ALEX KAVA's two stand-alone novels and seven novels featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell have been published in more than twenty countries, appearing on the bestseller lists in Britain, Australia, Poland, Germany, and Italy. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Alex divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida.
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