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Floodgate: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Matt Richtel
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

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Book Description

It's Watergate. On servers.

On the eve of the presidential election, a conspiracy threatens to alter the outcome of the vote—and the future of American politics. At the heart of the plot is a powerful computer program, aimed at rooting out hypocrisy among politicians to expose their truths . . . and ours. Left to unravel the conspiracy is a bitter, hotheaded former journalist, but he's just not sure he cares enough to get to the bottom of it.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H4JLYC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Andrea
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fiction and Tech are not my favorite genres to read,
so I was hesitant to order Floodgate BUT it was the best $0.99 I've spent... probably this decade.

Even if the aforementioned topics are not your 'cup of tea', the author still manages to spellbound the reader via the suspense, mystery and love story that are laced throughout the digital pages of this novella.

Great read for a lazy rainy day or relaxing by the pool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read September 27, 2012
By LewisDG
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Matt Richtel is an excellent journalist for the New York Times and has brought his taught writing style to this work of fiction. The pacing is fast, the concepts are very, VERY interesting and the resolution is satisfying.

I love these types of books that mix politics, technology and engaging characters.

This is my first review of a book on Amazon and after reading Floodgate I felt compelled to post.

Read this book and thank me after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! September 20, 2012
By T.P.
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I bought this story as soon as I heard the author's interview on NPR, which is funny since computers are definitely not my thing.This short story was well-crafted and entertaining. The author really packed a lot in such a short piece, which had to be difficult. The pacing was good, I felt as though I had enough background on the character in order to develop a bond, and the storyline was very original. I almost never Internet surf, I hate e-mail, and often misplace my cellphone. Still, the author had me pondering about computer usage and privacy issues at the end of the story. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Open Up the "Floodgate" September 9, 2012
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Another page-turner from Richtel. He really knows how to keep a story moving. But the premise here is rich enough that this could be much more than a short story -- a novelette, at least, if not a full novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By C. Mann
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I finished "Floodgate" a few days ago. It's a terrific read - moves quickly, pieces fit together, plot is believable, and it's very funny. As a writer, I really appreciate how well written it is, every sentence, every paragraph; great editing. It's not easy to develop a character as well as Richtel did in a story with that much plot. I may have bad dreams about whether there's a record somewhere of me telling my iMac what I really think of some FB status updates (and if some of my "friends" find out, I'm cooked), but I'll forgive even that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Story September 9, 2012
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The story has great possibilities, but was too short..... it could have been longer and had several different endings, but overall, exciting and worth reading...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect thriller in short-story form September 1, 2012
By Amy R.
Format:Kindle Edition
Too rarely do I get the pleasure of whole-heartedly recommending something I've read. Today I'm thrilled to tell my blog readers you MUST read the just-released short story Floodgate by author and Pulitzer prize winner Matt Richtel. You won't find a better hour's entertainment for 99 cents. And you might discover a new favorite thriller writer.

I'm a fan of Matt Richtel, both his science-oriented journalism for the New York Times and his fiction. Check out my review of his novel Devil's Plaything at ScienceThrillers Devil's Plaything and you'll see how impressed I was by his writing style, originality, and use of San Francisco as a setting. In summary, his voice is singular and compelling.

Richtel's new ebook exclusive short story Floodgate will give you the opportunity to sample his voice and see if it appeals to you as much as it did to me. Floodgate is a teaser for Richtel's next novel The CloudThe Cloud, due for release in January 2013. I'm not exactly sure what the relationship is between the two stories but I guarantee The Cloud will be a great read. You can pre-order it now to make sure you don't miss it.

Richtel successfully tackles a lot of plot and character in a few words. Floodgate delivers everything you expect from a great thriller-in a fraction of the time. As in his novel Devil's Plaything, this story is about science/technology and society-no laboratories or killer viruses here. Download Floodgate to your favorite portable device, lay off the Angry Birds for a while, and enjoy a great short read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-dropping, compelling, one-of-a-kind!! August 30, 2012
By lamadio
Format:Kindle Edition
Since Hooked, I have been "hooked" on this author's books. His mind bending thrillers keep you on the edge of your seat. The story lines take you beyond the imaginable but the truth of it is and what makes it even more compelling is the reality of the situation - it all borders on the possible. Floodgate meets and exceeds all expectations. Always eager for his next release!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun read and very timely.
A believable short story with believable characters and twisting plots which will leave the reader thinking. Turn the TV off and enjoy the read.
Published 9 months ago by Michael C. Wymore
2.0 out of 5 stars stupid story
It was a waste of time in my opinion. It is a very short story which i found dreadfully slow.
Published 10 months ago by gus
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
Unfortunately, the best thing about Floodgate were the advertisements and the price. The premise is not fully explained, characters are not developed and the ending is ridiculous. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Floodgate - Disappointing
I have heard a lot of advertising on conservative talk radio regarding this short story. I knew it was a short story when I purchased it, still could have packed more of a punch. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Maggie N
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic
This short story should be a no story.
Our erstwhile hero (author avatar?)is a left-wing looney journalist who, can you believe, was too left wing looney anti-capitalist... Read more
Published 22 months ago by MikeD
3.0 out of 5 stars Good short story, needs development.
The story and concept are intriguing, but the story was too short to really develop the characters. Again due to the brevity of the story there were not as many twists and turns... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Excerpts???

Buyer beware.

Last night, I heard Mr. Richtel do a radio interview.
Floodgate sounded interesting, so I bought it through the Amazon Kindle store and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dallas Smith
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More About the Author

Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and bestselling writer of mysteries and thrillers. His books are fast-paced, character-centered stories in which things are not always as they seem. The backdrop for the books is the modern world. Technology is everywhere. Everything moves at lightning speed, from conspiracy, to love, business, and violence. Technology is our slave. Or has it become our dark master?

The books relate to Matt's journalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for a series of stories on distracted driving. The next year, he wrote an acclaimed series for the New York Times called "Your Brain On Computers" exploring how heavy technology use impacts our behavior and our brains.

Matt lives with his family in San Francisco. He writes from an office with a window that looks onto the former house of baseball legend Willie Mays. He -- Matt, not Willie -- is an avid tennis player, takes pride in making guacamole and coffee, and writes the occasional song.

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