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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327383
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former U.S. senator Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and veteran thriller author Hagberg team up again in this tense follow-up to Blowout (2012). Sheriff Nate Osborne, journalist Ashley Borden, and scientist Whitney Lipton have become fast friends after the events in the previous book. They barely survived; all are trying to forget, but Osborne has a gut feeling that another attack is coming. He’s right. An assassin starts the ball rolling, but the murders are only the beginning. At stake is the entire power grid of the U.S. Bring that down, and the country will revert back to the Stone Age. Gridlock is a far superior book to its predecessor, with more action, better-developed characters, and effective use of the stark North Dakota landscape. Readers new to the series will find enough backstory to throw them into the tale. Imagine Vince Flynn on a road trip to the Dakotas. --Jeff Ayers

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“Here's the high-stakes, mile-a-minute, knock-your-socks-off, page-turning political thriller of the year. Senator Byron Dorgan and thriller-master David Hagberg make one helluva storytelling team. From the first scene to the last page, they're aiming high and hitting every bulls-eye.”
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author

“Senator Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg deliver a thriller crackling with realism and shocking authenticity. Right now, Gridlock is a hair-raising and fascinating fictional thrill ride. Right now. But what will the future bring?”
—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Blowout

“Oodles of action…now that’s what I call a thriller. Sizzling hot!”
—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Disciple  

“David Hagberg is a proven master of the thriller genre and Senator Byron Dorgan brings a unique, insider's view on politics and the world. Together they've woven a complicated tale, told deceptively simple, that will leave you wanting more. Plenty of sizzle in this page-turner.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

“Combining masterly writing skills with deep knowledge of their subject, authors Dorgan and Hagberg serve up a unique, thought-provoking and, above all, ceaselessly exciting novel about today's hidden security threat: our willingness to overlook evil in our addiction to foreign energy supplies. The pace will make you sweat, the plot will make you think, and the peril is very real.”
—Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg 

“Dorgan and Hagberg have written an edge-of-the-seat thriller about energy that will stretch your imagination and keep you guessing until the very last page.”
—Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle

“This book hits the bull's-eye on our energy challenge. How to end our addiction to foreign oil by finding new ways to produce energy here at home while at the same time protecting our environment? Blowout combines a healthy imagination about an energy future with fast-paced action.”
—Former Governor of New Mexico and U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson


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That does not ring true to me.
Robert N. Casey
Once started, it is tough to put this book down as the tension continues to build throughout the story.
foxtrotoscar
I thought the plot lines were a tad superficial & much of the dialogue stilted.
From Pa

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By From Pa on July 27, 2013
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This was OK, but not nearly as good as I had hoped. I thought much more could have been done with such an important subject. I thought the plot lines were a tad superficial & much of the dialogue stilted. Certainly not in the same class as anything that I have read by Clancy, Baldacci, DeMille, etc.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jack Winter on July 15, 2013
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Often two authors aren't better than one, they're not as good as either one alone. Witness the awful Blood Gospel by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell, way below the excellent work Rollins does by himself. The "Tom Clancy with ..." novels are never quite as good as the old Clancy masters like Patriot Games. Of course there are exceptions like the wonderful works of Preston and Childs.

I don't know how much of Senator Dorgan's work went into this, but it is almost as good as Hagberg's best, and his best is really good. It reads as well, maybe better, than Hagberg's last solo effort, Castro's Daughter. If you like espionage thrillers, you'll have a good time with this one. This book is a sequel to Blowout by the same authors. It's stands alone fine, but this one might be a spoiler if you read them in reverse order.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By foxtrotoscar on July 15, 2013
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Gridlock is an excellent story that has everything: suspense from the very outset to the end, lots of good action scenes, and a tight plot with no superfluous side issues. Once started, it is tough to put this book down as the tension continues to build throughout the story. It was a pleasure to read a well constructed espionage novel that deals with an unusual type of terrorism that could certainly cripple the country. This is a book that should not be missed.
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The authors have spun a tale of definite possibilities. The book has some slow spots, especially at the beginning. About half way through it picks up speed ands in warp speed . The authors left the protagonist and his adversary open for another hair raising story.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookish on July 31, 2013
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This has to be one of worst ways to spend a couple of hours. The book is confusing about characters, the plot and the so called "ceaseless' action. It is TRITE -it has every formula based component - don't waste your time. It is really boring - I fell off to sleep twice in the middle of a so called "action packed" sequence!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pierce Amory on September 15, 2013
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After reading Gridlock, I was embarrassed for the former United States Senator from North Dakota. The small part of the book that was about the threats to and implications of those threats to the U.S. electrical grid was so insubstantial, unsurprising and uninteresting that the only remaining reason to read this book as a thriller. But with writers like Grisham, Clancy, MacDonald (Travis McGee) or even Patterson why bother? This "thriller" is built on a mountain of laugh out loud cliches and coincidences.
Why do we care about the electrical power grid? Because we depend upon it for light, heat, communication, transportation, refrigeration, health care and much, much more. Without the grid, which is extremely vulnerable to both cyber and physical attacks, we would become a third world country overnight. Millions would die. Law and order would break down. But you'll have a hard time finding this out, or at least caring, if you read Gridlock.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Safronoff on September 7, 2013
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Gridlock holds together quite well. The story line is clear and presents good character development. It is a solid novel and a fast read. It has similarities to some of David Baldacci's works. It captures the U.S's power grids vulnerability in frightening detail.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Bruno on September 5, 2013
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This is the second book for these two authors. It's a good one. Dorgan is a former U.S. senator and is an excellent writer of experience-based fiction in the suspense and thriller category. This is well worth spending some reading time with and getting to know these two writers better. I think they'll be collaborating further and I'll be reading their next book with heightened anticipation.
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