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Off the Grid (A Gerrit O'Rourke Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Young
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

REVIEWS:

"Mark Young is the real deal and Off the Grid proves it. A great read!" - James Scott Bell, bestselling author of One More Lie.

SYNOPSIS:

Murders, bombings and a cryptic message force police detective Gerrit O’Rourke to live Off the Grid for his own survival—and that of the nation.

MIT educated, Force Recon trained, Gerrit joined the Seattle police department seven years ago after his parents perished in a car bomb in that city. A government-sanctioned coalition recruits Gerrit to retrieve information vital to U.S. interests, where he discovers the murdered body of a scientist dumped in a Vienna, Austria hotel room. This discovery—coupled with an intercepted message about a covert operation called Project Megiddo—hurls Gerrit into an international thriller that forever changes his world.

Others emerge to aid in Gerrit’s fight. Alena Shapiro, a former Mossad agent—whose parents fled their Russian homeland to resettle in Israel—seems to watch over Gerrit like a guardian angel. Joe Costello, a cyber security specialist who promises to unlock the secrets of Gerrit’s tragic history. Hank “Redneck” Riley, a reformed Aryan racist—making amends for his past—uses his unusual skills to give these crusaders an edge against an unyielding foe. Finally, Willy Williams, former banger from San Francisco, elevates his street skills to become a formidable computer hacker.

Facing overwhelming odds, Gerrit and his small band of fighters struggle within the shadows of a global conflict. Advanced technologies are the tools; global supremacy the goal. Gerrit must learn to fight and survive in an Orwellian future that begins today.


Editorial Reviews

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LindaZ: This was my first book by Mark Young. I came to read it from Amazon's recommendations. I just could not put the book down. It reminded me of a Jeffrey Deaver thriller. I was sorry to see the book end and anxiously wait for the next book. After I finished it I went back and read Revenge by Mark Young and thoroughly enjoyed that book too. I love his characters and his scenery descriptions make you feel like you are part of the place. Young is on my favorite list of authors.

AvidReader: I could not put this book down! Even sleep deprived (with a two-week-old baby at home), I gave up sleep to keep reading. I could not figure out who was good and who was evil until the very last chapter, and even then the surprise twist threw me for a loop! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stretching their mind and learning about the new information technologies that are present in the world today, and are being built for the world tomorrow. Great read!!
Mystery Lover: This was a great book! Once I downloaded it to my Kindle, I could not put it down. It was exciting, suspenseful, and scary, all at the same time. I cannot wait until the sequel comes out.

About the Author

Mark Young is the bestselling author of three other novels, Revenge (A Travis Mays Novel), a Gerrit O’Rourke novel, Fatal eMpulse, and a Tom Kagan novel, Broken Allegiance. Prior to his full-time writing career, Young served as a police officer with the Santa Rosa Police Department in California for twenty-six years. Additionally, he was an award-winning jou rnalist and a Vietnam combat veteran. He served with several law enforcement task force operations, including the presidential Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force targeting major drug traffickers, and the federal Organized Crime Task Force charged with identifying and prosecuting prison gang leaders. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family. Visit www.MarkYoungBooks.com to find out more about Young and his writing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983266336
  • Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing (December 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OD215O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and almost scarey story. February 2, 2012
By Patsun
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Loved it!! This book tells a fictional story, but the author, Mark Young, totally convinced me that it could, and maybe will happen, although that may have not been his intent. He made me aware of the potential uses, good and bad, of technology. Found myself reading as fast as I could to see what happened next. Was so well written that I actually understood what was being explained about the computers, and loved the element of surprise when the traitors were revealed. The only disappointment in the whole experience is that I eventually came to the last page. Can't wait to read more of "Mr.G"!!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great International Thriller! January 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I could not put this book down! Even sleep deprived (with a two-week-old baby at home), I gave up sleep to keep reading. I could not figure out who was good and who was evil until the very last chapter, and even then the surprise twist threw me for a loop! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stretching their mind and learning about the new information technologies that are present in the world today, and are being built for the world tomorrow. Great read!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller with a Christian base February 20, 2012
By CA Funk
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Mark does a great job in weaving and exciting story and incorporating positive Christain viewpoints. I can't seem to find many books like this out there that are Christian based and really great read. I've also read Mark's first book, Revenge, and would recommend this as well.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End Times Thriller January 23, 2012
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This was a great book! Once I downloaded it to my Kindle, I could not put it down. It was exciting, suspenseful, and scary, all at the same time. I cannot wait until the sequel comes out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I won't be reading the rest of this series March 24, 2012
By Sgpratt
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I had high hopes for this book before starting. It sounded good from the description. Once I got into it, it just became a fight to get through it. Cliched characters, painful dialogue, and obvious errors in the text ("...as he peered around the 'coroner'"?)made this a slog. It's too bad; the story idea is an interesting one. I won't keep reading this series.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Off the reading list March 14, 2012
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I rarely write poor reviews but I'll make an exception for this book. I struggled to get to 17% read before giving up. Poorly drawn out characters that I didn't care about or believe, poorly executed dialogue, and a plot seen dozens of times (ex-military, wronged man works to right the world by undertaking a secret mission). I live for that genre, but this did not work for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars International Intrigue at its best. February 23, 2012
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It only took several pages to realize that Mark Young is a talented writer and storyteller. In Off the Grid, the author has done a marvelous job of creating a story that might very well be a harbinger of things to come. Gritty, intense and suspenseful, the tale takes the reader around the globe, offering an inside look at a few of the world's security forces. It also illustrates how technology can be just as deadly as a nuclear attack.

The book's protagonist, Gerrit O'Rourke, is believable and quite a likeable character. Mr. Young has carefully developed O'Rourke into a more than capable hero, yet one who has his shortcomings, elements that endear readers to him. I found myself cheering for O'Rourke as he confronted what only could be described as pure evil.

The book moves quickly and has more twists and turns than an amusement park ride. Not much is predictable, which makes the story one that readers will have difficulty in putting down. I thoroughly enjoyed Off the Grid--Mark Young has penned a fantastic thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved this book! March 29, 2012
By LyndaZ
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This was my first book by Mark Young. I came to read it from Amazon's recommendations. I just could not put the book down. It reminded me of a Jeffrey Deaver thriller. I was sorry to see the book end and anxiously wait for the next book. After I finished it I went back and read Revenge by Mark Young and thoroughly enjoyed that book too. I love his characters and his scenery descriptions make you feel like you are part of the place. Young is on my favorite list of authors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read; timely for today
Excellent Adventure,
Published 3 months ago by Dwight David Croy
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Interesting storyline. Moved along well. Well written.
Published 5 months ago by Big Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy galore
If you believe the government is out to get you then this will seem real. Action packed from start to finish an excellent way to pass some time.
Published 6 months ago by Gerry Mc
4.0 out of 5 stars Off the Grid
Most interesting plot and characters. Plot twists were well done and unexpected. Characters very realistic. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen Beyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Off the Grid Review
This one will give you nightmares. When fiction skates so close to the edge of reality that the line blurs, the hair on the nape of your neck stands up. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jbshorses
5.0 out of 5 stars Hated for it to end
A real thought provoker. You know that this could (& probably is to some degree) be happening. I do think that powerful people would like it to be true. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cindy Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book keep my attention all the way through. Great action and great plots and twists. A must read. I loved all the action.
Published 8 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced, Realistic, Great Characters
I devoured this book! It is a fast-paced adventure with a cast of believable characters with non-stop action. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DaveReadsALot
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling to the end
I loved it with it's tension and characters. A great plot full of international intrigue. The character of O'Rourke is a good one and I will read more of him I'm sure.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cop thriller
Good Cop thriller, a LITTLE too much emphasis on technology. Wiz-bang tech that can find all the bad guys, at the same time.
Published 17 months ago by Ron Shadduck
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Mark Young is an Amazon bestselling author. Both his Travis Mays and Gerrit O'Rourke novels reached the top 100 list, and his debut novel, Revenge, hit #1 for bestselling mystery/suspense police procedurals. His novel Broken Allegiance (A Tom Kagan Novel) was selected as best Mystery novel by the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards panel, as the 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards semifinalist in the Mystery/Thriller category and a semifinalist in the same category by the 2013 Grace Awards panel. More information on Mark's Official Website: MarkYoungBooks.com

Mark worked as a police officer and sergeant with the Santa Rosa Police Department in California for twenty-six years after working as an award-winning journalist. He is a Vietnam combat veteran, honored to have served with Fox 2/5, 1st Marine Division, and later with Headquarters company. He worked on several law enforcement task force operations, including the presidential Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force targeting major drug traffickers, and the federal Organized Crime Task Force charged with identifying and prosecuting prison gang leaders. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family. Visit Mark Young at his web site at www.MarkYoungBooks.com

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