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Gridlock Hardcover – July 9, 2013

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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

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

“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, on Blowout

“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, on Blowout

“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 on Blowout

“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 on Blowout

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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: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I was hoping to be able to give this book a 5 star rating. I have a soft spot in my heart for North Dakota (lived there for 12 years) and for Sen Dorgan. I never voted for him but I know he is a patriot and a N Dakota, S Dakota , Montana democrat is nothing like a California/Illinois/New York progressive democrat.

So I went into this book wanting to love it, even though I hardly ever read this type of book. 95% of what I read is non-fiction and the other 5% are usually classic novels. I have not read a non classic novel for about 20 years.

Things I liked about this book were that it had a short cast of characters, and they were introduced in a way that could be remembered as they entered and left the telling of the story. There was no need to write down characters on a piece of paper etc. The book was highly readable, I read the last 40% in one sitting, read the whole thing in less than a week - I like that. The plot was tight , there wasn't a lot of wandering around into side stories. SOME of the technical information presented was accurate and could help people understand the very real threat to our grid.

The character development was sort of juvenile with the main character presented as a cross between Chip Hilton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_Hilton) and Jack Bauer. There are some suspending disbelief plot moves (CIA authorizes a small town sheriff from ND on an overseas mission) because both authors want to work the whole small town North Dakota aspect into an international thriller.
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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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second purchased book from these authors. may be a little biased due to the fact i live in North Dakota. have always voted for Byron Dorgan in our elections. I have enjoyed this book and also his first one. I like the idea of a small town sheriff as the hero. I liked the fact that it wasn't all based just in ND
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Senator Dorgan hits a home run thriller with cyber 9/11 thriller. Couldn't put it down! The scariest part is that this could really happen. His underlying message is strong: America's energy infrastructure is in the Stone Age and needs investment. But no lecture in this book; it's a great read!
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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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This book was not a good read.The reason and intent simply was not there! The emphasis placed on the hot / cold relationsip of Ash and Osborne was ridiculous. And the worst of it all... No payback? No consequence? This guy killed alot of people, nationally and overseas! . Confrontation between Osborne and Marakov was meaningless! What's a county sheriff travelling to Amsterdam; sanctioned by the US Govt?? No consequence for Iran and Venezuela?? The Texas nuke facility destroyed and nothing done?? Osborne goes to DC to get his medal??? For what? Chinese appear at the airport and kill the hacker?? Huh? Where they come from?! End pages read Marakov goes his way to make love to his girl in their new country! Russian hit man Makarov is allowed to live??? As Markarov said to Osborne... The US victims he killed were to be considered, " casualties of war..." Tell the victim's families that....
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