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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
“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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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. The dialouge in the action scenes is very stiff and improbable with characters stopping in the middle of a fight to expound on what brought them to this moment (" you killed a friend of mine," - " he should have been more careful with his trade craft"
I was also dissappointed in the lack of evocative memory triggers while reading this book. When I read Kostya Kenedy's "56" (Dimaggio's 1941 season) I could close my eyes after reading portions of that book and be back on the streets of New York City in 1940, I could picture the old black and white movie reels of the city and the ball players. I was hoping for some lyrical writing like that which could put me back in the badlands of North Dakota, the lonesomeness of the prarie, the million stars in the skies, the northern lights, howling winds blizzards etc. The book did not deliver on that level for some reason.
So where do I go from here? It's hard for me judge how good this book is for it's genre since I don't have anything to judge it against. I see the same 2 author's also wrote Blowout about the energy industry. It's less than $10. I have a trip to Italy next fall, I will buy this book and read it on the flight over/back. The reviews for that book are much like this book, evenly spread between all 5 star levels.
I also see Sen Dorgan has written a couple books on policy issues, I think I will buy them also.