Blackout

Blackout

by Marc Elsberg

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ISBN-13: 9781492654698
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 552,425
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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Blackout 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Too many characters and locations. The subject is interesting but the story is hard to follow
Anonymous 11 months ago
Incredibly well written and terrifyingly possible, keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very informative. Made me think about things I had not considered under such circumstances. However there were so many characters and so much hopping around from place to place. I did have a hard time following sometimes.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Blackout by Marc Elsberg is a recommended novel about the power grid going out across Europe. This was originally published in Germany in 2012. When the power grid starts to go down, station by station, Piero Manzano, a former hacker and activist, figures out what may have caused the collapse. As Manzano battles the authorities to get them to listen to him, Lauren Shannon, an American CNN camera operator/reporter follows the story. As suspicions fly and answers are not evident, the grid in the USA goes down, and the disaster is becoming worldwide. While trying to help Manzano becomes the prime suspect and ends up having to run from authorities as he still tries to find the answers. This is not a techno-thriller as much as it is a semi-realistic scenario of what would happen if the power grids failed due to the actions of a terrorist group. In this scenario the terrorists are well educated, well connected and wealthy, which wouldn't necessarily always be the case. The important fact to take away from Blackout is that we, all countries, need to safe guard our power plants. After all, it's not just electricity at stake. No power would affect so much more, like the food supply, healthcare, communication, and the water supply. The concern over what could happen is real and Blackout does a service pointing attention to this. While the concept of the book is chilling and could be more frightening than many nightmares in the hands of some writers, in this instance the execution of the novel doesn't quite live up to the description. Elsberg did his research, which is evident, and that definitely helps the novel and gives it an edge, but the actual presentation of the action is not quite as realistic and the plot suffers. Manzano just keeps getting out of one desperate situation after another. While it is an interesting book and did hold my attention I couldn't help but think that perhaps a nonfiction novel would have been a better choice to present all the facts. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Sourcebooks.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Blackout” by Marc Elsberg grabbed me from the start with a car crash caused by a traffic light outage; traffic signals should work and to be obeyed. What happens when electricity goes out -- everywhere? In this non-stop thriller with action that could be from any day’s newspaper headlines. Life comes to a screeching halt as a massive power failure hits all over Europe and the players desperately try to find the cause and the culprit as the outage spreads. The main character in the book is the power grid itself where generators and power traders supply energy to people and industry through computer-controlled grids and smart electric meters. This tightly interconnected grid provides electricity to people and industry much as the circulatory system takes life-blood throughout the body. When the grid goes down, everything else falls like dominoes, transportation, shopping, food supply, health care, industry, even civilization itself. The plot follows several groups of “secondary” characters (after the main character, the power grid), and as the action jumps back and forth all over Europe, each section is carefully defined with the geographic local to help readers keep track of the action. The characters represent a cross section of society devastated by the loss of power, the elderly, the reporter, the power representatives, the IT specialists, the law enforcement personnel, and the underground society. No one escapes the devastation, and no one remains unscathed. The book has death and destruction, but it is not graphic, just incredibly gut wrenching and frighteningly realistic. This is the digital age’s worst nightmare, and as one reads, the possibility that this could actually happen becomes all too real. This book was so real that it was terrifying. I received a copy of “Blackout” from Sourcebooks Landmark, Marc Elsberg, and NetGalley to review. The book was originally published in Germany, and the translation into English was first-rate. In the years since its publication, the scenario has become even more real and even more frightening. This is not the sort of book I usually read, but this one was fantastic and frightening at the same time. I'm glad I read it -- I think. The next time any of us laugh at reports of fringe “preppers” practicing for the end of the world, we should, perhaps, think again.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a sensational read this was. All the power has gone out in Europe. The author provides you a first hand look at what that actually means. The shortage of things that you wouldn't even think about happens. Food supplies, toilet backups due to sewers drying out, meat supplies short for years because of all the deaths of the livestock, and nuclear plants overheating causing widespread damage that will be a factor for decades. Truly, eye opening. Then you have the action, and I do mean action - a lot of it, of the governments and one ex-hacker who thinks like the terrorists and starts to figure things out. Of course, the governments think he is part of the scheme and are after him. And, the terrorists are not happy that he is figuring things out. This poor man is running, he's not safe anywhere. He's shot, put in prison, chased and never given a moments rest. This book was so full of action and I was certainly entertained and very glad that I believed the hype and requested this book. It was definitely worth my 8 or 9 hours it took to read it. Which is another good selling point. I think if a book keeps you entertained for that long, definitely a good buy! Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.