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Blackout: A Techno-Thriller Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2018

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"Part Dan Brown-style chase and part eco-thriller, this debut-a best-seller in Germany-will get people talking.
" - Booklist

..".intriguing and authentic, Blackout crackles with tension." - Grant Blackwood, New York Times bestselling author

"Blackout is truly terrifying in its all-too-realistic premise. The action jumps from country to country as the blackout spreads, racing towards an ending which is absolutely lights-out." - Sandra Block, ITW Thriller Award finalist and author of Little Black Lies and The Girl Without a Name

"Fast, tense, thrilling - and timely: this will happen one day. Highly recommended." - Lee Child

"Marc Elsberg's brilliantly written techno-thriller vividly shows how terrorists, instead of using guns and bombs, can sit at a keyboard and use computer code to bring the world to its knees." - Charles Belfoure, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect and House of Thieves

About the Author

Marc Elsberg is a former creative director in advertising. His debut thriller BLACKOUT is a frighteningly plausible drama of an international blackout caused by a hacker attack. An instant bestseller in Germany, it has sold over a million copies and has been translated worldwide. Marc Elsberg lives in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (March 6, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1492654698
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1492654698
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.88 inches
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Marc was born in Vienna, Austria. After 20 years as a creative in advertising in Austria and Germany Marc turned into a bestselling novelist. His thrillers BLACKOUT and ZERO were translated to more than a dozen languages and sold million copies worldwide. His new thriller HELIX is out now (2016, German and Polish editions, more to come). BLACKOUT and ZERO were awarded "Science Book of the Year" (category entertainment) in Germany in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The books also made Marc an sought-after speaker and dialogue partner for business and politics. Currently he lives and works (mainly) in Vienna, Austria.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Stock up on bottled water, grab the candles before you read this!
By The booktrail on February 12, 2017
Well, this is a thriller which will stand out. Although published in Germany a few years ago, this is the first time it’s been translated in English and so readers across the English speaking world will be able to read it – well only by candlelight if the novel turns out to be true.

This sounds so plausible that it’s quite chilling to see the timeline of how power grids are affected and hacked from one country to another.How politicians fail to grasp what is going on and how people at first start to come together but then how quickly things fall apart..

There are so many locations in this novel as (by the flick of a lightswitch) we flick from one chapter to the next and one country to the next. On the fast paced trail of a hacker shutting off power supplies across the globe. It’s fast, furious and in the light of current world events, very timely indeed.

The story of how a real world apocalypse could actually happen read plausible and frighteningly easy. What really shines is the way people at first come together but how the ripple effect of a tragedy start to spread and affect people in very different ways. We’re all so reliant on electricity and power and people do desperate things when faced when they think they have nothing. Survival is everything as people are left quite literarily in the dark when governments across the globe fail to act.

There’s a point at which a character mentions that the film Die Hard 4 more than predicted the events of this book – Haven’t seen the movie so I don’t know but the scenario with the milking cows is enough to make me sh-udder (sorry)

An illuminating novel on our dependance on energy and how humanity, world order and more could literally be sniffed out at the flick of a switch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but flawed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 8, 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 17, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot and well paced read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2018
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