Raincoast Books – Blackout! ~Giveaway

Oh, but I do enjoy a thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat and makes me want to bite my nails! The only thing I don’t like about them is the tendency to keep me awake at night because of the “I just need to read one more chapter” syndrome! Have you ever had that syndrome? It’s a terrible one to get and really the only way to be cured is to finish the book!

Enter “Blackout” by Marc Elsberg! Marc is an Austrian and this novel was originally written in German but they’ve done a fantastic job of translating it to English and bringing it to our shores! I’d have to agree 100% with what is written on Marc’s website about this book – it’s a “frighteningly plausible drama”! I think that’s part of what made this book hard to put down, was the thought of “what if this actually happened!?”

As the title alludes to, there is a blackout in Germany and power companies watch in horror as power grids start failing all across Europe. At first everyone is clueless as to what is happening and why their fail-safe’s aren’t succeeding in restoring power. However, soon it becomes evident that someone has tampered with their systems – causing everyone’s power to turn off, then as restoration is being attempted, everyone’s power turns back on, causing a complete overload of the system and a complete collapse. Given our current reliance on power and given the cost of backup systems in the event of a power failure, I think we can all guess at the chaos that follows! And contemplate this for a moment – Europe, mid-winter, cities containing millions of people, no power. Yup, that’s a combination that makes for disaster! How do hospitals keep running? How do you access more diesel when all the pumps are run on power? How do you keep food from spoiling? How do you keep people from freezing to death?

Really, it is a chilling scenario! And as the novel plays out, over the course of 23 days, we are given glimpses of the happenings in multiple countries across Europe. We see how power companies struggle to reinstitute power. We read in horror of the nuclear plants running into major difficulties with their cooling systems as they run out of diesel to keep the cooling going. We see people struggling to maintain their sanity as food runs out and pretty soon riots are happening whenever the “food truck” arrives to hand out food. I simply cannot imagine this scenario. It’s too scary and yet all too real – when you have cities with millions of people who depend on power and supermarkets to live – things degrade in an awful hurry when that’s taken away!

Piero Manzano is a former hacker and it’s he who first discovers the tampering. But, as you can guess, given his history, his “help” is a sketchy offering as others would as soon believe he’s still a hacker than accept his help. An American CNN reporter, Lauren Shannon, who lives in Paris ends up running into him and together they end up on the run, furiously trying to figure out who’s behind the attacks and what they can do to help, while being blockaded by police and power company officials every step of the way!

This book is a fantastic read and I can’t wait to read Marc’s other two books, “Zero” and “Helix” once they are translated and arrive on this side of the ocean! If you’d like to read “Blackout” it’s available on Amazon, Chapters, and it should also be at your local bookstore!  Thanks again to Raincoast for sending another great book my way and for introducing me to yet another author that I’ll follow!

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I sure am, I love thrillers 🙂

  2. I read pretty much anything, and thrillers are on that list!

  3. Jennifer L. says:

    Yes, I really like a good thriller.

  4. Sarah Jackson says:

    love love love thrillers ! fall asleep with them on my face because of the whole just one more page thing lol

  5. I do love thrillers if they are not too violent.

  6. Judy Cowan says:

    Yes, I love a good thriller!

  7. kathy downey says:

    I’m a huge fan of thrillers

  8. I love Thrillers and with a bit of romance I love it more!

  9. Yes, I do!

  10. I enjoy reading a good thriller book; yes I am a big fan…

  11. I am a HUGE fan of thrillers!! They are my favourite genre!

  12. I like thrillers, always looking for something new to read!

  13. I love thrillers! It’s exciting to read.

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