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Blowout (Nate Osborne and Ashley Borden #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  95 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
America is on the brink of crisis. Unless we can curb our dangerous appetite for foreign oil, petroleum-rich countries and speculators will bring our economy to its knees…long before CO2 emissions will devastate our ecosystem. The President has answered the call with the Dakota District Initiative, a top secret research team hidden deep in the Badlands of North Dakota. The ...more
432 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Forge Books
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Darrell Delamaide
Apr 12, 2012 Darrell Delamaide rated it it was ok
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Renee
Oct 27, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
OK, sure. I'd read a second in the series. Oh, there is a second? Grand. Does it include some scary facts about what financial managers are really capable of (terrorism, etc.)? Because that was just great.
Douglas Lord
Nov 19, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it really liked it
Blowout, really? Obviously Messrs. D. and H. have never worked in a kennel where, I assure you, the titular word has an entirely different meaning than it does in this sprawling, likeable blockbuster about clean energy. The Dakota District Initiative (reminiscent of Illinois’s Hole in the Ground) is a top-secret Badlands facility where scientists, ahem, inject a coal-eating bacteria into pulverized coal in a sealed environment, producing methane that could be burned instead of coal, and with a s ...more
Jacqui
Dec 30, 2011 Jacqui rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Even if Amazon Vine hadn't sent Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg's Blowout (Forge 2011) to me to review, I would have read it because of Hagberg's name. His stories are always good reads with fast-paced plots, well-defined characters and enough surprises to keep me turning pages. With titles like Kill Zone, Assassin, and Twister, readers know their about to loose a couple of days of their lives to reading.

But I almost quit on him this time. To get to the good stuff, I had to endure lectures on glo
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Diane Kistner
Oct 28, 2012 Diane Kistner rated it it was ok
The authors, both of whom bring considerable real-life expertise to this promising geopolitical thriller, did a good job of setting up the premise of this book: The attempts by the U.S. domestic terrorist group Posse Comitatus and their veiled-in-shadow backers to shut down an equally veiled-in-shadow Clean Coal initiative. The back cover summarizes the book's promise well: This is definitely "a high-concept thriller about America's dangerous addiction to foreign oil—a dependency that could crip ...more
Michael
Apr 27, 2013 Michael rated it did not like it
This was more like a cliché of what a liberal activist trying to write an action thriller would look like. There are so many obvious flaws in this book, I don't even know where to begin. The premise of this book is that CO2 produced by fossil fuels is killing us -- and not gradually -- but quickly such that the Earth is going to be turned into Venus unless immediate action is taken.

Then the next questionable assumption is the only way this can be addressed is with a massively costly big Governme
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Drew Danko
May 30, 2012 Drew Danko rated it liked it
Years ago I thought how dangerous it might be for anyone to develop a reliable alternative to oil. I even believed it might make for a good thriller. Little did I think the idea would show up years later as it did in this novel. I enjoyed the read, but felt the ending could have been better. For one thing I'm not sure if I missed it, but was the inside traitor ever really identified or just suggested. And if the snitch was identified what happened to him/her? This person was not the central bad ...more
Heinz Park
Fantastic read. It would be great if we could get rid of our depends on foreign oil. To much blood and guts in this book.
Brian Bigelow
Dec 29, 2012 Brian Bigelow rated it it was amazing
I could easily envision these events actually happening in real life. This book is a very riveting page turner that's hard to put down. It's a very well written story that will definitely fit well with a "Tom Clancey" book collection. If the people in charge at Homeland Security were to read this book it will probably keep them up at night. They've definitely came up with a plot that anyone could see happen in real life.
Steve Schlutow
Jun 11, 2012 Steve Schlutow rated it did not like it
Shelves: a-fiction, a-misc
I was very disappointed with the book.. I saw the book being discussed on Morning Joe, and wanted to read it.. I am glad I checked it out from the library as oppose to purchasing it.. I did not think it was a well written book.. The author's kept jumping from one scene to another, or from one group of characters to another.. It was very confusing.. The idea was interesting.
Mark
Intense and fun page-turner...once you get past the alarmist politics a pretty decent story...Yes, there's climate change, but the idea that anthropomorphic causes are at the root, just slay me...we're just pimples on the ass of nature, barely registering on the mighty forces of nature...decent thriller
Modisettwilson
Jul 07, 2012 Modisettwilson rated it really liked it
I really wanted to give this a 3.5. It was too bloody, but the premise of who's behind sabotage or a new 'clean coal' experiment is interesting. I doubt this pair will be writing more, but I think between them they have an interesting insight.
Rebecca Harrison
Jan 11, 2012 Rebecca Harrison rated it liked it
Good story line. Good not guessing the snitch. I didn't think they had a good ending. The bad guy was not clear and not enough wrap up. I would recommend it; however, because it was a good story.
Larry
Apr 30, 2013 Larry rated it it was amazing
Good book. Very current issues with a goodly amount of action. David Hagberg is one of my favorite authors. Enjoyed the book and recommend any and all of David Hagberg's books.
Lou
Sep 19, 2012 Lou rated it liked it
A pretty good read, but jumpy and plodding at times. Loved the good guy characters, but the bad guys seem ripped out of a TV movie
Jerry
Dec 20, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it
Pretty good book. Some parts were exciting and kept you reading. The edition I read had lots of spelling and "wrong word" errors.
Rick Chaput
May 18, 2013 Rick Chaput rated it liked it
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This book was just ok....seems to predictable to me.
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