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London. Paris. New York. One by one the power systems get swtiched off in three of the world's major cities, plunging them into darkness and chaos.

Is this the greatest terrorist spectacular since 9/11?

Josh Harding, a battle-hardened SAS soldier, is working undercover on anti-terrorist operations, tracking the leaders of al-Qaeda. He wakes up in a ditch in the wilderness of...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by Arrow (first published 2005)
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David Roberts
I am reviewing the SAS thriller Blackout by Chris Ryan which is a very good novel which I bought at a car boot sale. Chris is an ex SAS trooper who fought with distinction in the First Gulf War and has since turned to being a fiction author. Him and Andy Mcnab are often credited with writing the first novels in the SAS thriller genre. His books do have lots of fascinating facts only an exsoldier would know. Things like cruise missiles travel at 500 mph and cost $2 million. In this novel the key...more
Slightly different book from Chris Ryan this time, still alot of action and the cringing sex scenes but this time not fighting in Iraq (I know there have been others). Set in the USA Josh wakes up with no memory but with two bullet holes instead and is instantly running for his life. Where is he, who is he, whats he doing here and most importantly, Why are there alot of people trying to kill him?

4 Stars
amie-jay ensor
Aug 18, 2008 amie-jay ensor rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mostly men, it is quite action and SAS orientatied!
Recommended to amie-jay by: My dad.
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Jeremy Hughes
Page turner usual an amount of reality needs to be suspended. Escapist nonsense. Or perhaps not as 'written' by Chris Ryan!
I begrudgingly picked this up at a secluded hostel in South Africa which had literally no other books in English, leaving me stuck with Blackout, a thriller / military spy novel written by Chris Ryan who — as best I can tell — has wide appeal among British and South African rednecks.

The book starts out with the main character getting amnesia, which is easily the most gimmicky possible plot device available to a writer. Although ridiculous and silly at times despite it's serious and stoic writing...more
Jaco Eksteen
Dear Mr Ryan. Snakes don't blink. Otherwise, not too bad.
Tina Crossley
Chris's books never disappoint - loved the excilleration and close references to real life situations
A good solid thriller. Chris Ryan has been on my list of authors-to-read-one-day for years, and I wasn't disappointed.

That said, I had a single quibble. The basis of the plot is that the juice goes off in a few cities for an hour. So? How is having no lights for an hour a catastrophe? Hasn't he heard of this newfangled contraption used in every single vital system called a back-up generator?
Awesome book. Absolutely loved it. First Chris Ryan read - certainly NOT the last. Now to choose which will be next!
I needed a change from Urban Fantasy and a thriller with a SAS connection was just the thing. Set primarily in Arizona with a very British hero who can't remember who he is, why he's there, and an interesting internet twist makes for a very good, intense read.
Peter Robinson
Liberal sprinklings of far fetched imagination
Nevertheless a good read
Osarenren Ihaza
This is unlike any Chris Ryan book I've read; Blackout still has the same military action an all but there is not much of Iraq this time. It has a great plot with an incredible twist at the end. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Chris Ryan.
Chris Harrison
Chris Ryan books that I have read all seem to go along the same lines, lead character meets woman who eventually double crosses him at the end...still enjoyed it though and will no doubt end up reading more of his books
Blackout is a good book and the ending is totally unexpected! the one thing I didn't like about it was thee fact that there were loads of spelling errors and the book should have been checked over properly
The Bomber
Good plot although and good action scenes good book overall but could have given some of the lesser characters a bit more personality
Leanne Burton
First Chris Ryan book recommended by a friend. Great plot and fantastic twist - I didn't see that coming! couldn't put it down
I didn't particularly enjoy his writing style, but the plot made it a worthwhile read, with an unexpected twist.
One of the few books I didn't finish. I didn't like the writing.
Plot was good, wish the author had developed it better.
Good, solid UKSF fun.
ok not great
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Chris Ryan was born in 1961 in a village near Newcastle. In 1984 he joined the SAS. During his ten years in the Regiment, he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also Sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team.

During the Gulf War, Chris was the only member of an eight-man team to escape from Iraq, of which three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest esca...more
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