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Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell #7)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  3,511 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
On the busiest shopping day of the year, a group of idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the equipment in their backpacks will disrupt stores' computer systems, causing delays and chaos, disrupting capitalism, if only for a moment.

What they don't realize is that instead of jamming
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published 2009)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Black Friday is the 7th book in FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell Series and opens with the bombing of Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota the day after Thanksgiving.

The storyline is frighteningly real and the use of real facts interwoven into the story makes it even more believable.

The plot moves at a good takes place over a period of 24 hours. The first chapter kicks off really well but then it goes in all these different directions that become confusing and I started losing track o
It's the day after Thanksgiving and a bomb has gone off at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Maggie O'Dell's interim assistant director demands that she join him on the case as they, along with the deputy director of Homeland Security, work with local law enforcement to find the perpetrators.

This story had a great premise and showed a lot of promise in the beginning. It kept me hooked through a lot of the story, more than halfway. Unfortunately, it was again plagued with the tireso
I read one review of this which said that it appeared the author had phoned this in from a beach somewhere just because she had to. I think I agree.
There was a plot but it ceased to be interesting quite early on and even the author gave up on it judging by the ending which fell very flat. People got rescued from situations in the nick of time but there was no real tension in the build up. Nick Morelli popped up again in a very unlikely fashion. As did Patrick. Meh. I am rapidly talking myself in
Jul 08, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2016
Americans are rushing to the Mall of America on the Nation's biggest shopping day of the year. No one expects three deadly bombs to be detonated inside that mall. FBI Profiler Maggie O'Dell is called to the scene to construct a profile of the bombers. Why would three young men each carry a red backpack with a lock into the mall? Who were the young man and woman seen on the security tapes entering the mall with one of the bombers? Maggie has her work cut out for her to discover the motive behind ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Another Agent Maggie O'Dell story, and this one was probably my least favourite. Maggie, as a character, is not developing in any way. Once again, there are two men vieing for her affections, the ever patient Nick Morelli, lesser men would have given up on her long before now, and Benjamin Platt, who made his first appearance in the previous book, Exposed. Still no sign of Maggie being ready for a relationship with anyone, other than her work. Now, she also has a boss she intensely dislikes and ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should have read this book last week for an even bigger effect!

After reading this book, I still don't understand why people want to be in big crowds in big malls during big sales!!! My how life has really changed after 9/11 and also after events before this. Scary actually.

Well written again using facts and making it her story - really, really liking Alex Kava's books!

Mar 05, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What better time and place for a terrorist plot than a bombing at the Mall of American on the day after Thanksgiving. Maggie gets involved in a very personal way.
Dec 28, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nov-15
I really enjoyed this 7th book in her Maggie O'Dell series!
Sep 24, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The seventh book in author Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell's series. "Black Friday", is the day after Thanksgiving in which retailers rely on to make their maximum yearly profit from the fourth quarter in sales. The Largest mall in the United States is in Minnesota. The "Mall of America" usually greets 150,000- 200,000 shoppers on a typical black Friday. However this year is going to be different. Four unwitting college students are carrying exactly the same type of backpacks and wandering the the Mal ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I zoomed through book 7 of the Maggie O'Dell series and not just because it's a fairly short novel. Actually, there's a whole lot of quality packed into this story, the bulk of which takes place over a 24-hour period. That 24 hours starts on the Friday after Thanksgiving with a bombing at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The mall is packed with (what some of us consider crazy) people taking part in the now-traditional Black Friday shopping frenzy, and the bombers are college kids w ...more
I liked when this one opened and it was set at the Mall of America. I live near there and I like reading about books set where I live.

While I would never step foot in the MOA at the holidays, (it's a zoo!) I hated what happened there, hated even more that the supposed "bad guys" were taken advantage of. I thought it was interesting how Maggie and Nick ended up at the same disaster, more interesting was how Maggie didn't trust Nick right from the start. It definitely made things sticky for them.
Nicola Marsh
Oct 06, 2010 Nicola Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the characters in this ongoing series.

Interesting plot, leading into the next book quite nicely.
Black Friday
3 Stars

Black Friday, the busiest shopping day in America, and three young men are about to wreak havoc by detonating an EMP pulse in the Mall of America. Unbeknownst to them, they are actually pawns in a much larger and deadlier conspiracy that will leave dozens dead and FBI profiler, Maggie O'Dell in a race against time to prevent an even more catastrophic terror attack.

A good premise but the execution is poor and the finale does not deliver.

This is supposed to be a "
Barbara ★
This is very fast read, because the author doesn't use any filler which is probably why certain things occur as if by magic since the reader is not privy to events happening in the background (like a good portion of the investigation). Hence 3 stars not 4.

I had an issue with Maggie's personal life as well. In previous books, she was very interested in a relationship with Nick Morelli but in this one there are too many hurt feelings (he's stalking her and she's ignoring him and dating someone el
Dec 29, 2013 Elvan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kava's plotting and pacing continues to improve in this seventh book in the Maggie O'Dell series. The story of urban terrorists is not new. The oh so convenient way Maggie finally reconnects with her half (not step) brother and poor Nick are a bit implausible, but the story moves at an entertaining pace and the bad guy is brilliant enough that I forgive the author. She once again does a fair job of fleshing out secondary characters and once again she lets Maggie be the profiler she is capable of ...more
It just doesn't get any better than sitting down to a Maggie O'Dell novel. Thanks Alex! Maggie is super cool and super amazing! Each book I read, there is a thought process that goes through my mind about conspiracy.... Things I never considered, or look at before. Tough reading and remembering the real incidents within the fictional story and incredibly sad as another wacko set himself upon innocent individuals (Colorado) My prayers go out to the families who have lost a friend or relative in t ...more
Mar 15, 2010 Aleksandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
To już trzecia książka autorstwa Alex Kavy, którą przeczytałam. Tak się złożyło, że nie miałam szansy przeczytać 1;3;4;5 części przygód Maggie O'Dell. Z prostej przyczyny, w sklepach części ukazywały się nie po kolei, jednakże nie ma to znaczenia w przypadku tej serii. Książki są w pewien sposób powiązanie, ale nie na tyle, żeby zwróciło to uwagę czytelnika. Zawiodłam się na "Czarnym Piątku". Tak jak wszystkie poprzednie części mnie fascynowały, czytałam je z zapartym tchem, tak tym razem zwycza ...more
Anna R
I've read several Kava's books, but I must say that one is a little disappointing. There are all most important characters from the series, interesting ideas who are they going to search but... When the intrigue is built, it finishes to soon. It should have more pages, more descriptions of main characters relations like Maggie - Nick, Maggie and her brother and so on. But if you have some free time and you're looking for a light book to read from time to time - it's worth reading;)
Jun 14, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow another gripping read by Alex Kava. One of my favourite authors. Not her usual story but enjoyed it none the less. Edge of your seat stuff. Read it.
Lissa Duncan
A very light, quick read but no real sense of tension :-(
Gerald Kinro
Started very well and kept going for the first 100 pages or so. Then it became a bit too trite for me. Still a decent read. I compare it to another "messenger-type" terrorist story, LeCarre's "The Little Drummer Girl." Kava's bok is more of a page turner. The latter has more intrigue and complexity.
Theresa Hurley
Mar 08, 2017 Theresa Hurley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great one! Enjoyed the interaction with Maggie and Patrick. Story moved fast with the suspense involved.
Aug 21, 2012 Keith rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
What do we call this sub-genre of the thriller? Paranoia-porn? There definitely seems to be a number of titles with the same general theme now we are a safe distance from 9-11. Certainly there are long shadows of other writers cast here, Tom Clancy or David Baldacci rather than the Dan Brown suggested by the cover blurb.
My first foray into the world of Maggie O'Dell, although the seventh book in her saga, deals with the enemy within. Terrorists strike at a soft target in heartland USA, but not i
Mar 03, 2017 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great characters, interesting and suspenseful storyline. Makes you stop and think about what could be.
Ana T.
One of the things that really made me enjoy Kava's last book was that it dealt with a real current threat, bioterrorism. In this one I really enjoyed that once again she picks on current subjects and worries as counter terrorism policies.

The main event is a terrorist attack on the busiest day of the year in America's biggest mall. Maggie and her new boss are called to investigate and soon it's obvious that all is not what it seems concerning who the perpetrators really are. Maggie is still adjus
Author Alex Kava is from Columbus and has written a number of mystery novels mostly featuring (I think) FBI agent Maggie O'Dell. Recently I saw in the paper that she was doing a book signing, and while I didn't go, it occurred to me that it might be good to read at least one of her books. When I saw that the library had this audio version, I decided to give it a try. While I don't read many mystery books, but I did observe that she was able to carry out a complex mystery plot quite well, and she ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Friday is the seventh book in the engaging Maggie O'Dell series by Alex Kava.

Black Friday is known as not only the day after Thanksgiving, but also as the busiest shopping day of the year in America. When three young men plan to wreak havoc by crashing the computer systems in Minnesota's Mall of America, society is in for a real shock when the men are detonated as suicide bombers instead. FBI profile-expert Maggie O'Dell is called to the scene to determine the identity of the evil mastermi
Oct 27, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual Alex Kava doesn't disappoint. Fast-paced, edge of your seat, page-turner!!! This is one author I wish could write 2 or 3 books a year. lol I read this in two-sittings but would have done it in one if I hadn't been so sick.

From dust jacket:

"On the busiest shopping day of the year, some idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the jamming devices in their backpacks will disrupt stores' computer syste
Kiera Healy
Jul 04, 2013 Kiera Healy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So this is the third Maggie O'Dell book I've read. It actually has the most promising start - it's about a terrorist attack on the Mall of America. Unfortunately it takes a sharp left-hand turn into Crazytown. Conspiracy theories abound. The least offensive merely equates capitalism with terrorism, while the most suggests that this novel's antagonist, John Doe #2, was in fact the mastermind of the Oklahoma City bombing, leaving Timothy McVeigh a mere patsy. Um.

The plot of this one is particularl
Aug 10, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell is called to Minnesota to deal with a terrorist bombing at the Mall of the Americas on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. The bombers were three clean-cut college boys carrying red backpacks which, unfortunately and unknown to the young men, contained bombs that were detonated by remote from outside the mall. They had been told that the packs contained nothing more than a jamming device that would interfere with the mall's computers, cash registers and ...more
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ALEX KAVA IS A NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR of the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series and a new series featuring former Marine, Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs. Her stand-alone novel, One False Move, was the 2006 One Book One Nebraska. Published in over thirty countries, Kava’s novels have made the bestseller lists in the UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Poland. Her novel Stranded ...more
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Maggie O'Dell (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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