Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell, #7)
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Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell #7)

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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...more
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Published August 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published 2009)
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Bigd_041555
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!

Cupcakencorset
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
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
Elvan
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
Aleksandra
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;)
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
I read this book out of a review Lee Child wrote saying Maggie O Dell maybe Reacher's long lost sister.I thought really?? Anyway first time am trying Alex Kava and I must say I enjoyed Black Friday,considering it was about terrorism and attacks like 9/11 that target places like malls and airports and churches.Maggie reminds me of Lindsay Boxer,(Women's Murder club)strong female characters who are intelligent,beautiful and strong.Women without limits.
Its unfortunate that there was some top securi...more
Kristi
3.5 stars
I think if I had read this in print or at another time it may have been rated higher. As I was reading the audio version while taking mass transit during a stressed period I did find myself wandering off from time to time. I don't believe that is really to be blamed on the writing, however.

This was my first book of the series, but I didn't feel particularly lost. Previous cases were mentioned and some of the characters had crossed paths before, but any pertinent details were there. I do...more
Lissa Duncan
A very light, quick read but no real sense of tension :-(
Mercedes
On the whole I enjoyed reading this book. I was a bit disappointed with the ending though. I thought that it was hurried and vague, esp. when it came to Nick and Maggie relationship. In fact their whole interaction/relationship in this book was barely there and suddenly Nick was gone from the story line. After writing so much about Nick, his sister Christine and his father and going into his life in detail, it would have been nice to have had some closure other than maybe Nick taking off with th...more
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...more
Kelley
Not really a review but I just had to say...

I actually started listening to this ON Black Friday this year. And whoa! talk about a little freaky!

Horror novels never scare me because so often they are so farfetched I know never in a million years would the stuff happening in them ever occur in real life. A good straightforward non-paranormal thriller can totally scare me though. Why? Because the storylines are so plausible that they really COULD happen in real life!

A terrorist strike shopping m...more
Lauren
Black Friday
3 Stars

Synopsis
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.

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

This is supposed to be a "...more
Dixie LoCicero
This is my 2nd book by Alex Kava, in the Maggie O'Dell series. Now I'm hoping to start with Book #1 in the series! This book is a real page-turner from the very beginning. Story takes place at Mall of America in Minnesota. Several college-age students are home for Thanksgiving, and at the Mall for "Black Friday", the busiest shopping day of the year. There is also a female student, Rebecca, who is with the guys on the trip. The guys had been asked to be part of a "project" where they carry backp...more
Tabi34
I love Alex Kava's books. I'm biased so this is my love-fest review. Having just finished "Exposed", this was definitely a continuation even though the story can stand alone.

Maggie O'Dell is having a get-together with the normal main characters in the books - her partner R.J. Tulley, Gwen Patterson (psychiatrist and Tulley's girlfriend)Tulley's daughter Emma and Harvey -Maggie's dog. New to the group is Ben Platt - the doctor who treated Maggie in "Exposed". It's the day after Thanksgiving. A p...more
Lauren
Alex Kava’s Black Friday is the kind of book that makes the blurb seem totally inadequate. It starts slow but steadily builds upon itself. Everything is nice and normal for the five college students who enter that mall on the day after Thanksgiving. They just plan on causing a little ruckus, but little do they know that they have been duped in to carrying out a massive terrorist plot. But surely with Agent O’Dell on the case everything will be fine, right? Even with her temporary boss playing po...more
Louise
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...more
Danielle Choffrey
I have fallen in love with the writing of this author. Her main character is strong and independent, but slowly learning that she needs to lean on her friends a little more with each book I finish. The character is likable but she is completely relatable which I find difficult to find in books nowadays. With this book I thought bringing in her brother as a potential suspect was great. The story never lacks in action, it seems as though there is never a dull moment in Kava's books that make you w...more
Keith
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...more
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...more
Sarah
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...more
Kiera Healy
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...more
Kristin
Jan 02, 2010 Kristin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Ridley Pearson's 'Hidden Charges' (similar plot)
Recommended to Kristin by: My mom
Very fast read, possibly because I was so interested in it, partly because the book moved at a good pace, no 'filler'.
I've not read any of the other books in this series, this one appealed to me based on the subject matter, since I've been to the Mall of America many times. Something about disasters in my favorite vacation destinations interests me, possibly because it's so easy to picture the setting when you've been there often.
As it is a book in a series, most of the main characters have alre...more
Lynn Shaw of 2 Girls & A Book
Whoa! A lot can happen in 48 hours. This is actually one of Alex's shorter novels but it is not short on action and suspense. While a quick read, I was glued to the page waiting to see what would happen next. I have never thought of myself as a conspiracy theorist before but Alex got me to thinking. The story opens with a bombing on Black Friday at the Mall of America. While on the trail of profiling just who the sicko is that could do this, Maggie has to contend with her feelings towards a bro...more
Teresa in Ohio
Kava has the knack to take the "ripped from the headlines" stories and give them a twist so unexpected, you will think about the plot long after the book is closed. In this installment in this series, Agent O'dell is called to Mall of America. There has been 3 bombs set off by terrorists in the Mall the day after Thanksgiving. She is still recovering from medical issues that occured in the book Exposed and the loss of her director. Her new boss has an agenda that makes her life miserable and she...more
Brenda
You take the Oklahoma city bombing, add in 9/11 and you get the background of this book and the terror that flows throughout each page. Add in the conspiracy about a 3rd bomber in Oklahoma, now try to sleep, good luck!
My only problem with this book is that Kava calls Patrick Maggie's stepbrother, which he is in fact a half-brother. They share the same father after all. Its a minor thing really and does little to detract from the book, its just a pet-peeve of mine.
This series just keeps getting...more
Schnaucl
It was okay. I like that Kava takes real life events and works them into stories but somehow I don't find the stories themselves all that compelling. They aren't bad, they're just okay.

There continues to be a will they or won't they thing with Nick and maybe it's that I haven't read more than one other book in the series but I don't care. The main character has already made up her mind, there doesn't seem to be any actual chemistry there, so it's Nick angsting and her kind of feeling bad about i...more
Al

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 devices, their backpacks contain explosives. And they're about to become unwitting suicide bombers.

FBI profiler Maggie O'

...more
Kristen Wampner
Book Cover: I liked the book cover alright. *STAR*

Author: Alex Kava was not an author that jumped out at me. NO STAR

Story: I loved the plot idea but the story follow through just didn't meet my expectations. NO STAR

Characters: There wasn't really any characters that were relatable for me during the course of this book. NO STAR

Cleanliness: There was quite a few words that I didn't find necessary during the course of this book. NO STAR


Overall Review: This book I'm sorry to say really didn't do a...more
Jenn
I think it could have been alot more edgier.
Instead of reading these books every now and then I should have read them in order so I can remember the characters better. This one has a cliffhanger at the end.
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Alex Kava is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, eleven of them in the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series. Her stand-alone novel, One False Move, was chosen for the 2006 One Book One Nebraska and her political thriller, Whitewash, made January Magazine’s best thriller of the year list for 2007. Published in over twenty-five countries, Kava’s novels have made the bestse...more
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