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Out of Time

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  110 reviews
In this explosive thriller, a fiendishly clever serial bomber and self-styled "eco-terrorist" hits targets across America--and a conflicted young FBI agent may be the only person possessing the unique skills needed to catch him.

A massive FBI manhunt is underway for an elusive and terrifyingly adept serial bomber. He's just struck his sixth target, Idaho's Boon Dam, kil
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Dutton Books
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Dave
Klass' new novel "Out of Time" updates the story Edward Abbey told in "Monkey Wrench Gang." This is a modern-day eco-terrorist thriller narrated from two alternating perspectives.

First, there's the voice of the Green Man, a figure of mystery, now at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted List, suspected of blowing up six major news-generating things, the latest of which was a dam holding back the Snake River. The Green Man believes the world's time on the doomsday clock is critically shrinking and po
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Louise Wilson
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A serial bomber and self styled "eco-terriost are hitting targets across America -- and a conflicted young FBI agent maybe the only person possessing the unique skills needed to catch him. A massive FBI manhunt is underway for an elusive and terrifying adept serial bomber. He's just stuck his sixth target, Idhao's Boon Dam, killing a dozen innocent people. The press have dubbed him "Green Man" and he insists that these drastic acts of violence are necessary.

Tom Smith is a rookie FBI agent who's
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Monnie
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written story, but unless you’re ultra-sympathetic to environmental causes and vehemently opposed to the current political administration, I suspect you won’t be thrilled with it. Personally, climate change, carbon footprints, the dangers of fracking and such are issues that need to be addressed yesterday – and I admit to spitting out my mouthful of coffee to guffaw at the description of the U.S. President (no names, of course) as a “belligerent, bumbling egomaniac with the brains ...more
Rach
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We have narrators in this book. First we have the Green Man who is a environmental terrorist and is now on the FBI most wanted list for six different bombings and we have Tom Smith who is young computer programmer with the FBI who believes he has spotted something in the case.

This is a political crime thriller. The main topic in the book is about the environment which is big subject at the moment across the world.

Each character moral component is shown in this book.

I liked the sound of the boo
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Louise Wilson
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial bomber and self styles "eco-terriost" are hitting targets across America -- and a conflicted young FBI agent maybe the only person possessing the unique skills needed to catch him. A massive FBI manhunt is underway for an elusive and terrifying adept serial bomber. He's just stuck his sixth target, Idhao's Boon Dam, killing a dozen innocent people. The press have dubbed him "Green Man" and he insists that these drastic acts of violence are necessary.

Tom Smith is a rookie FBI agent who'
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Jayme Teague gauthier
Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of Out of Time!
I started off really enjoying this book, it caught my attention and the writing style was easy. However I just got bored with the environmental agenda and plot. If you are into environmental activism then this book would be perfect for you!
Fred Rayworth
Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a lot of issues with books that tout overt political messages and unfortunately, Out Of Time did just that.

While the writing was outstanding, with solid third-person limited and past tense, as well as a brisk narrative with no endless exposition, it was the story itself that killed what could’ve been an outstanding thriller.

That’s just it. I held out hope for the ending to somehow wrap things up and justify the rest of the story. Unfortunately, it ended up lionizing the bad guy. What?

The
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Jen
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story about Green Man, a skillful serial bomber that pushes the FBI to conduct an extensive search against him. Green man believes that his actions are to shred light to people about the environment. Then there’s Tom, a computer programmer and also a young agent who figured how Green Man thinks and wants to help catch him.

I am seriously out of words about this novel. It is inspiring, breath-taking, and brilliant. It talks about a significant subject - the environment and how people are destro
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Renee
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-netgalley
An eco-terrorist known as the Green Man is on the FBI's most-wanted list. The Green Man says he is tired of talking about the effects of climate change on the planet. He is responsible for bombing six high profile sites. Innocent lives have been lost, but the Green Man is focused on the big picture. He wants news coverage. lots of coverage and he is sure that these bombings will make people take notice and do something.
Tom is a new FBI agent who thinks he can identify the Green Man. Alas, what i
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Julie Lacey
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slightly different thriller with an eco terrorist at the heart of the story.
The story is told from two perspectives, the Green Man, an eco terrorist whose most recent act was to blow up a controversial dam, accidentally killing several people including five children.
He does struggle with the guilt that follows but he remains convinced that the cause is worthy enough to continue.
The second narrator is Tom, an FBI analyst whose unconventional thinking means he can get inside the mind of the e
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RG
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid thriller which felt like a good film
Kimothy
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and thought.provokong story. Loved the differnet POV's it make you connect a lot more with the characters. At times the book went a.bit slower than I would have liked but I finished it in the end and was very happy with how the story went. Great detail was evident in the minds of the two main characters really bringing them to life ...more
Linda
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A gripping, extremely relevant novel, perfect for these times we live in and a world in the net of a serious global environmental catastrophe.

They call him the Green Man and he has erupted on the scene as a modern-day eco-terrorist with the ability and smarts to make the world aware of the threat of global warming and all the other harmful ways we are exploiting our planet for greed and self-satisfaction. His means have put him in the sights of the federal government and they bring all their res
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Kevin
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book has a political leaning and I suspect that will play a big part in how you feel about it.

So, let's start with The Green Man - not a pub in Britain, a terrorist in the USA. We join him on his sixth attack, which is why he already has a catchy media-friendly title to show his actions have been motivated by efforts to combat global warming. It's not green propaganda and doesn't deify The Green Man - he remains the bad guy, just one with a sympathetic cause. It creates a clever duali
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K.C. Kissig
“Out of Time” is a provocative thriller, both socially relevant and relatable, in a crucial time in our history where the line between social activism and terrorism has become tragically skewed.

For two years, the FBI has hunted the eco-terrorist known only as “Green Man” as he successfully destroyed six environmentally significant targets and killed 43 men, women, and children. Newly minted FBI analyst, Tom Smith, with his genius-level intellect and unique ability to understand Green Man, may
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patrick Lorelli
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This story follows two people really. The first is the environmentalist terrorist named “Green Man”. The book opens with you the reader being at his next target a Dam. You will find out later who the person is and the person's back story which the author does a good job in bringing that part of his life altogether, which has a few surprises for you the reader.
You are then taken to the next person that you will be following which is a young FBI agent Tom Smith and yes that is his real name. he i
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Adam Bowie
The Green Man is out there, committing crimes across the US in support of the environment. Tom Smith is a junior FBI analyst – can he help catch this undoubtedly brilliant killer? And does America actually want him caught?

That’s the set-up for this page-turning thriller. We join the action as Green Man launches an attack on a dam using a drone. People die in his attacks, yes, but the urgency of the planet’s situation means that collateral damage is unavoidable.

I confess that I did have problems
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Hazel
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for the e-copy.
I really enjoyed this book. It's well-written, has believable main characters and excellent dialogue. The story is that of an eco-terrorist the authorities have named the Green Man; he's a bomber and the destruction of each of his targets publicly underlines different aspects of their contribution to global warming and Earth's demise. He always claims responsibility for the attacks and gives his reasons in the form o
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Kathy Martin
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This techno-thriller is told from two points of view. The Green Man, an environmental terrorist who has caused billions of dollars worth of damage and many, many deaths, tells about why he is doing what he is doing despite his anxiety and conscience and fear for his family. Rookie FBI Agent Tom Smith, who graduated from Stanford and could be making tons more money working in Silicon Valley, has some other ideas about the course of the investigation and avenues that those involved haven't gone do ...more
Nancy
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
An Elusive Eco-terrorist

The Green Man, an Eco-terrorist who has phenomenal technical skills has blown up six sites generating major news stories and terrifying people. The latest is his successful demolition of the Boon Dam on the Snake River killing a dozen people. The Green Man justifies his actions because he believes the wold must be alerted to the severity of the ecological crisis.

The Green Man is the at the top of the FBI’s most wanted list and a major manhunt is underway. Time is of the
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David Morgan
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this highly charged novel we find two protagonists, one is the Green Man, an eco-terrorist who has blown up six news worthy targets and on the top of the FBI's most wanted list, the second is Tom Smith, a rookie agent following in his father's footsteps who just might have the analytical expertise to find and stop the Green Man. I consider them both protagonists because even though they are opposing characters I found myself pulling for both of them to succeed at their individual missions. Th ...more
Keely
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very pertinent, especially with the positive environmental effects the lack of industrial activity has had on our planet, due to the current pandemic; this will be a call to arms for some and a difficult protagonist to dislike for most.
Obviously with a similar American president to reality (there's a very telling little paragraph about him contemplating his mortality towards the end of the novel) and sympathetic FBI agents, many with superlative intellects, David Klass doesn't give us the typica
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Michelle B
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Out of Time is a great political thriller. It follows the activities of the ‘Green Man’, an eco warrior or terrorist, depending on ones point of view, who is bringing the issues of what is happening to the environment to the forefront of the world’s attention by destroying targets that seriously threaten the environment. He is the FBI’s most wanted man and, with an election looming, they are authorised to do whatever it takes to catch the Green Man.
I really enjoyed that the story has two main n
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Annette Jordan
Out of Time by David Klass is a fast paced thriller with an ecological focus that I found both interesting and timely given the importance of causes like climate change and the rise to celebrity of figures like Greta Thunberg. The reader is given two perspectives, the first of whom is the Green Man, the self styled eco terrorist whose most recent act was to blow up a controversial dam , accidentally killing several people including five children. While he struggles with the guilt that follows hi ...more
Mary
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moral dilemmas abound in this well written and compelling novel. The Green Man is an eco-terrorist who is bombing high profile industrial sites closely associated with increasing global warming. When he strikes he kills innocent men and women. How can he reconcile that violence with his need to bring to the attention of the American public, that the planet is being destroyed? He has made it to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list and a young agent called Tom is trying to track him down. Tom, ho ...more
Heather
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
The Green Man is a climate change activist who is damaging sites owned by non-green companies to draw attention to the dire state of our world. He justifies his actions and the occasional fatality as collateral damage for the greater good.
Tom Smith is an FBI agent, living in the shadow of his demanding father, who never acknowledged his talents.
These two men start on a collision course, when the Green Man attacks a dam, and Tom has an insight into how his mind works.
There are various other chara
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Rachel
Aug 02, 2020 marked it as unreadable
Shelves: netgalley
I'm obviously in the minority here, but after giving this book nearly 170 pages, I'm throwing in the towel. Everything in the description screamed that this was a book I should love and should be able to burn through in no time. Sadly, the exact opposite is true. The 44% of the book I read dragged. Every situation that should have been filled with tension, that should have had me on the edge of my seat, breathlessly flipping pages to see what happened next, fell flat. Character backstories felt ...more
Sue
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
This book is really about a moral dilemma. The 'Green Man' is an environmental activist who has chosen the greater good over a few innocent deaths, by attacking six polluting and climate-harming sites at the expense of some innocent workers and others who happened to be nearby. He does have a conscience and suffers greatly for the loss of life, but has a strong belief that the end justifies the means.

Tom Smith is a newly-recruited FBI analyst who uses data and patterns to track and anticipate th
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BeverleyR
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very readable story of a really topical subject - the damage being caused by climate change and the frustration of environmental groups with the lack of action by governments. The central character, dubbed Green Man, is on his sixth and final mission to bring attention to the world of the eco crisis facing the environment before it is too late. He is conflicted because each eco terrorist attack he commits involves innocent lives being lost making him America's most wanted criminal. The storyli ...more
Anne
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of Time is in fact a timely novel as it is a story of an eco warrior versus the powers that be. Although it contained quite a lot of scientific information regarding the environmental damage that is being done to our planet via the likes of fracking, it was not a difficult book to engage with. Indeed, given it's plot it was maybe too easy; there was no tension and no doubt as to how this would end.

Whilst I have environmental concerns myself I didn't for one minute feel pulled in by the moral
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David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Don’t Know Me, Dark Angel, and Firestorm (The Caretaker Trilogy). He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass g ...more

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