Review of “Blackout”

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Book Reviews – “Blackout” eBook was published in 2017 (original version published in 2012) and was written by Marc Elsberg (http://www.marcelsberg.com/en/). This is Mr. Elsberg’s third novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story takes place in contemporary Europe. Several characters play significant roles in the story. The most prominent character is Italian former hacker and activist, and currently software developer Piero Manzano.

Without any warning power starts to fail across Europe. As the power outage lingers, officials soon realize that the blackout has resulted from an attack. Power companies struggle to get the grid back up, but they encounter one problem after another. Manzano makes some interesting discoveries as to the cause of the blackout, but is received with more doubt than open arms. His past make many think he is involved with the attack.

After days without power, civilization and government across Europe begins to break down. Manzano must take some severe risks to prove he isn’t involved and uncover those who are.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this modern techno-thriller. I have read many technical articles concerning the power grid in both Europe and the US, and this fictional story does not sound all that far fetched. I enjoyed the wide cast of characters in the story. I’m not sure what the cover art is supposed to depict. I think there would have been other choices that would have related more to the story. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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