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 Arizona. Two bullets have shot up his leg and his neck. His memory is gone. And the police are hunting him for murder.
As Josh struggles to recover his memory, and to stay one step ahead of the police, he finds himself drawn into a deadly conspiracy. To stay alive, he must find out who he is, and why he was shot. And who is turning off the power around the world.
Blackout is a terrifyingly realistic story of what happens when technology and terrorism combine.
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Chris Ryan's time has come. For years now, the ex-SAS writer has been turning out flint-edged, fast-moving novels without a trace of subcutaneous fat: barrelling narratives that handled characterisation with extreme economy (too much economy for some tastes), but never cheated on the pulse-accelerating tension that is his hallmark. But with Blackout, Ryan's key subject -- the threat of terrorism to all our lives -- could not be more à propos, and that old journalistic cliché, 'ripped from today's headlines', actually gets it just right with this one.
When three major cities lose all electrical power, there is, surprisingly, no claim of responsibility from any terrorist group. But a grim paranoia grips the nation. In the deserts of Arizona, a badly wounded SAS operative is found, his mind wiped clean. But this soldier is the key to crucial information about the terrorist threat: his amnesia is blocking the knowledge of a computer hacker with access to dangerous secrets, double agents who have been turned by Al Qaeda and even top-level government corruption. It's up to SAS man Josh Harding to unlock his mind before the people tracking him down pull the trigger.
For 10 years, Chris Ryan put his life on the line in real-life SAS operations, and his subsequent literary career has drawn heavily on his knowledge of the tradecraft and danger of those days. What makes his no-frills thrillers so compelling is this sense of verisimilitude. Ryan will never be a literary stylist, but one doesn't turn to his books for elegant prose -- it's the steadily accelerating tension and frighteningly plausible plots that have made him quite as successful author as he ever was an SAS commander. --Barry ForshawReview:
"'Hard as nails'" ( Mirror)
"'The SAS is to Chris Ryan what horse racing is to Dick Francis'" ( Boys Toys)
"'Bone-crunching action...tough and fast-moving' " ( Amazon)
"'Slick, polished and gut-wrenching stuff'" ( Irish Times)
"'Chock full of military fat to chew on...will keep you awake until dawn'" ( FHM)
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Book Description Arrow, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 432 pages. 7.01x4.33x1.10 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099465787
Book Description Arrow, 2006. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099465787