Book Review: Gridlock by former Senator Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg
Posted By Blackfive • [August 14, 2013]
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Former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) has teamed up with
political thriller author David Hagberg to write an insightful and gripping
novel, Gridlock. Not only is there a fascinating plot but it
also has a warning of a possible terrorist threat that not many are
The plot includes many good action scenes that involve a
former Russian agent turned paid assassin, Iranian and Venezuelan intelligence
agents, a small town sheriff, Nate Osborne, and his future fiancé, a brash
journalist. After two Iranian agents
hand over one million dollars to a Russian engineer they receive a thumb drive
containing a deadly computer virus. They engage a hacker in Amsterdam to do the
necessary job that could shut down all electrical power in the US.
The protagonist character, Nate Osborne, is a former special
forces Marine, which helps to explain how a small town North Dakota sheriff is
familiar with international espionage. Given the fact that with the last two
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the enemy was not clear-cut, the authors used this
scenario for their antagonist. Senator
Dorgan told blackfive.net, “In those wars the enemy did not wear a uniform so
it was not apparent who was the adversary.
In this book there were many antagonists including rogue nations, countries
like Russia and China, terrorist organizations, and all a possible threat. Because we in the US need to preserve and
produce more energy there should be more urgency about the need to protect our
grids. We wanted to have our readers consider the devastating effect that could
happen if a rogue nation or terrorist organization were able to shut down a
substantial portion of this nation’s power grid.”
Also, very timely and relevant is their creation of a secret
government facility, given what Snowden has said about the facility in
Utah. In Gridlock the secret facility is known as the Donna Marie Power
Plant that is working on experimental forms of energy. It produces clean and
abundant energy so that the US no longer needs to rely on foreign oil. The Senator noted, “In our first book we
created a top secret government facility using Los Alamos as a model. Just as it was created for the nuclear
experiments in New Mexico we decided in Gridlock to create a remote facility in
the North Dakota Badlands. Since North Dakota is where I am from and what I
know about I chose it as the setting.”
Although Gridlock is a fictional book that is
meant to entertain it is also meant to inform and allow the readers to
understand that this threat is very real and dangerous. It’s about cyber terrorism where the next war
may be fought with digital weapons instead of guns.
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