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Gridlock (original 1991; edition 1999)

by Ben Elton

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An interesting read, but not as skillful as his later works in my opinion. ( )
  Amzzz | Jan 22, 2012 |
Another environmentally-themed novel from Ben Elton. I remember reading it on holiday and thinking....he's being very brave with some of his portrayals of disabled people, and it could get him into bother. Sure enough when I got home I spotted him on the TV being grilled about his book by a disabled journalist who was very definitely not impressed. Not everyone's going to approve, but like I said, he was being quite brave. The humour in this book is superb....from the Global Moritz II Ghia with a 'challenging third ashtray', to the men in blue ovealls in garages who suck their breath in through pursed lips and announce "'sgonnacostyaguvna", it's very very funny, and on that level alone it's worth a read. ( )
  jayne_charles | Sep 6, 2010 |
I like Ben Elton's books. They always confirm my lack of faith in humanity but at least they are funny about it... As a tree hugger and public transport user I could relate and I sincerely hope that when the gridlock is here people won't demand roads but trains and buses.
1 vote verenka | Jun 15, 2010 |
A dead city doesn't move.

This book is certainly not in the class of Stark, unfortunately. Maybe due to the somewhat narrower focus, and some similarities to the previous effort.

Again, industrial pollution is an element as a city that becomes full of cars as has no functional transport methods dies.

Those doing well out of this of course want to keep the status quo and bump off people trying to do something about it.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2007/12/gridlock-ben-elton.html ( )
  bluetyson | Dec 7, 2007 |
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By the television comedy writer of "Blackadder" and "The Young Ones", this is an ecological disaster novel written with humour but containing an underlying seriousness. His first novel was "Stark".

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Two Iranian agents hand over one million dollars to a Russian engineer for a thumbdrive. The drive contains a deadly computer virus that could shut down all electrical power in the United States at a keystroke. In rural North Dakota, a lineman is electrocuted, and the local cop sent to investigate is shot to death. As rolling electrical blackouts begin to shut down major US cities, the war for energy domination begins. Two nations are behind this deadly attack: Venezuela and Iran, intent on destroying the present world order and bringing an arrogant America to its knees. Their agent of terror is Yuri Makarov, a former Spetsnaz officer, the best of the best among the shadow world of killers for hire. When governments are powerless to stop such a man from sending the United States back to the horse-and-buggy era, North Dakota county sheriff Nate Osborne and brash journalist Ashley Borden once again step into the breach.… (more)

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