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Gridlock (original 1991; edition 1999)
by Ben Elton
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0747405689, Paperback)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".
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:22 -0400)
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.
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