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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Byron L. Dorgan, David Hagberg Narrator: David Hagberg, Peter Berkrot Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781427225719
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America is on the brink of crisis. Unless we can curb our dangerous appetite for foreign oil, petroleum-rich countries and speculators will bring our economy to its knees…long before CO2 emissions will devastate our ecosystem. The President has answered the call with the Dakota District Initiative, a top secret research team hidden deep in the Badlands of North Dakota. The Initiative is developing a way to produce clean energy from coal.

But powerful enemies will stop at nothing to sabotage this revolutionary technology. A cadre of oil hedge fund managers hires a crew of mercenary fanatics to attack the Initiative's experimental power station. Despite the bloody assault, the research continues as war-hero sheriff Nate Osborne and brash journalist Ashley Borden search for the attackers.

The stakes couldn't be higher: Unless the Initiative succeeds we could be faced with gasoline at twenty dollars per gallon or more, putting an impossible strain on an already fragile economy. If the project fails, we will continue to poison the very air we breathe. Either way, the Badlands will run red with blood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • David Hagberg is a proven master of the thriller genre and Senator Byron Dorgan brings a unique, insider's view on politics and the world. Together they've woven a complicated tale, told deceptively simple, that will leave you wanting more. Plenty of sizzle in this page-turner. Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key
  • Combining masterly writing skills with deep knowledge of their subject, authors Dorgan and Hagberg serve up a unique, thought-provoking and, above all, ceaselessly exciting novel about today's hidden security threat: our willingness to overlook evil in our addiction to foreign energy supplies. The pace will make you sweat, the plot will make you think, and the peril is very real. Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg and The War After Armageddon
  • Dorgan and Hagberg have written an edge-of-the-seat thriller about energy that will stretch your imagination and keep you guessing until the very last page. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
  • This book hits the bull's-eye on our energy challenge. How to end our addiction to foreign oil by finding new ways to produce energy here at home while at the same time protecting our environment? Blowout combines a healthy imagination about an energy future with fast-paced action. Former Governor of New Mexico and U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson

  • “Oodles of action…now that's what I call a thriller. Sizzling hot! Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Disciple

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Modisettwilson | 9/11/2013

    " I really wanted to give this a 3.5. It was too bloody, but the premise of who's behind sabotage or a new 'clean coal' experiment is interesting. I doubt this pair will be writing more, but I think between them they have an interesting insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Harrison | 6/12/2013

    " Good story line. Good not guessing the snitch. I didn't think they had a good ending. The bad guy was not clear and not enough wrap up. I would recommend it; however, because it was a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 10/22/2012

    " Pretty good book. Some parts were exciting and kept you reading. The edition I read had lots of spelling and "wrong word" errors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 6/17/2012

    " Good book. Very current issues with a goodly amount of action. David Hagberg is one of my favorite authors. Enjoyed the book and recommend any and all of David Hagberg's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 4/4/2012

    " A pretty good read, but jumpy and plodding at times. Loved the good guy characters, but the bad guys seem ripped out of a TV movie "

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About the Author

Senator Byron L. Dorgan served as a U. S. Senator and Congressman for North Dakota for thirty years before retiring in January 2011. He was chairman of Senate committees and subcommittees on the issues of energy, aviation, appropriations, water policy, and Indian affairs. Senator Dorgan is the author of the New York Times bestseller Take This Job and Ship It and Reckless!: How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted our Country (And How to Fix It!).

About the Narrators

David Hagberg is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean. He has published more than twenty novels of suspense, including the bestselling Allah’s Scorpion, Dance with the Dragon, and The Expediter. He makes his home in Sarasota, Florida.

Peter Berkrot is an audiobook narrator and stage, screen, and television actor and acting coach. A forty-year veteran of stage and screen, he was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning numerous Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.