Monday, 27 March 2017

BLACKOUT



Above is the latest book I have read, Blackout but Marc Elsberg.

I didn't realise quite how we rely on electricity until I read this book.  We all know that we use it and lots of things rely on it but if there was a complete power failure as in this book it would be a catastrophe.
In the book hackers get into the smart meters of ordinary homes and what follows is alarming, especially when you realise that this could actually happen.
Not a read for the feint hearted but this book held me to the end and I'm one of those people who can give up on a book half way through if its not gripping me.

I'm just popping round the corner now to stock up on candles, water and canned goods etc just in case. lol

11 comments:

  1. I might not be brave enough to read this! Two years ago, Georgia had an ice/sleet storm and we were without power for 5 days. We were cold/hungry and lost everything in our frig and freezer. It was a chore to keep our pets safe and warm. Ever since then, we stayed well prepared for power outages!

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  2. One of the reasons why I don't want a smart meter.

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  3. Oh my goodness. Well, I do know how awful it would be. Because of when we lose our power for several hours because of a storm. Just think if we didn't have any for weeks!

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  4. Sounds like an interesting read. I cant imagine going for a long time with no power. Just an hour or two makes me crazy

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  5. we are so dependent on electric not sre how I would cope even for half a day no kettle though I have a gas hob. Helen gets a warning if they are working on electrics as she has injections in her fridge and if it goes off for any reason they phone her straight away not that she can do anything about it.

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  6. I lived for 20 years on a farm with no connection to the national grid, just a generator for a few hours a day, so I'm acutely aware of electricity and our reliance on it. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  7. We are metered here (US) and I once had a mentally ill neighbor shut my service off from the outside and had to install a lock to prevent intrusion. That was scary enough. An interesting read, and yes, all too possible. I left a comment for you at mine. Nice blog, I'm looking forward to reading more. I've had four cats at once, so I'm familiar with your need for a hoover. I hope your daughter is up and about soon. Thanks for the tip about the coconut oil.

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  8. I would love to read this one. my kind of book. I read one about the power going out all over the nation and it scared me silly. trying to remember the name now. will let you know if I do. I marked this book

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  9. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Crystal Springs, MS got 70 or 80 mph winds. We didn't even receive the devastation that occurred in Gulfport, Biloxi and all the towns along the Mississippi coast. But, we were still without power company for 13 1/2 days. I can tell you it was awful.

    We were finally able to find a generator. But, had to use it for the 2 freezers and 2 refrigerators. Rotating time between them so as not to lose everything.

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  10. For those of us who have it all the time, we don't think about others in the world who live without it. There are many places where electricity is very expensive and certainly not a given. In Lebanon, there are power outages each and every day for many hours. If folks can afford it, like my friend, then they will have a small generator to help when that happens. But it is a big disruption to normal routine as we know it.

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  11. Keep the book reviews coming! I love suggestions on good books to read. Must check to see if our library has it.

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