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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; 1 Original edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786024127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786024124
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With five critically acclaimed novels, as well as a hit TV movie, journalist, author and screenwriter Michael Walsh has achieved the writer's trifecta: two New York Times best-sellers, a major literary award and, as co-writer, the Disney Channel's then-highest-rated show.

The 1998 publication of As Time Goes By -- his long-awaited and controversial prequel/sequel to everybody's favorite movie, Casablanca -- created a literary sensation; translated into more than twenty languages, including Portuguese, Chinese and Hebrew, the story of Rick and Ilsa landed on best-seller lists around the world.

His first novel, the dark thriller Exchange Alley, was published by Warner Books in July 1997. Hailed by critics for its moody depiction of a crumbling Soviet Union - which Walsh covered first-hand as a correspondent for Time Magazine - and a violent, dangerous New York City during the darkest days of the early 1990s, the novel was picked by the Book-of-the-Month Club as an alternate selection.

Walsh's third novel, the gripping gangster saga, And All the Saints, was named a winner at the 2004 American Book Awards; even before publication, the movie rights to this fictionalized "autobiography" of the legendary Prohibition-era gangster Owney Madden was bought by MGM.

His 2009 novel, Hostile Intent, the first in a series of five thrillers about the National Security Agency to be published by Kensington Books, was an Amazon Kindle #1 bestseller, as well as a New York Times bestseller. The eagerly awaited sequel, Early Warning, will be published in Sept.

In the spring of 2002, the Disney Channel premiered Walsh's original movie (co-written with Gail Parent), Cadet Kelly, starring teen idol Hilary Duff of "Lizzie McGuire" fame. Until High School Music, the two-hour film reigned as the highest-rated original movie in Disney Channel history, as well as the Disney Channel's highest-rated single program ever.

Walsh is also the author of Who's Afraid of Classical Music (1989) and Who's Afraid of Opera (1994) for Fireside Books, and Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works, a critical biography of the composer for Harry M. Abrams (U.S.) and Viking Penguin (U.K.), published in the fall of 1989; an updated and expanded edition appeared in 1997. With fellow TIME Contributor Richard Schickel, he is the co-author of Carnegie Hall: The First One Hundred Years, a cultural history of the great American concert hall published by Abrams in November 1987. His most recent book about music is So When Does the Fat Lady Sing?, published by Amadeus Press.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William J. Walsh on October 25, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With Shock Warning, Michael Walsh [no relation] wraps up his trilogy pitting super-spy "Devlin" against evil Occidentophobe billionaire Emanuel Skorzeny in rollicking fashion. The reader is strapped into a rollercoaster of action spanning the globe, beginning with an apparition of the Virgin Mary on a highway abutment in California and ending with a villain's being hoist upon his on petard in the Iranian desert.

Shock Warning is an extremely fast-moving book, almost (but not quite) too much so. Walsh's writing is crisp, stylish, and witty, but you don't get much chance to savor it, so quickly do the pages turn. That said, it never lags for a second, rocketing from plot point to plot point as if borne by the F/A-18s its protagonists are loaned by the Navy to ferry them and a substantial amount of lethal ordinance around the world. We don't quite have enough time to get a clear picture of who Devlin is--he's got an interesting past and is somewhere between rock-jawed hero and high-functioning sociopath, in the mold of many contemporary literary men of action. Skorzeny (adopted son of the architect of Operation Long Jump, etc.) is, perhaps unusually, more fleshed out and strongly puts one in mind of a contemporary financier of similarly Bondian dimensions.

Fans of the contemporary military-techno thriller as practiced by Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, et al., will enjoy this book--and this trilogy--immensely, crafted as it is by a writer of genuine literary gifts turning his hand to high-octane adventure peppered with a few sharp opinions about today's world scene.

I deduct one star from my rating of Shock Warning for its engendering (and then denying) the desire to know more about the characters whom we follow around almost short of breath.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WRP on February 17, 2012
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This is the third book I have read by this author and definitely the last. I read quite a bit, but rarely feel moved to write a review. In fact, my last review was a very unfavorable review of Early Warning. All of my complaints from that book can be carried over to this one as well. Poorly written, uninteresting and boring characters that I couldn't have cared less about. Too much information that just did not need to be there because it really added nothing to the story.

I can't see how anyone can see these books as compelling or compare them to Vince Flynn novels, but to each his own. Obviously there is a fan basse out there for Walsh so I don't expect he'll change his writing style for little old me. I just won't be reading any more of his books and definitely won't recommend them to anyone else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stefano on May 18, 2013
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I almost never find the time to write a review, but I definitely felt compelled to do so after reading this book. I have wasted several hours of my life with it, and I'd like to spare this suffering to other Amazon customers.

This is quite simply the worst piece of crap I ever read in my whole life.

The author, first of all, does not really know how to write in English. Even I, as a non-native speaker, would be able to write with more style and sound than this guy. The book is also so poorly edited that there are broken sentences and paragraphs throughout.

But let's set that aside for a moment. There are authors (such as Stephen King for instance) that are enjoyable even if they write in a poor, simple English, because they are creative with plots and characters. Sadly, this is not the case for Mr. Walsh.

All of the characters are completely stereotyped. The President who tries to do the right thing but is losing the elections, the runner up who is sneaky and plays dirty trick, the media magnate, the super-spy from NSA. Each single character is the worst, dullest, most stereotyped sad thing you can imagine. Literally, as you read the book, as each character is introduced, you can already play his or her whole history throughout.

The plot is completely inconsistent. It is made of wild jumps from one point to another, almost all accomplished through some deus-ex-machina operation (the super-duper hacker breaks into the system, the all-powerful cellphone disables the aircraft, plunges the missile into ground and makes coffee with cream, etc.) or by wild intuitions by the characters ("Oh, he said "rose", it surely means a nuclear missile is going to explode here").
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SHOCK WARNING by Michael Walsh reads as if it should come shrink-wrapped with a seatbelt and airbag. It begins with a veiled threat, proceeds with a biological attack, and continues with a plot that weaves, dips and swirls its way through politics, religion, economics and warfare, all without pausing for breath.

This is the third installment in the Devlin series, which began with HOSTILE INTENT and continued with EARLY WARNING. SHOCK WARNING picks up and, in some cases, resolves plot threads that were left dangling at the conclusion of the previous novel. While complete in and of itself (there is enough action here to fill three books, with goodies left over), your enjoyment of it will be increased if you're familiar with what went before.

Devlin is a highly skilled operative of a secret and shadowy wing of the NSA. He, in turn, is answerable to his stepfather, a man with whom he has an extremely complicated relationship. Both of them are on the speed dial of President John Tyler, whose courage more often than not comes poured out of a bottle when it comes at all. Forces are coming together, aimed at beginning what will be the ultimate war, which will put the world --- and humanity --- back to Square One. At first, a telephone call to Manhattan's Mount Sinai Medical Center seems to be a wrong number, but is actually the latest in a series of steps orchestrated, once again, against New York City.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the United States, two occurrences foreshadow a grim and frightening future. Cattle are dropping over dead for no apparent reason, seemingly the victims of an unknown virus. That conclusion, we soon learn, is incorrect; the reason is far more heinous.
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