- 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shock Warning Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2011
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would NEVER have bought this book if the synopsis on the back cover had truthfully portrayed what was contained in the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MickiRom
After the very slow start (first 40%) the remainder was excellent..Too much deep thinking at the start but once past that I couldn't put it down!Published 16 months ago by John L. Henderson
I almost never find the time to write a review, but I definitely felt compelled to do so after reading this book. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Stefano
Somewhat hard to follow.but, with patience, a decent read. l will go back to Mr.
Walsh's books again when I am caught up with other authors I enjoy.
This book was quite a satisfying ending to a series which contained such horrible and ghastly events. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Jwb52z
Michael Walsh is an excellent author and this book is terrific. I highly recommend it to everyone who reads this genre.Published on October 5, 2012 by R. S. Kreuter
I just loved the series. From the first book to the last. I can just imagine all the characters, especially Devlin. Handsome!!Published on January 31, 2012 by JoAnn M Cahill
I'll start by admitting I couldn't finish this book. There are very few books that I've found so bad that I gave up before finishing, but this was one. Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by Daune Robinson
Shock Warning is the third installment of Michael Walsh's action packed political thriller series featuring elusive Agent Devlin. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Kathleen M. Jund