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Early Warning Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2010

2.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Devlin Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786020431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786020430
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Pitts on November 24, 2010
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I gave "Early Warning" two stars because, first, it has what could have been an interesting plot line and, second, the main character, Devlin, has the bones of a good character. Otherwise, I think I would give the novel a half a star because, for me, it was an intolerable reading experience. I got two-third's of the way through and quit because I just couldn't take it any more.

The Kindle version is badly edited. There are sentence fragments (not the intended type). Although not frequent, each one is jarring and completely removes one from the flow of the story, requiring a pause to reflect on whether that possibly could be what the author meant to say. The author himself is intellectually arrogant. He often uses special usage words that, again, create unwanted pauses. There are frequent references, particularly to German history and arts, sometimes written in German, that offer no explanation and no translation. Since I am not fluent in German I have no idea what Mr. Walsh intended to convey. And based on the tone of the book, I am left with the impression that since I don't grasp his references I am an unworthy participant in the demise of American life.

This was the worst for me - the literally endless diatribe against the current moral condition of the United States. In the midst of the (all too infrequent) action scenes, the author more often than not spins off into paragraphs of how our society has lost its roots and is, I guess, undeserving of even a modicum of respect. When the character Frank Byrne, a police officer, confronts a terrorist in a life or death draw down, pages are spent on each of the two character's thoughts about the state of society. Is this background information?
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Michael Walsh has crafted another great chapter in the saga of Devlin, America's most secret and most deadly weapon. The same villian from the first book Hostile Intent Hostile Intent is here again and just as much an evil genius as before. I warn you, after you read this book (and it will be fast) you will want to watch over Walsh's shoulder as he types out the next book because you won't want to wait for the next installment.

Walsh's writing has taken great strides since the last book, relying less on technical details and more on zipping things along. However, Walsh still knows his equipment and tech, you will learn something new about technology after reading this book. Even better, you will learn a lot about history, music, cryptography, and literature on nearly every page. I found myself ordering more books about the subjects Walsh discusses through his great characters.

The story of the book ends with satisfaction, but at the same time it is clear that there is a lot more story to tell, making it a little frustrating to not have any more books lined up and ready to read.
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Early Warning is an unusually intelligent thriller with a lot to say about the world we live in. The protagonist, Devlin, is one of those shadowy, superhuman commando-spies in the lineage of Jason Bourne, Mitch Rapp, et al. His backstory is a bit more personally complex, and it is obviously setting up some fairly grand crisis in the third act. The villain, Emanuel Skorzeny, is a Sorosian Bond-villain type who appears to be pulling the strings (and providing means and money for) radical Islamists of the al-Qa'ida school for his own, distinctly un-Islamic ends. Devlin has a somewhat mysterious Iranian girlfriend, and his and Skorzeny's pasts (and therefore futures) are clearly connected.

The plot is excellent, and horrifying. Walsh (no relation) vividly imagines a Bombay-style attack on New York City by a decentralized terror cell using car bombs and small arms to reduce downtown Manhattan to a smoking free-fire zone, with the NYPD heroically trying to hold the the line. Devlin gets involved, of course, and starts hunting the dispersed terrorists, liquidating them individually in a series of tension-filled, episodic hunts. The climax comes with Devlin and the NYPD in separate-ish pursuits of the on-the-ground mastermind.

Take the criticisms here with a grain of salt, though they have some truth to them. There is a lot of philosophizing, relating specific details and incidents to larger trends in the world (Devlin is a man of strong views, as is Walsh, presumably), and it is the middle volume of a trilogy and consequently shares the inherent problems of any such second volume: You pick up in medias res, and the ending, while tying up the specific plot nicely, still leaves the biggest story-arc questions unanswered.
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Early Warning - Devlin - $[...] Kindle Version
I bought my Kindle almost 1 year ago, and have read over 70 books since. I like the Presidential Agent types - the normal folks who are heroes and save the people, cities, or governments, from death and destruction by the hands of misguided terrorists or just plain evildoers.

I like to read series in chronological order so I can follow the main repeating character(s) as the author develops them; Reacher, Rapp, Corey, Harvath, Castillo, etc. I've read them all - and some are great, some are only good, and now I've found one that's pretty bad.
Hostile Intent and Early Warning, starring "Devlin" - went from just o.k., to really poor.

The author, Michael Walsh goes beyond, way beyond the level of pontification these bully pulpits afford the authors of this genre. Early Warning is filled with so much wasted ink describing in great, almost nauseating detail, why the minority factions of the mid-east hate America that there's no room for the action. And it's not just once, it's over and over.

So what if Fox News hires blond, busty, beautiful, anchors who have law degrees? Why does the author feel compelled to advise us of that fact over, and over, and over?

There's so little real action in this book that Mr. Walsh repeatedly wastes 4 to 6 whole pages developing a brand new, yet totally insignificant character only to have their head blown off on the 7th page. Absolutely nothing relative to any part of the storyline!

If there's a third in the Devlin series, and if it's under $5 bucks, I'll probably buy it and speed-read it - simply because I want to find out about Maryam.
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