- 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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Early Warning Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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?Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worst book ever. Author was all over the place and referred to places and references and people I didn't know about. Droned on and on before actually getting to a point or action. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard W. Sten
The book skipped all over the place with no resolution of anything. One of the worst books I've ever read.Published on July 18, 2014 by Mark A Burchyett
Once you accustom yourself to all the background details that the author uses in his novels the series is an intensely engrossing read. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by JRobWilson
I've never written an Amazon review but this novel was so bad I had to comment.
First novel of this author and series that I've picked up and thought it would make a... Read more
This book wasn't bad at all, really, but it's not my usual genre to read. The main character is interesting. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Jwb52z
This is one of the most wordy books I have ever read. I flipped pages till the end and what an abrubt end it was?!?Published on March 16, 2011 by Mary O.
Walsh seems to be writing for himself instead of the reader. That is the only explanation I can see for this long-winded and poorly written book. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by WRP
This is my first Michael Walsh book and my last. I agree 100% with the unfavorable reviews of this book. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by David
First disclosure: I read this without reading the first book in the series. However, given the style of the book, I don't really think it is necessary. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Mr. Twisted