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- Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (October 4, 2010)
- ASIN: B005SQK33U
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (701 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,351,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shock Wave (A Virgil Flowers Novel) [Audiobook] [Audio Cd] Audio CD – October 4, 2010
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"Shock Wave" is aptly named, as it involves a plot about a very busy bomber who has it in for "Pye-Mart", obviously a Walmart knockoff, that is in the early construction phase in Butternut Falls (MN), and expected to destroy the local merchants and pollute the river with runoff, etc., etc. While that's not exactly an original premise, the one or two bombings per day keep everyone hopping to an insane degree, with a similar increase in suspense to the reader. Not surprisingly, there appears to have been illegal payoffs to local politicos to make the approval for the new megastore a reality; and while he's trying to discover the identity of the bomber, Virgil uncovers those crimes as well, nicely cleaning up the local scene. Meanwhile, Virgil seems to be telephonically breaking up with his new sheriff sweetheart, which slows down his tendency to womanize key characters, but that only added to the "off-screen" fun.
We don't award many books all five stars, but this one seems quite deserving -- a terrific protagonist in an exciting and suspenseful plot combine for a thrill-charged entertaining novel -- highly recommended!
Just when other authors start to wallow in their success-driven mediocrity, John Sanford is producing his best work yet. This latest edition to the Virgil Flowers series (the spin off of the Prey series) is one of his best. This series is clever where other writers' stuff can be commercial; compelling when other books can be gratuitous; and entertaining when others can be cheesy.
In this novel, the cerebral cop Flowers tackles a dastardly bomber who has it out for Pye-Mart stores (big box retailers that are clearly modeled after the Waltons' gift to the world). But is that corporate terrorist just your typical tree-hugger mad about the pollutants in his pristine Minnesota wilderness or is do the bombings have to do with dirty politicians?
As in all Sandford's books, the plot is excellent, the police investigative work rings true, the dialogue is great, and the characters are very believable. The plot was a real head-scratcher, but the conclusion worked and made sense.
All-in-all, this is another fine addition to the roster of excellent novels by Sandford. If you're already a fan or new to this author, you'll love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the book and will probably read more. Not as sophisticated of writing as a Vince Flynn or Brad Thor, but readable.Published 7 days ago by Jramals
Virgil Flowers is my favorite Sandford hero. He is funny, laid-back and smart. This one kept me thinking and guessing to the end. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Fred
Some parts were a little tough to get through, but in the end isn't this why we read. To take us out of our comfort zone a little.Published 26 days ago by Me
Great book!! A real page turner, I love the Virgil Flowers series.Published 1 month ago by David Wyatt
I recently discovered the Virgil Flowers novels by John Sandford. This book and others are terrific stories. Sandford is an exceptionally good writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MLDB
Excellent storyline with a completely surprise ending. Didn't see it coming.Published 1 month ago by Jerry Hartman