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Shock Warning Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2011
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In trying to give this book reasonable doubt, I'm wondering if I would have liked it better if I had read the previous two novels - but instead I thought this was a "stand-alone" novel and so I started reading. I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into when on page 28 I found the sentence "One-ten in the pyem." Nowhere could I find the word "pyem". Not even Mr. Google had heard of it! (Google asked me if I "meant poem".) What is a pyem? and how did that relate to time? And so It was all downhill from there! It got to the point where I finally gave up and skipped to the ending thinking that if the ending seem to make sense, I would go back and fill in the blanks. It didn't, so I didn't.
I currently own a paperback copy of this title, but I will be "donating" it to whoever will take it with my wishes for "Good Luck"!
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. (Walsh is superb at characterization when he wants to be--check out his And All the Saints...)
Otherwise, if this is the kind of book you like, you'll love this. And, even if it's not the kind of book you generally like, if you're in the mood for a well-crafted adventure that simply blazes by, pick up Shock Warning or the entire trilogy (Shock Warning stands alone just fine, but there's a lot of water [and bullets, blood, and some unexpected romance] under the bridge in the first two books, as the allusions in Shock Warning will intimate.)
That said, I may owe Mr. Walsh that star back at a later date, as I suspect that two or three scenes which don't tie directly to the Skorzeny plot to bring about a civilization-clashing Armageddon are setting up the reader for further adventures with Mr. Devlin, wherein we may hope to get to know the not-so-gentle man better.
Heck of a fun read. Buy this book.
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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Walsh's books again when I am caught up with other authors I enjoy.