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Shock Warning Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2011

3.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Devlin Series

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Product Details

  • 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: #555,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Shock Warning, Michael Walsh [no relation] wraps up his trilogy pitting super-spy "Devlin" against evil Occidentophobe billionaire Emanuel Skorzeny in rollicking fashion. The reader is strapped into a rollercoaster of action spanning the globe, beginning with an apparition of the Virgin Mary on a highway abutment in California and ending with a villain's being hoist upon his on petard in the Iranian desert.

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.
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This is the third book I have read by this author and definitely the last. I read quite a bit, but rarely feel moved to write a review. In fact, my last review was a very unfavorable review of Early Warning. All of my complaints from that book can be carried over to this one as well. Poorly written, uninteresting and boring characters that I couldn't have cared less about. Too much information that just did not need to be there because it really added nothing to the story.

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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SHOCK WARNING by Michael Walsh reads as if it should come shrink-wrapped with a seatbelt and airbag. It begins with a veiled threat, proceeds with a biological attack, and continues with a plot that weaves, dips and swirls its way through politics, religion, economics and warfare, all without pausing for breath.

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.
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I would NEVER have bought this book if the synopsis on the back cover had truthfully portrayed what was contained in the book. NOWHERE does it say that this takes place in a dystopian future - and THAT is the setting for this book. To those that enjoy this genre - more power to ya! For me, it was an interminable trial and definitely not my idea of a good time! On the front cover was a quote from author Brad Thor: "The new master of the political thriller". Having just finished a Brad Thor novel which I enjoyed - my thought was "GREAT!". Ummm. No. I suppose one could consider this a "political thriller" but it was politics in an unfamiliar world.

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"!
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