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Shock Wave | [John Sandford]

Shock Wave

The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.
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The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

The first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart's headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site itself. The blasts are meant to inflict maximum damage-and they do. Who's behind the bombs, and how far will they go? It's Virgil Flowers's job to find out... before more people get killed.

©2011 John Sandford (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    aaron Ankeny, IA, United States 10-08-11
    aaron Ankeny, IA, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"

    I am bias! John Sandford is my favorite author and he hit it out of the park in May with his latest Lucas Davenport, Buried Prey. I will forgive him this Virgil Flowers. I still enjoyed every minute of this book, but it wasn't as good as the others in the series. He is such a talented writer and so detailed, it was still a great story!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-12-11
    Barbara Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-12-11 Member Since 2004
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    "I think I'm in love with Virgil Flowers!"

    . . . he can't possibly exist only in the author's imagination, because he's way too real. Looks like a surfer, talks to God, fly-fishes and charms women everywhere he goes. Oh, yeah, and solves cases that puzzle everyone else. I'm a huge Sandford fan, and love the fact that his plots are so intelligent and his characters are true to human nature. What I love about the Virgil Flowers series is getting into the character's mind as he solves the mystery -- in this case, a series of bombings that seem to be aimed at preventing the construction of a monster WalMart-type store in a small town. Every time he appears to be zeroing in on the killer, another bombing occurs and the facts have to be reassessed. Engaging and entertaining. I really like this narrator as well -- he's very laid-back, like Virgil, but he keeps a good rhythm and pace.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Busy housewife Westminster, CA, United States 11-10-11
    Busy housewife Westminster, CA, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2008

    Instead of whistling while I work, I listen! I have my audible set up on my phone and comes through my blue tooth. I get so much done!!

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    "Sandford did it again! Smart writing and reading!"

    I always love Sandford's books. His dry sense of humor and clever plots keep me at the edge of my seat. The reader is wonderful, Eric Conger! His ability to deliver children, women, hillbillies, and various towns people is awesome!! This is a great use of a credit..but John Sandford is always worth a credit!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah United States 10-12-11
    Deborah United States 10-12-11
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    "Love Virgil Flowers!"

    Virgil Flowers is my favorite John Sanford character. This book is laugh out loud funny as well as serious. The storyline is a little hard to swallow, but Virgil makes it worth the read. Eric Conger really brings him to life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 11-03-11
    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Virgil good as ever"

    I was a little hesitant to listen to this at first due to some previous negative reviews. Since I haven't been disappointed by Sanders in the past I decided to go ahead and use my credit to get it. I was not disappointed this was another excellent Sanford book and I think one of the better Virgil Flowers adventures. The story was interesting and alot of twist and turns that kept you guessing who the killer was. I always like how Sanford gives you the point of view of the killer without giving away his/her identity it adds alot to the story. looking forward to Sandford's next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Norton Southern USA 10-11-11
    John Norton Southern USA 10-11-11 Member Since 2008

    I'm hearing teacher voices

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    "So satisfying"

    Great character, good story, excellent reader. John Sandford is a master - you know that because he makes superb storytelling look/sound so easy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-29-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Does exactly what you paid for"

    Virgil Flowers is comfortable as a trusted glove in winter. He stretches as far as he should to provide warmth and still reach around the stuff you want him to. Here he's got a clever locked room puzzle to solve, an ending that wraps snugly around the mystery, and fun characters each created from a minimal number of brush strokes. You'll forget this minutes after its end, but enjoy it from the beginning... Exactly what I paid for.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-14-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Standard Virgil Flowers fare"

    This was a good story with good characters and was mercifully void of gratuitous romance. Virgil was even dumped by a woman who didn't appear in the story, except over the phone. Lucas Davenport is simply another "phone" character in this book and his insignificance to the story has allowed me to accept Flowers as a character in his own right, which wasn't the case in the book when Sandford introduced him. A good who-done-it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    edward t ward jr york, pa United States 10-19-11
    edward t ward jr york, pa United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another winner!"

    I love books by John Sandford and this one is no different. Excellent characters and story keep you guessing and entertained all the way through the book. Use of Eric Conger as the narrator differentiates Virgil from Lucas. Great job!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah SHALLOTTE, NC, United States 10-07-11
    Deborah SHALLOTTE, NC, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2005

    Lover of good cops and robbers books, Anne Tyler, Robert Parker, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke.

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    "Where is the real Virgil?"

    I was probably the first or second person to download this book as I loved the previous books so much and was anxious for the next chapter. Virgil is one of my favorite series stars alongside Burke's Dave and Hackberry. However, I found this latest Virgil adventure to be quite bland and predictable. The characters were shallow and uninteresting. The fun and funny and sexy Virgil from previous installments seems to be tamed down. Also, for some reason, the name Pyemart was distracting because you knew he was using it in a Walmart sense. There just was no juice to the story. To be truthful, I kept dozing off. If I were you, I'd wait til it shows up on a $4.95 sale. The Virgil we know and love come back!!!

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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